Due to the appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Neil Young & Promise of the Real, Paul Simon and Beck are close enough to Memphis to merit a trip to the historic city that brought together early rock ‘n’ roll and blues and continues to support rock, blues and soul acts.
All three artists, along with Weezer, headline the Beale Street Music Festival, which runs through Sunday at Riverfront Park in Memphis, Tennessee.
Both Young and Simon are getting an early start to support their next releases.
Young just announced that on June 17th he drops the career-spanning live album, “Earth. It was recorded during last year’s live dates with Promise of the Real and features overdubs and nature sounds.
As Young describes on the pre-order page on his website, it’s “98 uninterrupted minutes long, Earth flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together. Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well and the animals, insects, birds and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times.”
Simon’s 13th solo album, “Stranger to Stranger,” comes out on June 3. Using acoustic and electronic beats with African woodwinds, Peruvian drums, a gospel quartet, horns and synthesizers, the album has an experimental yet invigorating feel. A preview of this approach can be found on the highly-infectious single, “Wristband.”
The fest’s lineup also includes Zedd, Train, Modest Mouse, Grace Potter, The Arcs, Violent Femmes, Courtney Barnett, Moon Taxi, Houndmouth, The Lone Bellow, Luther Dickinson, Blackberry Smoke, Better Than Ezra, Trampled By Turtles, Doyle Bramhall II, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Panic! At the Disco, Yo Gotti, Barenaked Ladies, Young the Giant, Cypress Hill, Cold War Kids, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Bastille, Gin Blossoms, Lucinda Williams, Los Lobos, The Joy Formidable, Indigo Girls, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Bernard Allison, The Front Bottoms, Larry McCray, Lunchmoney Lewis, Coleman Hell, Magic Dick & Sun NG, Charles Wilson and Jack Semple.
For more information, visit http://www.memphisinmay.org/beale-street-music-festival/.