This list is by no means complete- just a
few suggestions from the crew at GONER
For a more complete, entertaining guide (and great pictures c/o JIM
COLE!) check out
KREATURE COMFORTS' LOWLIFE GUIDE
TO MEMPHIS (4th edition)
updated guide to best barbecue, music spots, and cool cultural stuff around
the Memphis (and Arkansas/Mississippi) area! Topics covered include 10
Free Things To Do, Memphis Restaurants Owned By Memphis Musicians, What
to do if you're considering sitting in with a blues band, and more. Introduction
by Jim Dickinson! 3.00
New edition coming!
for a map of Memphis, go here
(the excellent YAHOO maps)!
check out the wonderful Memphis
Weather for your trip!
other links for info on memphis happenings
unbelievable site! TONS
of Memphis music, videos, more!
(Memphis Society event calendar!)
Dining With Monkeys
(kid-friendly restaurant reviews)
(one thing the Lowlife Guide omits!)
Our own horn-tootin' great record store in the heart of the Cooper-Young
district. New, used, Lps, cds, 45s, garage, punk, soul, jazz,
blues, R&B, country, rap, heavy metal, classical, turntables,
ampls, and assorted local artists cool wares- it's here!
2152 Young Ave 722-0095
Hippest store: in town: lotta vinyl indie rock, blues, jazz, local
acts, books & zines No flotation tanks. Good advice for shows
& area goings-on.Check out the 70s museum (that's my Kiss
On Tour game on the wall). Tell 'em Goner sent ya!
1916 Madison Ave 274-1916
Not as hip as Shangri-la but pretty cheap
best punk rock selection in Memphis
lots of vinyl, lots of blues, rockabilly, and weird
2072 Walker 272-7922
Collector's store tons of expensive rare
Memphis & rockabilly records not priced- not mint- not fun
822 S. Highland 324-1767
Lots of jazz & blues vinyl, CDs too
Worth poking around in their
good blues/ jazz /memphis cd selection.
1698 Madison Ave 278-1166
Black Lodge Video
831 South Cooper at Evelyn
Great selection of Cult, foreign, weird, and lots of just GOOD movies
like you can't find in your regular video store.
Easy terms (no late fees!), good peoples, occasional personal appearances
and low-key rock shows (USAisamonster)- check it out!
Places to See Music
Hi-Tone 1913 Poplar 278-TONE
The Hi Tone books most of the smaller "alternative", rocknroll
and punk bands. Home of Gonerfest!
Ave Deli 2119
Young Ave 278-0034
Not booking as much live music any more, but occasional shows. Sponsors
the great Midtown Soccer Club!
Madison Flame 1588
The bar that for decades hosted the only punk rock shows as the
Well, The Antenna, and later as Barristers is now a Lesbian beer
bar that occasionally hosts some wild rock shows- like Shangri-la's
Sir Mack Rice blowout!
1589 Madison 726-4193
Decent small bar that's cleaned up the clientele from bathroom-packing
snifflers... punk and rock shows often.
Cafe 1532 Madison 726-0906
Easygoing beer bar has been the hub for Memphis artists for decades
and occasionally has live music
Cozy pirate-themed hole in the wall just re-opened with a full
bar, decent eats and a non-stop rock calendar!
Omni New Daisy 330 Beale St
800 seater for the bigger names. Regular boxing, wrassling, and
Tourist blues outside in Handy Park in
warm weather can be great, and there can be occasionally great
bands in any club- check the Memphis
Flyer for listings good bet: Charlie Wood's organ action
at King's Palace, BB Kings, Hard Rock Cafe, Elvis Presley's Memphis...
For some REAL blues / R&B:
1580 Vollintine, 726-5473
Thursday through sunday nights, this stripmall storefront is rockin
with some down home blues. Get there around 10:30 and you'll have
a shot at a table. Bill will be at the door taking the money,
and you're gonna hear "Hole In The Wall."
james arthur attacks Gus' amazing chicken
Great Mexican food
Unfortunately no beer. New! Guadalupana #2 just opened up on Winchester!
4818 Summer Ave
Solid mexican food, about 1/2 a mile closer than Guad.
3967 Summer Ave
Ellens Soul Food
Awesome fried chicken-great sides, too.
601 S Parkway East
Front street, downtown, or out in Mason, TN (original location rebuilt
after a fire), best fried chicken around. The sides suck, well,
the cole slaw and the beans are straight out of a can. Fried rice
should be avoided. Try fries if you need to balance the chicken
/ beer combo out with some starch. Delicious!
Downtown: 310 South Front St, 527-4877
In Mason: 520 U.S. 70 (take Summer Road just past the "Welcome
To Mason" sign) 294-2028
Big S Grill
JC Hardaway cooks it up in the Big S, in the not-so-distant good
old days. We miss you JC!
Nice greasy spoon option for breakfast!
3965 Summer Ave
Good hamburgers & basic bar food
Free live music sundays of the blues/rock/roadhouse variety bar
open until 3 am locations downtown, midtown, and out in the eastern
midtown: 1927 Madison 726-4372
downtown: 77 S 2nd St 527-2700
Memphis Pizza Cafe
employs 78% of Memphis' musicians
2087 Madison 726-5343
oldest restaurant in town- cool diner,
has hosted some epic shows in the past (T-Model Ford, Gasoline,
Guitar Wolf, Jackie & The Cedrics, Reatards, 68 Comeback)
540 S Main 526-5757
great chop shoulder sandwich! Jay Reatard
says: try the ribs,
and don't pass up the bean pies and especially the sweet potato
1762 Lamar 272-1523
oh, man. The Ribs! I've heard the Cornish hens are good- i can't
get past the ribs! Drivers beware: Hot hot sauce is hallucinogenic!
Closes around 6
645 N Parkway
An admirable attempt to eat a 2-rib plate with a smoke sausage
Great small restaurant stuck inside a
small asian foods market, friendliest service and big menu! Sandwiches,
too. Jay Reatard and the Oscars are regulars. Great.
306 N Cleveland 725-5079
Well, maybe their pho is better... but not by much. Good eats.
2496 Poplar 458-1644
Pho Ho Binh
Another Vietnamese joint, nice folks,
chicken wings & egg rolls on the lunch buffet along with a
buncha tofu dishes for the veggie lovers.
1615 Madison Ave (901) 276-0006
Three restaurants in Memphis-
kinda California-style, but good Sushi.
This is the Midtown address:
25 S Belvedere 725=0005
Maybe more authentic, and cheaper Japanese food
Guitar Wolf's favorite!
4792 Summer Ave 767-7096
Bayou Bar & Grill
Good New Orleansish food in Overton Sq.
Kitchen open late.
2105-1 Overton Sq 278-8626
Music Equipment Stores
1739 Madison Ave (901) 276-7717
Great small store, best prices in town, good stuff!
Right around the corner from Goner, John Lowe
makes his Lowebow cigar box guitars, sells Orange amps,
and has all kindsa book, too!
3952 Park 458-2094
Consignment's got a 24 hour vending machine for strings, picks, etc!
Memphis is ruputed to have some of the sleaziest
strip joints with the best-looking young
girls in the south (maybe the country?), even as the city tries to close
revenue-grabbers down as "public nuisances". One expert (works
for Playboy, okay?) declared
Memphis' Platinum Plus the best strip club in the USA.
For gambling, you've got your dog races (and "games of skill")
in West Memphis (5 minutes from downtown) and the much-improved casinos
of Tunica (1 hr 15 minutes south to Mississippi). Tunica, previously one
of the poorest counties in
the US, is no Las Vegas. Still, big-name acts play Tunica when they won't
come to Memphis, but the
casino atmosphere and audience leaves lots to be desired.
Speaking of vice, if you're arrested and taken
downtown (jail is at 201 Poplar), expect to spend 5-18 hours in
piss & vomit-covered holding tanks with trash-talking gangsters, wanna-be
gangsters, real gangsters, rednecks, and habitual
drunks. Hopefully not your idea of fun. Avoid at all cost.
89.9: community free-for all: great blues,
jazz, weirdo rock
hard rap, lotsa New Orleans bounce & Memphis G's
more slowjams, but some good southern rap too...
it's worth standing in the room where
it all happened, and the tour can be pretty good (depending on the
tour guide)! Say hey to Goner friend filmmaker Mike McCarthy if he's
...is a zoo. Especially during Elvis Week (in Aug).
But if you gotta see it... The Jungle Room rules!
National Civil Rights
in the Lorraine Motel, where
Rev Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated- interactive tour of
the Civil Rights Movement hopefully does the cause justice- across
the street is Jacqueline Smith, who was kicked out of the apartment
complex to make the museum and has been camped out across the street
ever since, protesting her (and other tenants) evictions to make
way for the museum.
Has been reborn as the Soulsville
Museum of Soul Music & Stax Learning Academy, teaching music
and performing arts to kids. Great! Record geeks could spend hours
in the hallway with thousands of Stax / Volt / Truth / etc Lps and
45s on display... whoah!
used to be THE place to go throw away your
paycheck if you lived in the mid-south...
now it's a pale (ha!) version of what used to be a center of Black
entertainment. Still, there's decent food and music... Charlie Woods
plays great Hammond B3 james
photo Eric Friedl
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