Fest Report - Jazzfest and the Beale Street Festival
been on the road, as we mentioned. After the 1st weekend
of Jazzfest, and a week of relief work, it was off
to the Beale Street festival. Both fests have their
unique appeal. Here's our take!
Jazzfest offers 10 stages, and so many musical genres
of music, it's sensory overload taking in all the
music, food, sights and sounds! Highlights included
the Queen of Chess Records - Etta James, and Allen
Toussaint, Bruce Springsteen, Luther Kent, so many
The crowds can be overwhelming at times, making a
food or drink run a herculean effort, so take it all
in stride...after all it is the Big Easy. This year's
visit was an eyeopener, seeing the city we love in
such a state. The only thing that can help this city
of such culture survive is YOU! Help any way you can,
just help - it's so very needed.
The Beale Street music festival proved once again
just that Memphis is a home of the Blues!
Differing from Jazzfest in scale - 4 stages - and
size, this event is help annually in Tom Lee park
along the Mighty Mississippi. A short walk takes you
from the fest up to Beale Street, so there's plenty
of good music, and of course that incredible BBQ!
Highlights this year included DuWayne Burnside, John
Lee Hooker Jr., B.B. King, Rod & Honey Piazza,
Janiva Magness, and many more.
Just a short trip down the road from St. Louis makes
this an easy weekend event, so be sure and include
it on your fest agenda. Better yet, make a vacation
of it, and try out the Jazzfest - Memphis fest run....you'll
be glad you did!