Live music returns to Handy Park on Beale Street this weekend

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Live music returns to Handy Park on Beale Street Saturday after more than a year due to renovations and of course the pandemic.

Grammy award-winning artist PJ Morton will be one of the first to perform in the newly renovated park.

Morton has performed all over the world and on many national stages like the Super Bowl but he says his free show in Memphis will make his list of special performances as it will be a special reunion.

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“To be coming back to the city I stopped in, it’s super special. I think everybody can feel it,” Morton said.

Before Memphis shut down with the rest of the world, PJ Morton performed his last show in Memphis before taking a forced 18 plus month break due to the pandemic.

This will be Morton’s second performance on stage in more than a year.

“I can tell just before I get there it’s going to be an experience that goes beyond just a concert,” Morton said.

Morton is also helping bring life back to Beale Street with the return of live outdoor music.

“You know being from New Orleans what the French Quarter is for us. What that means to have music back around there now and people not being able to play. That’s what makes our cities,” Morton said.

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Morton’s performance will be breaking in the nearly one million dollar renovated Handy Park.

The park allows for more open space, which will come in handy for social distancing post-pandemic.

“I didn’t know the weight of what was happening. I thought I was, thought I was just coming to see my people and this is like monumental and I’m honored. I’m going to do right by the city. I’m going to do right by Handy Park. I’m going to do right by Beale Street,” Morton said.

Morton says with his return to performing live he’s sure Memphis will bring all the energy needed for a perfect show.

Morton’s concert Saturday is free to the public. The starts at 6:00 p.m.