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Sunday, September 29, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER TravelE-5 TRAVEL emphis lies alive wit M If you go Pick up a free Memphis Flyer for news about events, attractions, restaurants, including: Graceland: Ten miles from downtown. Tickets: $7.95 for adults, $4.75 for ages 4-1 2, for the mansion tour and Meditation Gardens; packages Including his planes, cars and a museum also available. 800-238-2000, anytime. Peabody ducks: 1 1 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily, Peabody Hotel, downtown. Forthcoming Memphis events: Oct. 7-13, Blues Week; Oct. 13, National Blues Music Awards Show. Eats: Sunday brunch at the Peabody is a Memphis tradition. So are the burgers at Elliott's and the desserts and popovers with strawberry butter at Paulette's. Neon forks outside mark Doe's Eat Place, on Beale, for 48-ounce steaks. For more: Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, 50 N. Front St., Suite 450, Memphis, Tenn. 38103; 800-44-START, anytime. I I I ll - ..,.1 , r : , -., .... ... , Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau Memphis musicians fill air with music on Beale Street, birthplace of rock 'n'roll. Music can be heard live at more than 100 clubs nightly. BY RICK SYLVAIN Knight News Service MEMPHIS, Tenn. Call it three minutes until 11 o'duck. The famed ducks of the Peabody Hotel are about to waddle into the lobby fountain, as they do every morning at 11, from their penthouse suite. Lorrie Brock of Morgan City, La., has a ringside seat. "It's the only live entertainment in Memphis," huffs Brock. "I mean, they've got a dead person's jewelry and a man that died years ago his house." Whoa, Lorrie. Chill out! Elvis Presley's Graceland is sacred to music fans everywhere, but Memphis is more. It's blues on a revitalized Beale Street A stunning new pyramid on the Mississippi Riverfront for sports and concerts. The new Civil Rights Museum. Memphis barbecue at the Rendezvous. Memphis memories at Sun Records. After years of decay, the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock 'n' roll is showing signs of reawakening. There's even Marc Cohn's hot-selling single, "Walking in Memphis." Beale Street Music blows up and down Beale Street. So do characters. Abe Schwab is a round, jovial man of 65. His grandfather opened A. Schwab's dry goods store on Beale Street in 1876. You still can buy a straw hat or a voodoo potion or neckties for 99C. Schwab likes to lead guests upstairs to the "museum": a dusty clutter of old cash registers, cigar molds, jars, gadgets. "Beale was a lazy, good-times, get-out-of-work, spend money, get drunk, chase women kind of place," he recalls. "Beale Street wasn't a street, it was an attitude. It had its own set of laws. Not real laws. Beale Street laws." Its raffish past is behind it. But if you want to hear Memphis talk, Beale Street is still where it talks. The wail of a guitar that's Memphis talking, with a backbeat pulse. The throaty moan of a sax. That's Memphis, too. Amazingly, on a street where the Memphis Police run a free TpTT" 4 ii n museum and working precinct station, open drinking is not only allowed, it's encouraged; bars are set up right on the sidewalk. In the early 1900s, it was W.C. Handy, a bandleader who hung out on Beale, who took the spiritual sounds other blacks brought from the hardship of the Delta cotton fields and shaped it into something All-American: the blues. The old street today is awash with music pouring from speakers. Beale is B.B. King's, Handy's Blues Hall and the Rum Boogie Cafe, to name a few clubs. Order a long-neck, take a table by the stage and let steamin'-hot music work its spell. Walls at the Rum Boogie are etched with names like Johnny Co-peland, Joe Louis Walker, Fingers (Please see MEMPHIS, Page E-6) J I Mm w , wmmuc f I 1 mm a "irn 6 ff fLS Above: Memphis' Sun Studio is where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carol Perkins began their careers. 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