Beale Street is the Heart of Memphis Music and Entertainment

Beale or Beal? No matter how you spell it, you're bound to have a great time on America's most famous streets.

Three blocks of nightclubs, restaurants and shops in the heart of downtown Memphis, the Beale Street entertainment district is a melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll, R&B and gospel. This National Historic Landmark was declared the Home of the Blues by an act of Congress, and with its rich history of legendary performers gracing the district (think Albert King, Louis Armstrong, Memphis Minnie, Muddy Waters and B.B. King), it's not hard to see why. With cold beer and hot music, Beale Street is one of the coolest places in Memphis.

All you need to do is take a stroll down Beale Street’s neon row. Hear music spilling out of clubs and restaurants like Rum Boogie Café, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Silky O’Sullivan’s or the Hard Rock Café. Beale Street is serious about its music, and jam sessions at many of these clubs go deep into the night. For a good time, grab a drink, soak up the sounds and throw a few bucks in the tip jar for the Beale Street Flippers.

The downtown Memphis music scene isn’t just about the blues. New Daisy Theatre, located at the north end of Beale Street, is home to visiting national alternative acts like The Raconteurs, The Strokes and Cat Power. The New Daisy is the perfect size venue: big enough to bring well-known artists, yet intimate enough to feel like a club. And at the historic Orpheum Theatre, rightfully dubbed the "South’s Finest Theatre," you'll find everything from Broadway productions to famous comedians.

Every May, the Beale Street Music Festival brings major music acts like Wilco, John Mellencamp, Snoop Dogg and John Legend to Tom Lee Park at the end of Beale Street on the Mississippi River. The festival launches a month of festivities citywide known as Memphis in May.

Regardless how you spell it (Beal or Beale) or when you visit, you’re sure to have an amazing time in the heart of downtown Memphis.

Interested in more? Check out these 5 things to do on Beale Street by night.

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