Beale Street. If I have to explain it, you probably won’t understand it.
When I was walking in Memphis
I was walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale.Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn
Jerry Lee Louis.
Do you have some of these names on your playlist? Then you have an inkling of what Beale Street is about.
Like the Alamo
If you’ve been to the Alamo you know the reaction when legend meets reality; you expect it to be bigger.
Beale Street in Memphis comprises roughly 2.5 blocks of mostly restaurants, music clubs and stores.
You can walk it in 10 minutes - but if you set out to listen to the music it’s launched into our modern culture you’d probably need a year.
A Sunday Noon
We walked to Beale Street from the Peabody on a late Sunday morning. The streets weren’t busy but most places were open.
We found a place to both sit outside in the warm sun and get some BBQ. While we were waiting for our food a blues band struck up in the bandshell across the street. I’ll take blues and BBQ for church any day.
Frenchman not Bourbon
My gut feeling is that on a weekend night Beale Street isn’t the drunken tawdriness of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, but more like nearby Frenchman Street.
Yes, alcohol and some rowdiness, but mostly people there to enjoy the music.