The Audubon Sessions

The Audubon Sessions is a student-produced house concert series that takes place at 1034 Audubon Drive, the first home Elvis bought in Memphis with the money he earned off of Heartbreak Hotel in 1956. He lived there for thirteen months before he moved to Graceland. Guest artists are invited to the house to perform and discuss their careers and thoughts about music and life, especially in the context of Memphis and our region.

The performances are filmed, produced, and edited by Rhodes students in conjunction with Memphis professionals. The students serve as fellows of the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes, which sponsors and oversees the series. The mission of the project is to use the historic location of Elvis’ first purchased home as a space to have discussions about the importance of Memphis on the development of music and culture over the past century, and to experience the music first hand. This student-centered project explores the breadth of Memphis music and aims to share it with the world through digital media.

The goal of the project is not to create a museum out of this historic house, but to use it like Elvis used it when he was 21—as a space to celebrate and experience creativity and young energy.