beale street memphis downtown attractions
Beale Street

Beale Street is known the world over as the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll. Named for an otherwise unknown Civil War hero and headquarters for General Grant during that conflict, Beale Street came into its own in the 1920’s as the arts and cultural center for Memphis. The carnival atmosphere of nightclubs, theaters, restaurants and stores had to compete against the street’s reputation of excess: illegal gambling, drinking and prostitution, plus the specter of murder and exotic voodoo mysticism. Times good and bad followed and, beginning in the late 1970’s, Memphis moved to reinvigorate Beale Street’s image by returning it to its place as a center of entertainment. Today, Beale Street retains the charm of it’s storied past while offering world class entertainment.


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