Free concert helps bring business back to Beale Street

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Arneshia Porter and those at Handy Park Saturday had been stuck in the house for a year.

A little rain wasn’t going to dampen their mood for a good time.

“It definitely brings back a sense of normalcy to the city,” Porter said. “It’s just absolutely great to be out here.”

Dexter Topps says it’s been a long year of being inside but it’s time to get back out.

“We was all locked up,” Topps said. “We had to be safe with our families. It just feels great to be back in tune and get back out here.”

PJ Morton and Marcella and Her Lovers were the performers, part of Memphis Tourism’s “Get Loud!” music series.

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It’s events like these that are helping bring business back to Beale Street.

SugaShack owner Larry Springfield said he sees a change.

“They’re not so afraid anymore and that’s kind of cool,” Springfield said. “Like I said we’re still in a pandemic but people are just feeling, okay they’ve been cooped up for so long and now they’re just okay, let me just venture out and see what’s going on.”

Topps said he feels more Memphians are getting comfortable with large crowds.

“I think it’s more comfort level,” he said. “We have a lot of numbers up on vaccination so I feel like it’s progress.”

It’s progress that Arneshia Porter said makes for a promising summer in the city.

“People are ready to get back, get out there and get ready to live life again,” Porter said.

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