Wednesday, February 13, 2019

This Year's Beale Street Music Festival Lineup Announced

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 9:41 AM

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The lineup of the 2019 Beale Street Music Festival, scheduled for May 3rd-5th at Tom Lee Park, has been announced, featuring headliners from the worlds of rock, alternative, R&B, hip hop, indie, pop, and blues.That includes some old favorites like the Dave Matthews Band, The Killers, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson, Shinedown, and Gary Clark Jr. But some relatively new names also top the bill, including Khalid (nominated for five Grammys, but shut out of a win) and OneRepublic. And if you know Cardi B mostly from viral videos, now's your chance to see her prove her mettle as a performer, as she did at Sunday night's Grammy performance (where she was the first female to receive Best Rap Album).

“The Beale Street Music Festival saw more than 102,000 in Tom Lee Park last year...We wanted to offer an even bigger lineup in 2019 as our city celebrates its bicentennial,” said Memphis in May President and CEO James L. Holt.

Other artists featured this year include India.Arie, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Lord Huron, Flogging Molly, 6lack, Trippie Redd, Chvrches, Lil Dicky, Good Charlotte, Big Boi, Dirty Heads, In This Moment, Simple Plan, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Moon Taxi, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Coin and more. St. Paul and the Broken Bones, with local City Champ Al Gamble on keys, will be a highlight for many.

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As always, one standout feature of the festival is its commitment to local talent, with a full forty percent of the performers coming from Memphis and the surrounding area. Rappers MoneyBagg Yo, Blocboy JB and NLE Choppa will make an appearance, as will Healy, Saving Abel, and Muck Sticky. Local talent will range from rising star Liz Brasher to veteran songwriter John Kilzer and the Scars
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Yet some fans may just want to stay planted in the Coca-Cola Blues Tent. Any appearance from Stax legend William Bell is a must-see, but the unique takes on local roots brought by acts as diverse as Southern Avenue, Super Chikan, and Barbara Blue are also a delight. Ghost Town Blues Band, Will Tucker, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Terry “Harmonica” BeanBrandon Santini, Gracie Curran and the High Falutin’ Band, Fuzzy Jeffries, Deak Harp & Quicksand, Sam Joyner, and Linear Smith will further round out the blues tent, and the greatest may be the soul-jarring delta vibes of Blind Mississippi Morris
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Tickets can be purchased through eventbrite.com and are sold now through April 19 as three-day passes for just $135, or single-day tickets for $55. A limited number of VIP passes are also available at eventbrite.com for $649, providing access to exclusive viewing platforms, private “comfort station” restrooms, and light snacks and drinks (including limited alcoholic beverages) for all three days.

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