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