Long considered one of the spring’s best kept secrets, the Beale Street Music Festival has evolved recently into one of the premier events of the season, consistently offering a lineup for all ages, backgrounds, and taste. After all, where else are you going to find Al Green, Elvis Costello, and James Taylor sharing the same stage as 311, Fall Out Boy, The All-American Rejects?

Well, you’ll certainly find these names and more when the Beale Street Music Festival returns to Memphis’ legendary Beale Street come May 1-3 as part of this year’s Memphis in May. Other acts of note on this year’s lineup, which will feature more than 60 top acts spanning four stages, include The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Ben Harper & Relentless 7, Rise Against, Katy Perry, Three 6 Mafia, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jack’s Mannequin, and Steve Miller Band.

All in all, the 2009 lineup looks something like this:

311, Al Green, The All-American Rejects, All Time Low, Amos Lee, The Bar-Kays, Ben Harper & Relentless 7, Bonnie Bramlett, Bonnie Raitt, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm, Chancho En Pierda, Cobra Starship, The Cult, Curtis Salgado, Damon Fowler Group, Dead Confederate, Deanna Bogart, Damon Fowler Group, Elvis Costello, Fall Out Boy, G. Love & Special Sauce, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Green River Ordinance, Guitar Shorty, Hey Monday, Hubert Sumlin, Jack’s Mannequin, James Taylor, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Lee Hooker, Jr., John Mayall & The Bluesbreaker, Juke Joint Duo, Julian Marley, Jump Back Jake, Katy Perry, Kenny Neal, Korn, Los Lobos, Lurrie Bell Blues Band, Magic Dick, Matt Nathanson, Medeski Martin & Wood, Metro Station, Michael Burks, Muck Sticky, Prosevere, Reba Russell Band, Rise Against, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Russ Kleiner, Saving Abel, Shane Dwight, Sherman Robertson, Shinedown, Snoop Dogg, Steve Miller Band, Susan Tedeschi, The Roots, Taco & Da Mofos, Theory of a Deadman, The Tommy Castro Band, Three 6 Mafia, Thriving Ivory


Three-day passes ($63.50) for this year’s Beale Street Music Festival will go on sale beginning today via Ticketmaster.com.

As mentioned, the Beale Street Music Festival is just one event in the month-long Memphis in May International Festival. Other events scheduled to be part of this year’s festivities include a salute to the country of Chile, a barbecue cooking contest, and a concert by the Sunset Symphony.