Once again, Memphis in May will deliver a diverse list of musical acts to entertain the expected 100,000 guests that will travel from across the country and all over the world to enjoy the 2015 Beale Street Music Festival. The BSMF at Tom Lee Park takes place on May 1-3, 2015 and launches the month-long Memphis in May celebration that includes the Music Festival, International Salute to Poland, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and the AutoZone Sunset Symphony.
Headline acts this year include today’s pop and rock stars: International icon and four-time Grammy award winner, Lenny Kravitz; pop sensation Ed Sheeran, who has had six top 40 hits since bursting on the music scene in 2012; 2014 Grammy winner for Best Rock Song, Paramore; Americana roots rockers, The Avett Brothers; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, John Fogerty, who hasn’t played in Memphis in almost 30 years; today’s top touring hard rock artist, Five Finger Death Punch; Bowling Green, Kentucky rockers, Cage the Elephant, alternative rock and Beale Street Music Festival audience favorites Wilco and The Flaming Lips. Two other significant artists making their Beale Street Music Festival debut are indie alternative rockers, Pixies and red-hot pop sensation, Hozier.
“We are bringing the best of the best of touring music talent this year,” said Jim Holt, President & CEO of Memphis in May. “We pride ourselves on presenting a diverse line-up designed to appeal to musical enthusiasts from all segments of the population across the country and around the world. The Beale Street Music Festival offers something for virtually every musical taste.”
Here’s a breakdown of artists by genre:
Alternative, Pop Indie, Punk, and Hard Rock Acts:
This year’s impressive list of alternative, pop, indie, punk, and hard rock acts to grace the Beale Street Music Festival stages include: Chicago punk rockers, Rise Against; indie rockers and 2011 Grammy winners for Best Alternative Music, Band of Horses; 2014 Grammy-winning indie darling, St. Vincent; former lead guitarist of Guns & Roses, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators; electronic pop rockers, AWOLNATION; Pennsylvania hard rockers, Breaking Benjamin; New York indie pop band, Bleachers; L.A. pop rockers with a punk attitude, Flogging Molly; classical crossover and YouTube sensation, Lindsey Stirling; British pub-pop group, Kaiser Chiefs; jam band blues rockers, Big Head Todd and the Monsters; Southern California metalcore rockers, Of Mice & Men; Polish pop rockers, Myslovitz; alternative 90’s pop and alternative rockers, Spin Doctors and Soul Asylum; L.A. goth rockers, In this Moment; hard rocker and former lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts; Paste Magazine #1 rated live act in 2014, Diarrhea Planet; Memphis hard rockers, Prosevere; and alternative Christian contemporary pop rockers, Copeland.
Americana, Country, Roots, Folk Acts:
The Americana, country, roots, and folk music acts scheduled to play Beale Street Music Festival are: critically acclaimed American alternative country and rock singer-songwriter, Ryan Adams; indie country singersongwriter, Jenny Lewis; husband and wife banjo players and contemporary jazz and bluegrass performers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn; emerging folk and alternative country duo, Shovels and Rope; Americanaroots rocker, Alejandro Escovedo; Memphis alternative country group, Star & Micey; Nashville Americanafolk-roots band, The Vespers; and Memphis roots-country rockers, Dead Soldiers.
Hip Hop, R&B, and Soul:
The hip hop, R&B, and soul genres round out the big Beale Street Music Festival lineup and include: G-Eazy, who is known as the James Dean of rap; Iconic soul and funk artist and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic; 2014 Best Contemporary Christian Song Grammy winner and Christian rap artist, Lecrae; BSMF blues tent favorite and church pedal steel guitar player, Robert Randolph and the Family Band; and the diverse and quick-witted rapper from Washington, D.C., Wale.
The Beale Street Music Festival would not be complete without top blues performers. As always, Memphis in May delivers with the following blues acts: Acclaimed blues rocker, Kenny Wayne Shepherd; stirring soul singer, Bettye LaVette; iconic British blues-rock group celebrating their 50th anniversary, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown; bluesy pop singer, Elle King; Yugoslavian blues artist that now resides in Memphis, Ana Popovic; Rolling Stone Magazine described feral blues guitar player, Tinsley Ellis; blues guitarist and son of famed harpist Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell; Native American blues-rock group, Indigenous; BB Kings Memphis regular blues guitarist, Will Tucker; rising young blues guitarist from Normal, Illinois, Mathew Curry; a Memphis favorite bluesman, Preston Shannon; Mississippi hill country blues guitarist, Kenny Brown; Austin, Texas-based blues and soul artist, Ira Walker; popular Memphis blues ensemble, Ghost Town Blues Band; and blues pianist and singer-songwriter, Kelley Hunt.