Friday Band Listings 

Friday Schedule

Cellular South Stage

Lord t & Eloise 6:05-7:05 p.m.

Flyleaf 7:35-8:45 p.m.

Hellogoodbye 9:15-10:25 p.m.

My Chemical Romance 10:55-12:25 p.m.

Sam's Town Stage

Amy Lavere 6-6:50 p.m.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts 7:20-8:30 p.m.

Jonny Lang 9-10:15 p.m.

Sheryl Crow 10:45-12:15 p.m.

Budweiser Stage

Drive By 6:20-7 p.m.

Project Pat W/ Computer , Yung D, & lil Wyte 7:25-8:45 p.m.

Ben FoldS 9:15-10:30 p.m.

The Roots 10:50-12:20 p.m.

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

Lurrie Bell 6-7:05 p.m.

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials 7:30-8:45 p.m.

Charlie Musselwhite 9:15-10:30 p.m.

Keb' Mo' 11-12:20 p.m.

Soco Blues Shack

Richard Johnston 6, 8, & 10:30 p.m.

Robert "Wolfman" Belfour 7:05 & 8:45 p.m.

Band Listings

Friday, May 2

Lord T & Eloise

Cellular South Stage

6:05 p.m.

With their trademark "aristocrunk" style, this local hip-hop group cum performance-art ensemble take rap music's conspicuous consumption to its logical, comedic conclusion: a sarcastic celebration of wealth from the perspective of rich, old ("old" as in powdered-wig old) white dudes. Look for an energetic, entertaining set from these Memphis-based pranksters.

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  • Robert Wolfman Belfour


Cellular South Stage

7:35 p.m.

This Texas-based hard-rock band debuted in 2005 with an eponymous debut that put them on the mainstream/heavy-rock map and led to opening stints with artists such as Saliva, 3 Doors Down, and Staind. An element that sets Flyleaf apart: In a genre drowning in testosterone, they're the rare female-fronted band, diminutive singer Lacey Mosley leading the way.


Cellular South Stage

9:15 p.m.

This California emo-punk band makes energetic, danceable rock music flavored with video-game-style bleeps and keyboard lines. Named after a phrase used by the character Screech on the tween-fave sitcom Saved By the Bell, Hellogoodbye got their start opening for scene stars such as the All-American Rejects and the Academy Is ... before landing a slot on the Warped Tour.

My Chemical Romance

Cellular South Stage

10:55 p.m.

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  • Lord T & Eloise

Absolutely beloved by a segment of young music fans, this New Jersey-based rock band became one of the biggest acts in their corner of the music universe over the past few years, inspiring young fans (if not critics) much as Nirvana did a decade and a half ago. Led by theatrical frontman Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance traffics in aggressive, bold music that also remains melodic pop. In turning nü-metal angst into a more progressive, sugary brand of anthemic teen-friendly rock, the band draws on myriad musical and cultural influences — emo, pop-punk, goth-metal, '80s alternative like the Cure and the Smiths, '70s prog rock à la Queen and Pink Floyd — and melds it into something contemporary and distinctive.

Amy LaVere

Sam's Town Stage

6 p.m.

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  • My Chemical Romance

Once one of the Memphis music scene's emerging stars, LaVere transcended the local last year with her second album, Anchors & Anvils. LaVere doesn't have a showy American Idol voice but is a sharp, rich interpretive singer, especially on such sure shots as her own "Killing Him" (one of the best album-openers on any 2007 record) and drummer Paul Taylor's personal, perceptive "Pointless Drinking." Smart, sexy, swaggering, funny — this star turn was the highlight of Memphis music in 2007, and, with the expert support of Taylor and guitarist Steve Selvidge, LaVere brings those same qualities to the stage, and then some.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Sam's Town Stage

7:20 p.m.

One of the most important female rockers ever, Jett's classic, thrashy, three-chord rock-and-roll evokes the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and glam rock, but her distinctive, sneering presence and buzzsaw bubblegum sensibility are all her own, making her one of rock's most enjoyable sounds. Jett got her start as a teenager with the Los Angeles '70s girl band the Runaways but became a major star in the early '80s, recording borderline classic albums Bad Reputation and, with the Blackhearts, I Love Rock-n-Roll, the defiant title single off the latter becoming one of the decade's signature hits.

Jonny Lang

Sam's Town Stage

9 p.m.

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  • Amy Lavere

An instant sensation when his major-label debut, Lie to Me, came out in 1997, the then-teenage Lang was a fiery blues guitarist from the unlikely hometown of Fargo, North Dakota. More a live showman than a radio hit-maker, Lang has released only three albums since. But, a "kid" no more at age 27, he's matured into a blues-rock force that can command any stage.

Sheryl Crow

Sam's Town Stage

10:45 p.m.

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  • Jonny lang

In a pop-music culture so youth-focused, Sheryl Crow has been a consistent hit-maker for 15 years in an old-fashioned but sturdy classic-rock/folk-rock style — a purveyor of straightforward, guitar-driven songs in an early-'70s (Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, etc.) mode. In the years since Crow first broke out with her 1993 debut, Tuesday Night Music Club, the hits have been piling up, an identifiable oeuvre that should make for a satisfying set this weekend: "Strong Enough," "All I Wanna Do," "A Change Would Do You Good," "If It Makes You Happy," "Everyday Is a Winding Road," "My Favorite Mistake," "Soak Up the Sun," etc.

Drive By

Budweiser Stage

6:20 p.m.

This New York-based emo quartet has been on the road opening for My Chemical Romance and will join them on the Friday night schedule at this year's Beale Street Music Fest.

Project Pat, with Computer, Yung D, & Lil Wyte

Budweiser Stage

7:25 p.m.

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  • Sheryl Crow

Shortly after longtime Three 6 Mafia affiliate Project Pat wrapped up three years in a federal penitentiary on a concealed-weapons charge, he released Crook By Da Book: The Fed Story. Now the MC, creator of memorable tunes such as "Chickenhead" and "Don't Save Her," is back at the grind, swiftly releasing a second post-jail-stint album, Walkin' Bank Roll, in 2007. For this appearance, he'll be joined by other Three 6 Mafia-connected cohorts, most notably rapper Lil Wyte, a prominent solo artist in his own right.

Ben Folds

Budweiser Stage

9:15 p.m.

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  • Project Pat

North Carolina's Ben Folds is something of a Gen X answer to Billy Joel or Elton John — a melodically gifted songwriter and piano player but also a snide, smart-alecky songwriter. Folds first made his mark as the frontman for Ben Folds Five, a three-piece band that banged out catchy, clever, piano-driven alt-rock tunes and became something of a sensation riding the final crest of the '90s alternative boom with the album Whatever and Ever Amen. Folds has more often performed as a solo artist this decade, as heard on albums such as Rockin' the Suburbs and Songs for Silverman.

The Roots

Budweiser Stage

10:50 p.m.

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  • Ben Folds

The Roots are hip-hop's unofficial house band. When Jay-Z needed a live band to record an MTV Unplugged concert, he called the Roots. When Dave Chappelle was looking for a band to anchor his Block Party, he called the Roots. But, led by drummer/bandleader Amir "?uestlove" Thompson and rapper Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, the Roots are first and foremost music makers on their own: a band with eight full-length studio albums, each packed with funky, gritty, increasingly experimental grooves and sharp, smart rhymes.

Lurrie Bell

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

6 p.m.

This Chicago bluesman is an explosive guitarist in the mode of Buddy Guy and Otis Rush. He's recorded for many of the genre's trademark labels and comes to the Beale Street Music Fest on top of his game, nominated for Best Guitarist and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year in the upcoming Blues Music Awards.

Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

7:30 p.m.

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  • The Roots

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials are the preeminent Chicago blues party band, purveyors of house-rockin' electric blues in the mode of Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor. Led by the fiery, flamboyant slide-guitar playing of leader Lil' Ed Williams, this band has been converting blues clubs and festivals the world over into sweaty would-be rent parties since the '80s.

Charlie Musselwhite

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

9:15 p.m.

Like perhaps no other current blues musician, the trajectory of harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite's life and career mirrors that of the music itself — Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago to California. Now, at age 64, Musselwhite is a grand old man of the blues, a versatile roots artist who has, over the years, incorporated elements of country, jazz, gospel, and Tex-Mex into his music.

Keb' Mo'

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

11 p.m.

Born Kevin Monroe, Keb' Mo' is a Los Angeles-based acoustic-blues performer who became one of the genre's great crossover success stories. Partly modeling himself after Robert Johnson, the journeyman musician released eight albums since 1994 and has established himself as one of the rare modern blues artists to consistently cross over to mainstream rock and pop fans.

Richard Johnston

Soco Blues Shack

6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.

In recent years, Richard Johnston, a late-blooming street performer, has become one of the rising stars on the independent blues scene, winning the 2001 International Blues Challenge and releasing a best-selling debut album, Foot Hill Stomp, dedicated to — and inspired by — the late north Mississippi hill-country blueswoman Jessie Mae Hemphill. Solo, Johnston is sure to wow audiences with his world-weary howl and his picking ability on the cigar-box LoweBow, a one-stringed cousin of the electric guitar.

Robert "Wolfman" Belfour

Soco Blues Shack

7:05 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.

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Robert Belfour was born and raised in the north Mississippi hill country but relocated to Memphis more than 40 years ago. His understated acoustic blues style remains largely unnoticed by local blues fans, but his albums (2000's What's Wrong With You and Pushin' My Luck, released three years later) have received rave reviews around the world.

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