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Beale Street Music Festival heralds a whole month of enjoyment. It tells you to rejoice in the advent of May and warms you up for a thirty day celebration filled with gaiety and entertainment! Be a part of the historical celebration with your Beale Street Music Festival tickets!
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- Beale Street Music Festival - 3 Day Pass, Tom Lee Park tickets for 05/01 03:30 AM Tom Lee Park
- Fri May 01 2015
The thirty day celebration is called Memphis in May. As you can easily surmise from the name, it is held in May in the city of Memphis in Tennessee. Divided into four events, the celebrations last for a month. The first main event which kicks off the festival is Beale Street Music Festival. It showcases popular and local musicians’ performances. It is followed by International Week. During this week, a series of events take place which are dedicated to a specific country being sponsored by the festival. Local foods, culture and customs of the particular country are presented in an interesting way. The main focus of this event is to provide a learning experience for the students, particularly the high school students, of the area. So it is more of an educational program where students are exposed to a new country every year. In 2012, the sponsored country is Philippines. The third event which takes place is The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. It was included in the festival in 1978 and now has become among the most acclaimed and well-known barbecue competitions in the United States. More than two hundred and fifty teams participate in the competition which is covered by prestigious companies like BBC and The Food Network. In 1990, it set a record in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the "largest barbecue". The signing off event is aptly called the Sunset Symphony. It is a night dedicated to classical music where a concert of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra is held. They perform classical works as well as music of the honored country. Gradually additions like fireworks and air shows have made the closing event even more interesting and entertaining.
Now we come to a greater detail of the Beale Street Music Festival. Since it is the kickoff event, it plays a vital role in determining the success of the entire month’s celebrations. It spans over three days. It lines up numerous and diverse music acts that include big names and star national performers along with local talents. It is hosted in Tom Lee Park which is located at the end of the Beale Street. The park presents a beautiful location for the event as it overlooks the Mississippi River. One can enjoy the panoramic views of the river and the shores of Arkansas that are on the opposite side of it. Secondly, it covers an area of 30 square kilometer which is sufficient to accommodate more than a hundred thousand people. This is an average figure for the turnout of the first two days of the music festival. An even larger crowd is present on the third day for the finale features the big names.
Beale Street Music Festival is one of the oldest events of Memphis in May. Its historical roots date back to 1800s, a time when African-American musicians would come from different areas of the South to Beale Street. They would perform their own brands of music in the street where people would gather and listen to them.
Coming from such humble beginnings, Beale Street Music Festival has turned into an elaborate celebration. Four stages are set up where more than sixty acts are performed. In the past, some of the celebrity music acts to have performed include Ludacris, 30 Seconds to Mars, Al Kapone, Jeff Beck, The B-52s, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, The Cult, Katy Perry, Sheryl Crow, Creed, Daughtry and The Roots among many others. The 2012 lineup is a long list that includes Pit Bull, Al Green, Evanescence, Jane’s Addiction, My Morning Jacket and Wiz Khalifa.
Therefore, Beale Street Music Festival is going to be non-stop three day entertainment. Its growing popularity has resulted in it being nominated for a Concert Industry Award in the category of "Music Festival of the Year". Playboy Magazine has put it in their "Fun 2000" events. So those of you who have yet to find joy in the year, Beale Street Music Festival tickets are a must-buy. Get hold of them and have the best three days of this year!
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