Summer Festival Preview: Beale St. Music Festival

Beale St. Music Festival   Memphis, TN   May 4-6  $75   TICKETS

Somehow it is April already, and I guess that means summer is coming soon. This means that the summer music festivals have almost all released their massive lineups (with the exception of Lollapalooza’s April 11 announcement). Some would say that the official beginning of these festivals starts with Coachella in two weeks, but since I’m not going to that, the first festival this summer that I will be going to is Beale St. Music Festival in Memphis, TN.

Beale St. Music Festival is a part of Memphis in May which runs for the whole month of May and includes a World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and a Sunset Symphony. However, the kickoff event seems to be the highlight of this month-long festival. Beale St. Music Festival runs for three days, features 65 artists, and is only 75 dollars. I would absolutely say this is worth it. Just to see Florence + The Machine, Dr. Dog, and The Head and the Heart all in one place is even worth $75 to me. Truth be told, I probably do not know half of the artists on the lineup, but the half that I do know are pretty impressive.

You’ve got Childish Gambino, Lupe Fiasco, and Michael Franti & Spearhead. These are all artists who you know have got to put on a brilliant live show. Also, The Civil Wars are playing. I have wanted to see them for ages but pretty much every show on their tour last year was sold out, so I was not able to. I’m ridiculously excited to see them. ALSO, Al Green and Buddy Guy are going to be there. That’s got to be something pretty incredible.  The festival is held in a beautiful 25 acre riverfront part at the foot of historic Beale Street overlooking the Mississippi River. I’ve never been to Memphis but I’ve heard great things.

Check out the rest of the lineup here:

I will be writing about other festivals this summer including Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. Check back!

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Yes, I was named after famous british polar bear Rupert. In fact, I was named after a cat that was named after that cartoon bear. This is exactly the reason why I’d have to say an orange cat is my spirit animal. Though, it’s kind of more like this cat is my spirit goddess. My spirit animal is a bit more like a grizzly duck, which is a grizzly bear with a duck’s beak. Two reasons: 1) When I wake up I am angry and grumble a lot, like a grizzly bear but once I wake up I am (usually) friendly and I quack a lot, and 2) I own a sweater with a grizzly bear on it and one with a duck on it. I am obviously obsessed with music and everything to do with music. I have been to over 80 concerts, I am in a band called One Two Skidoo, and I also co-host a radio show of that same name on WUSC. I was born in a country called London (I would say England, but you Americans seem to be set on the fact that England is only London). I was actually born in Brighton, England, but I don’t wanna confuse you too much so we’ll say I’m from London. I then moved to a super freezing area of Canada. You’re probably thinking “but all of Canada is super freezing!”. That’s not true. Well, kind of not true. I do that school thing at the University of South Carolina, and I write about music on this website, obviously. David Stringer is my hero.

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