I don't understand a lot of these reviews, especially the one comparing State Street in Madison, WI to Beale Street. I went to UW-Madison, and although there is quite a bit of ambiance and interest surrounding that, it certainly doesn't have the history and musicians that Beale has. Also people complaining that it isn't as "big" as the French Quarter...seriously? Do people have any concept of history anymore? The legends that started here, the music that shaped history and our lives? I am very disappointed with some of these reviews.
It's an awesome place. It isn't unsafe, there are a lot of people there. We went on a Friday night, saw street performers that were pretty good. Bought some nice souvenirs and knick-knacks along the way. Ate at the Hard Rock, listened to music, had a good time. There were a lot of families, so I imagine it is okay for children. It was chilly and a bit rainy, but still a lot of fun. Very historic, incredible for a music fan as myself.
Please, please, pretty please do your research on what Memphis and the South has brought to music history before you decide to go to Beale Street. I understand that not everyone is a music fan like myself, but Beale Street is what it is all about...one of the holy grails for a music fan. I'm originally from the North, and for the record, I have seen far unsafer areas in Chicago and Indianapolis than I did in Memphis.