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Memphis in May Beale Street music festival

May 5, 2016

PAYTON POTTER

Staff Reporter | jpp017@ latech.edu

The festival, located in downtown Memphis, included artists like Weezer, Bastille, Meghan Trainor and Modest Mouse. Photo by Payton Potter

The festival, located in downtown Memphis, included artists like Weezer, Bastille, Meghan Trainor and Modest Mouse. Photo by Payton Potter

 

 

Memphis in May’s Beale Street music festival came and went in a frenzy of chart-topping artists, beer and mud.

 

 

The festival, which ran from April 29 to May 1, brought in a record-breaking excess of 100,000 visitors to see talent ranging from blues to pop to bluegrass to rock.

 

 

Thursday and Friday’s storms did not put a stop to the festival, but, instead, created a muddy playground for concertgoers in mud boots.

 

 

Friday’s opening act, Trampled by Turtles, did not disappoint.

 

 

Their classic bluegrass sound, complete with mandolin and banjo, rolled over the cheering audience as they opened with their popular song, “Codeine.”  Throughout the set, each musician took a turn showing off their skills on their respective instruments.

 

 

After their set, the crowd parted ways as groups slogged to other performances on other stages.

 

 

At the end of the night, the headliner, Train, took its place on the Bud Light stage.

 

 

Hundreds of fans gathered in front as lead singer, Patrick Monahan, kicked off the set with “Meet Virginia.”

 

 

“It’s starting to smell like Colorado out here,” Monahan said as he climbed down from the stage to take selfies with audience members.

 

 

After a full set, Train returned for an encore performance of “Drops of Jupiter,” and, for their closing number, they performed “Purple Rain” as a downpour began to soak the audience.

 

 

Saturday night brought with it an onslaught of people in mud boots and headliner, Panic! At The Disco, who shared several songs from their new album in addition to classic hits like “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “Nine in the Afternoon.“ Near the end of the set, the band whipped out an effortless rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

 

 

Saturday ended with a showy but fun performance from Jason Derulo. The show, however, could have done without the five minute video of photos featuring Derulo on different talk shows. Between the videos of himself and the mentions of his own name in almost every song, Derulo comes off as self-involved.

 

 

Nonetheless, Derulo’s performance, interspersed with several personal stories, was strong and inspiring.

 

 

Every band who performed wowed the audience as evidenced by hands in the air, screams and attempts at dancing despite the droves of people crammed into a small space.

 

 

Beale Street Music Festival was, by all measures, a five star experience.

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