Memphis in May Announces 2019 Beale Street Music Festival Lineup

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After a record-setting 2018, the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival announces its eagerly-awaited 2019 lineup. Long known for its wide variety of genres, the forty-third annual Beale Street Music Festival holds to that tradition, presenting a lineup with something for everyone: rock, alternative, R&B, hip hop, indie, pop, and blues.

Festival favorites who are returning to headline this year’s Beale Street Music Festival include Dave Matthews Band, The Killers, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson, Shinedown, and Gary Clark Jr.  Joining them are first-time headliners Khalid, OneRepublic, and Cardi B, coming off her history-making win Sunday night at the Grammys as the first female to receive Best Rap Album honors. (Complete list attached.)   

“The Beale Street Music Festival saw more than 102,000 in Tom Lee Park last year with attendees from all fifty states and twenty-two countries. We wanted to offer an even bigger lineup in 2019 as our city celebrates its bicentennial, and we feel like this may be our best lineup ever,” said James L. Holt, President and CEO of Memphis in May. “The 2019 lineup features current chart-toppers and returning fan favorites who consistently draw large crowds to our unique setting on the Mississippi River.”

Other artists featured this year include India.Arie, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Lord Huron, Flogging Molly, 6lack, Trippie Redd, Chvrches, Lil Dicky, Good Charlotte, Big Boi, Dirty Heads, In This Moment, Simple Plan, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Moon Taxi, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Coin and many more.

With our cultural salute to Memphis this year, there’s a special emphasis on local talent with forty percent of our performers coming from Memphis and the surrounding area! Aside from the lead guitarist for Shinedown, this includes rappers MoneyBagg Yo, Blocboy JB and NLE Choppa, along with Healy, Liz Brasher, Saving Abel, John Kilzer and the Scars, and Muck Sticky.  Local talent in the Coca-Cola Blues Tent includes Stax legend William Bell, Southern Avenue, Ghost Town Blues Band, Will Tucker, Blind Mississippi Morris, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Super Chikan, Brandon Santini, Gracie Curran and the High Falutin’ Band, Barbara Blue, Fuzzy Jeffries, Deak Harp & Quicksand, Sam Joyner, and Linear Smith.

Tickets can be purchased through eventbrite.com and are sold now through April 19 as three-day passes for just $135 or single-day tickets for $55. A limited number of VIP passes are also available at eventbrite.com for $649 and provide access to exclusive viewing platforms near the main stages and in the Blues Tent, private “comfort station” restrooms, and light snacks and drinks (including limited alcoholic beverages) for all three days.

The festival opens to the public at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 3 and runs through Sunday, May 5. The 2019 Beale Street Music Festival is sponsored by Bud Light, FedEx and Coca-Cola.

2019 Memphis in May International Festival Dates:

Beale Street Music Festival: May 3-5, 2019
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 15-18, 2019
Great American River Run: May 25, 2019
Celebrate Memphis: May 25, 2019

About the Beale Street Music Festival

Now in its forty-third year, the Beale Street Music Festival has been recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of their “Festivals Worth Traveling For,” named one of the nation’s top music festivals by Fuse TV five years in a row, one of the World’s Top Festivals by Fest300, and listed by Forbes as one of “5 Underrated Music Festivals You Should Attend.”  Rolling Stone Magazine wrote Beale Street Music Festival “always has a full and eccentric line-up,” while the Wall Street Journal referred to the festival as “one of the largest parties in the United States, drawing people from all over the world to come experience a celebration of the birth of an expressive art form that materialized as the music of Memphis.” Having been featured on CNN and the BBC among others, and in everything from National Geographic to Playboy,­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ the 2018 Beale Street Music Festival attracted more than 100,000 music fans to Memphis, TN from all 50 states and twenty-two countries.

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About Memphis in May 
Memphis in May International Festival is a nonprofit community-based organization, whose programs in 2018 contributed more than $137.7 million in economic impact to the community, fostered civic pride, promoted awareness of Memphis heritage, and built international relationships and understanding through education. 
 
Memphis in May International Festival is the official festival of the City of Memphis and the recipient of 216 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association. This year, the Festival will break with its tradition of honoring the history and culture of another country with its International Salute and will instead honor the colorful history and rich culture of the City of Memphis in celebration of the Memphis Bicentennial on May 22, 2019.  Join us in “Celebrating 200 Years and a New Century of Soul!”

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