Memphis Mojo Tour: the Best of Memphis

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Activity #1227
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Rating: 4.7  222 rating points
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Memphis Mojo Tour: the Best of Memphis

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Visit legendary sites where music history was made and learn little-known facts about them from a professional musician and guide.

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Time-Traveling Through Epicenter of American Music
Fri, Jun 6, 08   2:30 PM rdwoolf Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My sister is a rocker chick who lives her life in the music industry, frequently traveling back and forth across the country working gigs or seeing bands do their thing. So when she said we should meet up in Memphis for a weekend, I knew I could not plan just any normal bus tour. We had to make the pilgrimage to the rock-n-roll mecca known as Graceland, but I knew little else about the city itself. A bus tour is a good way to learn about a tourist town....but they often are filled with a bunch of geriatric stuff-shirts looking to see the world from an air-conditioned window. Hell, they don't call them Greyline Tours for nothing. I knew my sister would never go for that type of thing and it wasn't something that appealed much to me or my wife either. But the Memphis Mojo Tour looked different. For one, the bus was straight out of 1955! Oh, and there was no air conditioning at all! It was hot...smokin' hot...but not just because the sun was beaming down on us. Our guide through space and time was none other than Memphis Jones. A high-spirited, motor-mouthed, long haired guy with an all-American stars and stripes guitar and a rockin' singing voice. As the bus began moving away from the Beale street Backbeat Tours box office, we were serenaded by Mr. Jones to the sounds of Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee". The bus had a variety of tambourines, bongos and little "shaker eggs" that allowed us to play along with each song and really get into whole Memphis vibe the way it was meant to be done...with music and song and the smell of diesel in the air. Now that's rock-n-roll! We heard (and sang) blues, country, gospel, R&B, funk and old rock'n'roll songs. And with each song came a story or a bit of history as we glided by the various locations that helped make American music what it is today. So many voices and music styles came out of Memphis. We learned about H.C. Handy, Robert Johnson, BB King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, and so many more. And of course time and music was dedicated to Elvis Presley. That goes without saying. I wasn't much of an Elvis fan before this trip but I have a lot more respect for him and his music now. We learned about the tragic history of the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was assassinated. But Memphis Jones also told us about all the great Stax Records music that was written there as well (and how the tragedy is being used in a positive way by teaching people about the history of civil rights in America). Unfortunately travel delays meant my sister wasn't able to take the tour. But we're planning on doing it again the very next time we can, which will be sooner rather than later as this is an awesome city to visit! If you can only do one thing while in Memphis, I would tell you to take the Memphis Mojo Tour! It is a perfect way to learn about all the important spots in the city. Then I would say either go to Graceland or to the National Civil Rights Museum (hopefully both).
Rating: 5
WONDERFUL! Highly Recommend for everyone!
Tue, May 26, 09   2:30 PM rdougk Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My Fiancee and myself decieded on a last minute weekend getaway to Memphis and after reading other reviews concerning the Mojo Tour we decieded to try it - I/we are so glad we did! Being a week day the bus was not packed and there was plenty of room. The bus was a 50's era bus but was very comfortable and well air conditioned while maintaining the retro theme. Our tour guide "Nancy" was very informative and passionate about her city and it's culture making the tour peronal and very interesting - one of the best we've ever taken! I would highly recommend this tour (and have already) to anyone - it is money and time well spent!
Rating: 4
Good place to start for Memphis first time visitor
Sun, Mar 21, 10   1:30 PM rcee4me Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was our first time to visit Memphis. We thought this tour would be a good foundation for where to start. The customer service and tour guide were very kind and funny. Our 11 year old son was scheduled to go with us, but got sick at last minute, so it was just my husband and I. You could bring any beverages you wanted on the bus with you (alcoholic or nonalcholoic) which we liked. The bus boards at an ideal location on Beale Street. We went over spring break and we were the youngest on the bus and we are in our 40's. So the crowd was a lot more mellow than I anticipated. But we made the best of it and the tour guide did a good job trying to get the rest of the crowd more engaged. It was interesting to see all of the spots Elvis grew up and worked at. Also how other artists during the same period - Johnny Cash, BB King, Aretha Franklin and other famous song writers were up and comers.
Rating: 5
Great Fun!
Sat, Jun 16, 12   11:30 AM Rburks1967 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My daughter and I went on the 11:30 tour with our drinks in hand. The tour guide was very informative and a lot of fun, and boy could he sing! The hour and a half flew by and before we knew it, it was already over. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, and actually already have!
Rating: 5
History Comes Alive
Sat, Aug 14, 10   1:00 PM rbrtl123 Male 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
I was disappointed that the bus was not the vintage model featured on their web site, but the tour guide more than made up for it with his performance. I left with a feeling of what it was to live during this era.
Rating: 4
great!
Fri, Oct 19, 12   11:30 AM rbarlow002 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
awesome!
Rating: 5
Awesome!! Lots of fun and very educational too.
Sat, Oct 15, 11   2:30 PM ray1995 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
A fantastic tour. You learn a lot and have a great time doing it. You can even pack a cooler to bring on the bus with you. Our guide was great - lots of history, music, and personality. Of our party of four, two had never been to Memphis. They were totally amazed and entertained. My wife and I had been on the tour previously (maybe five years ago), and we could not wait to do the tour again and we once again had a great time. You have to do take this tour - it is a blast!!
Rating: 5
What a treat!
Sun, Sep 21, 08   2:30 PM ray1995 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had the most marvelous time! Lots of music history and lots of fun! We would recommend this to everyone! A total different view of Memphis! The staff was fantastic! If I had to tell people to do one thing when in Memphis, this would be it!
Rating: 4
Great way to get an overview of Memphis!
Wed, Jul 13, 11   10:30 AM rasurec Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The Mojo tour is an entertaining and informative tour of many Memphis highlights. I would have marked 5 stars had the tour been on the usual Mojo bus, but apparently the bus was in the shop, and our tour had to be taken on a standard "for hire" small tour bus... I think that disrupted the trip a bit. But the guide was great- a good singer and knowledgeable/friendly.
Rating: 5
One of the best tours ever!
Fri, Dec 28, 07   2:30 PM raremorels Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
My family had not heard about the Memphis Mojo Tour until my wife picked up a brochure from the Peabody Hotel (we were watching the procession of ducks from the indoor pond...what a hoot!). It was amazing, we were running a few minutes late and the tour accomodated us, by holding the bus until we arrived. We were then treated to what can only be best described as a rollicking concert an hour and a half long, by the one and only Memphis Jones, who entertained, informed and sang his way around the musical sights of Memphis. I have never been on a more entertaining tour. Two criticisms.... 1. Get the word out...our host in Memphis didn't know about your fabulous tours. 2. It is too cheap! thank you for a great experience. Russell...Perth Australia