Thursday, May 5, 2016

Recap: Beale Street Music Festival 2016

Hundreds of thousands of eager festival goers braced flash flood warnings and rain to take part of the MidSouth's biggest music festival of the year. On Friday night,The Struts kicked the riverfront festival off with a high octane rock n roll set on the festivals sponsored Rockstar Energy Drink Stage.
They played their single "Kiss This" along with all album favorites.Most memorable however, was their tribute to David Bowie with his beloved song Rebel, Rebel. They also paid homage to fallen music legend Prince.
On a side note, The Struts lead singer  Luke Spiller could definitely pull off playing Freddie Mercury in a biopic and I truly believe he channels his inner Mercury when performing. My all time favorite band, Young The Giants performance was  electrifying!! Seeing them perform was breath taking yet refreshing all at once. One thing that really stood out to me was when, Young The Giant's vocalist Sameer Gadhia spoke on Mississippi newest transgender controversy along with the importance of music and how it unites people despite creed, religion, flaws and differences. 
The band closed the night out with their new single "America", and discussed their new album drop in August. The night closed out perfectly with Indie Rock titans, Weezer ! Weezer played their Green Album catalog for the first 30 minutes of their set with favorites such as Pinkerton and Hashpipe but explored their other disography throughout the night. The band closed the night out with their beloved hit single "Sweater Song". 
Day two of the festival got off to a late start do to severe weather, however once the meteorologist gave the OK, Festival doors opened to the masses. The day was particularly beautiful Sunny Memphis weather with set highlights from Houndmouth, The Violent Femmes and Moon Taxi.
Houndmouth's tribute of Neil Young's 'Motion Picture" was total catharsis and spot on. Ironically they've played on the same bill as the Canadian singer but still yet have to see him play. 
One thing that made their set so much more memorable was when they said that their last show of their tour is #BSMF16.  The day progressed with Better Than Ezra. The highlight of  their set came when drummer Michael Jerome Moore did a 5 minute  cow bell solo ! 
Day 2 of the festival was quite amazing and  kept getting better and better as Rap-Rock Pioneers Cypress Hill did a tribute to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", single. The final day of the festival did not disappoint either. Sets from The Lone Bellow , Zedd and Beck helped to round out an amazing weekend !
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