1009 S. Service Rd
West Memphis, AR 72301
Phone: (870) 702-9000
Fax: (870) 702-6655
A beautiful racing park and a casino that attracts several people every day is the Southland Greyhound Park. Casino fans can choose from over 1,200 games which include poker, blackjack; while the racing enthusiasts can enjoy live greyhound racing here. For more details, check website.
Having been slowly restored over the past 20 years, the Orpheum is now an astonishing architectural treasure from the 1920s, with its statues, carved woodwork, velvet curtains and opulent lobby. This is the home of Opera Memphis, the Symphony Orchestra and the Ballet. It is also the venue for traveling Broadway musicals. In the summer, the Orpheum shows classic movies like Casablanca, and hosts trivia contests and sing-alongs - fun for the whole family.
Headed by Donald O’Conner, the Watoto Memphis Performing Arts Academy is local theater at its best. Housed within a huge building, the academy boasts of a moderate event space. The essence of Afro-American culture can be experienced in almost all the shows put up by this group. The group with its international appeal aims at promoting and preserving the heritage of Afro-American culture. It also conducts summer workshops and other such activities at its location.
The Mud Island Amphitheatre, is located within the scenic resident of entertainment, the Mud Island. The amphitheatre can house up to 5,000 people at a time and hosts a variety of arts performances and concerts. With the Mississippi river and the Memphis skyline in the backdrop in the company of fantastic performances audiences enjoy every bit of the time here.
Center for Southern Folklore is worth the visit if you want to sit and hear some blues or have a beer and learn about Southern culture. This private, non-profit organization is dedicated to informing people about Southern history with an emphasis on music and art. The interior, decorated by local artists, is eclectic and includes a gift shop and coffee bar. The gift shop is a great place to get books or albums featuring Memphis and Memphis artists. They also have live music Friday and Saturday evenings.
Gibson Rooftop is the best place in town to catch live performances of local and national bands. The venue is located on the top level of Gibson's Memphis Beale Street Showcase and is just a block away from the entertainment district. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, and the music shows pull in a lot of crowd. So it's a great place for newcomers to showcase their talent. It is advisable to book the show tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Popular guitar makers Gibson have a retail store and lounge just one block off of Beale street, home to legendary blues maestro B.B. King. While guitar guys can worry about the humbuckers and tremolos, music buffs can walk into the lounge for live performances. Mini sofas, muted lights, and a small stage set the place for acts. Etta James, Darryl Worley, Wilco, and Blues Aid have enthralled crowds here and the venue continues to attract musicians. Make sure to check the schedule beforehand. Parking can be expensive.
Home to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Cannon Center For The Performing Arts is a multi-purpose facility that can seat up to 2,100 spectators. It plays host to a variety of entertainment events, such as ballet, opera, jazz concerts, theatrical productions, children's theater and conferences. Tickets are available online and at the venue.
Located in the center of Downtown, Memphis Cook Convention Center is a multi-purpose facility that specializes in hosting trade shows, conventions, conferences, performing arts and art exhibits. The 3,00,000 sq. ft. event space accommodates two exhibit halls, The Grand Ballroom, 30 meeting rooms, a conference center and the 2,100 seat Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. They also offer banquet catering and beverage service depending on your event needs.
This arena is deemed as the most expensive public utility project in the history of Memphis. The construction of the FedExForum complex cost the New Memphis Arena Public Building Authority a whopping $250 million. The arena can seat up to 20,000 spectators and you can expect to watch exciting basketball matches and events such as Disney on Ice. It is home to the NBA Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team.
Rum Boogie Cafe's Blues Hall features live music every night of the week. The venue itself isn't the most glamorous, but the talent is undeniable. The resident performers, Dr. Feelgood Potts and his band play Friday through Monday. It's located next to the Rum Boogie Cafe, which is known for its delicious Cajun and barbecue dishes. Make a night of it and visit this venue for some great blues.
WC Handy Park Pepsi Pavilion is a venue in Memphis known for hosting great blues acts and other prominent musicians. Past shows have included The Flaming Lips and George Clinton. It's named after W.C. Handy, a composer and musician also known as the "Father of the Blues." Experience great music in a beautiful outdoor setting at this venue.