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  • May 24, 2022 7:01 PM | Shirley Davis Conner (Administrator)

    Register now for the 20th annual Southern Lodging Summit and take advantage of special Early Bird pricing. The Southern Lodging Summit is a two-day hotel conference featuring:

    • Keynote Speaker: Mark Carrier, President, B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group
    • Industry Trends and Forecast:
    • Mark Woodworth, Woodworth & Associates
    • Isaac Collazo, STR
    • Robert Mandelbaum, CORE | EA Hotel Research
    • Mark Lomanno, Kalibra Labs
    • Exciting Hotel Industry Topics
    • Dynamic Speakers
    • Lunch with the Speakers
    • Opening Cocktail Reception
    • Downtown Memphis Music and Dining
    • Sponsorship Opportunities

    What are you waiting for? Early Bird Pricing ends soon. Register today HERE!

  • May 21, 2022 9:00 AM | Kim Halyak

    The 7th Annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk is May 21-22, 2022, from 9-4pm. Our 2-day event showcases 100+ imaginative, diverse gardens to tour, 23 educational booths, 23 garden vendors, and 5 musicians. Attendees can visit for a few hours or see all the gardens over the weekend.

    Visitors love our garden walk not only because of Cooper-Young's quirky, eclectic gardens but because of its unique location in the heart of Midtown Memphis, home to historic architecture, robust community pride, trendy shops, thriving restaurants, diversity, art, and culture.

    After taking in the gardens (self-guided tour), visitors can nourish themselves at Cooper-Young's 25 award winning restaurants and breweries, many which will offer discounts to our garden walk attendees.

    Visitors can walk, bike, drive or take the Backbeat Tour shuttle to the gardens along tree-lined streets, now a nationally registered arboretum.  It's easy to experience what is fast becoming the best and largest urban garden walk in the South.

    Tickets and information here:

  • May 20, 2022 6:00 PM | Kim Halyak

    Carmeon Hamilton, Memphian, HGTV design contest winner, and star of "Reno My Rental" will be the keynote speaker for the Cooper-Young Garden Walk.  She will talk about the "Magic of Growing and Designing With Houseplants" at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, 6-8pm.  Tickers are only $10. Wine and appetizers will be served. Tickets can be purchased here:

  • May 11, 2022 4:16 PM | Lori Huffstutler (Administrator)

    Elvis Presley's Graceland is opening a new exhibit called Elvis: Dressed To Rock on May 7. The exhibit will explore Elvis' on-stage style from 1969-1977 through more than 100 pieces of iconic stagewear, including jumpsuits, capes, belts, jewelry, original designer sketches and more.

    This limited-time exhibit will feature a dramatic 21-foot floor-to-ceiling display of Elvis iconic stage costumes in a newly reimagined area of Elvis: The Entertainer Museum at Elvis Presley's Memphis, and allow visitors to see Elvis' jumpsuits like they never have before. Throughout the exhibit, visitors will immerse themselves in many of the fashion pieces that defined the King of Rock 'n' Roll's style and career, all part of Graceland extensive archive collection.

    From the two-piece tunics worn in 1969 in Las Vegas, to the last jumpsuit Elvis wore on stage in Indianapolis, Elvis: Dressed to Rock will showcase over 100 pieces of stagewear worn by the king including stunning jumpsuits, beautifully detailed capes, numerous belts, two-piece suits, studded boots, jewelry, and more. In addition, guests will see outfits displayed for the first time ever as their complete sets, including three Cisco Kid two-piece outfits, worn in Las Vegas in 1971, and two of Elvis' Dude Suits, worn in Las Vegas in 1972.

    Some of the iconic items included in the new Elvis: Dressed to Rock Exhibit, include:

    • Aloha from Hawaii jumpsuit, worn for the first-ever satellite concert
    • Aztec Sun jumpsuit, the last jumpsuit Elvis wore on stage
    • TCB Custom-made Ring, worn on stage the last few years of his career
    • Original Drawings by Bill Belew, designer of Elvis' stagewear and personal wardrobe from 1968-1977
    • Jumpsuits worn in Las Vegas 1970, featured in his first concert documentary “Elvis: That's The Way It Is”

    Admission to the exhibit is included with all Graceland tickets as part of the Elvis Presley's Memphis experience.

    The Elvis: Dressed to Rock exhibition and Graceland Elvis 45 Record Giveaway are part of Graceland's yearlong celebration, ELVIS 45, to honor the life and legacy of Elvis 45 years after his passing. To find out more about Elvis 45, visit

  • April 05, 2022 9:26 PM | Shirley Davis Conner (Administrator)

    Our speaker will be from Memphis in May. For more than forty years, the mission of Memphis In May International Festival has been to promote and celebrate Memphis culture, foster economic growth and enhance international awareness through education.

    Memphis in May hosts the city’s largest events like the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest which bring in visitors from around the world to Memphis. Memphis in May also produces extensive education, international, and economic programs for the city.

    Come hear from our friends at Memphis in May to learn about Ghana, this year’s honored country. We’ll also learn about transportation options to Liberty Park from Downtown Memphis for this year’s signature events as the 2022 edition of the Beale Street Music Festival and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest will be presented at the Fairgrounds in Liberty Park to make way for the construction of the redesigned Tom Lee Park.

    Children's Museum of Memphis is located at 2525 Central Avenue in Memphis.

    Networking and registration begins at 11:30am with lunch beginning at noon.

    No charge for MMAA member representatives. Additional Member guests/Guests $45.

    No-shows WILL be billed.

    RSVP Deadline - Monday, April 18th at noon.

  • April 04, 2022 5:22 PM | Shirley Davis Conner (Administrator)

    Save the Date

    August 23 & 24, 2022

    Renasant Convention Center

    Mark your calendars for the 2022 Southern Lodging Summit Memphis. The Southern Lodging Summit provides a perfect forum for a diverse group of owners, operators, sales executives, financial institutions, architects, attorneys and hotel company representatives to interact with industry notables, featuring dynamic speakers and informative industry topics.

    • Who: Some of the top executives in the hospitality industry

    • When: Tuesday and Wednesday, August 23 and 24, 2022

    • Where: Renasant Convention Center, Memphis, TN

    • Why: To meet with industry leaders and trendsetters, to take the pulse of the hospitality industry, and to go home smarter than when you arrived!

    Be A Sponsor

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  • April 04, 2022 5:13 PM | Shirley Davis Conner (Administrator)

    Circle Network to Air Music-Packed Program Across 100+ American Affiliates and

    On Demand; Show to Highlight Performances, Speeches & The City of Memphis

    Memphis, TN… This Thursday evening, March 31, 2022, at 7:00 CST, a one-hour “Memphis Music Hall of Fame 10th Anniversary Celebration” broadcast is scheduled to air nationally via Circle Network. The program will celebrate the Hall of Fame and its world-changing inductees, as well as Memphis, the “Home of Blues, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and the musical state of Tennessee. Circle Network’s national reach of over 100 affiliates across 39 states has the potential of promoting the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and Memphis music to millions of households across the U.S., and millions more through worldwide streaming.

    The show features a great selection of musical performances, star-studded award presentations and memorable acceptance speeches from the Hall’s past ten years… including clips featuring Keith Richards, Justin Timberlake, John Prine, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Blackwood Brothers, Sam Moore, Billy Gibbons, Steve Cropper, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dan Penn, Charlie Musselwhite and many more. Markova Reed serves as the show’s host, with Chris Steinmetz reporting from sites around the city including Central Station, world-famous Beale Street, and overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis. The program was produced by Spotlight Productions of Memphis, working with staff of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, which administers the annual Induction Ceremony. The production was generously supported by Memphis Tourism, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, and the Downtown Memphis Commission.

    “It’s essentially a one-hour TV commercial promoting the City of Memphis and our city’s roster of musicians who shook the planet and placed our city on the world map,” said John Doyle, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul and Memphis Music Hall of Fame Executive Director. “We are so grateful to Memphis Tourism,, and the Downtown Memphis Commission for making it possible, to Spotlight Productions for having the creative vision for what the show needed to be, and foremost to Circle Network for believing in and sharing the message of Memphis music around the globe.”  

    “We are excited to bring the rich musical heritage from Memphis to our Circle audience,” said Evan Haiman, SVP of Content for Circle Network. “From the Grand Ole Opry to the Farm Aid broadcasts, this partnership reinforces Circle’s commitment to sharing the stories, amazing performances and events within the music industry.”

    The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum launched the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012. A Memphis Music Hall of Fame Museum opened in 2015 at Second Street and Beale Street. Since this celebration of Memphis’ world-changing musicians began in 2012, eighty-two Inductees have been honored. More information about the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is available at


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    John Doyle

    Executive Director

    Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

    Memphis Music Hall of Fame

    191 Beale Street, Suite 100

    Memphis, TN  38103

    (901) 205-2530

    Cell (901) 485-6995


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