Beale Street Music Festival Offers Diverse Lineup

By Bill Dries

The lineup for the three-day Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival 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 38th annual Beale Street Music Festival features one of the more diverse music lineups in the history of the opening weekend of the Memphis in May International Festival.

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The lineup for the May 2-4 festival in Tom Lee Park ranges from jazz great Chick Corea and 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 separately opening night, along with Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. Snoop Lion).

Fitz & the Tantrums and Pretty Lights also perform May 2 as well as 1990s alt-rockers 311 and Third Eye Blind and blues act Ana Popovic.

Joining Lewis and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on the May 3 lineup are rockers Wolfmother and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, along with St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The final day of the festival, May 4, includes the North Mississippi Allstars making another festival appearance, along with Memphis’ own Freeworld, Alabama Shakes and Isbell.

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.