8 Ways to Celebrate Elvis’ 80th Birthday
If Elvis was alive, he would be 80 years old tomorrow. Whether you're a card-carrying Elvis fan club member or just like an excuse to enjoy a special day, here are eight ways to honor the King's birthday on January 8.
1. Get some Elvis-inspired treats
Even if you're a Memphian suffering from Elvis overload, you can appreciate this one. (If you're a business doing anything special for Elvis' birthday this week or month, leave a comment or Tweet at me.)
– Frost Bake Shop (in Laurelwood Shopping Center) will offer two specials on Jan. 8. Their delicious Memphis Cream Cake (banana cake with peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache) will be $25 (normally $38) and their Memphis Cream Cupcakes will be on sale for $1 (normally $2).
– Muddy's Bake Shop (Sanderlin Shopping Center) and Muddy's Grind House (585 Cooper St.) will have two Elvis-inspired treats on the 8th, The King cupcake (banana-peanut butter) and the Hunka Chunka Burnin' Love chocolate cayenne cookie. Anybody dressed as Elvis will get a free treat!
– Eighty3 at the Madison Hotel (83 Madison Ave.) is offering lunch specials periodically through the month, like Elvis waffles with peanut butter sauce and bacon. They also have a special Eat, Drink, & Sleep Like The King package from Jan. 8-31. If you book a room this month, you get an $80 food and drink credit to Eighty3, Twilight Sky Terrace, or room service.
2. Go to the Elvis Movie Double Feature at the Orpheum Theatre
As part of Graceland's official Elvis birthday events, the Orpheum is doing a double feature on Friday night, Jan. 9. They're showing Jailhouse Rock and Viva Las Vegas at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20.
3. Eat Elvis' Favorite Sandwich (or a version of it)
Here's a post about a bacon banana peanut butter sandwich that's super easy to make. If you want more Elvis-inspired things to eat, you can also try the "Elvis Dog" at Blues City Hot Dogs (bacon wrapped and served in a pancake with syrup). The Arcade is going to be pretty crowded this week, but that's a great place to eat where the Elvis had his breakfast.
4. Listen to Elvis Music
The Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs Elvis' biggest hits at 7:30 p.m. at the Cannon Center on Saturday. Tickets are $5 – $85 through the MSO website. Or, you can find your favorite Elvis song (mine is "Suspicious Minds") on the Elvis Spotify station. Click here to listen.
5. Take Your Picture With Elvis
If you're downtown, stop by the statue on Beale between 2nd and Main for a photo opp with Elvis. Bonus points if you post it online tag it #ilovememphis or #happybirthdayElvis so I can share it on Twitter or Instagram. Bonus BONUS points if you take a picture dressed as Elvis/with an Elvis tribute artist/visitor dressed as Elvis.
6. Drop A Quarter in the Elvis Shrine at Goner Records
The shrine lives in a corner near the counter at Goner Records (2125 Young Ave). It's lit from above by the primary colored light of a disco ball, and the hand-painted King of Rock 'n' Roll is outlined in twinkle lights. Drop in a quarter for the full benediction.
7. Check out the newest Lansky Bros. location at 126 Beale Street
Lanksy Bros., the family business that dressed Elvis, still has their locations inside the Peabody Hotel, but the newest location is where their original store was on Beale Street. There is plenty of rock 'n' roll-inspired attire and even some blue suede shoes, but I really dig their selection of Memphis and band t-shirts.
8. Visit Sun Studio
I'm not even going to put Graceland on this list because that's just too obvious, but if you've lived in Memphis for any length of time and you haven't visited Sun Studio yet, make a plan to get there. The tour guides are some of the best around (Amy LaVere was a tour guide for several years) and the milkshakes are pretty great, too.
Happy Birthday Elvis!