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March 2015
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Take a stroll down Beale Street, the birthplace of rhythm and blues!

Take a stroll down Beale Street, the birthplace of rhythm and blues! Memphis Beale street © Ludovic Bischoff

Beale Street is the birthplace of blues. On this little Memphis street that is legendary today, black people could open shops, restaurants of clubs, a rare feat at the start of the twentieth-century in the segregationist South. And it is in these clubs that blues came into being. And today, it is the life and soul of the city, the one reason to take a trip into downtown Memphis. Beale Street is often compared to the French ‘Vieux Carré’ streets of New Orleans where one hear intoxicating jazz playing. Beale Street is a luminous and bustling spot after dark, amidst the mostly deserted Memphis city centre. Beneath the neon signs, music escapes through the open windows of numerous clubs, as comers and goers hang around on the street, glass in hand…and Beale Street is not lacking in charm. Amongst the most celebrated clubs, make sure that you don’t miss the BB’s King Club, where it is easy to spot the owner of the place, the famous BB King, accompanied by his celebrity friends…
www.bbkingclubs.com/memphis

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