Beale Street Music Festival 2017: Sunday 

FedEx Stage

Machine Gun Kelly • 3:30 p.m.

Machine Gun Kelly is not just another rapper-turned-actor. His catalog of hits, including "Wild Boy," "Invincible," and "Till I Die," all bear the mark of his lyrical mastery.

Alter Bridge • 5:05 P.M.

Orlando hard rockers featuring former members of Creed, Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips, along with lead screamer and sometime Slash collaborator Myles Kennedy, will bring the heavy noise to the FedEx Stage.

Midnight Oil • 6:40 P.M.

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Austrailian pop rockers Midnight Oil's "Beds Are Burning" and "Forgotten Years" underscore the band's dedication to both social justice and solid rock music.

Bush • 8:20 P.M.

The second wave of grunge takes a lot of flak, but no band deserves less of it than Bush. The group has consistently cranked out undeniable hits in its 25-year history, including "Everything Zen," "Glycerine," and "The Chemicals Between Us."

Soundgarden • 10:05 P.M.

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Very few bands encapsulate an era, but Soundgarden might be one of the precious few who come close when it comes to '90s grunge.  

Bud Light Stage

Marcella & Her Lovers • 2:15 P.M.

This Louisiana native brings her own blend of swamp soul with a dynamite band.

Ani DiFranco • 3:45 P.M.

Allow us to list some of DiFranco's achievements: genre-defying songsmith, a multi-instrumentalist, a feminist icon, and supporter of worthy humanitarian causes.  

Ziggy Marley • 5:25 P.M.

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Fresh from winning his eighth Grammy for last year's self-titled album, this scion of the Lion knows how to keep the reggae flame burning with integrity and grit.

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals • 7:15 P.M.

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Harper has followed his own star since his debut, 23 years ago. Intriguing lyrics and nuanced harmonies float over an earthy mix of rhythm and roots.

Sturgill Simpson • 9:05 P.M.

Since going solo in 2013, Sturgill Simpson has quickly become the "it" singer-songwriter in Americana/roots music.

River Stage

Lanita Smith • 2:15 P.M.

Memphis-raised Lanita Smith relocated to Los Angeles when she started getting gigs at Coachella and on Jimmy Kimmel Live, but she's back in town in support of Love Can Do.

Bahari • 3:30 P.M.

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Every fuzzed-out guitar lick and hand-clap-driven chorus from this all-female trio is soaked through with sun, salt, and surf.

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Mayer Hawthorne • 5:05 P.M.

Mayer Hawthorne's official website takes the form of a classified personal ad. He's a single Aquarius with a bachelor's degree who lists his occupation as singer/DJ. Sounds like a catch. Hawthorne is a member of bands Tuxedo and Jaded Incorporated, and you can catch his solo show at the River Stage on Sunday.

Tori Kelly • 6:45 P.M.

Tori Kelly got her start 10 years ago, posting videos to YouTube. She has since competed on American Idol, broken into the Billboard Hot 100, and won a Grammy for Best New Artist.

Jill Scott • 8:30 P.M.

Jill Scott is a quadruple threat — a singer/songwriter, actress, and poet. And with two gold- and one platinum-selling album, if she's spreading herself too thin, it doesn't show.

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Orion Blues Tent

Eden Brent • 2:15 P.M.

Eden Brent is a true student of the blues, having been trained by the great boogie-woogie pianist Abie "Boogaloo" Ames (thus earning the nickname "Little Boogaloo").

Super Chikan • 3:45 P.M.

Winner of the Blues Music Awards in 2010, James Johnson bring some scintillating electric guitar and even some yodeling into the mix.

Preston Shannon • 5:20 P.M.

A Beale Street fixture, Shannon offers the best of homegrown blues guitar and soulful singing.

Popa Chubby • 6:55 P.M.

Precious few modern blues acts are as wildly prolific as New York's Popa Chubby. The man has done it all over the course of 26 (and counting) albums since 1994.

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Booker T. Jones • 8:35 P.M.

A true legend and founder of the Stax sound, Booker T. Jones continues to be the king of minimalist soul and funk. Mixing vocals with his trademark organ instrumentals, he combines innovation with a respect for his own history. (See Cover Story p. 10)

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