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. All of them will be covered during our 101 Things To Do in Memphis series.
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 2014 Beale Street Music Festival is being held May 2-4, 2014 and is the 38th 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:
Kid Rock – Alabama Shakes – Foster the People – Avenged Sevenfold – Pretty Lights – Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion – The String Cheese Incident – Patti LaBelle – STS9 – 311 Juicy J – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Jerry Lee Lewis – Third Eye Blind – Seether – Bootsy Collins – Chick Corea & the Vigil – Grouplove – Fitz & the Tantrums – Blues Traveler – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Dropkick Murphys – Wolfmother – Anthrax – Twenty One Pilots – Dickey Betts & The Great Southern – Buddy Guy – Jason Isbell – MS MR – Canned Heat – Project Pat – Big Gigantic – Beats Antique – Leftover Salmon – North Mississippi Allstars – Los Rabanes – The Dandy Warhols – Tommy Castro – Lord T & Eloise – The Carolina Chocolate Drops – Eric Gales – Ana Popovic – AER – Black Stone Cherry – Black Joe Lewis – Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings – Surrender the Fall – Tony Joe White – St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Kenny Neal – Reba Russell – Memphis Dawls – Will Tucker – Blind Mississippi Morris – Brandon Bailey – Daddy Mack Blues Band – David Evans – FreeWorld – Fuzzy Jeffries – Ghost Town Blues Band – Herman Green – Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers – Kenny Brown – Leo Bud Welch – Lucky Peterson – Quinn Sullivan – Robert “Wolfman” Belfour
For ticket information or to learn more about the festival, visit their website: Beale Street Music Festival 2014