The roots of American music run deep in Memphis; we are, after all, the birthplace of rock 'n' roll and the home of the blues. And while the clubs and bands on Beale Street rock until the wee hours of the morning, there are plenty of live venues and excellent bands for non-night owls, also known as early birds, to enjoy.
The clubs and venues on this list range from the fantastic (and free!) Levitt Shell, where concerts, plays and dance performances are held in the open air more than 50 times each summer, and continue through the fall.
Beale Street is ground zero when it comes to live music; with a few dozen clubs, street performers, and a public park that has its own stage all part of the festive scene, you're never far from some blues or rock at any given moment of the day. And on Beale, open beverages are allowed, and many of the early shows are perfectly fine for the kids, too. Plus, early evening sees some of the best bands on stage, from the house blues band at B.B. King's to Brad Birkdahl and his band at the Blues City Cafe's Band Box. The Hi-Tone offers early shows featuring the best indie and alt rock bands from around the region and beyond.