VOL. 129 | NO. 40 | Thursday, February 27, 2014
Beale Street Music Festival Lineup Announced
By Bill Dries
The bill for the three-day Memphis in May Beale Street Music this year features a new night of late night dance music from a stage in Tom Lee Park and a 69-act lineup in which Memphis artists are nearly a third of the diverse set of performers.
The music festival lineup, May 2-4 in Tom Lee Park, ranges from jazz great Chick Corea & The Vigil to Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts to rhythm and blues diva Patti Labelle to hip hop’s Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
The Friday and Saturday dance music performances by Big Gigantic and Beats Antique, respectively, are an expansion of a concept that worked well last year on a single night.
Other performers include Jerry Lee Lewis, performing at his 11th Beale Street Music Festival, Avenged Sevenfold and Jason Isbell.
Memphis rappers Three-6 Mafia won’t have a set under that name this year, but Juicy J and Project Pat are on the bill opening night along with Snoop Lion.
Fitz and The Tantrums along with Pretty Lights also perform May 2 as well as 90s alt-rockers 311 and Third Eye Blind and blues act Ana Popovic.
Joining Lewis and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on the May 3 line up are rockers Wolfmother and Joan Jett along with St. Paul and the Broken Bones and Carolina Chocolate Drops.
The final day of the festival, May 4, includes the North Mississippi All Stars making another festival appearance along with Memphis’ own Freeworld and Alabama Shakes.
Also on the Sunday bill are rockers Motorhead, funk pioneer Bootsy Collins, swamp rocker Tony Joe White and Los Rabanes, a Latin rock act representing the Memphis in May International Festival’s honored country of Panama.
The Memphis performers across the three days of the festival include Surrender the Fall, Ghost Town Blues Band, Memphis Dawls, Lord T & Eloise, Reba Russell and guitarist Eric Gales.
Here is the entire line-up:
FRIDAY, MAY 2ND LINE-UP
FOSTER THE PEOPLE • PRETTY LIGHTS • SNOOP DOGG AKA SNOOP LION
311 • FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS • JUICY J • THIRD EYE BLIND • DROPKICK MURPHYS
GROUPLOVE • DICKEY BETTS • MS MR • ANA POPOVIC • PROJECT PAT • WILL TUCKER
LUCKY PETERSON • KENNY BROWN • ROBERT “WOLFMAN” BELFOUR
BEALE STREET LATE NIGHT BIG GIGANTIC
SATURDAY, MAY 3RD LINE-UP
KID ROCK • STS9 • PATTI LABELLE • JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
CHICK COREA & THE VIGIL • WOLFMOTHER • JERRY LEE LEWIS • BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY
BLUES TRAVELER • BUDDY GUY • TWENTY ONE PILOTS • TOMMY CASTRO • AER
KENNY NEAL • LOS RABANES • REBA RUSSELL • CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS
ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES • QUINN SULLIVAN • ERIC GALES • MEMPHIS DAWLS
BLIND MISSISSIPPI MORRIS • DADDY MACK BLUES BAND • FUZZY JEFFRIES
SONNY BURGESS & THE LEGENDARY PACERS • LEO BUD WELCH
BEALE STREET LATE NIGHT BEATS ANTIQUE
SUNDAY, MAY 4TH LINE-UP
AVENGED SEVENFOLD • ALABAMA SHAKES • THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
MOTORHEAD • SEETHER • BOOTSY COLLINS • NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS
LEFTOVER SALMON • JASON ISBELL • CANNED HEAT • THE DANDY WARHOLS
BLACK JOE LEWIS • BLACK STONE CHERRY • SURRENDER THE FALL • LOS RABANES
ROY ROGERS & THE DELTA RHYTHM KINGS • TONY JOE WHITE • FREEWORLD
GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND • HERMAN GREEN • DAVID EVANS • BRANDON BAILEY