Cardi B, who recently became the first female to receive Best Rap Album honors at the Grammys, will be among the first-time headliners at the 2019 Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival.
Fresh off of a record-setting 2018, the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival announced its 2019 lineup on Wednesday.
The forty-third annual Beale Street Music Festival holds to tradition, presenting a varied lineup of rock, alternative, R&B, hip hop, indie, pop and blues.
— Charlie Wilson (@CharlieWilson) February 13, 2019
Festival favorites who are returning to headline this year’s Beale Street Music Festival include Dave Matthews Band, The Killers, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson, Shinedown, and Gary Clark Jr.
Joining Cardi B as first-time headliners are Khalid and OneRepublic.
“The Beale Street Music Festival saw more than 102,000 in Tom Lee Park last year with attendees from all fifty states and twenty-two countries. We wanted to offer an even bigger lineup in 2019 as our city celebrates its bicentennial, and we feel like this may be our best lineup ever,” said James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May.
“The 2019 lineup features current chart-toppers and returning fan favorites who consistently draw large crowds to our unique setting on the Mississippi River.”
Other artists featured this year include India.Arie, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Lord Huron, Flogging Molly, 6lack, Trippie Redd, Chvrches, Lil Dicky, Good Charlotte, Big Boi, Dirty Heads, In This Moment, Simple Plan, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Moon Taxi, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, and Coin.
With the cultural salute to Memphis this year, there’s a special emphasis on local talent with 40 percent of the performers coming from Memphis and the surrounding area. Aside from the lead guitarist for Shinedown, that includes rappers MoneyBagg Yo, Blocboy JB and NLE Choppa, along with Healy, Liz Brasher, Saving Abel, John Kilzer and the Scars, and Muck Sticky.
Local talent in the Coca-Cola Blues Tent includes Stax legend William Bell, Southern Avenue, Ghost Town Blues Band, Will Tucker, Blind Mississippi Morris, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Super Chikan, Brandon Santini, Gracie Curran and the High Falutin’ Band, Barbara Blue, Fuzzy Jeffries, Deak Harp & Quicksand, Sam Joyner, and Linear Smith.
The 2019 Beale Street Music Festival is sponsored by Bud Light, FedEx and Coca-Cola.