Beale Street Musicians Get 1 A.M. Curfew

MARCH 5, 2007 - Posted at 7:17 a.m. CST

MEMPHIS, TN - The sounds of jazz, blues and rock 'n' roll that make Beale Street a late night hotspot attract more than just partygoers.

A security plan intended to cut down on crime in the Mid-South's top tourist spot placed a 1 a.m. curfew on music played in the street effective this weekend.

Clubs and bard will be allowed to play music inside until 5 a.m.

The private company that manages the downtown district said music outside draws loiterers and crowds.

Merchants along Beale Street like Jimmy Silvo, who owns Superior Restaurant and Bar, support the new security changes as a way to improve tourism.

The plan also calls for additional security, enforcing panhandling ordinances, improving parking and adding cameras and lighting.

Beale Street draws four million visitors per year to spots like B.B. King's Blues Club and the Hard Rock Cafe.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)