Beale Street Music Festival announced its eagerly-awaited 2023 lineup for the festival’s return to Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis after a four-year absence. Famously known for presenting something for nearly everyone, this year’s edition of the Beale Street Music Festival, May 5th – 7th 2023, delivers, with a lineup including rock, pop, alternative, R&B, hip hop, indie, folk, reggae, country, and the blues.
Featuring a unique and wildly diverse lineup that can’t be found at any other festival, music fans will enjoy nightly headliners like THE LUMINEERS, GRETA VAN FLEET, ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS, EARTH WIND & FIRE, HARDY, JAZMINE SULLIVAN, THE ROOTS, AJR and 311.
Music just sounds better in Memphis, and there’s nothing like experiencing the Beale Street Music Festival in its home in Tom Lee Park next to the Mississippi River with the Memphis skyline and lighted bridges as the backdrop. We are so pleased to return the festival to its long-term home downtown on the riverfront at the foot of historic Beale Street.Leigh Shockey – 2023 Board Chairwoman
The incredibly diverse line-up is filled with highlights, including chart-topping hometown hip hop queen GLORILLA, Blues guitarist extraordinaire GARY CLARK JR., reggae icon ZIGGY MARLEY, indie rock of YOUNG THE GIANT, classic rockers LIVE, PJ MORTON, THE STRUTS, GOV’T MULE, MIKE., ANDY GRAMMER, YOLA, DRU HILL, TOADIES, LUCINDA WILLIAMS, LIVING COLOUR, CAMEO, WHITE REAPER, SHOVELS & ROPE, MARCY PLAYGROUND, PHONY PPL, LOW CUT CONNIE, BEACH WEATHER, MYRON ELKINS, MAC SATURN and more.
This year’s lineup reflects the broad musical tastes of our festival goers with a diverse lineup of some of today’s hottest artists as well past festival favorites and stars of tomorrow. At the Beale Street Music Festival, we endeavor to offer something for almost every musical taste, and we have a few more surprise additions to come.James L. Holt, President & CEO
As always, Memphis area talent is well represented at the festival with red hot Hip-Hop stars FINESSE2TYMES and BIG BOOGIE making their BSMF debut and legendary soul stars THE BAR-KAYS returning to the BSMF stage. Memphis area talent appearing in 2023 includes JASON D. WILLIAMS, DIRTY STREETS, TYKE T, SLEEP THEORY, THE SENSATIONAL BARNES BROTHERS and breakout MILLE MANNY.
The iconic Blues Tent, a popular mainstay of the Beale Street Music Festival, will be presented in Handy Park in the Beale Street Historic District as the Memphis Tourism “Blues Stage on Beale” featuring show-stopping headliners like LOS LOBOS, KEB MO, NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS.
And trending Blues talent including ANA POPOVIC, BERNARD ALLISON, COLIN JAMES, CEDRIC BURNSIDE, SELWYN BIRCHWOOD, BLIND MISSISSIPPI MORRIS, GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND, MR. SIPP, REBA RUSSELL BAND, WILL TUCKER, RODD BLAND MEMBERS ONLY BAND, MARK MULEMAN MASSEY and OLLIE MOORE. This stage will be offered free of charge to local Memphians to experience the festival and the musical genre born in our city.