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This summer, the spirit, heritage & legacy of Stax Records come to life at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music!

As the only soul music museum in the world, the Stax Museum is a unique, authentic Memphis experience where you can learn about Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Booker T & the MGs, & so many more great artists.

Each Tuesday afternoon, June through July, 2-4 p.m., witness how the influence of these great artists is still felt today when the museum hosts live music in Historic Studio A.

June 21, 28, & July 5 enjoy live performances by the Stax Music Academy Alumni Band. One of the best soul & R&B bands in the country, these talented performers, graduates of the Stax Music Academy, are home from college on summer break & working as professional musicians & singers.

If you want an authentic Memphis music experience, this is it! Come see the museum & stay for the Alumni Band's high-energy, gotta-dance hits from Stax, Motown & Hi Records.

During July, Stax will highlight three of Memphis' best live bands, including the city's leading reggae group, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Tues., July 12; Tameka Goodman, aka Big Baby July 19 & Memphis Ukelele Band July 26.

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is at 926 E. McLemore - 901-942-7685, www.staxmuseum.com.

Live in Studio A performances are part of Stax's African-American Music Appreciation Month.

The Place for Family Fun!

For 50 years, Golf & Games Family Park has delivered good times, enjoyment and loads of fun for the whole family!

Golf & Games continues that tradition today, with the same commitment to customer service, and an eye toward a future that continues the same customer-focused service as when the park first opened.

Golf & Games not only offers 3 Putt-Putt Golf courses but a host of terrific family features, including: Lighted Golf Driving Range with chipping and putting greens (golf lessons are available), Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Kiddie Rides, Sky-Trail Ropes Course, Game-room the Maxflight Virtual Roller Coaster and Lasertron, "The Ultimate Laser Action Game."

One of the great features of Golf & Games is the Golf Shop of Memphis. The Golf Shop features used clubs and complete tune-up services for your current clubs.

Golf & Games Family Park serves a plentiful menu of delicious foods, including chicken sandwiches, cheese nachos, hot wings and funnel cakes. 

And Golf & Games hosts birthday parties!

And church groups, school groups, lock-ins, and approximately 100 corporate and family reunion picnic events throughout the year.

Open at 8 a.m. daily and as late as 1 a.m. on weekends during the summer season, Golf and Games Family Park is ready to provide a summer of fun in its 50th year. To join our email club, go to www.golfandgamesmemphis.com. You can also stay in touch with the park on Facebook and Twitter.

Golf and Games Family Park is at 5484 Summer Avenue at Bartlett Road. Call 901-386-2992 for more information, or visit:



Where do you find Memphis' finest barbecue? Corky's!  

Corky's ribs have been voted #1 throughout the South! Lean, tender, hickory-smoked, Memphis-style ribs. Rubbed with Corky's famously flavorful dry shake and served wet or dry, they are the flavor of Memphis, and a must-eat if you're in town. Just as delicious are Corky's wonderful barbecue sandwiches - pork or beef. And both deserve to be enjoyed with a side of Corky's fantastic barbecue beans. Corky's also offers barbecue salad, barbecue chicken, barbecue & spaghetti, hot tamales, chili & Cajun shrimp.  And don't forget to get a loaf of onion rings!

And just remember, when you're licking your fingers to get every bit of that delicious flavor, you saw it in Key Magazine! 

Corky's serves lunch & dinner daily. Beer is available. M.C., D.C., Visa, Amex, Discover accepted.

There are 4 Corky's BBQ Restaurants in the Memphis area: 5259 Poplar, 901-685-9744, near Poplar and I-240 in Memphis; 1740 Germantown Rd. at Dexter, 901-737-1988, in Cordova; 6434 Goodman Rd., (Olive Branch, MS), 662-896-3663 and 743 W. Poplar, 901-405-4999, in Collierville. Visit corkysmemphis.com for information.



Now open in Southaven, MS, Tanger Outlets features 70 outlet stores, owned and operated by the most popular, brand name manufacturers.

Buying direct from the manufacturer at Tanger means you'll always save more. Because you're making your purchases directly from the manufacturer (and avoiding the middleman), brand name merchandise can be bought at 30%-70% below retail prices every day at Tanger Outlets.

The great majority of merchandise at Tanger Outlets is first quality and in-season:  brand name and designer fashions, accessories for the entire family, jewelry, housewares and china, home décor, luggage, toys, books, compact discs, food specialties, and more.

Entire stores filled with merchandise from your favorite brands.

And because each store is owned by the manufacturer, store employees are very knowledgeable about their store's brand name merchandise.

Tanger Outlets Mall is at 5205 Airways Blvd. in Southaven, MS, off I-55 (exit 287) at Church Rd., and is open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Call 662-349-1701 or visit www.tangeroutlet.com/southaven.

For information about other Tanger Outlets, including locations, directions, store listings, shopping hours, phone numbers, etc., go to www.Tangeroutlet.com/southaven or call 800-4-TANGER.

Tanger, by the way, rhymes with hanger.


Dixon's Tasty Summer Perk: Food Truck Friday!

Enjoy it every Friday: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.,  & free admission to the gardens! And - lunch! June 3 - MarksGrill, So Fresh Mobile Juice Bar, JoyRide, Park + Cherry. June 10 - Say Cheese, Millie's Garden, Food Geek, Park + Cherry. June 17 - StickEm, Fuel Café, Three Women & A Truck, Park + Cherry. June 24 - Sushi Jimmi, Tamale Trolley, Let's Be Frank, Park + Cherry.

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens are a 4339 Park, across from Audubon Park. Call 901-761-5250 or visit dixon.org.

American Music Starts Here! Experience the Story at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Meet the Movers & Shakers at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame!

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Its list of inductees reads like a Who's Who of American Music: Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Isaac Hayes, Sam Phillips, W.C. Handy, Johnny Cash, Booker T & the MGs, The Memphis Jug Band, Charlie Rich, Ann Peebles, Three 6 Mafia, Big Star, Carl Perkins . . . had enough?

There's much, much more.

For more than a century Memphis has been a melting pot of American music - hub of the Mississippi River music corridor, where musicians of all races and backgrounds came together to create a sound that changed the world.

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame honors many of the greatest musicians of all time: men and women who shook our planet to the core!

Located on Beale Street., the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is Partner-in-Song with the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, also located on Beale. Developed by the Smithsonian Institution, it's been noted as possibly "the single best exhibition of American musical history in the country."

Here, you get the complete story of Memphis music history, presented in an outrageously interactive manner.

If you're in Memphis and you're a fan of American music - a club that very likely includes most of the people in the world - these 2 museums are a must-see. They bring it all together.

The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum is at 191 Beale St., at the FedExForum and open daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m.: 901-205-2533, www.memphisrocknsoul.org.

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame, at Beale & 2nd, is also open daily: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.-Wed., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. 901-205-2532, www.memphismusichalloffame.com.

Take the Trolley

For an Easy, Worry-Free, Way to See Downtown Memphis & More!

Want to ride the Memphis Trolley? That'll be one dollar, per person, per one-way trip. The cheapest, and one of the most colorful ways to see Downtown Memphis, the Riverfront, South Main Arts District and the medical center.

The trolleys run daily (Madison Avenue Line, Mon.-Sat. only), coming to each stop about every 15 minutes. Check the back cover of Key for more detailed schedules, or call 901-274-MATA (6282), or visit matatransit.com.

Then, sit back and enjoy the ride!


The real thing? Sekisui Japanese Restaurants have it!

Fresh is the word you'll hear from Jimmy Ishii, owner of Sekisui Japanese Restaurants and several other authentic Japanese cuisine establishments.

"I buy good quality fish," he says. Fresh fish, fresh beef, chicken and vegetables. Quality is important.

Authentic is another word you'll hear from Jimmy. "I am Japanese," he says, "so it is important to me to try to be more authentic."

Jimmy's restaurants don't offer warmed-over buffets of Chinese/Japanese/American dishes. They serve authentic Japanese cuisine prepared by Japanese chefs, which is as it should be from Japanese-owned restaurants.

Jimmy calls it getting back to the basics: authentic, quality food, prepared  in the traditional ways of his country by those who know it best - Japanese chefs.

This is what's important to him.

"Since I am Japanese," he says, "I can educate the South."

Jimmy's authentic Japanese restaurants include:


EAST. 6696 Poplar Ave., 901-747-0001.

MIDTOWN. 25 S. Belvedere, 901-725-0005.

CORDOVA.1884 N. Germantown Pkwy. 901-309-8800.

COLLIERVILLE. 2130 Poplar Ave. in Collierville, 901-854-0622.

BARTLETT. 2990 Kirby Whitten Rd. in Bartlett, 901-377-2727.

SOUTH, MS. 1255 Goodman Rd. W. in Horn Lake, MS., 662-536-4404.

Also within the Sekisui family are these popular Memphis restaurants:


4724 Poplar, 901-767-7770, www.sprusa.com.


2116 Madison & Cooper, 901-410-8290, www.robatamemphis.com.

Visit www.sekisuiusa.com for more information.


Discover the Hollywood Casino Difference!

Welcome to the A-list and all that goes with it. From unrivaled gaming action and award-winning dining, to our luxurious hotel and full-service RV Park, this is a place like no other. For the ultimate in star treatment, become a MARQUEE REWARDS® member and earn generous comps and Free SLOTPLAY®. The more you play, the more you earn. Signing up is fast, easy, and free.

Experience heart-pounding thrills with over 1,100 of the newest big-hitting slots, more than 30 world-class table games, and the hottest dedicated poker room around. All perfectly in view of our spectacular video wall.

Plus, every month we have the coolest promotions!

When you’re ready for a break from the action, indulge at any of our incredible restaurants. Live it up with amazing food at Fairbanks Steakhouse, Celebrity Grill, or Epic Buffet. You’re sure to find something to satisfy every craving.

After an exciting night, settle into one of our lavish hotel rooms or suites. Each offers the comfort and style your celebrity status deserves. For those who prefer the privacy of their personal trailer, we offer a beautiful 123-space RV Park, all just steps away from the casino.

Once you’ve been here, you’ll know… there’s no place like Hollywood.

For information about Hollywood Casino, Fairbanks Steakhouse Celebrity Grill and the Epic Buffet, call 1-800-871-0711 or visit www.hollywoodcasinotunica.com. Hollywood Casino is just south of Memphis, off Hwy. 61.


A Quick List Of Key Favorites!

Stax Museum of American Soul Music. 926 E. McLemore, 901-942-7685, staxmuseum.com. Booker T., Otis, Rufus & Carla & more. Open Tues.-Sat.

Checkerberry Shoppe. 2247 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown, 901-754-3601. Boyds Bears, Cat's Meow - wonderland of treasures. Mon.-Sat.

Davies Manor. 9336 Davies Plantation Rd., 901-386-0715, daviesmanorplantation.com. Historic log house. Tues.-Sat. Apr.-mid-Dec.

Memphis Zoo. In Overton Park.901-276-WILD, memphiszoo.org. One of the best in the U.S. Open daily.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway. 901-300-3195, autobahnspeed.com. 6399 Shelby View. European style indoor kart racing! Open daily.

Woman's Exchange of Memphis. 88 Racine, 901-327-5681, womans-exchange.com. Unique consignment store: gifts, crafts, kids' clothes & great home-cooked luncheons! Mon-Fri.

Mr. Hats! 113 Highland at Poplar, 901-452-2099, mrhats.com. The most complete hat shop in the Mid-South! Mon.-Sat.

Rock 'N' Soul Museum. 191 Beale at 3rd., 901-205-2533, memphisrocknsoul.org. How music came out of Memphis. Open daily.

Sun Studio. 706 Union, 901-521-0664, sunstudio.com. The birthplace of rock & roll. A national landmark. Open daily.

Graceland. 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd, 901-332-3322, graceland.com. Where The King lived. Street name says it all! Open daily.


Backbeat Tours!

Backbeat Tours offers an upbeat variety of tailor-made Memphis excursions, complete with rockin tour guides who know Memphis as well as their instruments. Hop aboard the Backbeat Bus & let'em sing you some history! Tours depart from the Backbeat ticket window at Blues City Cafe, 2nd & Beale. Call 901-527-9415, 1-800-979-3370, or www.backbeattours.com.



A nightlife transportation service connecting two of Memphis' favorite nighttime destinations, Overton Square & Cooper Young, Ride the Roo offers 12 stops, bringing passengers within a short walk of the area's restaurants, pubs, theatres & shops!

And what do you find at either end of a Roo-Run? Overton Square,midtown at Madison & Cooper, features a host of restaurants, plenty of boutique shopping, four live-performance theaters & a multi-screen movie theater.

The Cooper Young District also offers great shopping & dining as well as art galleries, spas & more.

So Ride the Roo & see for yourself!

Ride the Roo runs Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m.-2 a.m., from Overton Square to the Cooper Young District. Only $2 per ride. Get more information at ridetheroo.com. You can even track it on the web – www.ridetheroo.com – or follow on Facebook & Twitter: @RideTheRoo!



Gear up and get ready! Autobahn Indoor Speedway - one of the nation's premiere indoor go-karting facilities - is now opened at 6399 Shelby View Dr. in Memphis.

Do you dream of speed? Well, you'll find the ultimate racing experience at Autobahn Indoor Speedway. Autobahn's Formula One inspired go-karts are designed and manufactured in Italy, home to some of the best race cars in the world.

They're the fastest in the industry. Adult karts can reach speeds up to 50 mph.  Junior karts top out around 25 mph.

Because electric go-kart technology is continuously revolutionized, they're durable, reliable, easy to handle, modern and fast.

"We are honored by the excitement and enthusiasm we have seen so far from the Memphis community," said Anthony Dillard, General Manager of Autobahn Indoor Speedway.  "We pride ourselves on being able to offer racing fans a cool, modern facility with a unique and real racing experience."  

Autobahn Indoor Speedway Memphis boasts a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. Inside, racers test their racing abilities on a Grand Prix style track full of straight-aways and tight turns.

Corporate racing packages are available for small to large corporations looking to enhance corporate culture.  

Autobahn, the perfect entertainment destination for any occasion, is open to the general public 7 days a week for "Arrive and Drive" racing. It's also great for birthday parties, corporate events, reunions . . . hey, if you're looking for a fast-paced thrill-a-second, one-of-a-kind experience, Autobahn Indoor Speedway is perfect anytime!  

Autobahn Indoor Speedway is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway is at 6399 Shelby View Dr. in Memphis, between Sycamore View and Raleigh Lagrange, just north of I-40. For information call 901-300-3195, visit AutobahnSpeed.com, or Facebook.com/AutobahnMemphis.

Enjoy All The Things Memphis Has To Offer!

The Half Shell.


Two locations: 688 S. Mendenhall, Memphis 38117, 901-682-3966; & 7825 Winchester, Memphis 38125, 901-737-6755. Offering the freshest quality seafood in the Mid-South, as well as hand-carved steaks, sandwiches & salads. Open daily for lunch & dinner. Week-end brunch, Sat. & Sun. til 3 p.m.

Gold Strike Casino.


1010 Casino Center Dr., Tunica Resorts, MS 38664; 662-357-1111 (room reservations 1-888-245-7829).

50,000 square foot casino floor features all your favorite games & top-notch service. Live entertainment offered at Stage2 at Gold Strike. Catch today's top headliners at Gold Strike's Millennium Theatre

Catch all your favorite headliners live at the Millennium Theatre.

Rooks Corner, Hilton Memphis.


939 Ridge Lake Blvd., Memphis 38120, at Poplar & I-240; 901-684-6664. Atmospheric bistro features a menu of classic American cuisine. Daily breakfast buffet offers made-to-order omelettes & waffles. Rooks Corner also offers an affordable lunch buffet Mon.-Fri., & nightly dinner specials. Open daily, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Major credit cards accepted.

Ride the Roo.


A nightlife transportation service offers 12 stops, bringing passengers within a short walk of the area's restaurants, pubs, theatres & shops. Shuttle runs Thurs. 5 p.m.-midnight; Fri. & Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., from Overton Square to the Cooper Young District. Only $2 per ride.

Sheraton Memphis Downtown.


Newly renovated downtown hotel, at 250 N. Main St., Memphis 38103 (901-527-7300), the Downtown Sheraton is next to the Memphis Cook Convention Center & offers superior city views from 600 guest rooms. Located at a Main Street Trolley stop, it's convenient to the FedEx Forum, National Civil Rights Museum, the South Main Historic Arts District & just a short walk from the Mississippi River & Beale Street. Crossroads Tavern & Grille offers full dining service daily, featuring handcrafted cocktails & artisanal wines.

Dixon Gallery & Gardens.


Across from Audubon Park, at 4339 Park (901-761-5250), the Dixon features one of South's finest collections of French Impressionist art, antique furniture, & 17 acres of formal & informal gardens. Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m., closed Mon. Admission $7 adults, $5 seniors 65 & over, $5 students with ID, $3 children 7-17. See page 6 for more on Dixon's current exhibition.

#1 Barbecue in Memphis? Corky's!

Corky's ribs have been voted #1 throughout the South! Lean, tender, hickory-smoked, Memphis-style ribs. Rubbed with Corky's famously flavorful dry shake and served wet or dry, they are the flavor of Memphis, and a must-eat if you're in town. Just as delicious are Corky's wonderful barbecue sandwiches - pork or beef. And both deserve to be enjoyed with a side of Corky's fantastic barbecue beans. Corky's also offers barbecue salad, barbecue chicken, barbecue & spaghetti, hot tamales, chili and Cajun shrimp.

And don't forget to get a loaf of onion rings for everyone at the table to share.

And just remember, when you're licking your fingers to get every bit of that delicious flavor, say you saw it in Key Magazine!

Corky's serves lunch & dinner daily. Beer is available. M.C., D.C., Visa, Amex, Discover accepted.

There are 4 Corky's BBQ Restaurants in the Memphis area: 5259 Poplar, 901-685-9744, near Poplar and I-240 in Memphis; 1740 Germantown Rd. at Dexter, 901-737-1988, in Cordova; 743 W. Poplar, 901-405-4999, in Collierville; & 6434 Goodman Rd., in Olive Branch, Ms 38654; 662-896-3663. Visit www.corkysmemphis.com for information.

One more thing: fudge pie and ice cream anyone?­­


Premier Transportation Services

For more than 150 years Premier Transportation Services has been transporting Memphis area residents safely and securely to their destinations, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Yellow and Checker Cabs, manned by experienced, professionally trained and permitted drivers, are clean and well-maintained; drivers are experienced and professional, helpful and polite. Twenty-four hour, on-demand Courier and Package Delivery Services are also available. MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted. Call 901-577-777 or order on-line at www.yellowcabofmemphis.com.

Premier also offers airport shuttle services (call 901-577-7700 or 1-800-796-7750); group and meeting transportation;  and VIP Executive Sedan Services -- no airport lines; no hassle. Chauffeured sedans are also a worry-free way to enjoy a night on the town -- no parking hassles; no designated driver. A minimum 24 hour notice for all service is requested. Office hours are 8 a.m-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Metro Cab & Advantage Cab

901-322-2222. Fast, friendly, professional service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The area’s largest fleet features a professionally trained staff & safe, clean sedans & vans. Serving Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, Olive Branch, Millington, Southaven, West Memphis & Memphis. Quick access; local or long distance fares; fully insured. Visa, MasterCard & American Express accepted; corporate direct billing available

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