About Memphis

About MemphisMemphis has always been known as the blues capital and the beginning of rock n' roll legends. It's the largest city in Tennessee and one of the biggest cities in the southern United States. As Memphians love to tell you, it's all the "Barbecued Pork Capital of the World" and one of the best places to find a variety of cultural events. However, the history of this town goes back a long time before guitars and barbecue, and it wasn't until Andrew Jackson founded it in the early 1800s that some seeds were planted as to the future of this great southern metropolis.

The roots of Memphis are in the music. Many musical greats are from the Memphis area, including legends like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Isaac Hayes, Justin Timberlake and B.B. King. You can find a melting pot of music venues in downtown Memphis, from blues lovin' bars to country western clubs as well as rockin' local concert halls where bands take to the stage to perform for those same musical legends who still look over this great town. From Flying Saucer Draught Emporium to Silky O'Sullivan's on Beale Street, you'll find a lot of great places to listen to music in Memphis.

One of the best celebrations that you'll find in these parts is Memphis in May. For one month, the heritage and history of Memphis is celebrated through song, dance, food and cultural events. These include the biggest events like the International Week, World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Sunset Symphony and Beale Street Music Festival.

However, you can't forget about Carnival Memphis. This is another spectacular time to visit the city and take part in a series of parties and festivals that sweep the streets in June. You can witness the selection of the King and Queen of Carnival as well as listen to some of the city's best musical performances.

Memphis also celebrates the visual and performing arts. You can find a few art districts within the city such as South Main Arts District and Broad Street. Several film festivals are held here including the Indie Memphis Film Festival and the Memphis International Film and Music Festival. You can also take a trip to the Brooks Museum or the Dixon Gallery and Gardens for internationally acclaimed exhibitions.