Beale Street is known around the world for its rich history and as the very heartbeat of Memphis. Once dusk brings relief from the southern heat and humidity, Beale Street truly comes alive. Alive with entertainment, like the Beale Street Flippers.
Memphis has always been an entertainment center for the south. Music is everywhere, from the dueling pianos at Silky O’Sullivan’s to live Blues music at B.B. Kings. And the entertainment spills out into the street as well.
Music is just the beginning of the entertainment you can find here. The Beale Street Flippers put on an athletic show, and it just doesn’t get any more Memphis than this. Memphis requires a certain level of Hustle to make it in the city. This crew takes that hustle to a whole other arena.
Finding the Beale Street Flippers and the Show
The flippers can usually be found between 2nd and 3rd street on Beale Street, putting on shows every half hour or so, depending on the crowd size and weather. Sometimes you get the junior flippers, sometimes you get the adults. Mr. Jarvis is one of the best of this elite group and, Man, does he put on a show. In this image, you can see the just how high in the air he gets when flipping over 5 adults. He makes this look effortless but, I can assure you, it isn’t. This crew works for tips, so when you make it down to watch the show, be sure to contribute to keep them performing.