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2016 Beale Street Music Festival Stage Times Unveiled

It's officially TIME to party. 

The stage times for the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival were announced last month. Sixty-six different artists will be performing over three days on five different stages.Grab your friends and plot out your musical journey at the FedEx, Rockstar Energy Drink, Bud Light, Pearl River Resort Blues Tent and Blues Shack stages! 

Get VIP Tickets to #BSMF16, grab an affordable 3-day pass or check out the lineup and kick your summer off right!

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Posted by Natalia Yarger at Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 0 comments
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Memphis in May International Festival Announces Ça Claque! as 2016 In-School Performance Troupe

As part of the 2016 Memphis in May International Salute to Canada, and with support from Wells Fargo, French-Canadian and Métis folklore group Ça Claque! will be performing in eight area schools. Composed of Manitoban artists, Ça Claque! features exciting and diverse entertainment that will keep audiences captivated from the first note of the fiddle to the last step of gigue.

Since its inception in 2009, Ça Claque! has recorded a 4 track demo CD and a 12 track full-length CD, the latter was nominated for a 2013 Western Canada Music Award in the Francophone Recording of the Year Category. The group has represented Canada internationally in Costa Rica, Peru and Chile and has participated in countless local, national and international festivals.

The group is a member of Folklorama Teachings, which is dedicated to bringing the excitement of Folklorama to classrooms and school assemblies year-round. Through workshops and performances, the ethno-cultural entertainers take students on a cultural adventure they’ll never forget. The Teachings program is designed to help students appreciate and respect cultural differences and motivate students to take pride in their own cultural heritage.

Ça Claque! is a traditional troupe with a modern twist. “Students and teachers can expect a high-energy show with amazing dancers and musicians, deeply rooted in the tradition of continuing to promote and evolve their culture,” says Jacqueline Jubinville, Ça Claque! member/dancer. “Audience participation is encouraged, it creates a spirit of excitement and happiness. We can’t wait to bring this infectious energy to Memphis”

“Wells Fargo is proud to support Memphis in May and the In-School Ca Claque! performances. Programs that provide increased cultural awareness and enrichment through the arts only broaden the experience and love of learning for students in our local schools. Wells Fargo is committed to helping alleviate the achievement gap for public education.” added Stephen Norris, Area President for Tennessee and North Alabama.

The free in-school performances at area schools will take place Monday, May 9 through Thursday, May 12, 2016.

2016 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Beale Street Music Festival: April 29 – May 1, 2016 International Week: May 2–8, 2016 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 12–14, 2016 Great American River Run: May 28, 2016 901Fest: May 28, 2016

About Memphis in May
Memphis in May International Festival is a not for profit, community-based organization, whose programs contribute more than $70 million annually in economic impact to the community, foster civic pride, promote awareness of Memphis heritage, and build international relationships and understanding through education.

Memphis in May International is the official Festival of the City of Memphis, and the recipient of 184 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association. Memphis in May International Festival was recently named the Top Festival in the Southern United States in a nationwide readers’ poll by USA Today 10 Best.

For additional information about the Memphis in May International Festival, please visit the official Memphis in May web site at www.memphisinmay.org.
Posted by Penelope Huston at Thursday, April 21, 2016
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Official App of #BSMF16 Now Available

The #BSMF16 app has arrived! 

Available on all Apple and Android devices, the #BSMF16 app is a must-have for all those attending the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival. 

Features include:

  • Creating a custom schedule
  • Receive notifications instantly with breaking news and information
  • Viewing bios, photos, links and stage information for all 66 artists
  • Detailed descriptions of all food, drink and merchandise vendors
  • SO MUCH MORE!

Be sure to purchase your tickets, through the app or any computer, and find yourself in the crowd during #BSMF16!

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | 0 comments
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#BSMF16 Named Among 9 Southern Music Festivals Worth the Trip

Style Blueprint recently named the Beale Street Music Festival in their list of "9 Southern Music Festivals Worth the Trip". Check out the whole article then share it with your friends.

#BSMF16 starts in NINE days and the anticipation is building. Performers at this year's festival range include Paul Simon. Beck, Weezer, Yo Gotti, Mavis Staples, Barenaked Ladies, Jonny Lang, Zedd and many more! Check out the full lineup here

Make sure you snag your 3-day pass for $105 TODAY because the deal goes away at midnight on Friday, April 22!

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | 0 comments
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Riverside Drive Traffic Changes Preparation for 2016 Memphis in May

The 40th annual Memphis in May International Festival will begin on April 29, 2016 in Tom Lee Park. In preparation for the festival, staff, volunteers and vendors will begin moving into Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis during the upcoming weeks. Historically, Memphis in May has aimed to minimize traffic disruption by requesting only partial closures of Riverside Drive. This year, due to the City’s ongoing construction and maintenance issues – Riverside Drive will be fully closed from April 23 through May 30.

“Keeping Riverside Drive as open as possible during this time is a priority, as we recognize the importance of this roadway,” says James L. Holt, President & CEO of Memphis in May. “However, the safety of workers, festival goers and vehicular traffic is paramount and the road closures we are seeking are both as brief and as thorough as needed to ensure public safety.”

Each year Memphis in May schedules work so that Riverside Drive is partially open for 20 days during the festival cycle and limits complete street closure days to no more than 15. Due to the ongoing construction being performed by the City, this will not be the case in 2016. 

 2016 MEMPHIS IN MAY ADDITIONAL STREET CLOSURE DATES
Beale Street from Front Street to Main Street
May 11 from 2:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m.

During the Festival event days, Beale Street from Wagner Place to Front Street and Wagner Place from Beale Street to Linden Avenue will close for the safety of pedestrians and visitors to the events.

Additional short term street closures for the inaugural Great American River Run on May 28th will be announced early next month. 

For additional information about any aspect of the Memphis in May International Festival, please call the Memphis in May media office at 901-525-4611.

Posted by Natalia Yarger at Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 0 comments
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