TEXT & PHOTOS BY MARK JACKSON
Beale Street Music Festival was held over the weekend of May 3rd-5th with a few of the headliners being Dave Matthews, G-Easy, Khalid, Shinedown, and Cardi B and a last minute surprise guest appearance of Miley Cyrus, thanks to Facebook and Beale Street Music Festival. Facebook brought Miley in to kick off a new campaign named More Together #moretogether. Miley sang three of her own songs during the live Facebook recording and brought out a Marc Cohn to do a duet of his hit song “Walking In Memphis”. This is a great song to listen to anytime, but this time was even more special for me as I was standing next to the Mississippi River in the pouring rain as the lyrics go.
Day 1 Friday kicked off with the gates opening in the afternoon with Saving Abel on the Bud Light Stage and this stage didn’t stop rocking all night with In This Moment, Good Charlotte, and Shinedown.
The FedEx Stage Carried the Hip Hop acts of Blocboy JB and Lil Dicky as well as R&B superstar Khalid, while the Terminix Stage hosted Dirty Heads, Chvrches, and Dave Matthews Band and remember this is just day 1.
Saturday was unfortunately overcast with light rain most of the day with clearing up in the evening shortly after Miley’s performance, but not before making several muddy areas though out the park. This did not damp the spirits of festival goers one bit as most know, this is Memphis in May and rain often visits for at least part of the festival. Galoshes and a poncho are must bring items, even if they never leave the trunk. The thirty thousand plus fans tracked through the rain and mud puddles to their favorite stages to see such acts as Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Moon Taxi, Coin, Muck Sticky, Charlie Wilson, and Big Boi, before having to choose either One Republic or G-Easy for the headliner spot.
Beale Street sold out of all the three day passes and Sunday one day passes with thirty five thousand tickets being sold for Sunday. Sunday was a perfect day in the mid 70’s and sunny and the mud had completely dried out making for a great festival day for the thirty five thousand people who made their way down the banks of the Mississippi to party and see Cardi B perform, but first there was a lot of great bands to see. The moment the gates opened at 1p.m. there was a mad rush from many fans who rushed to grab a front or near front spot for Cardi and who would hold these spots all day without moving to ensure they would have a time that won’t be soon forgotten. As for other fans they would make their way around to such acts as Memphis rapper NLE Choppa who has jumped on the scene with two new hot videos that are racking up millions of views on YouTube in a short period. You may have heard of this young Memphis rapper from the articles in the news lately stating that he turned down a $3M record deal. Other great acts that performed on Sunday were Lord Huron, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Everclear, Moneybagg Yo, 6lack, and Gary Clark Jr.
This is a must watch for your next year festival possibilities, not only is this a great festival and staff, but it’s in Memphis, Tn with tons of things to do and see. Oh yeah and the best BBQ in the world!
Gary Clark Jr.
In This Moment
St. Paul & the Broken Bones