Today is the last day of ELVIS Week.
At Graceland today:
Mississippi Delta Blues Tour
Departs The Guest House at Graceland at 8:30 a.m. and returns by 6:30 p.m.
$119/adults; $89/children ages 5-12; children under 5 are not permitted.
Rock ‘n’ roll has its roots in the music of the Mississippi Delta and blues and R&B artists such as B.B. King, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Ike Turner. The Graceland Excursions Mississippi Delta tour will trace the influences that inspired the creation of rock ‘n’ roll music. Expert tour guides will narrate this day-long adventure that takes a detour down the backroads and explores the deep roots of blues culture and blues history, while discovering delicious foods and reliving a musical revolution powered by raw emotion. Delta Tour includes:
- Gateway to the Blues Museum: Learn the remarkable story of how the blues were born and the role Tunica and the Delta played in building the genre’s legacy. The museum features interactive exhibits, artwork and more, including a recording studio where you’ll learn the basics of blues music with a chance to record your very own blues song.
- Delta Blues Museum: Explore the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form. The collection of artifacts at the museum includes musical instruments, recordings, sheet music, posters, photographs, costumes, folk art and much more. One of the largest pieces of the collection is the actual cabin where legendary blues artist Muddy Waters once lived.
- Grammy Museum Mississippi: Located in Cleveland, MS, the museum is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The museum features educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric display that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippi’s songwriters, producers and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape.
- Southern Sounds at Dockery Farms: This historic site is where musicians invented the blues genre around the turn of the 20th century. It’s a mecca to blues enthusiasts and the home to Charley Patton, the “Father of the Blues.”
- Lunch: Lunch on your own at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Elvis Live in Concert – with an All-Star Band
7:00 PM. Graceland Soundstage, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. $55
Celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest hits with Elvis live in concert and on the big screen, in the tradition of Elvis’ legendary, live concert tours. A live, rock ‘n’ roll all-star band will accompany Elvis and bring this stage production to life at Graceland with former members of The Stamps Quartet and a very special guest appearance by TCB band member Ronnie Tutt. A not-to-be-missed concert event.
August 18, 1977, the funeral procession for Elvis was held. The caravan was led by a silver Cadillac followed by the white Cadillac hearse with Elvis’ body and 17 white Cadillac limousines on a two and a half mile ride to Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown.
We close with Elvis’ recording of the traditional gospel song “Farther Along” that he personally arranged in 1966.