Live Music & Nightlife


Blues. Folk. Soul. Funk. Rock. Jazz. Hip-Hop. Gospel. Rap. Yeah, we’ve got rhythm.

MEMPHIS, home of the blues and the birthplace of rock & roll, still pulses with the rhythm of Beale Street, Sun Studios and the Stax soul sound. Music lovers come from all over the world to visit the old stomping grounds of Delta greats Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes and the King himself, Elvis Presley.

With that kind of legacy, it’s no wonder new Memphis talents such as Al Kapone from Three 6 Mafia, Susan Marshall, and Justin Timberlake have emerged to redefine our city as today’s Ground Zero for live American music. Today, Beale Street blues bars, Midtown rock clubs, and East Memphis watering holes pump out new rhythms nightly. Bring your guitar – and your camera. From huge outdoor stages showcasing the world’s top bands and artists, to small, intimate sing-along coffee houses – you may catch a notable artist performing or enjoying a meal after a recording session here in Memphis.