Perhaps just as important in terms of its contribution to American music in the mid-20th century, Stax Records was the center of a large number of 1960s soul and R&B greats, many of which had their records released on the Atlantic label through a distribution agreement they had with Stax. However folks like Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Booker T and the MGs, and Otis Redding lived and recorded in Memphis at the Stax studio on McLemoore Avenue in a converted theater. After years of neglect in a neglected neighborhood, Soulsville has been resurrected as a museum. They have a great introductory video and some great exhibits. We were unfortunately pressed for time and only had 45 minutes to spend there but I could have easily taken another hour or two. The exhibits start with the advent of southern gospel and its evolution into the soul sound of the 1960s including many civil rights protest songs. Of particulatar interest is the restored recording studio which visitors walk through with the audio sounds of recording sessions as if you were there yourself as Isaac Hayes or Carla Thomas did their magic. Also in the musuem is Hayes' 1972 "Superfly" Cadillac.
Lots of great history and memories are conjured up here with exhibits of old photos, album covers, and 45s. Definitely worth the trip! And not far from Interstate BBQ either! ; )
Free hourly shuttle service is available between the Stax Museum, Graceland, Sun Studios, and the Rock 'N Soul Museum!
walk down beale street in the afternoon or evening. you can hear bands everywhere even if you do not go into the bars. the bars collectively have a wristband that you can wear to get into any of them; i think that it costs about $10. sometimes there are bands playing in the street, in a nearby park, or on the sidewalks.
you will find stores in that area (that are open at night as well as during the day) with all kinds of CDs, cassette tapes, and even a few vinyl records. blues are predominant, but there are many other kinds of music too.
Beale St. is a three block stretch in downtown Memphis that is home to many clubs and restaurants with great food and fantastic music. From the high-priced B.B King's to the dive the Black Diamond, there's a place for every mood.
Hey folks, this is the place to be. It first rang out over the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. It migrated to the streets and clubs of Memphis. It went on to influence the sound of music all over the world. Memphis is the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll. And it all starts here on Beale Street.
Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival!
The Beale street music festival is one of the all time best weekend music festivals in the country. It happens the first weekend in May every year and the Memphis in May people do their best (which is very good indeed!) to bring all sorts of amazing acts. I saw Stevie Ray Vaughn there, as well as Bare Naked Ladies.
The Blues were born on Beale Street, and it was the home to famous blues musicians such as W.C. Handy who wrote the first blues song here in 1909.
Beale Street is a great place to take in Memphis night life.It is a must see for out of town visitors and people who love Memphis music. Beale street offers many hot entertainment spots; bands that play in the open in Handy Park, or the night clubs that line Beale Street. Beale Street is where the Blues was born and lives on to this day.
Visit Beale St. - Birthplace of the Blues!!
If you enjoy live blues music, you will fine it on Beale Street, an area filled with blues bars and stores with a party atmosphere. Popular bars are BB King's Blues Club and the Rum Boogie Cafe (which was easier to get into). You will also find the Hard Rock and a plethora of other enjoyable venues.
At the end of Beale street is the preserved house of WC Handy, the blues pioneer who came here to Memphis and established the Memphis blues sound.
BB King of the blues...I'm a big blues fan and was lucky to see BB King play his guitar at the Belgian Rhythm & Blues Festival. Boy was he good !!