Beale Street Music Festival lineup

Music fans will descend on Tom Lee Park this weekend for the 36th annual Memphis in May Beale St. Music Fest.

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Music fans will descend on Tom Lee Park this weekend for the 36th annual Memphis in May Beale St. Music Fest.

The Beale Street Music Festival runs Friday through Sunday at Tom Lee Park. The park will be open Friday from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Saturday from 1 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 10:30 p.m.

Single-day tickets are $40 at the gate.

FRIDAY

HORSESHOE CASINO STAGE

6 p.m. Breathe Carolina: Fast-rising Denver-based electro-pop outfit — led by sonic auteurs Kyle Even and David Schmitt — kicks off the 2012 music fest with a set of anthemic dance music. After three albums for indie label Fearless, including last year’s Hell is What You Make It, the group recently signed to major label Columbia Records and is preparing their debut for the company for release this fall. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

7:25 p.m. Sponge Cola: Representing this year’s Memphis in May honored country, The Philippines, this decade old Pinoy rock band will be one of the more interesting attractions. One of its nation’s most popular groups — the band is signed to Universal internationally — and fronted by singer-guitarist Yael Yuzon, Sponge Cola’s sound is pitched somewhere between modern hard rock titans Tool and the Deftones. TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Lupe Fiasco

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Lupe Fiasco

8:55 p.m. Lupe Fiasco: The Grammy nominated rapper, business mogul and political activist makes a much anticipated return to Memphis to deliver his brand of lyrically sharp, socially conscious hip-hop. Fiasco recently completed work on a sequel of sorts to his 2006’s debut, Food & Liquor. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Gregg Gillis of Girl Talk

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Gregg Gillis of Girl Talk

10:30 p.m. Girl Talk: Mash-up maven Gregg Gillis brings his powerhouse dance project Girl Talk to music fest for a headlining set. A former biomedical engineer, the laptop wielding Gillis has grown into an unlikely superstar and festival circuit favorite with his innovative sample heavy style. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

BUD LIGHT STAGE

North Mississippi Allstars

North Mississippi Allstars

6:10 p.m. North Mississippi Allstars: Music fest perennials, this family band — led by brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson — will be heating up the early evening hours with its sinewy blend of Southern blues rock and “world boogie.” OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Needtobreathe

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Needtobreathe

7:40 p.m. Needtobreathe: Riding high on the Top 10 Billboard chart debut of its most recent album The Reckoning, this South Carolina Christian rock combo will be working up material off its latest LP as well as fan favorites from past efforts like The Heat and Outsiders. With its emotive stage show, the Dove-award winning combo, led by bothers Bo and Bear Rineheart, continues to broaden its appeal to mainstream audiences. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine

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Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine

9:15 p.m. Florence + The Machine: Led by the theatrical front woman Florence Welch, the English pop band will be conjuring its epic sound, which merges both organic soul and moody art rock, a combination played out perfectly on the band’s two LPs, 2009’s Lungs and 2011’s Ceremonials. Influenced by her distaff forebears — including Grace Slick, Kate Bush, Siouxie Sioux — Welch is a mesmerizing performer and should offer one of the singular sets of the weekend. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

My Morning Jacket

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My Morning Jacket

10:55 p.m. My Morning Jacket: Fifteen years into its career, this Louisville roots-rock band continues to evolve its epic and uplifting sound. Led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Jim James, MMJ has released six stellar and adventurous LPs, including last year’s Circuital, and continued to grow its reputation among a diverse cross section of fans — from indie rock enthusiasts to jam band acolytes. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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FEDEX BLUES TENT

Jimbo Mathus

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Jimbo Mathus

6:15 Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition: North Mississippi musical eclectic Mathus — formerly of the swinging Squirrel Nut Zippers — takes to the blues tent with his Tri-State Coalition band. The group, which released last year’s excellent Confederate Buddha LP, will be delivering its cockeyed take on Hill Country blues and roots. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Will Tucker

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Will Tucker

7:45 p.m. Will Tucker Band: A favorite son of Beale Street, local musical prodigy Will Tucker continues to blossom as a guitarist. In addition to his debut CD Stealin’ the Soul, Tucker has done soundtrack work with “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson, and won over crowds as an opener for B.B. King and Charlie Musselwhite. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Bernard Allison

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Bernard Allison

9:25 p.m. Bernard Allison: The son of blues guitar great Luther Allison, and a longtime sideman to Koko Taylor, Bernard Allison has carved his own niche with more than a dozen solo albums, and a fiery guitar style that’s earned him status as one of the standouts on the blues circuit. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE

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11:10 p.m. Johnny Winter: The Texas-born, Mississippi-rooted blues rock legend closes out the proceedings with a set sure to reflect his long, rich history, from his late ’60s sides for Columbia to his role as a Grammy-winning producer for Muddy Waters. Winter’s latest album, Roots, which paid homage to his great blues mentors and influences, was released last year to critical acclaim. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

ORION STAGE

Volbeat

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Volbeat

6:10 p.m. Volbeat: Traveling all the way from Copenhagen, hard rock band Volbeat whips up its uniquely Danish take on heavy metal, punk and rockabilly as part of the Orion stage kickoff. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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Three 6 Mafia

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Three 6 Mafia

7:35 p.m. Three 6 Mafia: Memphis’ own hip-hop superstars and Academy Award winners offer up some hometown love this evening during a set that will offer a preview of group’s 10th album, the much delayed and highly anticipated Laws of Power. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER #1 | TWITTER #2 | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Megadeth

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Megadeth

9 p.m. Megadeth: Speed metal titans Megadeth mark their return to the Mid-South in the midst of a busy period that has seen the release of the Los Angeles-based group’s latest album Thirteen, a new coffee table photo book, “Another Time, A Different Place” and front man Dave Mustaine’s recent memoir “Mustaine.” OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Amy Lee of Evanescence

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Amy Lee of Evanescence

10:50 p.m. Evanescence: Alternative band Evanescence has come a long way from its roots in Little Rock to multi-platinum success. Despite a changing lineup, the Amy Lee-led group continues to find success; it’s most recent album 2011’s self-titled disc debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts last fall. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

SOUTHERN COMFORT BLUES SHACK

T-Model Ford

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T-Model Ford

6:30-8 p.m. T-Model Ford: Extolling the virtues of whiskey and women, the 92-year-old Ford shows no sign of slowing. The Hill Country musician is truly the last of a dying breed: a gifted purveyor of a raw, mesmerizing electric blues that radiates intensity and authenticity. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

9-10:30 p.m. Bill Abel: A student of the great Paul “Wine” Jones, Belzoni, Miss., native Abel has become a staple of the Delta blues scene. His one-man band set-up provides the perfect framework for his beautifully elemental music. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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SATURDAY

HORSESHOE CASINO STAGE

2:25 p.m. Sponge Cola: See listing under Friday.

4:00 p.m. Big K.R.I.T.: Ahead of the June 5 release of his first debut album Live From the Underground, Meridian, Miss., rapper Big K.R.I.T. is re-releasing his acclaimed mixtapes KRIT Wuz Here and Return of 4Eva, giving listeners a new chance to discover this musically ambitious artist. After years of releasing independent mixtapes, Big K.R.I.T., aka, Justin Scott, busted out in 2010, signing with Def Jam Records. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

5:40 p.m. Black Lips: Formed in 1999 in Atlanta, this quartet, featuring former University of Memphis music student Ian Saint Pé Brown, has found a growing audience for its Southern-styled take on ’60s style garage rock since signing with Vice Records in 2006. Their latest — and sixth — album is last summer’s Arabia Mountain, partially helmed by Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Dr. Dog

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Dr. Dog

7:20 p.m. Dr. Dog: After more than a decade as the kind of band other bands love but few others know of, this Philadelphia-based indie pop band is finally breaking in with mainstream audiences, thanks to a sound that combines the sophisticated song craft and harmonies of the Beatles with the lo-fi sensibility of Guided By Voices. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Al Green

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Al Green

9 p.m. Al Green: Despite the best efforts of President Barack Obama, who crooned one of his songs at a recent Apollo Theater fundraiser, there is only one Al Green. And at age 66, the Memphis soul singer is still beating back more seasoned rivals. The Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer’s most recent album, 2008’s Lay It Down, won a Grammy. Now, with a new single, a duet with up-and-comer Lamorris Williams, out, the Rev. Green is embarking on his first tour in two years. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Anthony Hamilton

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Anthony Hamilton

10:40 p.m. Anthony Hamilton: A guest on two tracks on Green’s Lay it Down, this 41-year-old North Carolina native seems poised to become the ’70s soul master’s successor as the king of sensuous slow jams. After struggling for years to find an audience for his mature, sophisticated sound, Hamilton emerged in the 2000s as one of the hottest R&B singers around. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

BUD LIGHT STAGE

2:30 p.m. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors: A native of Memphis, folk-rock singer-songwriter Drew Holcomb has been building a strong following, opening for acts like Ryan Adams and Los Lobos and landing his songs on such television shows as “Army Wives,” “The United States of Tara,” and “The Cleaner.” The hard work paid off last year when his fifth album, Chasing Someday, put him on the Billboard 200 for the first time. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Son Volt

Son Volt

4:05 p.m. Son Volt: Formed following the dissolution of early ’90s Americana favorites Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar’s Son Volt is the no fuss, straight-ahead country rock cousin to his former bandmate Jeff Tweedy’s bells and whistles happy Wilco. Farrar and company released a trio of well-received albums before the frontman put the project on hold for a pair of solo records. He reconvened Son Volt in 2005, releasing three more albums of well executed roots music. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino

5:45 p.m. Childish Gambino: A 21st century Renaissance man, Donald Glover first came to prominence as a comedy writer (NBC’s “30 Rock”) and actor (the cult favorite “Community” on the same network). But more recently he has been gaining fans for his music. Glover reportedly came up with the name Childish Gambino through an online Wu Tang Clan name generator. But his humor-laced music, as heard on a handful of EPs, mixtapes, and last year’s breakout album Camp, has more often earned him comparison to a young Kanye West. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Ian Astbury of The Cult

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Ian Astbury of The Cult

7:15 p.m. The Cult: During a time of skinny ties and synth guitars, this British rock quartet stood out by mixing 70s-inspired metal with a dash of the Doors mysticism. The group was among the more influential rock bands of ’80s and early ’90s with hits like “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Fire Woman,” and “Edie (Ciao Baby).” Reunited in 2005, they are set to release their ninth album, Choice of Weapon, later this month. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

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Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

8:55 p.m. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals: Hailing from Vermont, where the legacy of the Woodstock generation still holds heavy sway, this four-piece band, led by the Hammond B3 playing singer Potter, harkens back to an earlier time with a raw, roots sound that has been compared to Neil Young and early Tom Petty. The first band to be featured on the Memphis-shot PBS music series “Live From Sun Studio,” the band recently released an EP of their performance, Live From The Legendary Sun Studio, for Record Store Day. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction

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Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction

10:50 p.m. Jane’s Addiction: Though never big commercially, this Los Angeles quartet is still among the most influential band of the past 25 years. They broke out in the late ’80s with a muscular, wide encompassing rock sound that influenced all of ’90s alternative rock. And their 1991 farewell tour spawned Lollapalooza, which set the model for the modern music festival. A reunion and a second break-up followed, but the band has been together since 2008 now, releasing their fourth album, The Great Escape Artist, last year. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

FEDEX BLUES TENT

2:15 p.m. Victor Wainwright: This explosive Savannah-bred boogie-woogie piano player has become a mainstay of Beale Street where his New Orleans-infused take on ’50s-style rhythm-and-blues has been a top draw. Following up 2009’s Beale Street to the Bayou, Wainwright and his band The WildRoots, featuring producer and bassist Stephen Dees, returned last year with Lit Up!, a collection that has earned Wainwright a nomination for best pianist at this year’s Blues Music Awards. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Robert 'Wolfman' Belfour

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Robert "Wolfman" Belfour

3:50 p.m. Robert “Wolfman” Belfour: An underappreciated stalwart of the Memphis blues scene, Robert Belfour moved here from his native Holly Springs, Miss., in 1968. While working in construction for 35 years, Belfour began playing around town, but it wasn’t until the late ’90s career revivals of fellow North Mississippi bluesmen like R.L Burnside that he got his full due, releasing two acclaimed albums on Oxford’s Fat Possum label and receiving the Tennessee Governor’s Arts Award. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

5:30 p.m. Larry McCray: Influenced by the blues’ three Kings — B.B., Albert and Freddie — McCray’s 1990 debut Ambition was an early indicator of the guitarist’s now realized intent to place himself among the top ranks of young bluesmen. Originally from Magnolia, Ark., McCray was partly raised in Michigan where he learned to play from his sister Clara. He worked a General Motors assembly line while recording his debut album in a friend’s basement. But his half dozen subsequent releases, including the Memphis-made Delta Hurricane, have established him as bluesman of the highest order. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Valerie June

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Valerie June

7:10 p.m. Valerie June: With the looks of a model and a sound that harkens back to early blues, The Carter Family, and the very roots of roots music, singer-songwriter Valerie June confounds expectations. After years of solo performing and an acclaimed turn in the MTV series “$5 Cover,” June is poised to a wider audience breakout in 2012. She is finishing up an EP co-produced and written with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, which is also expected to feature her recent collaborations with Stax legend Booker T. Jones. And besides forming her own band, she was recently announced as a member of the Memphis roots music supergroup The Wandering. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

The Bo Keys

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The Bo Keys

8:55 p.m. The Bo Keys: With a roster that includes both veterans of soul music’s ’60s and ’70s heyday and proven younger players, Memphis’ The Bo-Keys are not such a throwback to days of Stax and Hi as a continuation of it. That much is clear from their status as a back-up band of preference for soul shouting legends like William Bell, Otis Clay, and Percy Wiggins. All three appear on the group’s 2011 disc — their first in seven years — Got To Get Back!, which is nominated for two awards at this year’s Blues Music Awards. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Gary Clark, Jr.

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Gary Clark, Jr.

10:45 p.m. Gary Clark, Jr.: Though he has yet to release his full-length major-label debut album, Austin guitarist and singer Gary Clark Jr., is already being hailed as the “savior of the blues.” Charismatic with a casual authority that allows him to effortlessly slide between blues, Jimi Hendrix, and hip hop Clark has been a Texas favorite for years; since 2001 May 3 has been Gary Clark. Jr. Day in Austin. Wider audiences got to know him in John Sayles’ 2007 film Honeydripper. After releasing his highly acclaimed Bright Lights EP, Clark appeared earlier this year at a White House tribute to the blues. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

ORION STAGE

John Hiatt (right)

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John Hiatt (right)

2:20 p.m. John Hiatt: Over his three decade career, John Hiatt’s songs have been covered by dozens of artists, including Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt. But the Indiana-bred roots rocker will tell you he’s never written a song for someone else, seeing himself as a solo artist first and foremost. His 20 albums include 2005’s Memphis-recorded Masters of Disaster (produced by the late Jim Dickinson and featuring members of the North Mississippi Allstars) and last August’s Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd

3:55 p.m. Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Since making his debut at the tender age of 18 with 1995’s platinum-selling Ledbetter Heights, the Louisiana blues guitarist has more than lived up to his youthful promise. Recent years have found Shepherd — whose latest is the August release How I Go, his seventh consecutive blues No. 1 — receiving the torch from some of the music’s biggest legends, including Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, and B.B. King. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

5:35 p.m. Buddy Guy: See story.

Cold War Kids

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Cold War Kids

7:15 p.m. Cold War Kids: Regrouping after the recent departure of founding member Jonnie Russell, the California alternative rock band bounced back this winter with two punk inspired songs, “Minimum Day” b/w “Minimum Mistake,” available for free download on their web site. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Yo Gotti

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Yo Gotti

8:50 p.m. Yo Gotti: Mario Mims, aka, rapper Yo Gotti, has come a long from the rough and tough North Memphis world he rhymes about. After building a reputation as one of the city’s top hip-hop talents through a string of indie releases, he went national this year with his major label debut, Live From the Kitchen, featuring guest appearances by Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Wiz Khalifa. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Pitbull

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Pitbull

10:40 p.m. Pitbull: While recently promoting his song “Back In Time” from the upcoming “Men In Black III” soundtrack, Pitbull, real name Armando Christian Pérez, admitted to studying the film’s star, Will Smith, for lessons on how to become a crossover success. He hardly seems to need the lessons. Since making his bow 10 years ago on Lil Jon’s Kings of Krunk, the Cuban-American rapper/songwriter/producer/entrepreneur has become one of the top names in the music business, scoring hits like the No. 1 “Give Me Everything” off of last year’s Planet Pit. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

SOUTHERN COMFORT BLUES SHACK

Blind Mississippi Morris (right) and Brad Webb

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Blind Mississippi Morris (right) and Brad Webb

3-5:15 p.m. Blind Mississippi Morris: Shortly after losing the gift of sight at the age of 4, Clarksdale, Miss., native Morris Cummings received a different gift in its place — a harmonica. It has been his window on the world ever since as he has established himself as one of the most respected traditional blues voices on Beale Street. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

6:15-8:45 p.m. Brad Webb: The longtime guitar foil to Blind Mississippi Morris, native Memphian Brad Webb has proven himself over a four-decade career, playing with such local legends as Fred Sanders, Earl “The Perl” Banks, Willie Foster, and Reba Russell. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE

SUNDAY

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2:15 p.m. Old 97s: Nearing their 20th anniversary, Dallas’ long-running alt-country combo continues to churn out a galloping charming brand of roots-pop. The group — led by singer-songwriter and sometime solo artist Rhett Miller — remains in fine form, having released the critically acclaimed two-volume The Grand Theatre over the past couple years. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

3:50 p.m. The Head and the Heart: This Seattle indie-folk crew have enjoyed a fast grassroots rise since forming in 2009 and releasing its debut a year later. The group sold over 10,000 copies of its self-financed, self-recorded debut before eventually signing to hometown label Sub Pop, which reissued the album. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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Little Richard

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Little Richard

5:25 p.m. Little Richard: The self-described originator, emancipator, the quasar, the king and queen of rock and roll, Little Richard, returns to Memphis. A truly revolutionary American musical icon, the Georgia Peach will be stepping in for music fest regular Jerry Lee Lewis, who injured his leg and had to pull out of his scheduled performance. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

6:55 p.m. The Civil Wars: See story.

Alison Krauss

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Alison Krauss

8:30 p.m. Alison Krauss & Union Station: The multi-million selling, Grammy award winning country/bluegrass outfit led by songbird/fiddler Krauss will help close out the weekend with its authentic brand of Americana and ripping musicianship. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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BUD LIGHT STAGE

Prosevere

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Prosevere

2:20 p.m. Prosevere: The six-year-old Memphis band has developed a dedicated local following, cementing its status with the release of last year’s EP Versus, which added to and expanded the band’s Southern metal aesthetic. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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3:50 p.m. Black Stone Cherry: Kentucky hard rockers Black Stone Cherry have grown their regional rep with LPs like 2008’s Folklore and Superstition and last year’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, and are set to hit several major summer festivals in Europe. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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Coheed and Cambria

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Coheed and Cambria

5:20 p.m. Coheed and Cambria: New York prog/post-hardcore band Coheed and Cambria recently welcomed a new bassist, Zach Cooper, into the old. The lineup change likely won’t alter the group’s signature sound as they prepare to release a follow up to 2010’s Year of the Black Rainbow. In between summer festival dates, the band will be touring with British metal legends Iron Maiden. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

7 p.m. Bush: Though the group’s biggest hits (“Glycerine,” “Swallowed”) came during the band’s 1990’s heyday, reunited British alterna-rockers Bush continue to make new music. Last year’s Sea of Memories, marked a return to the studio after a decade away, and a return to form with critics praising singer-songwriter Gavin Rossdale’s melodic anthems. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Wiz Khalifa

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Wiz Khalifa

8:50 p.m. Wiz Khalifa: Still enjoying the fruits of his smash 2011 album, Rolling Papers (which yielded the chart topping single “Black and Yellow), pop hip-hop player Wiz Khalifa is already prepping a follow-up, O.N.I.F.C., for release later this summer. The album has already spawned the hit track “Work Hard, Play Hard” and should up the ante further for the Pittsburgh MC’s career. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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2:05 p.m. Alexis P. Suter Band: Brooklyn born soul-blues shouter Alexis P. Suter has impressed many a legendary musician (including B.B. King and the late Levon Helm) with her powerful vocals and stage presence. Up for two Blues Music Awards this week, Suter will takes over the tent, backed by her well-tested road band. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE

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Alvin Youngblood Hart (left)

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Alvin Youngblood Hart (left)

3:40 p.m. Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory: Mississippi guitarist Hart will be taking listeners on an evocative journey with his Muscle Theory ensemble, a lineup that allows him to engage in gritty blues-rock explorations. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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Duke Robillard

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Duke Robillard

5:15 p.m. Duke Robillard: The Roomful of Blues founder, sometime Fabulous Thunderbird guitarist, celebrity sideman (Bob Dylan, Tom Waits) and solo blues star, continues to impress with latter day efforts like his recent Stony Plain album Low Down and Tore Up. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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Charlie Musselwhite

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Charlie Musselwhite

7 p.m. Charlie Musselwhite: The Mississippi-born, Memphis-raised harmonica master returns to music fest and fans can expect the usual from Musselwhite: a bracing set of Delta-meets-Chicago electric blues, as featured on his most recent LP, The Well. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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Robert Randolph and The Family Band

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Robert Randolph and The Family Band

8:50 p.m. Robert Randolph and The Family Band: Last year’s Live in Concert LP highlighted the galvanizing power of R&B/soul/gospel pedal steel guitarist Randolph and his "family band." They’ll serve up a mix of music that is sure to stretch from the sacred to the funky. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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2:05 p.m. Zoogma: Oxford’s cosmic electronic rock band summons a mix of music (jazz, funk, etc.) and moods to create a sound that nods toward other like-minded alchemists including Perpetual Groove and Sound Tribe Sector Nine. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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3:35 p.m. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood: With the Black Crowes on an indefinite hiatus, band front man Chris Robinson moves on to the next chapter of his musical story with this new outfit, which he says is influenced by everything from Krautrock to bluegrass. Featuring a heavy-hitting crew of musicians, including Neal Casal (guitar), Adam MacDougall (keyboards), Memphian George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass), the band will release its debut in June. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

Michael Franti & Spearhead

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Michael Franti & Spearhead

5:10 p.m. Michael Franti & Spearhead: Reggae rockers Michael Franti and Spearhead kept the positive vibes flowing with the band’s last album The Sound of Sunshine. The festival favorites will be turning out numbers from across their catalog of feel-good social and political songs. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

6:55 p.m. Herbie Hancock and His Band: See story.

Primus

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Primus

8:40 p.m. Primus: The San Francisco prog-funk eclectics, led by bassist Led Claypool, close things out on the Orion stage with a performance that will cover highlights from a wild catalog that stretches from 1989’s Suck on This to last year’s Green Naugahyde. OFFICIAL SITE | TWITTER | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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SOUTHERN COMFORT BLUES SHACK

David Evans

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David Evans

2:30-4 p.m. David Evans with Elmo Lee Thomas: Blues historian and musician David Evans teams up with Elmo and the Shades singer Elmo Lee Thomas for sets of country blues. OFFICIAL SITE: DAVID EVANS | OFFICIAL SITE: ELMO LEE THOMAS | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

Kenny Brown

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Kenny Brown

5-7:15 p.m. Kenny Brown: Carrying the torch for Hill Country blues, Alabama native and Mississippi resident Kenny Brown offers up a series of raw slide guitar fueled performances. OFFICIAL SITE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

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