How I Would Plan It: Beale Street Music Festival 2015

Beale Street Music Festival takes place (of course) in the Blues mecca of Memphis, TN, and is part of the annual Memphis in May festival. Featuring 5 stages of music, it’s got conflicts galore. I would totally hit up some of the excellent blues artists playing the Blues stage if it weren’t for the heavyweights they’re up against. The fest has a terrific, while not huge, lineup. There’s so many conflicts here, I’ll go ahead and add some notes into this one. Also, they don’t list actual timeslots that I can find, just when a set starts. I’m pretty sure they’re not playing through to the next set, and none of the stages seem to be staggered with each other, so I’m just gonna guess at it.

Beale Street Music Festival 2015
Friday, May 1
6:10 Spin Doctors (Bud Light)

If “Two Princes” really annoys you, go check out the resident band from Memphis in May’s celebrated country, Poland, with Myslovitz
7:40 Slash ft Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (RockStar)
We saw Slash open for Aerosmith last year, and the performance was pretty solid. It was pretty cool to hear a lot of the GnR hits again, so it was a pretty fun set. If GnR isn’t your thing, there’s also Jenny Lewis and AWOLNation in this time slot.
9:20 Ryan Adams (Bud Light)/Pixies (FedEx)
The must-hear Pixies songs will probably be at the end of the set, so I’d probably start with Ryan (who was one of the more talked about sets at Coachella), then catch the end of the Pixies set.
11:00 Lenny Kravitz (Bud Light)
What?!?! Lenny Kravitz!?!?! Eh, it’s actually a pretty good toss-up between him, Flaming Lips and Robert Randolph for me (they both start at 11:05). I’ve seen the others, so Lenny would be my pick, but if you haven’t seen Wayne or Robert live, at least check out a little of their set. They’re both terrific live acts.

Saturday, May 2
2:00 Ghost Town Blues Band (Pearl River Resort)

Haven’t heard these guys, but the writeup sounds like it should be a fun set.
3:35 Diarrhea Planet (RockStar)
These guys are everywhere right now.
4:15 LeCrae (FedEx)
5:10 George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic (RockStar)
7:05 Flogging Molly (Bud Light)/7:20 Lindsey Stirling (FedEx)
Flogging Molly put on a pretty rollicking live show, but what I’ve seen of Lindsey Stirling suggest that she does as well. Might be a good set to split.
8:45 Band of Horses (Bud Light)/9:00 Bleachers (FedEx)
I think this one kind of just depends on your mood. I would personally probably lean Band of Horses as it feels like a good leadin to my next pick.
10:15 John Fogerty (RockStar)
I almost want to fly to Memphis just for this set, but alas, I’m seeing the Who that today, so I guess I’m good. Avett Brothers are on at 10:30, but I’ve seen them a bunch. Also, British Blues legends Savoy Brown, but I’d rather hear some Creedence songs.

Sunday, May 3
2:20 Elle King (Bud Light)
4:15 Shovels and Rope (Fed Ex)
Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts are playing at 3:40 as well, if you want to hear some STP songs.
5:50 Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn (FedEx)
After Shovels and Rope, I think I’d want to hear these banjo legends slaying it. If you go for Scott Weiland, you might prefer the BritRock of Kaiser Chiefs on the Bud Light stage at 5:20
7:30 St Vincent (FedEx)
In a battle of artists with disappointing sets from Coachella, I take the usually dependable Annie Clark over the newcomer and still as a stone Hozier, but if you gotta, he’s there. I just generally don’t pass up on the chance to see Annie.
8:40 Cage the Elephant (RockStar)
Yes, I’m actually passing on another huge star blowing up, Ed Sheeran, and indie rock legends Wilco, so that I can close my weekend with a rollicking rock set. Eh, to each his own.

Anyways, if you’re going, have a good one.