An Electric Feel, a Big Mess, a Duct-Taped Head, and a Funk Master
written by Alyssa DiCaterino
Beale Street Music Festival is back and better than ever. Taking place May 5th-7th as a part of the Memphis in May International Festival, Beale Street has delivered quite the diverse lineup. With performers like Snoop Dogg, Kings of Leon, GRiZ, Death Cab for Cutie, X Ambassadors, Ben Harper, and Ziggy Marley, there’s a little something for every type of music fan out there. Check out the daily lineup below:
With that being said, here are just some of the artists that I think absolutely nobody should miss:
- MGMT: Whether you like them or not, “Electric Feel” is still a bump. No argument there, and I expect nothing less when hearing it live.
- Grouplove: These crazy guys will always have a special place in my heart as they are the first band I ever saw at a music festival. They are definitely one of my absolute favorites to see live and have yet to disappoint. Being one of the firsts to hear “Welcome To Your Life,” performed live just before the release of their latest album Big Mess, I’m very excited to hear some more off the new album along with some of their old iconic jams at Beale Street (and to see what bodysuit Hooper decides to wear this time).
- Mutemath: I’ve come across these guys quite a few times at shows and festivals, but nothing ever quite clicked like it did after seeing them open for Twenty One Pilots. Any of my fellow first-leg Emotional Roadshow goers would agree that between Darren King duct-taping his headphones around his head and the iconic disco ball glow around the arena, they put on quite the show that certainly should not be missed.
- GRiZ: (hoping this one gets me bonus points from my editor) KIDDING! GRiZ is certainly a popular one amongst the Festival Squad staff. It was finally my turn to experience the funk for the first time just last month at Okeechobee, and suddenly I wanted to join the GRiZ family immediately. Being one of my absolute favorites from Okeechobee, I am definitely excited to catch Grant’s set again in Memphis, and I highly recommend that you do as well!