Memphis in May hints at strong Beale Street Music Festival lineup

Grammy winning blues-rock band the Black Keys, featuring guitarist and vocalist Dan Auerbach, are among the artists expected to play at the 2013 Beale Street Music Festival.

Grammy winning blues-rock band the Black Keys, featuring guitarist and vocalist Dan Auerbach, are among the artists expected to play at the 2013 Beale Street Music Festival.

The formal announcement of the 2013 Beale Street Music Festival lineup is still a couple weeks away, but online speculation has been going strong for several months.

This has been partly fueled by festival organizers themselves. Memphis in May's official BSMF Facebook page has been "liking" a number of artists and posting songs and videos from various acts in recent weeks. More than coy hints, it would appear these artists — which include ZZ Top, the Black Keys and Hall & Oates — are locks to perform at the 37th edition of the event, set for May 3-5 at Tom Lee Park.

Though the music festival has maintained a Facebook presence since 2009, last year its page began liking artists in advance of the official lineup announcement. In 2012, those early hints ultimately matched the final roster of acts.

If the pattern holds, that would mean the upcoming festival will be one of the stronger in recent memory with singer Sheryl Crow, rap icons Public Enemy, punk poet Patti Smith, country maverick Dwight Yoakam, hard rockers the Deftones, hip-hop band The Roots and dance act Phoenix all looking like sure bets to perform.

Other festival favorites, including the Flaming Lips, Jerry Lee Lewis and Gary Clark Jr. appear to be returning as well. In the past, the event typically hosts some 60-plus acts.

Contractually, organizers are not allowed to confirm the lineup in advance of the official announcement. Memphis in May executive vice president Diane Hampton was predictably circumspect when asked to confirm the Facebook acts that had been teased.

"We have a great social media presence. We manage three pages for Memphis in May and have well over 100,000 fans from all over. It's a very active page and we like a lot of music," said Hampton. "Other than that, I really don't have any specific comment."

In recent years, websites like Consequence of Sound's Festival Outlook have made a kind of sport out of speculating on the lineups for various festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza. "Speculating about a lineup is part of the new social craze for festival fans," said Hampton. "Looking at who's playing where and when and surmising they're coming to this festival or that festival . . . that's all part of the social interaction. I think it's good for us, good for festivals in general."

The official Beale Street Musical Festival announcement is expected in the last week of February. Three-day passes to music fest are available now, for $75, at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Festival lineup?

The following is a list of all the acts the Beale Street Music Festival’s Facebook page has “liked” to date:

Flaming Lips

The Black Keys

Hall & Oates

The Roots

ZZ Top

Sheryl Crow

The Wallflowers

Dwight Yoakam

Patti Smith

Yngwie Malmsteen

The Black Crowes

Jerry Lee Lewis

Three Days Grace

Deftones

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Gov’t Mule

Mavis Staples

Lucero

Public Enemy

Alice in Chains

Gary Clark Jr.

Cracker

The Joy Formidable

Deer Tick

Phoenix

Coco Montoya

The Smashing Pumpkins

Jimbo Mathus

Zac Harmon

River City Tanlines

Star & Micey

Will Tucker

Heritage Blues Orchestra

Papa Roach

The Royal Southern Brotherhood

The Slide Brothers

Davy Knowles

Supa Chikan and the Fighting Cocks

Charles Bradley

Bassnectar

Vintage Trouble

Louise Hoffsten

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Comments » 1

jimmycliff writes:

Never heard of many of these people. Guess it is for college students.

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