Considered one of Americas oldest music festivals marked its 43rd anniversary, steeped within the well mannered mannerisms related to the areas southern appeal and gracious manners, throughout the first weekend in Could. The Beale Avenue Music Pageant is ideally located on the banks of the historic Mississippi River, in downtown Memphis. The occasion is among the most economical and eclectic music festivals within the nation. The five-stage pageant gives up music from almost each pop music style. Maybe essentially the most genuine and historic sounds come from legendary Blues icons, a lot of whom name Memphis house. The historic metropolis is the birthplace of Blues music in America. The infectious sounds of Blues music unfold up and down one of many nation’s first “highways,” the Mississippi River. However the amazingly numerous pageant crowd, in all demographic classes, was additionally handled to big-name leisure from genres like traditional rock, hip-hop, heavy steel, Indie Jam bands, nation, bluegrass, pop and extra.
In response to James L. Holt, the president of the Memphis in Could, the group that produces the pageant, “The Beale Avenue Music Pageant noticed greater than 102,000 in Tom Lee Park final yr with attendees from all 50 states and 22 international locations.” Though the pageant brings tens of millions of to the native financial system, organizers are in peril of dropping their iconic location, Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi. Metropolis officers need to reorganize the downtown park and probably transfer the pageant to a brand new place which might be a disgrace. Music followers ought to attain out en masse to let the town know that they need to the pageant to remain proper the place it’s.
Opening night time of the 2019 pageant began proper on time regardless of drizzle and forecast for late night time rain. When the gates opened at 5 PM early fowl music followers raced to safe spots in entrance of the levels with their favourite musicians. The primary day of the pageant appeared to please music followers of just about each style. The exhausting rock band Saving Abel from close by Corinth Mississippi opened the pageant with an explosive set of southern rock. The band fronted by wild-eyed lead singer Scott Austin tore by means of a strong set. At one level, Austin pointed to somebody within the viewers and stated, “I do know you we have been in jail collectively.” The gangster theme gave the impression to be a well-liked one on the primary day of the pageant. Native rapper BlocBoy JB garnered a big crowd for his set bolstered by his look within the Memphis media. Simply days earlier than his look on the pageant he had been arrested and jailed throughout a raid on his home. He was launched simply in time for the celebration.
The Blues tent featured regional, nationwide, and worldwide musicians distinguished within the style. Full with seating, and its reasonably priced full bar, the Blues tent is well worth the worth of admission itself, and certainly many Blues followers by no means left the tent. The tent proved a pleasant respite from intermittent rain late Friday night time and throughout the day on Saturday. Fridays line up featured eight hours of unimaginable music. Harp participant and singer Brandon Santini kicked issues off with heart-pounding Blues rock. Guitar Shorty introduced his smoking Texas Blues-rock band to the stage subsequent. The native Ghost City Blues Band crammed the tent with Memphis Blues because the rain started to select up and the tent started to fill with soggy music followers. 3 times Grammy winner Bettye LaVette closed the Blues tent and the pageant with a late night time set that includes her many years of soul music hits.
A a lot youthful new soul singer Ravyn Lenae opened the FedEx stage with a steamy set of Chicago model R&B. In the meantime, The Soiled Heads have been opening the Terminix stage with their model of California Rap Reggae, honed of their hometown of Huntington Seashore.
Again on the Bud Mild stage which gave the impression to be the de facto exhausting rock stage for Friday, one other California band In This Second performed to a big crowd. This Goth impressed band fronted by charismatic lead singer Maria Brink placed on the beautiful theatrical perforce that they’re identified for, full with props, pyrotechnics, and ear-splitting steel music. A really completely different sound got here subsequent from one other band led by a feminine singer, the Glasgow band Chvrches. Singer Lauren Mayberry led the electro-pop group, prancing about like a ballet dancer.
On the principle FedEx stage, Rap dominated early on, and Philadelphia hip-hop artist Lil Dicky introduced a large crowd to a frenzy along with his new mega-hit songs. In the meantime, the punkish Good Charlotte took over the rock stage with a set sprinkled with their previous hits.
The most important crowd of the night time assembled as an growing drizzle dampened pageant for a powerful set by pop icon Dave Matthews and his band of mercurial performers. The 52-year-old South African appeared at such ease throughout the present that he may have been enjoying in his front room and never in entrance of hundreds of screaming followers. However his capacity to steer his group into jam band territory makes his concert events a few of the most compelling dwell exhibits in pop music immediately. The 2-hour set even included a canopy of Prince’s “Attractive Motherfucker,” with a compelling solo by native saxophone participant Kirk Whalum. With a gentle rain choosing up throughout the pageant it was shocking how few folks left the beautiful set early.
Whereas a lot of the sold-out crowd swarmed the Dave Matthews efficiency, there have been surpassingly massive crowds on the different stage with heavy hitters Khalid and Shinedown. The 21yr outdated ought to singer from Georgia, Khalid has garnered a large following of younger followers who have been ecstatic to see the singer carry out.
On the similar time, exhausting rock followers have been having fun with a actually explosive set by the Jacksonville rockers Shinedown. The band fronted by the personable lead singer Brent Smith. The band exploded onstage amidst pyrotechnics and ear shattering sound. The singer ceaselessly bantered with the gang and even went into the photograph pit fist bumping and shaking fingers with photographers. The present featured a large firework show to shut out the night.