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Elvis Presley’s former residence, Graceland, has always been a popular destination for fans of the King. “Even before his death, Elvis fans would always flock to Memphis hoping for a chance to see him leaving the Graceland mansion or to see him driving around on Elvis Presley Boulevard,” says Christian Ross, Graceland’s PR specialist. “The year after he passed in August of 1977, his fans continued to line up outside of his mansion, but this time, it was to honor his memory.” Fans gathered around the mansion, holding candles and leaving floral arrangements, cards, and other tokens of appreciation, to pay their respects to the dearly departed. Since this initial (and unofficial) ceremony more than 40 years ago, fans have continued to rally annually to celebrate his life. The Candlelight Vigil, which is now an official commemoration and which has become a time-honored tradition, attracts thousands of fans from all over the world who exhibit a strong sense of comradery. “It’s heartwarming to see all of the relationships and friendships that have been built because of a shared love for Elvis and his music,” Ross says. “It’s also been an opportunity for families to bond and create new memories for children who might not have otherwise been exposed to Elvis. It keeps his memory and his legacy alive for these new generations.” Anyone interested in joining the commemoration is encouraged to arrive early to allow for road blockages and traffic. Anyone who is not able to make it may access a live stream of the vigil by visiting graceland.com. CANDLELIGHT VIGIL, GRACELAND MANSION, 3764 ELVIS PRESLEY BLVD., THURSDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 8:30 P.M., FREE.
August 15-21, 2019
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THURSDAY August 15
FRIDAY August 16
Full Moon Kayaking River Garden at Mississippi River Park, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Are you ready to howl at the moon? Free kayaks (provided by The Fourth Bluff ) available on a first-come, first-served basis for this event celebrating the Grain Moon. DJ Ben Murray spins the tunes as attendees float the Wolf River Harbor. Alternatively, bring your own boat or watch from the bank.
Elvis Week Hound Dog Tours: Elvis Presley’s Memphis Backbeat Tours, 197 Beale, 1 p.m., $15-$30 This sightseeing tour takes you to Humes High School, the Overton Park Shell, Sun Studio, the Memphian Theater, Chisca Hotel, the Audubon Drive house, and more. Add an optional guided tour inside the Presley apartment at Lauderdale Courts, where a teenage Elvis lived.
Jelly’s Last Jam Hattiloo Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $30-$35 George C. Wolfe’s Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning play tells the story of jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton. Runs through September 1st.
Bobby Rush Album Release Party Blues Hall of Fame Museum, 421 S. Main, 5:30 p.m. Party (free to attend) celebrating the release of Sitting on Top of the Blues, featuring light hors d’oeuvres, meet and greet, and performance.
Frida Kahlo and Mexican modernism at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville Arts, p. 30
The Science of Wine Pink Palace, 3050 Central, 6-9:30 p.m., $65 Botrytis. Brettanomyces. Tannins. I dunno, I just looked up a glossary of wine terms. Taste wines, talk to wine experts, sample wine and food pairings, and more. Cheers! 1969 50th Anniversary Concert Elvis Returns to Vegas Graceland, 7-11 p.m., $50-$120 Anniversary celebration featuring Elvis live in concert on the big screen and performances by Elvis’ TCB Band — James Burton, Ronnie Tutt, and Glen Hardin — along with original members of The Imperials, Terry Blackwood, Armond Morales, and Jim Murray.
Elvis Week at Overton Square Overton Square, 7-10 p.m. Starting at 7 p.m., “Elvis” will be in Chimes Square singing and taking pictures with fans. At 8 p.m., enjoy free popcorn and a showing of the 1958 film King Creole. Sandlot Night featuring “Squints” AutoZone Park, 7:05-10:05 p.m., starting at $17, $60-$65 includes club level seating, meet and greet, T-shirt, and Home Plate buffet Celebrate The Sandlot with the film’s own Squints (Chauncey Leopardi). Meet and greet will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with the movie playing on the stadium’s videoboard after the game.
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