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Liberty Bowl Weekend in Memphis

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A January 2010 trip to Memphis by RoBoNC

Liberty Bowl Logo Photo, Memphis, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: The 51st Annual Liberty Bowl pitted the East Carolina Pirates against the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Liberty Bowl Parade kicked off the festivities. The rest of the weekend was filled with bar hopping on Beale Street and eating ribs at the Rendezvous.

Bar Hopping on Beale Street

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Beale Street Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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While most people claim Bourbon Street in New Orleans as the best party street in the US, most Memphians would probably disagree. Beale Street in downtown Memphis is where the party never ends and where anyone who is looking for excitement and a good time can be found, day or night. Beale Street stretches 1.8 miles from the Mississippi River to East Street, but all of the clubs, restaurants, and shops can be found within the barricaded two block section between 2nd St and 4th St. Beale Street was created in 1841 and was named for a forgotten military hero. Just as New Orleans gave birth to the jazz style of music, Memphis gave birth to the blues where famous musicians from W. C. Handy, B.B King, ...Read More

B.B. King's Blues Club

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Restaurant | "Where Creole Food and Blues Come Together"

B.B. King's Blues Club Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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BB King has been widely regarded as the King of the Blues and Rolling Stone magazine has ranked him #3 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. BB King made his home on Beale Street in downtown Memphis playing his new style of music while strumming his favorite guitar, Lucille, as it was named. Although, BB King has pretty much retired from the music scene, his music lives on on Beale Street. In 1991, BB Kings Blues Club opened on Beale Street and since that time, four other clubs have opened in Orlando, Nashville, West Palm Beach, and Las Vegas. BB Kings is a restaurant serving classic Creole cuisine while treating its patrons to the live Blues tunes that would make BB ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2010

B.B. King's Blues Club
143 Beale St
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
+1 901 524 5464

Gibson Guitar Factory

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Attraction | "Watch Guitars Being Made from Beginning to End"

Memphis Rock and Soul Museum Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis knows a thing or two when it comes to music. It has seen the rise of musicians such as BB King playing a new type of sound known as the Blues and it welcomed the upbeat and sometimes controversial style of music known as Rock and Roll from greats such as Elvis Presley. It makes since that Gibson, one of the largest guitar makers in the US has a factory in downtown Memphis. The world headquarters for Gibson is in Nashville, where country music reigns supreme. Gibson operates several other factories in the US and Canada, and they are strategically located where they can obtain the different types of wood which can only be found in certain regions. It was reasoned that by placing factories n...Read More

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Gibson Guitar Factory
145 Lt. George W. Lee Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
901-543-0800

Rendezvous

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Restaurant | "One of the Best BBQ Restaurants in Memphis"

Rendezvous Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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For a city which hosts the largest barbeque festival in the country, Memphis in May, it is no surprise that some of the best barbeque and ribs can be had here. In 2002, on my first visit to Memphis, a local resident introduced me to some of the best ribs I have ever eaten. Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous restaurant serves the best ribs in all of Memphis. From the moment I tasted those fall of the bone ribs, I craved them until I was able to make it back to Memphis eight years later. Before you can devour these charcoal smoked ribs, you must find the restaurant first, which can sometimes be difficult. The Rendezvous’ address is 52 South 2nd Street, but its physical location is in an alley n...Read More

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Rendezvous
Behind 52 South Second Street (downstairs) Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Alley
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 523-2746

51st Annual Liberty Bowl

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Paint It Purple Photo, Memphis, Tennessee
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Every year college football teams across the country hope they are still playing in late December and early January. That is when the postseason begins for teams that are bowl eligible with one team taking home the title of NCAA National Champion. Teams are invited to play in bowl games as long as they have at least six wins and even then there is no guarantee of a team getting an invite. Most bowl games have contracts with different conferences while others have at-large bids. All bowl games are not created equal. Of the 34 bowl games played in the 2009-2010 season, five of them belong to the Bowl Championship Series which offer the highest payouts. Certain conferences such as the ACC, Big 10, ...Read More

Lamberts

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Restaurant | "Home of the Throwed Rolls"

Lamberts Photo, Sikeston, Missouri
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"Waiter, can we get some rolls?" "Sure, go deep." If this sounds more like a football game, it is not too far off. At Lambert’s, they don’t place the rolls in a basket neatly on the table; here they throw them at you from across the room. It began back in the late 70’s when the owner was passing out rolls to the patrons and there was a gentleman in the back corner that he couldn’t get to. The gentleman yelled, "Throw the damn thing" and from then on it became a tradition. The original Lambert’s is located in Sikeston, MO near the junction of Interstate 57 and 55. Lambert’s has grown substantially over the years requiring bigger facilities and now there are two more restaurants in Oza...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2010

Lamberts
2305 E. Malone St
Sikeston, Missouri 63801
(573) 471-4261