Pitbull, Alison Krauss, Jane's Addiction expected to be among Music Fest headliners

The Beale Street Music Festival will welcome the bluegrass and country sounds of Alison Krauss & Union Station (left), rapper Pitbull (center) and alt-rockers Jane's Addiction (right).

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The Beale Street Music Festival will welcome the bluegrass and country sounds of Alison Krauss & Union Station (left), rapper Pitbull (center) and alt-rockers Jane's Addiction (right).

Grammy-winning roots-music group Alison Krauss & Union Station, reunited alt-rockers Jane's Addiction and hip-hop superstar Pitbull are expected to be among headliners at the 2012 Beale Street Music Festival.

The roster for the 36th edition of the event -- to be staged May 4-6 as part of the monthlong Memphis in May International Festival celebration -- will be revealed at 10 a.m. today on the festival's Facebook page (facebook.com/bealestreetmusicfestival).

Single-day tickets will then go on sale for $32.50. Three-day passes will be

available for $75 through April 22 or until they sell out. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.

This year's festival is expected to boast another wide-ranging roster, including both heavy metal merchants Megadeth and jazz giant Herbie Hancock.

Other acts already confirmed for the festival by concert industry source Pollstar and various websites include rapper Lupe Fiasco, bluesman Buddy Guy and rock band My Morning Jacket.

"It's not only going to be a multigenre lineup, but it's multigenerational," said Memphis in May executive vice president Diane Hampton. "It's pretty broad and deep, flanked by the festival's staples, which are rock and the blues."

International band Sponge Cola will represent this year's Memphis in May honored country, the Philippines. The group will perform a pair of sets as part of the festival.

On May 10, there will be a special Filipino-flavored show at the Orpheum featuring traditional music, dance and culture.

"There's a large Filipino community in Memphis. They're a very active group, and they're pretty excited about being the honored country," Hampton said. "I think it's going to be a big celebration."

In addition to the music festival, Memphis in May's calendar includes the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, taking place May 17-19, followed by the Sunset Symphony on May 26, featuring The Bar-Kays doing a salute to soul music.

Tickets for those events are on sale now at Ticketmaster outlets.

— Bob Mehr: 529-2517

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Comments » 6

dahrius1#340734 writes:

Well if Pitbull is at Music fest you guys have just about covered all of the bases haw haw

strumpeace writes:

Man, this festival has really fallen.

Looking forward to Buddy Guy, though. He's awesome.

bartlett79 writes:

On the bright side, unless the lineup significantly improves, it will be a lot easier to evacuate the park once the tornado sirens go off in May.

Jmt311Dmb writes:

The lineups get worse and worse every year. Bands don't like the set up and the crowd control is abysmal.

Pitbull is god awful. Jane's Addiction hasn't been relevant in 15 years. Megadeath? Really?

At least we can all be excited that local staples like Three Six Mafia, Project Pat and Saliva will probably be on the bill. Yippee!!!

roasted writes:

You are saying the festival has fallen before the entire lineup has been announced, typical Memphian. Jane's Addiction alone is worth the ticket price. I am excited about that. There are a lot of bands touring now..if you want them too you need to start getting a lot of friends to bomb out their websites with requests to play here.

ScarlettandRhett writes:

And the city of Memphis and Beale Street want to be associated with such crap???? Easy to decide to stay home.

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