beale st

Helen Ann Smith at Harlem House, Beale St, Memphis, TN, 1950s.  Ernest C. Withers—Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, © Ernest C. Withers Trust  (LIFE).

From the upcoming Smithsonian photo book African American Women. “We made a point of choosing images of people who aren’t famous,” says Michèle Gates Moresi, the [National Museum of African American History and Culture]’s supervisory curator of collections. “They aren’t known as leaders, but they were to their communities.”

~Beale St. Music Festival, May 3-5, Memphis, TN~

The Black Keys - Alice in Chains - Bassnectar - Daryl Hall & John Oates - Flaming Lips - Phoenix - The Smashing Pumpkins - ZZ Top - The Black Crowes - The Roots - Sheryl Crow - Gary Clark Jr. - Dwight Yoakam - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Public Enemy - Three Days Grace - Gavin Degraw - The Wallflowers - Big Boi - Deftones - Jerry Lee Lewis - Patti Smith - Porter Robinson Mavis Staples - AWOLNATION - Papa Roach - MiM0SA - Gov’t Mule - The Joy Formidable - Lucero Cracker - Yngwie Malmsteen - Charles Bradley - Al Kapone - Deer Tick - Vintage Trouble  - Jake Bugg Coco Montoya - Louise Hoffsten - Davy Knowles - Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers  - Shannon McNally - Pickwick - Zac Harmon - The Slide Brothers - Star and Micey - Ronnie Baker Brooks River City Tanlines - Heritage Blues Orchestra - James SuperChikan Johnson - Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition - Royal Southern Brotherhood - Will Tucker - Don Trip - Heartless Bastards - Kenny Brown - Brandon Bailey - Marcus James & Kinney Kimbrough - Matt Isbell - Barbara Blue - Kingston Springs - Brad Webb - Blind Mississippi Morris - Fuzzy Jeffries & the Kings of Memphis

definitely worth consideration. the lineup is totally polarizing, but there’s plenty of artists (herbie!!) that i’d love to see. more importantly, i miss memphis a lot and this seems like a pretty valid reason to visit. i would assume that beale street after you turn 21 is very different than beale street when you’re underage. you’re supposed to ‘like’ their fbook page to be able to see the lineup, which i did, but i’m sharing this so you don’t have to trouble yourselves with all that work. 

actually, my brother once got me a ticketmaster gift card for my birthday, but (thankfully,) newer online ticketing services have swooped in and mostly left me with no way of using it. this might be the one right here.