8 Ways to Cure the Blues in Memphis

Exciting Things to Do During the Winter

Blues in Memphis

We've Got the Blues and Many Ways to Cure It

Shelby Farms Disc Golf

Disc golf at Shelby Farms

B.B. King: David Jaimeson

B.B. King Sings the Blues

Jammin' out at the International Blues Challenge: Andrea Zucker

Jammin' out at the International Blues Challenge. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

blues city cafe

Blues City Cafe on Historic Beale Street

Even during chilly winter months, you'll find that Memphis has all the red-hot nightlife, soul-charging music and mind-blowing views you could possibly need to stay energized during the seasonal doldrums. Kick cabin fever to the curb with these eight ways to cure the blues in Memphis

  1. Feed your soul at Bleu Restaurant and Lounge. The chic interior couples with a warm, welcoming and congenial atmosphere. It’s almost like putting one foot in an upscale Manhattan’s east side restaurant and another in downtown Memphis’ Beale Street entertainment district. Chef Robert Nam Cirillo takes local, in-season ingredients couples them with fresh New England seafood and creates delicious dishes that are as unique as both cities. Bleu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, complimentary valet parking and live entertainment each weekend.
  2. Soak in fine art and outdoor gardens at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Their permanent collection includes French and American Impressionist paintings as well as significant holdings of porcelain. Blow off the blues with sunrise yoga in the gardens or take a walk across 17 acres of woodlands and fine old trees. Check their website for traveling exhibitions and special events. 
  3. Big wheels keep on turning as the American Queen paddleboat sets sail on the Mississippi River. This 418-foot beauty is the only overnight riverboat cruise on Ole Man River, giving you a unique view of life along the Mississippi from New Orleans to Memphis.  And when the boat docks in Memphis you’ll find yourself at the foot of world-famous, Beale Street. Could you ask for anything more?
  4. Exercise is a great way to knock the blues out. Built on a former railroad line, the Shelby Farms Greenline is a 7-mile paved pedestrian and biking trail connecting the heart of Midtown to the largest urban park in the United States, Shelby Farms. The trail is perfect for walkers, bikers and skaters needing to blow off steam or those that need a little extra help sticking to their New Year’s resolutions.
  5. Go on a massage and spa retreat at Gould’s Salon and Day Spa. Gould’s offers a 4 hour-long “Paradise Island Retreat” that’s just like an exotic beach getaway (minus the sand). The island retreat includes a Pure Fiji wrap, a massage, a mani-pedi and lunch.
  6. Get funky and relive some of the best times in music history on a replica Soul Train dance floor at Stax Museum for American Soul Music. Express yourself as 1970s soul music bangs and video footage surrounds you in this club-like atmosphere.  With all that extra energy you’ll want to take in the remainder of interactive exhibits, films, artifacts, memorabilia and galleries at Stax.
  7. Have you heard? NBA basketball is back and Memphis is energized by their Grizzlies. Cheer on Zack Randolph, Marc Gasol and some of the finest NBA superstars like Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose this season at the Grind House aka FedEx Forum.
  8. Fight the blues with the blues. More than 100 bands and just as many solo acts from around the world compete for cash, prizes and recognition at the International Blues Challenge. Beale Street and downtown Memphis are full for one full week as the largest gathering of Blues acts takes center stage in Memphis.

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