Mr. Handy's Blues Hall is a great spot to hear a blues band. It is pretty small and only has a handful of tables and stools on one side of the narrow room and a bar with addtional stools on the other. The stage is on the end of the room opposite the entry from Beale Street. It is this intimate setting that makes seeing a band here really nice. It reminded me of a couple of the blues bars I've been to on Halstead Street in Chicago. Bar service is fast and friendly although their on tap selection was a bit lacking.
Another plus is that the place is great for people watching. We saw quite a few colorful characters on the two nights we spent time here. And everyone in there is very friendly just taking in the music and atmosphere and wanting to have a good time. On both nights we saw local blues band, Delta Highway. We were so impressed by them the first night we had to come back the next night! Definitely a great experience!
Dress Code: Casual
Blues City Cafe is a restaurant and night club, located on Beale Street. Famous for ribs-steaks-tamales, and gumbo. The food is very good. They have blues bands at night, like most other of the clubs.
Dress Code: Whatever you want !!!
The Stella Maris club, which now I've heard was closed, offered Latin dance on fridays nights.
I think the owners chanced it into a different kind of club, so here are some fotos for the nice time we had there....
The cover is steep, the beer is cheap, and the blues are deep at Wild Bill's. Mercifully removed from Beale Street, this bar is a gem. It's a storefront juke joint that serves beer by the quart and blues by the ton. On the weekends, the Memphis Soul Survivors take the stage and rev the crowd up to a frenzy. It's what a Memphis blues club should be, but what the tourist clamor on Beale Street has crushed.
Cover is 10 bucks and a quart (40 oz) of beer is 4. There's a liquor store in the same strip mall and you can bring your own booze. The bar will provide a setup.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
The Hi Tone Cafe, once the location of the dojo where The King himself studied karate, is now one of the most accessible and reliable music venues in Memphis.
The small to mid-size venue (mid size for Memphis,) hosts bands from local metal, garage rock and punk acts (Memphis still has it when it comes to local music!) to national and international headliners.
I like to bring out of town guests here, it's real, but not TOO real (sleazy?) for most people. I think most shows these days are 18+, a few are all ages, and sometimes they're 21+. MOST shows are in the neighborhood of $7.00 at the door, check their Web site for they're schedule, since bigger acts often sell out and have advance tickets available. Shows tend to start around 10:30 or 11:00, but it's basically just whenever there's enough of an audience to play for.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
Every Wednesday night from summer to the last week of October is bike night on Beale Street. They have some very expensive bikes, and some not to expensive. I'm setting on a 1963 Honda that cost the owner $35.00.
Was told about this place during the Sun Studios tour - it has just opened! There was great music coming from within, and I was told that The Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis himself, is scheduled to play there once a month. The cafe is filled with personal memorabilia - it looks like a very cool place to visit, but I wasn't here long enough to hang out. There were quite a few people going in and coming out - I will definitely have to check it out when I go back. I'd LOVE to see Jerry Lee in person!
Pepsi Cola Pavilion is a park, and they have free concerts. They start in the afternoon, and last into the night.
Dress Code: Whatever you want .
The Blues Hall or (Juke Joint) it's the same place, is a pretty nice club to hear music. I heard the Delta Saturn Band the night i was there, and they like to (boogie).
The Delta Southern Band is a pretty good band. The guitar player builds barns by day, and plays music at night. This band likes to boogie.
Dress Code: What ever