Beale Street is to Memphis what The Strip is for Las Vegas. It’s party central in Memphis. And home to great music.
I think everyone visiting the city must take in Beale, regardless of the time of day. During the day, it’s more of a tourist attraction, but at night, the music comes alive, the drinks flow and the people flock in droves.
We capped our one-day visit to Memphis with a stroll through a few blocks of Beale Street. The music was loud at several clubs. But, it was great to listen to for a few minutes at a time.
Club signs illuminate the night. BB King has a club here.
Jerry Lee Lewis not only has a club and restaurant, but they even park a car alongside the building.
A statue of legendary blues performer WC Handy stands tall in a park along the street.
A “must” visit for us is the Hard Rock Café. Lisa loves the chain. We checked out the café on Beale Street.
Noteworthy was the historical marker that recognized the Lansky Brothers as the clothier who dressed Elvis. They dressed Elvis for his appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and others.
Hard Rock has an artist performing just as we arrived. He belted out a Roy Orbison tune. He was good.
The Hard Rock has a lot of memorabilia for Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.
A group of young kids performed an acrobatic street act. They did some great back flips down the street. People were quick to put tips in their bucket.
Historical markers recognizing African American accomplishments are located along Beale Street.
The street has musical notes on the sidewalk, recognizing music-related accomplishments.
We had a fun time taking in Beale Street in the evening. It allowed for some great viewing – people watching, musicians and the bright lights.