BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL
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Beale Street Music Festival TicketsThe official kickoff to the Memphis in May International Festival, the Beale Street Music Festival is a three-day experience that offers some of the best music from various genres. Now one of Memphis, Tennesse's largest festivals, it was first held in 1977 at the corner of Beale Street and Third. In 1978, production was turned over to the Memphis in May International Festival, generally called Memphis in May, and it became one of the first signature events for this traditional month-long celebration. In 1990, due to its growing size, the Beale Street Music Festival was moved to its current location in Tom Lee Park where the iconic Beale Street meets the Mississippi River. Over the years, the festival has included notable artists such as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Snoop Dog, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Cake, Luke Combs, Chevelle, Third Eye Blind, Anthony Russo, Big Boi, and Everclear.
Beale Street: Birthplace of the BluesBeale Street, the original site and namesake of the festival, began its musical roots in the 1860s with traveling musicians performing along the street. In 1890, the historic Orpheum Theater was added hosting a wide range of musical performances over the years. In 1903, the mayor of Memphis invited W.C. Handy, known as Father of the Blues, giving rise to the Memphis Blues style. Since 1920, Beale Street has hosted musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters and in 1977, an act of Congress declared Beale Street "Home of the Blues."
Where can I buy Beale Street Music Festival tickets?Whether you plan to go for one day or treat yourself to the full 3-day affair, you can always find Beale Street Music Festival tickets at StubHub.
What can I expect at the festival?As part of Memphis in May, the Beale Street Music Festival concerts are only one of the many attractions during the month-long celebration of music, food, and art. Restricted to pedestrian traffic during the festival, you can visit the Beale Street Historic District, just a few blocks away, bustling with historic hangouts, sidewalk vendors and street performers. You can also find some of the nations best barbeque even if you can't stick around for the World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest.
When does the festival start?During the first weekend of May, Beale Street Music Festival is a 3-day event full of headlining performers that kicks off the month-long Memphis in May celebration.
Who are some of the past performers from the Beale Street Music Festival?Since its move to Tom Lee Park in 1990 notable artists have included the following: Ray Charles, B.B. King, Black Crows, Steppenwolf, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gladys Knight, Peter Frampton, James Brown, Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, Beck, Fleetwood Mac, 38 Special, Joan Baez, ZZ Top, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Barenaked Ladies, Green Day, Ziggy Marley, Sheryl Crow, Collective Soul, Cheap Trick, Foo Fighters, Los Lobos, The Offspring, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Bush, John Mayer, Joe Cocker, Journey, Charlie Daniels Band, Nelly, Cake, Santana, Disturbed, Alice In Chains, Primus, The Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Weezer, Snoop Dogg and Luke Combs, with many choosing to return to the festival for numerous repeat performances. The 2019 festival included the Dave Matthews Band, The Killers, Cardi B, G-Easy, Onerepublic, Everclear and Khalid, among many others.
How many stages does the festival have?Despite its modest beginnings with traveling musicians performing on a street corner, the festival has grown and continues to grow over the years. In 1990, it was moved to the Tom Lee Park due to the park's larger capacity, and last year it featured five stages: the Terminix Stage, FedEx Stage, Bud Light Stage, Coca-Cola Blues Tent, and the Carvana Blues Shack, each featuring its own unique musical style.
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