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Southern jam band giants Widespread Panic, blue-eyed soul crooner Michael McDonald, multiplatinum rockers 3 Doors Down, and chart pop hitmakers the Goo Goo Dolls are among the performers slated for the 34th Beale Street Music Festival.

The complete lineup for the festival was announced today at a news conference at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Organizers for the Memphis in May International Festival confirmed nearly 60-acts for the event, set for April 30 to May 2 at Tom Lee Park.

Other notable artists set to play include R&B legend Bobby “Blue” Bland, new wave popsters the B-52s, singer-songwriter John Hiatt, indie folk outfit Band of Horses and rap-rockers Limp Bizkit.

They join a list of previously confirmed performers including country and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss and Union Station, pop-soul duo Hall & Oates, guitar hero Jeff Beck, and psych-pop showmen The Flaming Lips.

“It was a challenging year for the industry across the country, with many festivals struggling to find relevant talent,” said Memphis in May executive vice-president Diane Hampton. “This is certainly a relevant lineup and one that will draw folks.”

“The uniqueness of this event has always been the diversity among the artists that perform,” added Hampton. “From Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland to Limp Bizkit — there’s not that many festivals that can claim that range of acts, and that’s a variety we always strive for.”

As is tradition, the festival will also have a heavy local and regional component. Sun Records piano man Jerry Lee Lewis, blues trio the North Mississippi Allstars, Stax Records icons Booker T. & the MGs and hip-hopper Al Kapone are among the Memphis favorites slated to perform.

“This is the most musically significant event in Memphis,” said Hampton, “and I think our responsibility is to promote Memphis and its musical heritage to the rest of the world, and this group of local artists certainly does that well.”


The festival will be held from April 30 to May 2 at Tom Lee Park. Tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Three-day passes cost $65 and will be available through April 28; single-day tickets are $29.50 in advance.

Gates open at 5 p.m.

Cellular South Stage

Neon Trees
Mute Math
30 Seconds to Mars
Limp Bizkit
Sam’s Town Stage
Blues Traveler
Jeff Beck
Widespread Panic
Budweiser Stage
Al Kapone
Goo Goo Dolls
Blues Tent
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Jimmy Thackery &The Drivers
Kenny Neal & Band
Coco Montoya

Gates open at 1 p.m.

Cellular South Stage

Joan Red
Yo Gotti
Puddle of Mud
Alice in Chains
Sam’s Town Stage
Dragon Balti
Colbie Caillat
Jerry Lee Lewis
Hall & Oates
Michael McDonald

Budweiser Stage
North Mississippi Allstars
Drive By Truckers
Gov’t Mule
Flaming Lips
Blues Tent
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Blind Mississippi Morris
Ruthie Foster
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Savoy Brown
Walter Trout

Gates open at 1 p.m.

Cellular South Stage

Sore Eyes
Boys Like Girls
Five Finger Death Punch
3 Doors Down
Sam’s Town Stage
Rock Sugar
Bret Michaels
Booker T. & the MGs
Earth, Wind & Fire

Budweiser Stage

Truth & Salvage
John Hiatt
Band of Horses
Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas)
Blues Tent
Robert Wolfman Belfour
Hubert Sumlin
Sonny Landreth
Janiva Magness
Leon Russell

Source: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/mar/04/widespread-panic-michael-mcdonald-goo-goo-dolls-jo/?partner=yahoo_feeds
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