Cellular South Stage • 2:20 p.m.
Local quintet Joan Red are among Memphis' most promising young hard-rock bands, with a commercially viable sound built on crunching guitars and soaring vocals, which can be heard on their debut album, Side Effects of You.
Cellular South Stage • 4 p.m.
Sprawling eight-piece Atlanta rock band the Constellations showcase a unique mix of psychedelic rock and hip-hop influences on their 2010 album, Southern Gothic, in which spacey rock sounds mix with hip-hop-influenced beats.
Cellular South Stage • 5:40 p.m.
This cresting Memphis rapper embodies the present local rap/hip-hop scene and can most recently be heard alongside New Orleans superstar Lil Wayne on the single "Men Lie, Women Lie." That song and Gotti's previous hit, "5 Star," are expected to be included on Yo Gotti's much-anticipated new album, Live From the Kitchen.
Puddle of Mud
Cellular South Stage • 7:15 p.m.
A hard-rock, post-grunge band, Puddle of Mudd also features a lead singer in Wesley Scantlin who became known as a vocal doppelganger to late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. Puddle of Mudd got its big break at the beginning of this decade when the band was handpicked by Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst to be one of the first acts signed to his Flawless Records label.
Cellular South Stage • 9:10 p.m.
South African hard-rock trio Seether have become Music Fest regulars, making several appearances over the past few years. The band broke through in America via an opening slot with Evanescence, with whose lead singer, Amy Lee, the band cut the hit single "Broken."
Alice in Chains
Cellular South Stage • 10:55 p.m.
Alice in Chains was perhaps the darkest members of the grunge movement in the early '90s. Their sound was rooted in the chemistry between guitarist Jerry Cantrell and singer Layne Staley. The troubled Staley's death might have signaled the end, but Cantrell re-formed the group with Wiliam DuVall and returned to the studio with the album Black Gives Way to Blue.
Budweiser Stage • 2:15 p.m.
Elmwood is a young four-piece jam band from Nashville that augments the traditional guitar-bass-drums lineup with the addition of a saxophone. On their way up the jam-band ladder they've been playing with some of the genre's heavyweights, including O.A.R. and fellow Music Fest band Blues Traveler.
North Mississippi Allstars
Budweiser Stage • 4 p.m.
One of the defining Memphis bands of the past decade, the North Mississippi Allstars stepped out with the 2000 debut album "Shake Hands With Shorty", which united the city's bohemian rock of the '70s with the droning hill-country blues of the '90s. Since then, the band has released a series of fine albums, toured the world, and been nominated for a Grammy.
Budweiser Stage • 5:50 p.m.
The Drive-By Truckers have long been inspired by such classic-rockers as Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd, both of whom the band references on its 2000 double album Southern Rock Opera. And on a series of terrific albums that includes this year's The Big To-Do, they've often made music that equals their idols. Led by co-frontmen Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, the Drive-By Truckers write smart, funny songs and put them across with bracing multi-guitar rock.
Budweiser Stage • 7:45 p.m.
With Allman Brothers Band alumnus Warren Haynes at the helm, Gov't Mule has purveyed its Southern-tinged down-and-dirty style into a touring machine that attracts jam-band fans and hardcore rockers alike. Originally a power trio, the band nearly derailed after the death of founding member Allen Woody. Now a quartet, Gov't Mule is bigger and stronger than ever.
Budweiser Stage • 9:45 p.m.
An underground success known for outrageous live shows, Oklahoma psychedelic rockers the Flaming Lips had five albums before people outside the indie club scene began to discover who they were, first with 1993's Transmissions From the Satellite Heart. The next decade, the Flaming Lips began to play big stages, their music embraced as something like an American answer to Radiohead.
Sam's Town Stage • 2:35 p.m.
Multi-lingual rap artist Balti will take the Music Fest stage representing this year's Memphis in May honored country, Tunisia.
Sam's Town Stage • 4:25 p.m.
Folk-pop songwriter Colbie Caillat got her start recording and posting songs on MySpace. Digital word-of-mouth led to a deal with Universal Records, which released her debut album, Coco. Caillat's next album, the pointedly titled Breakthrough, did just that, garnering a "Best Pop Vocal Album" Grammy nomination.
Jerry Lee Lewis
Sam's Town Stage • 6:10 p.m.
Way back in 1957, this twice-married, once-jailed, 21-year-old Bible college dropout from Ferriday, Louisiana, was determined to become Sam Phillips' next discovery. His first single, the pumping piano tune "Crazy Arms," did moderately well. Then all hell broke loose when Jerry Lee Lewis cut "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" at Sun Studio. Lewis reinvented himself as a straight country star in later decades, but a slow-building rock-and-roll comeback has rightfully restored Lewis to the forefront of rock royalty.
Sam's Town Stage • 7:40 p.m.
With his husky, soul-schooled baritone, Michael McDonald got his break as a vocalist for the Doobie Brothers. After going solo in the '80s, McDonald developed a more adult-contemporary sound. In recent years, McDonald has reunited with the Doobie Brothers for some live shows and has been chasing his soul music on a series of Motown-inspired albums.
Hall & Oates
Sam's Town Stage • 9:30 p.m.
With a total of 19 gold and platinum albums, the duo Hall & Oates are the best-selling duo in pop-music history. Long a surprising sample source for hip-hop artists, Hall & Oates have been embraced by a new generation of music fans, their hit "You Make My Dreams" used prominently in the 2009 film (500) Days of Summer.
Alvin Youngblood Hart
FedEx Blues Tent • 2:15 p.m.
Alvin Youngblood Hart is both a talented bluesman and a stalwart rock-and-roller. His albums have ranged from acoustic pre-war blues to eclectic roots music to full-throttle rock and soul. A master musician in any vein, Hart has most recently collaborated with a couple of like-minded Mid-Southerners — Jimbo Mathus and the North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson — in the South Memphis String Band.
Blind Mississippi Morris
FedEx Blues Tent • 3:55 p.m.
One of the reigning kings of Memphis blues, Blind Mississippi Morris has been a fixture on Beale Street and beyond for the past couple of decades, often accompanied by fellow Memphis blues stalwart Brad Webb. He was named one of the world's 10 best blues harmonica players by Bluzharp magazine.
FedEx Blues Tent • 5:30 p.m.
Eclectic Texas-based singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster boasts a rootsy sound steeped in blues, gospel, jazz, and soul. Foster's most recent album, 2009's The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, was recorded locally at Ardent Studios and features legendary Memphis producer and sideman, the late Jim Dickinson, in one of his final recorded performances. Nominated for a "Best Contemporary Blues Album" Grammy, the album shows Foster emphasizing her R&B side.
Bobby Blue Bland
FedEx Blues Tent • 7:20 p.m.
Bobby Blue Bland got his start at the Texas-based Duke Records label in the 1950s, but the vocalist will be forever associated with his adopted hometown's Beale Street. As a teenager, he lived just a block south of Beale, above the Sterling Grill on Linden Avenue, where he'd drop change into the jukebox and study the competition. Other blues performers employed Bland as a valet, and, in his off-time, he competed in the talent contests at the Palace Theatre. Within a decade, Bland was a king of the Memphis blues, with a singing style that rivaled his former employers.
FedEx Blues Tent • 9 p.m.
Key members of Britain's '60s blues-rock explosion, Savoy Brown was and is led by guitarist Kim Simmonds who has held steady through decades of lineup changes. Though forever tied to their late-'60s, early-'70s peak, Savoy Brown has reemerged as a recording force in the past decade, focusing on the blues sounds that originally influenced them.
Walter Trout & Band
FedEx Blues Tent • 10:45 p.m.
Blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout backed John Lee Hooker, Percy Mayfield, and Joe Tex on the road before he was tapped to replace Canned Heat guitarist Bob Hite. After honing his craft as a sideman for the better part of a decade, Trout put his talent to good use on his first solo album, Life in the Jungle, released in 1990.
SoCo Blues Shack • 2:15, 3:45, 5:15, & 6:45 p.m.
T-Model Ford recorded his debut album, 1997's Pee-Wee Get My Gun, at the age of 77. He's still on the road, performing his version of the trance-like Mississippi hill-country blues. Fans accustomed to Ford's electric guitar riffs might be surprised to find him playing an acoustic instrument throughout his new album.
SoCo Blues Shack • 3, 4:30, 6, & 7:30 p.m.
Richard Johnston, a late-blooming street performer, has become one of the rising stars on the independent blues scene, winning the 2001 International Blues Challenge and releasing an acclaimed debut album, Foot Hill Stomp. Solo, Johnson is sure to wow audiences with his world-weary howl and his picking ability on the cigar-box lowe bow, a one-stringed cousin of the electric guitar.