MemphisBeale Street Music Festival, May 3-5

BROWSE Few cities are so deeply defined by their music heritage as Memphis. After all, even when Bob Dylan was "stuck inside of Mobile" he still had the Memphis blues. The city's Beale Street Music Festival (, a key feature of the extravagant Memphis in May event, draws a tremendous range of acts--this year's lineup includes the Smashing Pumpkins, the Black Crowes, the Roots and Big Boi; hipster acts the Joy Formidable and Phoenix; and, of course, local icons Jerry Lee Lewis and Mavis Staples.

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