Whether you think of Graceland as purely a tourist attraction, or you don’t think of it much at all, you may find a few reasons below to rethink it as an entertainment destination.
In 2017, Elvis Presley Enterprises opened their new $45 million entertainment complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. It features multiple exhibits, restaurants, and shops that are, of course, dedicated to the legend of Elvis Presley, but the centerpiece of the complex is not about Elvis nostalgia. The Graceland Soundstage is a state-of-the-art live music venue in the heart of the complex. The Soundstage can hold up to 1500 fans seated, and over 2000 standing, and has a flexible configuration that can go from a club-like setting to a full-production experience.
The Graceland Soundstage along with the Graceland Guest House Theater will play host to a concert series called Graceland Live. Elvis Presley Enterprises has partnered with Live Nation to present the series of live music shows spanning multiple genres and counting “icons, national touring artists and rising stars” among the performers. The lineup includes legacy musicians, acts you’ll recognize as 80s and 90s radio staples, and some young current chart-toppers. Graceland Live is attempting to offer a little something for everyone in hopes that locals and travelers alike will come to see Graceland as a place where you can do more than pay homage to Elvis.
Here are the upcoming shows that have been announced thus far:
May 3: The Allman Betts Band
May 16: Violent Femmes & X
May 18: Jack Wagner
June 2: Stryper
June 9: Why Don’t We
June 15: Don McLean
June 16: Bozz Scaggs
June 22: Chubby Checker
July 6: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
July 20: Kirk Franklin
August 21: Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot
September 1: Hot Tuna
November 2: Melissa Etheridge
Tickets can be purchased at gracelandlive.com. Keep up with concert announcements by following Graceland Live on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.