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Beale Street (Photo by Jeremy Atherton via Wikipedia)

Billed as the Mardi Gras of the mid south the Beale Street Music Festival opens this weekend in Memphis Tennessee.

If blues has a home it would be Beale street.  From the 1860s  blues musicians from all over the south made their way to Memphis to play in the various clubs there.  B.B. King, a regular,  got the "B.B". in his name because he was called the Beale Street Blues Boy.  Jazz and blues artists such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, and Albert King were also popular there.

Memphis is also the home of Sun Records and Elvis Presley.  Sun Records, famous for it's early recordings or rock and roll,  is where Elvis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis got started with their early records and albums..


Besides the various tents and shacks featuring more intimate performances the main stages will have artists such as Jason Moraz, Stone Temple Pilots, Lucinda Williams, John Mellencamp, Greg Allman, John Hammond, Godsmack, and Betty Lavette.


Friday April 29th through Sunday, May 1st.

Beale Street
Memphis Tennessee

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