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The whole thing has a really quirky folk-art feel that's more reminiscent of the positives in life than a morbid reflection on mortality-- definitely nothing like your average graveyard! Tips: There's no charge to enter the Crystal Shrine. If you're having trouble finding it, just listen for the ethereal music that pours from the cave opening. If you've ever wanted to travel back in time, A. Schwab's is about the closest you can get. This beloved Memphis staple is the only original business remaining on Beale Street, and it looks pretty much as it did nearly a century ago.

One part museum and one part general store, A. Schwab's isn't just a place where you can buy, hands down, the most authentic Memphis merchandise, it's also a place where you can saddle up to a classic soda fountain serving period-appropriate grub like pickled watermelon rinds and corn cob jelly. Trust me, it's all way tastier than it sounds.

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The hilariously-named Angelina and Xena, the two African Boer goats, live in an enclosure next to the outdoor patio where they can enjoy the sunshine while gawking at the local passers-by. Don't worry, the goats have no problem tying a few on before climbing the tower. To date, there have no falls or even stumbles while scaling the goat tower. The Peabody Hotel. But forget about the history and luxe accommodations; it's the ducks that get all the attention here. Every single day, a parade of ducks leave their home on the hotel's roof, ride the elevator downstairs, and march to the enormous travertine marble fountain in the lobby, where they spend some time taking a dip.

It's a tradition that dates back to , and even has even necessitated the creation of a "Duckmaster" position, the only of it's kind in the world. Tips: The Peabody Ducks parade can be watched at 11 a. Lauderdale Courts. The Lauderdale Courts building was where Elvis Presley's family made their home from Now, you can spend the night there. Some even claim they can feel the ghostly presence of The King here every now and then.

Tip: As you can imagine, this room has a habit of booking up, so be sure to make your reservations early. Your best bet is to call them directly: Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

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The Stax Museum of American Soul Music lets visitors get up close to artifacts and instruments from these legendary recording sessions, there's one particular piece on the collection that is so weird and over-the-top is deserves to be seen by every self-respecting oddball in Memphis: Isaac Hayes' ridiculous, karat-gold-plated Cadillac El Dorado. Elmwood Cemetery. Most people might not include a graveyard on their road trips, but Elmwood Cemetery has long been considered one of the most beautiful final resting places in the country.

It's such a popular stop, in fact, that they offer official tours. Black Lodge Video. If you long for the days when choosing a movie meant walking the aisles and reading the back covers of plastic cases, then Black Lodge Video will be a dream come true. This Twin Peaks-themed video store is an experience to behold. Decorated top to bottom in David Lynch and John Waters memorabilia, this local favorite specializes in strange, hard-to-find cult films and tv series.

Even better, Black Lodge Video regularly hosts great local music, special monster-movie screenings at the nearby drive-in theater, and always have a great cult flick screening in the store that you're free to kick back and watch. Beauty Shop Restaurant. For one of the most unique dining experiences in Memphis, head to the Beauty Shop Restaurant, which is exactly what it sounds like.

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The owners have taken Priscilla Presley's old "dye and curl" hotspot and converted it into one of the best restaurants in the city, so while you might swing by for the odd-ball ambiance you still sit in the hair dryers while you eat , you'll stick around for killer chicken and waffles. Shangri-La Records.

Hailed as one of the best record stores in the country, Shangri-La Records is the perfect place to snag that rare vinyl you'll been searching for. Long before it ever housed stacks of records, Shangri-La was home to New Age therapy center that locked people into dark tanks filled with salt water and strapped them into special "brain tuners" that allegedly hypnotized users into a better state of mind.

Weird stuff. The band joined together two years ago. The four members Derek, T. Black Cream combine melodious vocals over power trio instrumentation for a sound that is as edgy as it is soulful. For 35 years, blues societies from all over the world have been sending their champions to Memphis to represent on Beale Street, making the IBC the biggest week in blues. This week on Beale Street Caravan we have hill country blues torch-bearer R.

Listen to R. In they released their debut record "Ruby Vroom," which was a critical success, long before it was typical to hear hip-hop blended so tightly with angsty rock and jazz. Raised on the touring circuit by her father, Beale Street harp legend Dr. Led by front man Adam Weiner, the band has released two studio efforts since their last appearance on the program: Dirty Pictures Part 1 and Dirty Pictures Part 2. This week on Beale Street Caravan we feature activist, theologian, film maker, and musician, Rev.

Grammy nominated blues man, Guy Davis, will be with us to deliver an installment of the Blues Hall of Fame, an exploration of the lives of the pioneers and innovators enshrined in the Blues Hall of Fame, here in Memphis, TN, brought to you by the Blues Foundation. This week we have a great special feature that represents the past, present, and future of the most musical city on Earth. Castro Coleman, aka Mr.


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Sipp, was born in McComb, MS and has been playing the guitar since the age of 6. This week we feature a live performance from the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival captured during Bridging the Blues. We are talking about five time Grammy award winner Robert Cray, backed by the legendary Hi Rhythm Section and renowned drummer and producer Steve Jordan.

BSC was there to capture an epic performance for the release of their latest album, Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm, plus an interview with Robert and Steve from a rehearsal at Royal Studios right here in Memphis. This week we've got the delta blues - gypsy jazz - big band swing of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, featuring frontman Jimbo Mathus, to get us in the holiday spirit as they perform their album, Christmas Caravan, from start to finish. This week on Beale Street Caravan we feature two up and coming artists.

Charles Hodges in a performance captured at Railgarten, smack dab in the middle of Midtown Memphis. Later in the program we get to sit down and catch up with Scott. Barbara has a brand new record out titled, Fish in Dirty H20, which features an a-list of musical talent. This week on Beale Street Caravan we feature activist, theologian, film maker, and musician, Rev. Grammy nominated blues man, Guy Davis, will be with us to deliver an installment of the Blues Hall of Fame, an exploration of the lives of the pioneers and innovators enshrined in the Blues Hall of Fame, here in Memphis, TN, brought to you by the Blues Foundation.

This week we have a great special feature that represents the past, present, and future of the most musical city on Earth. Castro Coleman, aka Mr. Sipp, was born in McComb, MS and has been playing the guitar since the age of 6. This week we feature a live performance from the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival captured during Bridging the Blues.

We are talking about five time Grammy award winner Robert Cray, backed by the legendary Hi Rhythm Section and renowned drummer and producer Steve Jordan. BSC was there to capture an epic performance for the release of their latest album, Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm, plus an interview with Robert and Steve from a rehearsal at Royal Studios right here in Memphis. This week we've got the delta blues - gypsy jazz - big band swing of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, featuring frontman Jimbo Mathus, to get us in the holiday spirit as they perform their album, Christmas Caravan, from start to finish.

This week on Beale Street Caravan we feature two up and coming artists. Charles Hodges in a performance captured at Railgarten, smack dab in the middle of Midtown Memphis. Later in the program we get to sit down and catch up with Scott. Barbara has a brand new record out titled, Fish in Dirty H20, which features an a-list of musical talent.

Later in the program we talk with Barbara about the album, and about working on the street and in the clubs where blues music was born. Grammy nominated blues man, Guy Davis, will be with us to deliver an installment of the Blues Hall of Fame, an exploration of the lives of the pioneers and innovators enshrined in the Blues Hall of Fame, here in Memphis, TN, brought to you by the blues Foundation. Listen as they celebrate the release of a new studio effort, In The Late Hours and, later in the program, we get to sit down and hear from bandleader and Memphis studio veteran, Scott Bomar.

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This week on the program we feature the deep, soulful grooves of Yemen Blues. Their latest studio effort is called, Insaniya. This week on the program we feature the First Lady of Soul, Candi Staton in a live performance captured at AmericanaFest, and, later in the program, we get to sit down and catch up with her for an in depth interview. Bobo in a performance captured at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park.

With his gift for writing heart-wrenching songs bathed in ever-evolving aural landscapes and textures, Harlan has quickly cemented his place as a Memphis musical treasure. Harlan T.