Snoop Dogg, Kings of Leon, Soundgarden lead Beale Street Music Fest lineup


A quick look at the 2017 Beale Street Music Fesitval lineup. Wochit

Snoop Dogg, Kings of Leon, Soundgarden and Sturgill Simpson are among the name acts set for the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival.

The 41st annual edition of the multiday concert event — which takes place at Tom Lee Park from May 5-7 — will feature some 60-plus acts. The event kicks off the monthlong Memphis in May festivities, which include the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the 901 Fest and the Great American River Run.

Snoop Dogg — who made a much-buzzed-about appearance at the music fest in in 2014 — will be among the headliners on Friday, along with Southern jam band titans Widespread Panic and Memphis-connected alt-pop combo MGMT.

Tennessee arena rock stars Kings of Leon lead the top-billed acts performing on Saturday, along with rapper Wiz Khalifa and Seattle pop crew Death Cab for Cutie.

Newly minted country Grammy winner Simpson, reunited grunge veterans Soundgarden and neo-soul favorite Jill Scott will be among the notables closing the festival on Sunday.

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The balance of the fest’s roster is a mix of genres and generations with familiar alt-rock hit-makers (Bush, Jimmy Eat World), venerated roots stars (Drive By Truckers, Dawes), punk-pop combos (Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday), acclaimed indie bands (Deer Tick, Silversun Pickups), plus a variety of veteran names from across genres (Midnight Oil, J. Geils Band’s Peter Wolf, Ani DiFranco).

The 2017 lineup represents a small bounce-back year for urban music and hip-hop with Snoop Dogg, Khalifa and Scott joined by rapper Ludacris. They’re part of a slight uptick in African-American artists in general over last year, with roots and reggae acts including Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals and Ziggy Marley performing along with R&B veterans Booker T. Jones and Charles Bradley.

Local artists slated for the festival include Amy LaVere, Dead Soldiers and Marcella & Her Lovers, plus a number of blues acts, including Preston Shannon and the Daddy Mack Blues Band. Representing this year’s Memphis in May honored country of Colombia is blues act Carlos Elliot Jr.

Stage and set times for the Beale Street Music Festival have not been finalized, but FedEx, Bud Light and Orion will be this year’s presenting sponsors.

Three-day passes are $115, and single-day tickets are $50. They’re available at or by calling (877) 987-6487

2017 Beale Street Music Festival 

May 5

Snoop Dogg

Widespread Panic



Jimmy Eat World

Greensky Bluegrass

Sum 41

The Strumbellas

Taking Back Sunday

Declan McKenna

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Peter Wolf

Toronzo Cannon

Ghost Town Blues Band


Tas Cru

Bard Webb

Zeke Johnson

May 6

Kings of Leon

Wiz Khalifa

Death Cab for Cutie


X Ambassadors

Silversun Pickups


Drive By Truckers



Highly Suspect


John Paul White

Deer Tick

Big Head Blues Club

Lil Whyte

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Amy LaVere

Dead Soldiers

Correy Harris Band

Carlos Elliot Jr.

Blind Mississippi Morris

Daddy Mack Blues Band

Terry “Harmonica” Bean

Washboard Shorty & Reverend Robert Rev.

May 7


Sturgill Simpson

Jill Scott

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

Tori Kelly


Ziggy Marley

Midnight Oil

Mayer Hawthorne

Alter Bridge

Machine Gun Kelly

Ani DiFranco

Booker T. Jones


Poppa Chubby

Preston Shannon

Marcella & Her Lovers

Super Chikan

Eden Brent

Leo “Bud” Welch

Brandon Bailey

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