Jerry Lee Lewis: Cafe & Honky Tonk Opening and Interviews

Move over Beale Street. Jerry Lee Lewis is coming back to Memphis with a parade and a restaurant set to open (softly) on April 23.
The official opening will be April 27 following a 4 p.m. welcoming parade down Beale Street to move the Killer´s piano, motorcycle, and memorabilia into Jerry Lee Lewis´ Cafe & Honky Tonk, located on the first floor of Dancing Jimmy´s. The cafe, the first in the country to carry Jerry Lee´s endorsement, will appeal to visitors and locals alike with a Southern menu of home cooking and Memphis barbecue.

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Jerry Lee Lewis´ Café and Honky-Tonk will open on April 27th at 310 Beale in Memphis, TN, the biggest building on Beale Street. The restaurant will offer cuisine from Louisiana to low country, from Mississippi to Memphis. The decor will span the length of Lewis´ career, from the 1950s to the present. The entertainment will feature live music in the rockabilly style, highlighting the music of Jerry Lee Lewis and others indigenous to the Memphis music scene.
A parade to herald Lewis´ move to Beale Street will be held on April 23th, and fan participation is desired. Representatives from all fan clubs are welcome! Fan club members are invited to join as Mayor AC Wharton accompanies Jerry Lee Lewis on the ride down Beale. Other dignitaries will be present, both civic leaders and those from the music business.

Jerry Lee Lewis Opening Nighclub on Beale
(Reported by Jeff Beimfohr for ABC24)

MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - There´s a whole lot of shakin´ goin´ on. Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the legends of rock and roll, will soon be rocking the Mid-South again, performing May 4th for Memphis In May. But, even before that, rock and roll’s original´bad boy´is coming to Beale Street. After decades of performing in clubs, Lewis is switching sides and becoming a club owner.
Several special events will mark the opening of Lewis´ club, the Jerry Lee Lewis Café and Honky Tonk on April 23, including a parade and the world premier of ´The Killer´s Back´ - a documentary of his life.

´It’s a beautiful club,´ Lewis told abc24.com, ´it´s really a knockout place.´
Creating his own clubs wasn´t taken lightly by ´The Killer.´
´I’m excited about it,´ said Lewis, ´I waited a long time before I decided to do that.´
Jerry will play at his own place occasionally, but said there are other reasons to go there.
´Well, thell see good shows there and get the best food in town.´
Customers will also get plenty of memorabilia, like the piano Lewis used for his Sun Records audition in the 1950´s.
´They mortgaged their house to buy this piano,´ said Drew Chittom, the managing partner of Lewis´ new Honky Tonk, ´it will be very, very protected.´
Still, Lewis will be the main attraction.
´This man was the first inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,´ Leon Griffin told abc24.com. Griffin calls himself a music preservationist.
´I was inducted first,” said Lewis, “Elvis was inducted second.´
Lewis said being located on Beale Street with his new business venture will be an honor.
´I like it, that’s why I decided to go on Beale Street,´ he said.
´The man has lived not only a rock and roll dream,´ said Griffin, ´but I think the American dream.´
´I figured it was time to get it on,´ Lewis stated.

Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Janice Broach goes one-on-one with Jerry Lee Lewis
(Janice Broach for WMC-TV)

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MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – While Memphians are excited to have a voice on a national stage, with four contestants on The Voice, Action News 5´s Janice Broach went one-on-one with one of the Bluff City´s biggest voices, Jerry Lee Lewis.
Jerry Lee Lewis knows about the Memphis singers on *The Voice.* He´s not saying who is his favorite..but he knows when he hears good music.
Jerry Lee Lewis knows what he likes.

´I can´t put a finger on anyone who plays the piano as well as I do´ Lewis said.´I’m not bragging.´

The Killer, still in rare form at age 77, will be rocking and rolling for his 10th appearance at Memphis in May next month.

´I guess they just like to see an old man do his show,´ he said.

He has a European tour planned.
His new restaurant on Beale, Jerry Lee Lewis Café and Honky Tonk will open in a few days.

´The best food in town,´ he said.´It´s a real knock out. It´s beautiful.´

There are plenty of memorabilia photos and his one-of-a kind motorcycle.
Rock´n Roll´s wild man sat down with me with his 7th wife by his side to talk about it all and his crazy style on the piano.

´I taught myself,´ he said.´I created my own style. I was 8 years old when I started playing.´

His playing evolved into a spectacular show.

´I had my own style kicking the stool back and all standing up and dancing piano playing which hasn´t been touched by anyone yet.´

And that hair.

´I had pretty hair. I knew that and Elvis had a pretty face.´

Jerry Lee Lewis sold more records than Elvis in the early years. And, yes, he really did set his piano on fire. Chuck Berry was the last to play that night and Jerry Lee wanted to upstage him. It was part Coca-Cola and gasoline in a bottle.

´I just flipped it over and when I finished *A Whole Lot of Shakin´ Going On* just threw a match in it and went up.´

Jerry Lee Lewis has a new recording coming out soon. He says he will play at his new restaurant from time to time.

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For more information regarding the opening or parade, contact:

Cori Frazier
310 Beale Street, Memphis, TN
870-489-0108
annacfrazier@gmail.com

Sources:
International Jerry Lee Lewis FanClub, ABC24 & WMC-TV

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