Memphis to ring in 2014

December 21, 2013 by  

Soon it will be time for locals to put on their blue suede shoes and head downtown for Beale Street Merchants Association’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. They should be sure to get there early as more than 50,000 attendees are expected. They should not forget to bring mementos of this year’s woes and toss them into the open coffin to “Bury Your Blues” for 2013.

A lineup of 13 blues-heavy bands will play at this year’s event, starting at 8:00 pm—all will play at the base of the giant guitar above the corner of Beale and Rufus Thomas at Handy Park. They will keep going till the wee hours of the morning. Also, for the fifth year in a row, the 10-foot neon blue Gibson guitar will drop at the stroke of midnight onto Blues Alley outside the Hard Rock Cafe. This year’s guitar will be decorated to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s first professional release, which heralded in rock and roll. Fireworks will follow immediately afterwards.

The drop and concerts will be free but a $10 cover charge will be in force at the Hard Rock Café, where a champagne toast accompanies a great view of the drop. With a little bit of luck, guests could find themselves in brochure printers’ handiwork for promoting next year’s event.

Promoters suggest people take public transportation, as parking and driving will probably be exceptionally difficult. It will take place December 31 on Beale Street from 2nd Street to 4th Street, starting at 5:00 pm.