Sunday, May 1, 2011
Rockin' on the river
Above: If you click to enlarge, you can see one of the large stages (on the far left). If you look very far to the right, you can barely see another stage. The image is looking north and west and you can see the new bridge (I-40) in the background.
The Beale Street Music Festival (see here or here or here) is all about music, BBQ and more. If you're young, there's plenty of beer and maybe sex, if you get lucky. For many, it's about going with friends, kicking back and having fun for three days.
There are 60 bands performing on four stages. Tom Lee Park, where Beale Street meets the Mississippi River, is the venue. The park parallels the Mississippi River for more than one mile and is 30 acres. The giant stages are spread out so groups perform at the same time. You don't like the Stone Temple Pilots? Well, mosey on to the next stage -- it might have a group you like better. Other highlights of the weekend include Godsmack, Hinder, the New Pornographers, John Melankamp and more.
I went Friday and Saturday and the weather couldn't have been better. Today, it's supposed to rain -- I think I'll take a pass.
Seen on a tee shirt: "I got Beale-faced on shit Street."
All up and down the strip, there are food and beverage establishments. Have you ever eaten a walking taco? I don't even know what one is, but one place was selling them. I saw freshly-fried Saratoga chips and they looked yummy.
None of the eating or business places take credit cards. No problem -- there are ATMs everywhere.
Looking south towards the old bridge (I-55): The sun begins to set on the Mississippi River.
Photos by MOJO and taken with my P&S.