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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Shake, rattle, and roll through Memphis on this guided musical bus tour. Local musicians lead the way on a fun-loving ride through the home of blues, complete with live music and tambourines, shakers, and bongos for all to enjoy. Visit historic Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in America, plus Stax Studio, the Lorraine Motel, and more. Upgrade to include admission to Sun Studio, the most famous recording studio in the world.
  • Memphis music bus tour led by local musicians
  • See Beale Street, Peabody Hotel, Civil Rights Museum, Cotton Row, and early homes of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King
  • Get in on the action—Join the Backbeat Rhythm Section featuring tambourines and bongos
  • Upgrade to include a guided tour of Sun Studios

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Learn about Memphis’ music culture during the only tour that’s led by real musicians.
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Guided sightseeing tour
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Admission to Sun Studio (if option not selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alfred's On Beale , 197 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA

197 Beale St.

This activity will end right where it started.
This musical Memphis mojo bus tour begins on Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in America. Climb aboard the nation’s only music bus and meet the guide, a professional Beale Street musician who will play and sing selections from the city's rich musical heritage, while entertaining with comedy, history and behind-the-scenes stories of favorite Memphis personalities. 

Along the way, see famous Beale Street, one of the most iconic streets in America. Also, drive by legendary Stax Studio, now the Stax Museum of American Soul Music; the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assasinated, now part of the complex of the National Civil Rights Museum; plus historic Front Street/Cotton Row, the Peabody Memphis hotel, the 342-acre Overton Park, Central Gardens district, the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and the early homes of music legends Elvis Presley, BB King and Johnny Cash.

Upgrade to include admission to Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock and roll and the most famous recording studio in the world. Sun Studio is the very place where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and countless other superstar musicians launched their illustrious careers.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Beale Street
The tour starts and ends on Beale Street - the Home of the Blues - at Alfred's on Beale.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Handy Park
Explanation of how WC Handy became known as the "Father of the Blues."
Pass By:  
The Peabody Ducks
History of the South's grand hotel
Pass By:  
The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange
History of the Cotton Exchange and historic Cotton Row
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
History and importance of the Mississippi River
Pass By:  
Lauderdale Courts
History of the Presley family's first real home in Memphis
Pass By:  
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
History of Danny Thomas and St. Jude's
Pass By:  
Sun Studio
The birthplace of rock 'n' roll! (Optional admission.)
Pass By:  
Sam Phillips Recording Studio
History of Sam Phillips' second recording studio, the successor to "Sun Studio"
Stop At:  
Overton Park
Overton Park Shell and the story of Elvis' first concert
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lafayette's Music Room
History of Overton Square and Lafayette's
Pass By:  
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Home of Stax Records and Southern soul - Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, the Staples Singers, Booker T & the MGs, and many, many others!
Pass By:  
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
Explanation of the 1968 Sanitation Strike and the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • The bus does not have a wheelchair lift, but if you have a collapsible wheelchair and have some mobility, we should have no problem accommodating you. Please contact us in advanced with any additional questions.
  • Within a few blocks there are four different parking garages, and several open-air parking lots. The closest garage to our location (just two blocks away) is at 149 Peabody Place between Second Street and BB King Blvd., next to the Hampton Inn. You can try your luck with on-street metered parking, too, on Second Street just south of Beale; on Beale between Front and Second; or along Peabody Place from Front to Fourth Street.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Backbeat Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Memphis Mojo Bus Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Memphis Mojo Bus Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Memphis Mojo Bus Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Memphis Mojo Bus Tour.

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  • "Don't miss this tour, it is well worth the time and money!" See review
  • "Check in was easy and we loved the entire experience!" See review
  • "I highly recommend this tour if you enjoy music and it’s history." See review

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star-5
There's magic in the Mojo Tour Bus.
Troy_M
, Jun 2022
The historical sites, just being there was a rush. But the "behind-the-scenes" tales and the unknown back stories shared by our musician/tour guide were the real treat.
star-5
Good time!
Stevie_W
, Jun 2022
We had an amazing time, Cecil was such a storyteller. I would recommend this trip on a hot sunny day!!!
star-4
Loved the story telling...
Donna_T
, Jun 2022
Loved the story telling and singing. Loved hearing all about Memphis and Elvis! Great tour and worth doing.
star-4
The singing tour guide
Nettie_B
, Jun 2022
I enjoyed the tour guide and singing! Just a great experience to learn the history of the city and about the famous artists from there!
star-5
Very interesting and fun day
Christine_B
, Jun 2022
The information we found out the singer was very good bus driver very good trip all around was very good
star-5
Not to be missed
Anonymous
, Jun 2022
Great tour musician was excellent .It was both fun and informative . Showed us all the music areas of the city and the recording studios.
star-5
The Memphis Mojo tour was worth every penny.
Chuck
, Jun 2022
We loved our singer/tour guide he knew the tour info and so much more! And just great at singing and playing the guitar. As RV'ers we also truly appreciated our driver's ability to squeeze that big old bus through some pretty crowded and tight spots and maintained a smooth ride for all of us. WE HAD A BLAST!
star-5
Great time
Bill_M
, Jun 2022
The narrator was great. We all sang along and had a blast. Very informational as well. If you like music don’t miss this tour
star-1
Disappointing
kim_k
, Jun 2022
I was expecting about the history of music in Memphis, but instead got stories loosely related to Memphis. My kid wanted to leave halfway through.
star-5
Phenomenal music & History
Carla_C
, Jun 2022
Our music & narrator was phenomenal on the 1:30 tour!! Enjoyed all the history & music plus great stories!! Larry our bus driver was great too- my friend & I were the only ones on the Sun tour from our group!! Loved it
star-1
missed the bus
Daniel_B
, May 2022
We, two senior couples, arrived at the loading location an hour early and had to fight the downtown traffic due to an event that had just finished. We had drinks and waited for the bus to arrive. We asked several people about where to look for the bus and were given some idea about where to look. The bus tour did call and said they were on their way, and we looked where we were told to look. None of us saw the bus which evidently showed up and left. I feel better directions should be supplied.
star-5
Great time for everyone!
Lee_B
, May 2022
We really enjoyed the local and insider stories from someone who brought those stories to life! The music was sn added bonus!
star-5
Boring it is NOT!
David_H
, May 2022
The historic stories and music made the tour so enjoyable! Great for all ages! We loved every minute of it!
star-5
Knowledgeable and Personable
Jane_K
, May 2022
I really enjoyed the guide’s level of knowledge regarding the history of the area as well as a great personality
star-4
Fun but rushed
Diane_m
, May 2022
Was a lot of fun and the singer was good. Wish it wasn’t so rushed and we got to see more. Bring cash for tips. No Venmo.
star-5
Fun tour
Sheri_M
, May 2022
We really enjoyed this tour. It is a fit for young or old. So much music history shared by our tour guide as well as sharing the songs with us as we went along. It also gave us an opportunity to see the highlights that we might want to return to and spend a little more time. Highly recommend!
star-5
Great tour!
Theresa_t
, May 2022
The tour was great we enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone . The bus driver and the guide were awesome!
star-5
Fantastic Tour!
Jeffery_F
, May 2022
Wonderful entertainment and informative leader of our tour. We highly recommend this as your indoctrination to Memphis.
star-5
Fun tour!
Lindy_P
, May 2022
Our tour guide Cecil was wonderful. He was not only knowledgable but also a seasoned musician. He exuded pure joy while singing and talking to us. Highly recommended!
star-5
MOJO bus tour
Mariah_J
, May 2022
Davies Performance and knowledge of memphis was top tier. My friends and I really enjoyed this tour. It was the icing on the cake to us visiting for the beale st music festival. This is definitely an opportunity you don't wanna miss.

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