Beale Street Music Festival 2018: Friday 

FedEx Stage

North Mississippi Allstars • 6 p.m.

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  • North Mississippi Allstars

Luther and Cody Dickinson continue their genre-defying experimentalism with this year's Blues Dance Music (BDM), melding electronic beats, effects, and blues for a fantastic party of an EP. As always, it's all built on their heartfelt sense of the funk. Even if they don't bring synth-heavy textures to Beale Street, their sure-footed groove will be there in force.

Margo Price • 7:20 p.m.

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  • Margo Price

Her plain-spoken debut won the hearts of many an Americana fan; and there's plenty of folk and country (notably "Pay Gap") in last year's All American Made. But these days her band, with their economical, syncopated grooves, evoke the MG's at times — and Price's honest voice rises to the occasion.

Third Eye Blind • 8:50 p.m.

The course of pop-punk would not be the same without Third Eye Blind's highly influential "Jumper" and "Semi-Charmed Life." The San Francisco band's tumultuous history and hit-making ways have made them radio staples and fan favorites since their eponymous 1996 debut album and powerhouse follow-up Blue.

Alanis Morissette • 10:30 p.m.

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  • Alanis Morissette

You oughta know about the Canadian feminist icon who has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, and redefined the word "Ironic." The alt-rock legend is prepping a new album for 2018, so expect to hear some fresh material. Also, she once played God in a movie.

Bud Light Stage

Wilderado • 6:10 p.m.

As a bunch of Texas/Oklahoma natives transplanted to California, their sound is the perfect hybrid of both. Their folk and indie-rock elements, ragged but right, sparkle with occasional nods to Beach Boys harmonies. Moody guitar textures explode into pounding anthem rock blasts, but everything ultimately gets back down to earth.

Clutch • 7:40 p.m.

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Hard-rockers Clutch named their 2007 album From Beale Street to Oblivion, name-checking both the street that gave this festival its name and one of our city's rockingest exports. Expect high energy and a heavy sound from this veteran band.

Kaleo • 9:20 p.m.

Rock-and-roll was born in Memphis, but it now belongs to the world. For proof, look no further than Kaleo, a platinum-selling quartet from Mosfellsbær, Iceland. They've taken a heavy Delta blues sound and spread it around the world, from California to Moscow.

Queens of the Stone Age • 11 p.m.

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  • Queens of the Stone Age

Two decades after Josh Homme originated the desert-rock sound, his group Queens of the Stone Age are still going strong. With years of touring, a brush with death, and five studio albums under their belt, including 2017's brilliant Villains, QOTSA's music has evolved, but it remains, in the words of Homme, "heavy enough for the boys and sweet enough for the girls."

River Stage

Star & Micey • 6 p.m.

These perennially positive Memphis indie rockers, who parlay a whimsical blend of rock, folk, soul, and sunny pop, are of the few bands from the class of 2005 to still be performing today. Energetic, danceable, and constantly evolving, Star & Micey have garnered comparisons to Elliott Smith and Rubber Soul-era Beatles.

Dashboard Confessional • 7:30 p.m.

Once heavily identified with introspective emo, this vehicle for singer/songwriter Christopher Carrabba took a long hiatus, only just returning to the charts with this year's Crooked Shadows. And the sound now is huge, radio-friendly and loaded with energizing surprises. The lyrics still deal with the vagaries of romantic entanglements, but with a new pop pizzazz.

Cake • 9:10 p.m.

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  • Cake

These Northern Californians have approached their longevity by sticking to the same basic approach as their 1994 debut: scratchy guitars both strummed and riffed, Vince DiFiore's trumpet, groovy rhythms, and singer John McCrea's deadpan-yet-excitable delivery.

Tyler, the Creator • 10:50 p.m.

This explosively brilliant, filter-less provocateur is transforming the hip-hop landscape — and he's just 27 years old. A fashion icon, TV writer and producer, as well as rapper, Tyler, who launched his career with the alt-rap collective Odd Future, is notorious for exorcising his personal demons through his creative outlets.

Coca-Cola Blues Tent

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram • 6:15 p.m.

He may be a cousin to Charlie Pride, but Ingram is more the heir to Prince or Jimi Hendrix. Yet he never leaves his Delta roots far behind, making for a kind of down-home shredding. Having just finished high school and about to drop his debut, this wunderkind is a must-see.

Zac Harmon • 7:50 p.m.

This Jackson, Mississippi-born blues guitarist spent decades in Los Angeles as a Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter for acts like the O'Jays before revisiting his musical roots. Since 2004, the soulful superstar has racked up numerous accolades, including top honors at the International Blues Challenge.

Ghost Town Blues Band • 9:30 p.m.

These locals are bringing a new energy to the blues, from the big sound of horns and organ to the their little cigar box guitar. With their raspy vocals and fine original songwriting, Living Blues magazine calls it "21st century blues at its best."

Robert Randolph and the Family Band • 11:15 p.m.

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  • Robert Randolph

This pedal steel guitar virtuoso and his group, the Family Band, made the unlikely leap from performing "sacred steel" music at the Pentecostal-based House of God Church to becoming one of the hottest jam/roots acts on the international music scene. Let them take you to church this Friday night!

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