Down by the river: BSMF cranks up the energy in Tom Lee Park

Beale Street Music Festival returned to Tom Lee Park Friday, May 5 at 5 p.m., with multiple acres of garden patches and trees greeting attendees along with a new pavilion and pathways.

But despite updates to the notorious park which have stirred a fervor among many Memphians, some festivalgoers didn’t feel much of a difference once they got back on the river.

As a crowd gathered in front of Zyn stage around 6 p.m., waiting for Marcy Playground to begin its set, sunshine emerged from the dusky clouds over the Mississippi River and took the moderately cool temperatures up to nearly hot within moments.