Memphis in May International Festival

May 3, 2013 - May 5, 2013
Address: Memphis, TN 38103 Email: dhampton@memphisinmay.org Phone: (901) 525-4611
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Memphis in May International Festival

Announces Line-up for 2013 Beale Street Music Festival

(Memphis, TN) . . . When musical artists step out onto the streets of Memphis, Tennessee it’s like stepping onto hallowed ground. A place where the legends of music, the inventors of a sound and the promise of the future resonate so loudly that Memphis often sings from its river bluffs.

So it is an entire city and a world renowned heritage that welcomes the performers at the 2013 Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival scheduled for May 3-5 in Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis.

Announced February 28th, the Beale Street Music Festival line-up, which many are calling its best line-up ever, includes a solid array of performers whose past has changed the industry and whose future will impact its course. Featured performers in this year’s Beale Street Music Festival are The Black Keys, Alice in Chains, Bassnectar, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Flaming Lips, Phoenix, The Smashing Pumpkins, ZZ Top, The Black Crowes, The Roots, Sheryl Crow, Dwight Yoakam, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Gavin DeGraw, and Big Boi.

Now in its 37th year, Beale Street Music Festival, storied for its eclectic and unique line-ups which includes varied music genres and performers, welcomes many first time performers at the festival including the rock group The Deftones, Swedish guitar master Yngwie Malmsteen, and EDM artists Bassnectar and Mimosa. Others include 2013 Grammy nominee for blues, Heritage Blues Quartet, acclaimed soulster Charles Bradley, Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame member Patti Smith, two time Grammy winner, Dwight Yoakam and soon to be Hall of Fame inductee Public Enemy.

First time performers The Black Keys, fresh off impressive Grammy wins and heightened star power, headline their first ever Beale Street Music Festival as do The Smashing Pumpkins one of the major alternative rock bands of the 90’s. Alice in Chains whose scheduled headline performance was canceled in 2010 due to inclement weather return in 2013. Other first-timers include the hot French phenoms, Phoenix, as well as 18 year-old British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg. In all, 31 of the acts performing are making their Beale Street Music Festival debut.

The Horseshoe Casino Blues Tent will feature Swedish blues princess Louise Hoffsten; Sweden is the honored country of Memphis in May International Festival in 2013. Others bringing the blues back to its birthplace include Coco Montoya, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Zac Harmon, Ronnie Baker Brooks, The Slide Brothers and Davy Knowles.



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 members are featured on the line-up, Jerry Lee Lewis and Mavis Staples. Memphis is well represented in all genres from rap to rock to soul and the blues. Other Memphis area artists include blues group Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition, young bluesman Will Tucker, Barbara Blue, rapper Al Kapone, River City Tanlines, festival favorite Lucero, Star & Micey, Shannon McNally, and James Super Chikan Johnson.

Memphis in May President and CEO Jim Holt says, "The Beale Street Music Festival, the largest annual event in the Mid-South, continues to draw thousands upon thousands of music lovers from around the world. Visitors have come to expect an eclectic and diverse line-up, and this year will not disappoint. From The Black Keys to The Black Crowes, Phoenix to Daryl Hall & John Oates, the diversity of performers is astounding."

In a nod to the growing popularity of EDM music, the festival is adding a late night feature on Saturday night – The Park After Dark with acclaimed DJ Porter Robinson.

The festival opens to the public at 5:00 P.M on Friday, May 3. Gates open at 1 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for the May 3-5 event are now on sale at TicketMaster,

www.ticketmaster.com. A three day pass is available for $85 through April 21st.

The Beale Street Music Festival is sponsored by Bud Light, distributed locally by Budweiser of Memphis, Horseshoe Hotel & Casino, Orion Federal Credit Union and FedEx. Official media sponsors include the Memphis Flyer and WXMX 98.1 The Max and WRBO Soul Classics 103.5.

The complete line-up of the 2013 Beale Street Music Festival is available at the official web site www.memphisinmay.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bealestreetmusicfestival

The Memphis in May International Festival is a month-long celebration of international culture. In addition to producing such premiere events as the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, International Week honoring Sweden and the AutoZone Sunset Symphony, Memphis in May produces extensive education programs for the city.

For information regarding 2013 Memphis in May events, visit the official website at www.memphisinmay.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/memphisinmay.