Tuesday, April 26, 2011

No Flooding for Beale Street Music Fest

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Ke$ha will perform at Beale Street Music Fest on Saturday.
  • Ke$ha will perform at Beale Street Music Fest on Saturday.

If the Mississippi River floods Tom Lee Park, it won't be as early as this weekend, according to Diane Hampton, Memphis in May's executive vice president.

"The river is anticipated to be below Tom Lee Park this weekend," Hampton said. "And the weather is predicted to be great."

There's no chance of rain on Friday, a 30 percent chance on Saturday, and a 40 percent chance on Sunday. The annual music festival is traditionally plagued by bad weather. This year's line-up includes MGMT, Ke$ha, Ludacris, Cage the Elephant, the Stone Temple Pilots, among other acts.

But the threat of river flooding following this week's heavy rain storms may impact the Memphis In May World Championship Barbecue Festival, scheduled for May 12th-14th.

"No one knows what the river will do, but we're working with the Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service," Hampton said.

She said Memphis In May is exploring all options for what to do if the barbecue festival is flooded out.

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