The month of May proved to be Memphis's crowning achievement. The aptly named "Memphis in May" celebration literally lasts the entire month and is full of live music, barbecue, and more music. It really couldn't be more Memphis.
Despite this year's "flood of the century," we attended as many of the events as possible. Now that the water has receded and everyone's attention has shifted to the flood waters along the Missouri River, it's a bit late to point out that we remained high and dry in Memphis. Yes, there were people who were displaced from their homes, but overall, Memphis experienced--in the words of a local paper--a very "family friendly natural disaster." I'm still kicking myself from missing out on selling t-shirts to all the gawkers who flocked downtown to see the water (I had a design picked out and everything). The water was pretty impressive...although not impressive enough to wade in it, which is disgusting. I hope all of those newscasters in their hip-waders got over the rashes/snake bites/dysentery they surely received.
|News crews converge on downtown Memphis, probably because there's more to do than in, say, rural Arkansas|
But before all that was the Beale Street Music Festival, held in Tom Lee Park, which is right along the water. Due to said water, I had to attend the majority of the festival by myself (Jon was busy "floodfighting")--which made it a little bit lame, although I heard some great music. The line-up was very eclectic, ranging from Jerry Lee Lewis ("Great Balls of Fire") to Ke$ha, but with three stages, it was pretty much a guarantee that there was something to appeal to everyone. I think our favorite act was John Mellencamp, who's still got it after all these years.
|John "Cougar" Mellencamp|
|One of the elaborate set-ups at the BBQ Fest|
|Anxiously awaiting the music|
So, if that doesn't get you excited to visit Memphis, I don't know what will. Don't let the sweltering heat and oppressive humidity keep you away.