Originally organized in the 70’s, Memphis in May is a month long festival split into four main events that kicks off with the Beale Street Music Festival.  The other events are International Week, The World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony. 

The Beale Street Music Festival is a three-day music festival that showcases a mix of big-name stars performing side by side with local musical acts.  The 2016 Beale Street Music Festival is being held April 29 – May 1, 2016 and is the 40th Anniversary of the festival. It is held in Tom Lee Park, which is a beautiful 25 acre riverfront park at the foot of historic Beale Street overlooking the Mississippi River.  The festival attracts music enthusiasts from all 50 states and a dozen foreign countries. The festival typically hosts 100,000+ people for each of the first two nights of the events and usually attracts a large crowd for the big-name finales on Sunday night. Over the past decade, more than 1.1 million music fans have flocked to the festivals for its eclectic mix of contemporary rock, blues, soul and modern talent. 

This year’s line-up appears to be one that won’t leave anyone disappointed: 

Neil Young and Promise Of The Real – Beck – Paul Simon – Weezer – Zedd – Train – Meghan Trainor – Jason Derulo – Modest Mouse – Panic! At The Disco – Yo Gotti – Grace Potter – Young The Giant – Cold War Kids – Cypress Hill – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Barenaked Ladies – The Arcs – Bastille – Violent Femmes – Courtney Barnett – Gin Blossoms – Trampled By Turtles – Moon Taxi – Lucinda Williams – Better Than Ezra – Houndmouth – Los Lobos – The Joy Formidable – Indigo Girls – Blackberry Smoke – Mavis Staples – Jonny Lang – The Front Bottoms – The Struts – The Lone Bellow – LunchMoney Lewis – Coleman Hell – Julien Baker – Water Trout – Ana Popovic – Bernard Allison – Luther Dickinson – Doyle Bramhall II – Those Pretty Wrongs – Amasa Hines – Will Tucker – Escondido – Alex Da Ponte – The Band Camino – John Nemeth – Magic Dick and Shun Ng – Charles Wilson – Jack Semple – Larry McCray – John Primer – Brandon Santini – Ghost Town Blues Band – Barbara Blue – Duwayne Burnside – Jimmy “Duck” Holmes – Terry “Harmonic” Bean – Blind Mississippi Morris – Larry Ling & Reverend Robert Rev – Leo Bud Welch – Bill Abel

For ticket information or to learn more about the festival, visit their website: Beale Street Music Festival 2016. Rock on!


By and photo credit: memphisinmay.org