The Beale Street Music Festival, part of the month-long Memphis in May International Festival, will be held this year at Tom Lee Park from May 1 through the 3. Known around the country as the showcase of legendary musical style, the Beale Street Music Festival 2009 brings together music’s leaders and legends sharing four stages in an event that defines Memphis’ music. The dynamic music festival’s diversity of music including rock, rhythm and blues, alternative, soul, rap, and contemporary hits is evident in its 2009 line-up that also includes recent Grammy winners and nominees, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winners, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and legendary Memphis music acts. Artists include such diverse performers as The All-American Rejects, Steve Miller Band, Al Green, 311, James Taylor, Katy Perry, Korn, Fall Out Boy, Ben Harper & Relentless 7, Tommy Castro, Snoop Dogg, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Shinedown, Hinder, John Lee Hooker, Jr., George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Bonnie Raitt, Three 6 Mafia, Elvis Costello, The Cult, The Roots, G. Love & Special Sauce, Jack’s Mannequin, Los Lobos, Rise Against, Saving Abel, Amos Lee, Susan Tedeschi, Theory of a Deadman, Dead Confederate, Matt Nathanson, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Thriving Ivory and many more.
Beale Street Music Festival has historically taken great pride in presenting musical talent with Memphis roots. The tradition continues in 2009 most notably with Al Green whose last performance at the festival was in 1995. The Blues Tent, always one of the most popular venues at the event, will host Ronnie Baker Brooks, Lurrie Bell, Bonnie Bramlett, Shane Dwight, Hubert Sumlin, Cedric Burnside & Lightin’ Malcolm, Michael Burks, Curtis Salgado, Sherman Robertson, Damon Fowler, and Guitar Shorty. The SoCo Blues Shack, added in 2008 as another Blues venue, will host Richard Johnston, Blind Mississippi Morris and Robert “Wolfman” Belfour.
Tickets for the May 1st – 3rd event are now on sale at all Ticket Master outlets or can be purchased online at www.TicketMaster.com . A special three- day pass is available for $63.50 through April 30, but once it’s May, the deal goes away. A limited number of daily tickets are $28.50 in advance.