Congress officially recognized Beale Street as the “Home of the Blues” in 1977. Given that every icon from Louis Armstrong to Muddy Waters to B.B. King performed there at some point, the choice was a no-brainer.
Memphis, Tennessee has taken its historical roots and leapt into the 21st century. Home to such legendary artists as B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and John Lee Hooker, Memphis musical tradition is second to none, but the River City s appeal doesn t stop there. From Graceland and the allure of Beale St. to the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis offerings are as diverse and entertaining as anywhere in the Southeastern United States. Memphis has become known the world over for its special brand of smoky barbecue, so it s no wonder one of the biggest annual events in Memphis is the World Championship Barbecue Contest held in May. Boasting a growing metropolitan population of over 1.26 million, Memphis is a city that gets attention, attracts visitors and does its best to make them never want to leave.