Backstage at Beale Street Music Fest

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I was backstage during MGMT's and the Flaming Lips' performances Friday night. Before the performances, we wandered in and out of various musicians' trailers, enjoying the scene. Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips dropped into MGMT's trailer and they did a brief, rough rehearsal of MGMT's "Kids." Coyne wanted Andrew V. and Ben Goldwasser of MGMT to join him onstage during the Lips' rendition of the tune — which they did.

Below are a few pictures from the evening ...

Sunset on the Mississippi
  • Sunset on the Mississippi

The water was within 30 feet of the sidewalk backstage
  • The water was within 30 feet of the sidewalk backstage

Coyne watches MGMT play Time to Pretend
  • Coyne watches MGMT play "Time to Pretend"

As MGMT performs, their manager (orange shirt) checks the Grizzlies score on an iPad. MGMT gave score updates between songs. Also visible is Big Star's Jody Stephens.
  • As MGMT performs, their manager (orange shirt) checks Grizzlies' score on an iPad. MGMT gave score updates between songs. Also visible is Ardent Studio's (and Big Star's) Jody Stephens.

The opening to the Flaming Lips bomb-tastic show
  • The opening to the Flaming Lips' bomb-tastic show

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Some of the Dorothys from back-stage
  • Some of the "Dorothys" from back-stage

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