Being in Memphis during the 2014 Beale Street Music Festival is a real plus. The festival runs May2-4 in downtown Memphis along the banks of the Mississippi River. For the complete lineup and showtime, see the Beale Street Music Festival official site.
Beale Street is alive with blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll, R&B, soul and gospel. It is anchored by the Orpheum Theatre at one end and the Hard Rock Café on the other with a variety of clubs, restaurants and retail shops in between. Its live music, outdoor concerts, clubs, restaurants and neon give you an authentic look at Memphis and its music. No other local landmark has held such mystique, intrigue, fame and infamy over the years.
While on the street, don't miss local favorites, the Beale Street Flippers as they do acrobatic stunts you have to see to believe. Also, tour the home of W.C. Handy (the Father of the Blues) and enjoy outdoor concerts at the W.C. Handy Park.
Or the princes may opt to see Graceland, former home of Elvis Presley. Check out Elvis Presley’s Graceland for more info. While the house may not seem very big by today’s standards, in the 1950s, it was downright opulent. While you’re there, check out his two private planes and all of his fancy rides in the car museum.
They may finish out their day with dinner and drinks in the South Main Arts District in Downtown Memphis.
They may not have time to see Dixon Gallery and Gardens, but you’ll want to visit when you are in Memphis. This picturesque museum is part art gallery, part botanic garden and all splendid. The interior space showcases eight to ten visiting exhibitions covering everything from modern works from local Memphis artists to famed expressionists and everything in between. The exterior area boasts vast gardens, an arboretum and numerous sculptures. The Dixon also features weekly educational programs and family days.