Parents feared early rock 'n' roll because of its suggestive lyrics, which encouraged teens to twist into the shape of curse words. Face the music with today's Groupon: for $35, you get two tickets to the International Rock-A-Billy Music Festival (a $50 value) on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 at 7 p.m. at the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame in Jackson and a guided museum tour for two (a $20 value; a $70 total value). The tour can be conducted on the same days as the festival, or on a separate date. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Treat ears to the rollicking melodies pervading the 2011 International Rockabilly Music Festival, which congregates riff-slinging luminaries from two continents and four countries. Swedish tune makers The Cadillac Band arrive from the Norse country to perform hits from the '50s, '60s, and 1570s. Tap toes to the rockabilly stylings of Jackson's own Red, Hot and Blue Band, or nod in rhythm to the country beats of Canada's Judy Kanyo. Check the website for more information.
With two guided-tour passes, music buffs can browse the International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame, which hosts the genre's only existing video libraries, along with 16 life-size oil paintings and scores of rock relics. Tour guide Henry Harrison schools guests on rockabilly's greatest entertainers, revealing quirky facts and long-division problems that lend insight into the lives of pioneers such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and others. Peruse concerts and stage costumes, or plan next year's holiday yard display based on the museum's Christmas-themed replica of Graceland. In addition to its interior exhibits, the Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame boasts vibrant exterior murals depicting Perkins, Sir Paul McCartney, and more.
105 N Church St.
Jackson, Tennessee 38301