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101 Things To Do In Memphis #53: 2019 International Blues Challenge

by Melissa Thompson


The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affiliated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.

The 2019 International Blues Challenge will be held from January 22-26th. The International Showcase will open the event on January 22nd with competition rounds on January 23-26 in venues located along historic Beale Street. The International Blues Challenge will conclude with finalists performing at the Orpheum Theater on January 26th. 

By and photo credit: https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/ and http://www.bealestreet.com/international-blues-challenge/

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #49: New Years Eve in Memphis

by Melissa Thompson


We know you’re already thinking about New Year’s Eve. Why not ring in the world’s partying-est holiday in Memphis? The city that rocks year ’round rocks hardest on New Year’s Eve, when landmarks, attractions and local-favorite bars invite everybody in for a party.

Beale Street and the Hard Rock Guitar Drop

Beale Street can be a party almost any night of the year. It’s the kind of place where you’ll see brides-to-be wearing bachelorette-weekend tiaras; where you can bar-crawl, sing karaoke and dance late-night. Beneath it all is the music (literally—look down while you’re strolling the sidewalk and you’ll notice stars commemorating Memphis music legends). But also, listen: live music streams from clubs, sending the sounds of electric and acoustic blues, rapid-fire rockabilly and searing soul out into the night. 

Since Memphis’ musical legacy meets the city’s love of a good time on Beale, you can bet the street’s New Year’s Eve celebration is big. You’ll party with tens of thousands of people, spilling in and out of bars and restaurants onto the wide street. You’ll dance under the stars to live music by headliners (last year, blues legend Bobby Rush). Just before midnight, you’ll count down as a giant guitar drops instead of a crystal ball—this is Memphis—and fireworks explode overhead, announcing the new year. Note that to join the NYE party on Beale, you’ll need to be at least 21. And for the best view of the Hard Rock Guitar Drop, look into general admission and VIP ticket options. 

Overton Square New Year’s Bash

By day, pretty-as-a-picture Overton Square is where you take the kids for pizza or burgers, load up on candy at Sweet Noshings and play cornhole in the courtyard. Where you shop clothing boutiques and snap selfies with public art. By night, the scene shifts: couples and friends take over restaurant patios, sharing tapas and drinks. Live music pours out of Lafayette’s Music Room and Zebra Lounge. This is the vibe come New Year’s Eve, when you can catch Memphis musicians in concert and the countdown craze outside, then take the party inside the Square’s restaurants, bars and music venues.  

Party at The Peabody Memphis

The Peabody has held a solid place in Memphis’ social scene for decades (check back in summer for info on the hotel’s sultry rooftop parties). On New Year’s Eve, the lobby and mezzanine will fill with revelers dancing to live R&B and pop, plus DJ sets. Your best bet? Dress up and do dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants first: reserve a table for New Year’s Eve Dinner at posh Chez Philippe or its more casual counterpart, Capriccio Grill, and your party admission is included. Note that New Year’s Eve events at The Peabody Memphis are 21-and-up.

New Year’s at Noon, Children’s Museum of Memphis

Traveling with kids, the Children’s Museum of Memphis is the one place you don’t want to pass unless you’re prepared to stop. The building and its surrounding playground, vintage carousel and seasonal splashground are painted with what seems to be every color in the crayon box. Inside, kids climb on a real firetruck, sit in the cockpit of an actual FedEx plane, shop in a miniaturized grocery store . . . and on December 29, they get their very own New Year’s Eve-style celebration. There will be costumed characters from movies they love. A dance party, with a DJ, in the museum’s ballroom. Themed crafts. And a balloon drop and goody toss at 12 noon—all included with general admission. 


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #37: Beale Street Art Crawl

by Melissa Thompson

There’s a new event in the works that wants to flood “America’s most iconic street,” with local art and art buyers.

The inaugural Beale Street Art Crawl is scheduled for October 20th.

The event is being managed by the nonprofit Dear Music with support from Downtown Memphis Commission. Dear Music’s mission is to “provide positive community events centered on cultural enrichment, performance and visual arts, and community engagement.”

Beale Street Art Crawl welcomes artists of all mediums and various styles and aesthetics from Memphis, Nashville and surrounding areas. Organizers are working to establish this as a quarterly event to help artists reach a new consumer base, increase visibility, and have the opportunity to become a merchant on historic Beale Street for a day.

For updates about the event follow Beale Street Art Crawl on Facebook.

By and photo credit: https://choose901.com/call-for-artists-beale-street-art-crawl/

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #97: New Years Eve on Beale

by Melissa Thompson

Ring in the New Year at one of the many events taking place on exciting Beale Street!

New Year's Eve on Beale Street Featuring B.B. King's Blues Band & Tito Jackson 
Corner of Fourth St. & Beale St.
FREE Concert Starting at 8:45 pm - December 31, 2017

It's the biggest party of the year!  Say good-bye to 2017 and ring in 2018 with live music, dancing, fireworks, great food and drinks and thousands of your closest friends!  Beale Street’s big New Year’s Eve Celebration will be even more spectacular this year due to the addition of some serious star-power with headliner B.B. King’s Blues Band featuring pop music icon Tito Jackson. Together, superstar Tito Jackson and the B.B. King’s Blues Band will continue the mighty legacies of B.B. King and the Jackson 5 in an NYE set that will have music-lovers from around the planet vying for a spot on historic Beale Street this December 31.

For over half a century, B.B. King and B.B. King’s Blues Band defined a genre, averaging over 250 sold-out shows per year. Combine that heritage with the inspired genius of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson and you get a powerful must-see musical act that will be shared with Memphis audiences first.

The NYE concert, which is free and open to all 21 years old and older, is part of a night-long celebration of Memphis music, including sets from multiple Memphis performers and a big fireworks finale. All bands will play at the corner of Fourth Street and Beale, and the event will be broadcast live via the street’s social media channels.

Learn more at BealeStreet.com

December 31, 2017, Lineup details:
Beale Street will be open from 11:00 am.
8:45 pm – The Fabulous Exclusive Soul Review Band
10:35 pm - Karma
11:00 pm – B.B. King’s Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson
11:59 pm – Countdown to 2018
12:00 am - Fireworks

Beale Street is 21+ after dark and individual establishments may enforce a 21+ entry at their discretion during other times.


10th Annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop
Starting at 5pm - December 31, 2017 
General Admission: $35, VIP tickets start at $150

The Hard Rock Cafe Memphis, home of the 10th Annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop for NYE is one of best parties in Memphis and rocks all of Beale Street!

This event is 10 years strong, bringing all of Beale together to celebrate the New Year with hours of live music all culminating at the stroke of Midnight when a 10 ft. tall D'Angelico Guitar is dropped from the Sky to Ring in the New Year!

 A variety of ticket opportunities are available with live music inside and outside of the cafe. Click here to purchase tickets.

NYE at B.B. King's Blues Club
143 Beale Street
Seating begins at 7pm. Dinner will be served between 7 pm – 10 pm.

Ring in the New Year at BB King’s Blues Club on the world-famous Beale Street! Enjoy dinner, live music, and dancing all night long!

$80 per person + tax & gratuity
Includes reserved seating in the mezzanine, three-Course prix-fixe dinner, party favors, champagne toast and live music! Seating begins at 7pm. Dinner will be served between 7 pm – 10 pm.

$20 General Admission (In advance)
$25 General Admission (Day of at the door)

Tickets on sale now at the BB King’s Blues Club Retail Store. For more information call 901.524.5464.

2018 NYE Party at the Tin Roof
315 Beale Street
Dec 31, 2017 9:00 PM (Doors open at 9:00 PM)

Live music by the Mad Hatters and DJ String Bean spinning in the Green Room. Champagne toast, party favors & more! Entry will be $30 at the door based on space & availability and includes full venue access to the live music side and the DJ in the Green Room.

Hate standing in line and want to get in ASAP? Purchase onE of the limited Fast Passes for $50 which includes entry and the ability to skip the line from 9 PM-Midnight! 

Daisyland presents NYE BLACKOUT 2018 feat. BT
New Daisy Theatre, 330 Beale
Dec. 31, 2017 - Doors at 9pm til 5am. Lights out at midnight. 

Featuring music by BT 
plus Tree, Defcon Engaged, Scotty B, FreeWill, Brian Hamilton and N8 as special guests!
18 and up only

Tickets: $20 – $100. VIP Packages available from $50 to $100.

Click here to purchase tickets

By and photo credit: http://www.downtownmemphis.com/new-years-eve-downtown-memphis-2018/

101 Things To Do In Memphis #83: Road to the Blues Biscuit Festival

by Melissa Thompson

On Thursday, October 5th, King Biscuit Blues Festival meets Beale Street! 13 FREE stages where you will see some of this year's King Biscuit artisits performing with Memphis musicians in the clubs of historic Beale Street. 

The King Biscuit Blues Festival has partnered with Historic Beale Street in Memphis to create a unique Blues event for fans on the ROAD TO THE BISCUIT. This collaborative event on Thursday, October 5, 2017, is a pairing of local Memphis Blues artists with some who will be appearing at the King Biscuit Blues Festival. The goal is to create a unique Blues Festival AND to help showcase Bridging the Blues, which starts with the Mighty Mississippi Blues Fest in Greenville starting September 29th, Road to the Biscuit in Memphis on Beale Street on Thursday October 5th, and the King Biscuit Blues Festival October 4th to October 7th, 2017. 

This year’s lineup:

Blues City Cafe- Libby Rae Watson

Silky O'Sullivans- Kenny Brown with Barbara Blue

Alfreds on Beale- Dan Charette and the Absolutely Blues Band

Beale Street Tap Room- The Eric Hughes Band

Rum Boogie Café- Bob Margolin and the All-Star Band, featuring Bob Corritore, Heather Crosse and Lee Williams. 

Tin Roof- The Sensations Band

 

For more info contact:
Phone: 901-525-3891
E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

 

By and photo credit: http://www.roadtothebiscuit.com/

101 Things To Do In Memphis #70: Jerry Lee Lewis Café and Honky Tonk

by Melissa Thompson

Jerry Lee Lewis built his name in Memphis and now he showcases the best Delta musicians. Enjoy Southern favorites with live music in the Honky Tonk Café, relax by the open-air Flaming Fountain Courtyard stage, visit the Backstage Bar for a casual local feel, or head upstairs to the Balconies on Beale lounge with the best balcony-level view of World Famous Beale Street!

Located on world famous Beale Street in the heart of downtown Memphis, the Café & Honky Tonk is a prime location to stop and eat before the big game or concert. They open early and stay open late, catering to both tourists and party animals alike. The menu includes some of the best Southern food….fried chicken, sausage and chicken gumbo, burgers, catfish, ribs and so much more!

Honky Tonk Café
Similar to those smaller cafes located across the Deep South, the Honky Tonk Café has small bar tables, a stage with a band playing your favorite Sun Studio hits, and a lifetime of Jerry Lee Lewis’ memorabilia.

Backstage Bar
Modeled after a musician’s dream hangout. You have several TVs to catch up on the latest sports or music news and a relaxes bar vibe to come make music and hang out with friends.

Flaming Fountain Courtyard
An oasis on Beale Street with a band stand for live music and a bar connected to the kitchen. It is the perfect place to gather with friends during the warm Memphis summer nights to just “getting away from it all!”

Balconies on Beale
The upstairs room of Jerry Lee’s is a private getaway with multiple balconies-giving you the best view of World Famous Beale Street. It is perfect for celebrating important occasions, and great for a night out with your sweetheart.

Fabulous Gift Shop
Featuring merchandise that highlights the history behind Jerry Lee Lewis’ musical career along with apparel for all occasions, polos, hoodies, and more!

A Lifetime of Memorabilia
An assortment of Jerry Lee Lewis’ memorabilia from his private collection.

There’s always a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!

Hours
Monday-Thursday 4 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Friday 4 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Saturday Noon – 5 a.m.
Sunday 4 p.m. – 3 a.m.


Address
310 Beale Street
Memphis, TN

901.300.6788 

 

By and photo credit: jerryleelewismemphis.com

101 Things To Do In Memphis #63: Beale Street Music Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Beale Street Music Festival returns for another jam-packed 3 days of music! Originally organized in the 70’s, Memphis in May is a month long festival split into four main events that kicks off with the Beale Street Music Festival. 

The Beale Street Music Festival is a three-day music festival that showcases a mix of big-name stars performing side by side with local musical acts. The 2017 Beale Street Music Festival is being held May 5-7, 2017. The festival attracts music enthusiasts from all 50 states and a dozen foreign countries. The festival typically hosts 100,000+ people for each of the first two nights of the events and usually attracts a large crowd for the big-name finales on Sunday night. Over the past decade, more than 1.1 million music fans have flocked to the festivals for its eclectic mix of contemporary rock, blues, soul and modern talent. 

This year’s line-up appears to be one that won’t leave anyone disappointed: 

Friday, May 5, 2017
Snoop Dogg, Widespread Panic, MGMT, Grouplove, Jimmy Eat World, Greensky Bluegrass, Sum 41, The Strumbellas, Taking Back Sunday, Declan McKenna, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Peter Wolf, Toronzo Cannon, Ghost Town Blues Band, Freeworld, Tas Cru, Brad Webb, Zeke Johnson

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Kings of Leon, Wiz Khalifa, Death Cab For Cutie, Ludacris, X Ambassadors, The Revivalists, Silversun Pickups, Griz, Drive-by Truckers, Mutemath, Kongos, Highly Suspect, Dawes, John Paul, White, Deer Tick, Big Head Blues Club, Lil Wyte, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Amy Lavere, Dead Soliders, Corey Harris Band, Carolos Elliot, Jr., Blind Mississippi Morris, Daddy Mack Blues Band, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Washboard Shorty & Revered Robert Rev.

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Soundgarden, Sturgill Simpson, Jill Scott, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Tori Kelly, Bush, Ziggy Marley, Midnight Oil, Mayer Hawthorne, Alter Bridge, Machine Gun Kelly, Ani Difranco, Booker T. Jones, Bahari, Popa Chubby, Preston Shannon, Marcella & Her Lovers, Super Chikan, Eden Brent, Leo Bud Welch, Brandon Bailey

You can purchase tickets here and get more information on BSMF and Memphis in May here.

For more info:
Website
Phone: 901.525.4611
Fax: 901.525.4686
[email protected]

 

By and photo credit: memphisinmay.org

101 Things To Do In Memphis #95: 35 Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve

by Melissa Thompson

Another year is almost over and Memphis is ready to celebrate the amazing things that have happened and to welcome in a new year with opportunities to make this city greater. There are many ways to celebrate, commemorate, and enjoy New Year’s Eve in the 901. Here are a few suggestions:

Beale Street New Year’s Eve Celebration
Watch the Hard Rock Cafe Guitar Drop on Beale Street at midnight and enjoy a free concert in W.C. Handy Park with musical performances by Gloriana and The Jeff Jensen Band. You can enjoy the celebrations and specials on food and drinks inside Beale Street restaurants such as B.B. Kings Blues Club starting at 7 pm, Itta Bena with 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm prices, and Hard Rock Café with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Get a Fast Pass for $100 to skip to the front of the line and get free admission into over 12 clubs on Beale Street.

·         Rum Boogie Cafe – 182 Beale Street (Downtown)

  • Band:  Vince Johnson & The Boogie Blues Band (9:00 PM – 1:00 AM)

·         Blues Hall Juke Joint – 174 Beale Street (Downtown)

  • Band:  Mississippi Big Foot  (8:00 PM – 12:00 AM)

·         Kings Palace Cafe – 162 Beale Street (Downtown)

  • Band:  Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band  (9:00 PM – 1:00 AM)

·         Tap Room (next door to Kings Palace Cafe) – 168 Beale Street (Downtown)

  • Band:  Delta Project   (9:00 PM – 1:00 AM)

·         Spindini – 383 South Main Street (Downtown)

  • Band:  Loveland Duren  (9:00 PM – 12:00 AM)

·         Mesquite Chop House – 3165 Forest Hill Irene Road (Germantown, TN)

  • Band:  Julianne Thomas & Dom Fosco Duo  (9:00 PM – 1:00 AM)

Daisyland New Year’s Eve at the New Daisy Theatre
You can go to the New Daisy Theatre to enjoy a featured performance by 12th Planet on New Year’s Eve. 12th Planet brings dubstep to Beale Street for an out-of-this-world performance. The party starts at 9 pm December 31 and at 4 am January 1, 2016. Ticket prices start at $15.

New Year’s Eve Party at the Peabody
Enjoy New Year’s with style throughout the Grand Lobby and Mezzanine of the Peabody Hotel with musical guests Almost Famous, Hollywood, and DJ Mark Anderson. You can also hear classics in the Corner Bar by Rene Koopman Duo. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend and general tickets are on sale online for $40 or $50 at the door. Stella Artois VIP Lounge tickets are available online and offer Hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, and Valet Parking in addition to access to the VIP lounge.

Overton Square New Year’s Eve Bash
The party starts the afternoon of December 31st! Join Chris Jarmin, with 98.1 The Max broadcasting live from the second story patio of Lafayette’s Music Room from 2:00pm – midnight. Madison Avenue will be closed from 9:00pm – 2:00am New Year’s Eve, from Cooper St. to Diana St. including Florence from Trimble Pl. to Madison Ave. Many Overton Square restaurants will be open featuring New Year’s Eve yummy beverages, food and fun until 3am. To keep you hydrated while you travel from stop to stop, enjoy a cold beer from one of the beer vendors on Madison Ave. from 9:00pm – 1:00am.  Outside live entertainment features The NUB, all the way from the South side of Union Ave from 10:00pm-midnight. WMC Action News 5 reporter Kontji.Anthony will emcee the finale of the event and help countdown to midnight. At exactly midnight, there is a special surprise! In addition to the excitement on the street, there will be plenty of parties within Overton Square bars and restaurants: 

  • Lafayette’s is offering an exciting New Year’s Eve extravaganza with music and 3 different dining and drink packages. General admission costs $35 and includes champagne toast, party favors, and live entertainment. Midtown Dinner Package and the VIP NYE Dinner Package both reserve a seat at a table with 4 course dinner, champagne toast, party favors, and live entertainment. Musical performances include David Coen at 6:30 pm and American Fiction starting at 10:30 pm. Tickets are available here.
  • Babalu Tacos & Tapas – Memphis will have a specialty NYE cocktail made with Blackberry and Thyme simple syrup, Hendricks Gin, and topped with Prosecco and an an edible glitter rim.
  • Bar Louie will have live entertainment, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and late night specials.
  • Boscos Squared proudly presents the legendary Joyce Cobb at 8:00pm. There is no cover, plus there’s a champagne toast and party favors at midnight. A regular and price fixed dinner menu will be available.
  • Local Gastropub Overton Square is going all out with a DJ, complimentary midnight brunch buffet, and champagne toast.
  • Robata Ramen and Yakitori Bar offers a complimentary champagne toast for all those present for the countdown.
  • Schweinehaus is throwing down with their party. There is no cover and there will be party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.
  • Zebra Lounge Memphis will have a dance party with Austin Carroll on piano from 8pm-2am and as always, there is no cover.

 

Children’s Museum of Memphis’ New Year’s at Noon
If you have kids who might not stay up until midnight or enjoy a New Year’s bash on Beale Street, the Children’s Museum of Memphis wants you to bring them for a party that will send the New Year “to infinity and beyond.” The Buzz Lightyear themed party invites children to wear their favorite costumes from the movies for a chance to win a museum membership and a special prize! The clock will tick down to noon and beforehand there will be a scavenger hunt, crafts, face painting, and balloon art. After the countdown ends, there will be a goodie toss, balloon drop, and dance party! Admission is free to members and $15 for non-members.

Tux & Chucks New Year’s Eve Celebration
Ring in the New Year with style! Don ravish apparel such as a tuxedo accompanied with Chuck Taylor Converse. Starting at 9 pm at 1524 Events on Madison, celebrate New Year’s with champagne, complimentary refreshments, a cash bar, and live entertainment.

Madison Hotel Whiteout New Year’s Party
Wear as much white attire as you want at Madison Hotel’s New Year’s party from 10 pm December 31 – 2 am January 1, 2016. A live DJ will provide music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Chef Max will delight your appetite, and custom pours on Shot Skis and Pyramid Vodka Ice Luge will give you delicious drinks. General admission cost $50 per person. Want a discount code? Check out Yelp.

New Year’s Eve with Marcella & Her Lovers at Bar DKDC
Party the night away with music by Marcella & Her Lovers at this Cooper Young hangout.

New Year’s Eve Party at Huey’s
All locations will have complimentary party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Cordova, Midtown, and Germantown will all have live music from 9:00pm – 1:00am Collierville is closing early at 10pm. Downtown is staying open late until 3am. Everyone else is open normal hours.

New Year’s Eve Fire Ball
Party with the Phoenix Club of Memphis while fundraising for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. Come dressed to impress at 8 pm and enjoy a gorgeous New Year in the Memphis Botanic Gardens with live music by City Mix, a photo booth, and of course champagne. Tickets cost $65 in advance and $75 at the door with all-inclusive beer, champagne, cocktails, and how d’oevres. A cash bar will also be available.

New Year’s Eve with Twin Soul
RockHouse Live brings you an evening of Twin Soul to rock in the new year like never before. Free champagne and party favors, and great rock-n-roll with friends. Just $10 per person. Get your tickets here.

Hi-Tone NYE w/Dead Soldiers, China Gate, and Heels
Heels, China Gate, and Dead Soldiers ring in the new year with extra Ranch and even cooler cool-ranch seasons greetings. Champagne toast at midnight, bbq, debauchery, and your first glimpse at 2016, the long awaited year of the end to the Great Salad Wars.

Black Lodge presents: The New Years Evil Party with Devil Train, The Incredible Hook, and Shamefinger
Join The Black Lodge, Devil Train, and The Incredible Hook as they ring in 2016 with a whirlwind of music, dance, drinks, food, go-go girls, fire-spinning, acrobatics, and a sordid collection of midtown freaks, punks, hippies, and heads, with special guests Shamefinger. $10/person and all door fees go to performers and bands.

Throwback Thursday New Year’s at Amurica
Ring in the new year at Amurica as your favorite #TBT! $20 cover, BYOB, DJ Eggroll, karoake, and unlimited photobooth.

New Year’s Eve at The Flying Saucer Downtown
They’ll be digging up some past tunes from those long lost Thursday nights and dealing out some new ones for the new year as well. Doors open at 7:00pm, band starts at 9:30. Cover is $10/person and you can reserve a table in advance by calling (901) 523-8536.

New Year’s Eve at Celtic Crossing
Celtic Crossing New Year’s Eve Champagne Super Nova benefiting the Humane Society will feature Features: a full appetizer menu available throughout the evening, DJ Taz playing the latest hits, starting @ 10PM, Party Favors, Midnight countdown and champagne toast, $10 cover – cover can be paid in advance to reserve a table (included with dinner reservation), Prefix Menu $50 per person plus tax and tip.

Countdown on Broad
This is the inaugural Countdown on Broad event to ring in the new year on Broad Avenue! The fun starts at 8pm with bands, bars, a lighting of the Water Tower at midnight and more.

New Year’s Eve at the Rec Room
Looking for a chill way to spend New Year’s Eve? Go to the Rec Room on Broad and enjoy video games, a full bar, ball dropping on all six screens and a bubbly drink at midnight. No cover.

The Mighty Souls “Funky New Years Eve” Brass Band Blow Out
The Mighty Souls and Bayou have an especially funky New Year’s Eve Celebration ready for you. Featuring Sean Murphy, Tom Clary, Jason Yasinsky, Logan Hanna, J Period Thomas and special guest Terence F. Clark. No cover.

New Year’s Eve at Itta Bena
There will be 3 seatings available so you have the option of coming in early and beating the crowd or partying the night away as you watch the guitar drop on Beale Street at the stroke of midnight. Seats are filling up so make sure to call 901-578-3031 to make your reservation.

NYE @ Mollie’s
Enjoy a night of food, drink, live music with a special performance by Marcella Simien beginning at 7pm till 9. Then DJs Mike McConnell and Justin Hand bring back their beloved 80’s vs 90’s set for a NYE retro party. Costumes highly encouraged. The doors open at 5pm so come early for some great food and cocktails as your night begins. Only $10 cover for the evening – 21 and up with valid ID.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis: #68: Beale Street

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Welcome to Beale Street, voted the most iconic street in America by USA Today! In the heart of downtown Memphis with three blocks of nightclubs, restaurants, and shops, the Beale Street entertainment district is a melting pot of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, and gospel. With cold beer and hot music, Beale Street is one of the coolest places in Memphis!

Beale was originally the home to traders and merchants using the convenient location to move goods along the Mississippi River, but by the 1860s many traveling musicians began performing and over the next few decades Beale began to flourish and in 1977 was officially declared the “Home of the Blues”.

Today, take a stroll down Beale Street’s neon row and you’ll hear music spilling out of the clubs and restaurants like Rum Boogie Café, B.B. King’s, Coyote Ugly or Wet Willie’s. The downtown music scene isn’t just about the blues. The New Daisy Theatre is home to alternative acts, rock and blues concerts, boxing and MMA matches. In addition to live entertainment in the Beale Street Clubs, Beale Street hosts a variety of festivals, activities and events throughout the year. Don’t miss the upcoming “Fourth of July on Beale”.

The shops of Beale Street offer an eclectic and unique assortment of all things Memphis!  Original and rare vinyl, eclectic novelty items, voodoo potions, children's games, electric guitars, fine clothing, art, and so much more!  

For a good time, grab a drink, a bite to eat, and soak up the sounds, you’re sure to have an amazing time in the heart of downtown Memphis!  Visit bealestreet.com for more info, major events, and restaurant, club and shop directories. 

 

By and photo credit: bealestreet.com

101 Things To Do In Memphis #66: Itta Bena Restaurant

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

If you’re looking for a swanky, secret getaway where the lights are low, the vibe is low-key and the music is just as sweet on your ears as the food is on your tongue, come to Itta Bena. Located on the 3rd floor of the ever popular BB King’s Blues Club, Itta Bena is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of historic Beale Street.

Intentionally hard to find, whether entering from the private Second Street entrance or walking through the secret hall from inside B.B. King's Blues Club, Itta Bena is sure to capture your senses. Modeled after the speakeasies from the 1920's, you find yourself surrounded by rich wood floors, vaulted ceilings, deep golden hued chandeliers and a soothing blue light, the result of a subtle window tinting designed to cultivate a laid-back vibe. 

The main menu focuses on contemporary Southern cuisine with a Delta influence. The sweet and spicy aromas from the kitchen blend with the decor to create an intimate atmosphere and a calming center above the Beale Street commotion. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients with a focus on seafood and grilled meats, they fill plates with colorful displays of scallops and grits, signature she-crab soup, Maple Leaf Farms duck confit with wild rice waffles, and Jambalaya pasta. Pair your meal with a wine or a delicious signature cocktail and finish with an exquisite dessert.

Itta Bena offers a quaint, yet soulful vibe for all to enjoy with live music every night. The most dynamic and soulful entertainers you will ever see from authentic blues to classic soul and rock and roll – there is something for everyone!

Visit the website or call 901.578.3031 for reservations or questions. Itta Bena is a complete overwhelming of the senses that you must experience for yourself.

 

By and photo credit: ittabenamemphis.com

 

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Crye-Leike Realtors
6525 N Quail Hollow Road
Memphis TN 38120
(901) 729-9526
(901) 756-8900
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