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Acts announced for 2012 Beale Street Music Festival

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Memphis in May announced the line-up for 2012 Beale Street Music Festival that includes over 65 musical acts scheduled to appear downtown at Tom Lee Park May 4-6.

Memphis in May announced the line-up for 2012 Beale Street Music Festival that includes over 65 musical acts scheduled to appear downtown at Tom Lee Park May 4-6.

Now in its 36th year, Beale Street Music Festival has long been known for its eclectic line-ups, which include varied music genres and performers, and it continues to be evident in 2012. Headliners for this year’s event include internationally acclaimed artists such as Jane’s Addiction, My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine, Wiz Khalifa, Evanescence, Primus, Girl Talk, Pitbull, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, and Anthony Hamilton.

First time artists for the 2012 Beale Street Music Festival include the hot Indie-rock female Florence + The Machine, Evanescence, and hot alt-rock group My Morning Jacket. It also marks the first appearance by highly acclaimed Jane’s Addiction, Miami- flavored pop rapper Pitbull, Primus, dance mixer Girl Talk, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Wiz Khalifa, Black Stone Cherry, The Head and the Heart, The Civil Wars, Dr. Dog, Black Lips, Big K.R.I.T. Childish Gambino, and Lupe Fiasco to name a few. In all, nearly half the artists performing are first-timers at the festival.

The FedEx Blues Tent celebrates the soul of the Delta this year with veteran performers such as Johnny Winter, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Bernard Allison, Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robillard, Larry McCray, and The Nighthawks. The contemporary blues scene is well represented by Gary Clark Jr., and Memphis’ rich blues legacy is showcased with The Bo-Keys, Will Tucker, Valerie June, Robert “Wolfman” Belfour and Victor Wainwright.

The line-up of performers from Memphis or with Memphis roots continues to tout the city’s musical heritage and always resonates well with the visitors who attend the festival from around the world. Two Memphis Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are featured on the line-up, Jerry Lee Lewis and Al Green. Memphis is well represented in all genres from rap to rock to soul and the blues. Among this year’s Memphis performers, rap giants Three 6 Mafia and Yo Gotti as well as crowd favorites North Mississippi Allstars, Memphis rockers Prosevere, hipsters Zoogma, and Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.

The Beale Street Music Festival also welcomes 5-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy, and popular rockers Bush, The Cult, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Memphis in May’s honored country for 2012, The Philippines, is represented by the Filipino alternative rock band Sponge Cola.

The festival opens to the public at 5:00 P.M on Friday, May 4. Gates open at 1 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for the May 4-6 event are now on sale at TicketMaster, www.ticketmaster.com. A three-day pass is available for $75 through April 22. Daily tickets are $32.50 in advance and $40 day of show.

The complete line-up of the 2012 Beale Street Music Festival is available on-line at www.memphisinmay.org/musicfestival.


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