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Saturday Schedule

Cellular South Stage

Muck Sticky 2:30-3:20 p.m.

Duman 3:50-4:50 p.m.

Cat Power 5:20-6:35 p.m.

Buddy Guy 7:05-8:30 p.m.

Lou Reed 9-10:15 p.m.

Santana 10:45-12:15 p.m.

Sam's Town Stage

Oracle and the Mountain 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Saving Abel 4-5:05 p.m.

The Whigs 5:35-6:40 p.m.

Simple Plan 7:10-8:25 p.m.

Seether 8:55-10:10 p.m.

Disturbed 10:40-12:10 p.m.

Budweiser Stage

Al Kapone 2:20-3:30 p.m.

Tegan and Sara 3:50-5 p.m.

Colbie Caillat 5:30-6:35 p.m.

Arrested Development 7:05-8:20 p.m.

John Butler Trio 8:50-10:15 p.m.

Matisyahu 10:45-12:15 p.m.

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

Eli "paperboy" Reed 2-2:45 p.m.

Preston Shannon 3:10-4:15 p.m.

Kenny Neal 4:40-5:50 p.m.

Backdoor Slam 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Watermelon Slim 7:55-9:10 p.m.

Pinetop Perkins & Hubert Sumlin

w/ Billy Gibson 9:35-10:45 p.m.

Bettye Lavette 11:15-12:30 p.m.

Soco Blues Shack

Richard Johnston 2, 3:30, 5:50, 7:30, & 10:45 p.m.

Blind Mississippi Morris 2:45, 4:15, 6:30, & 9:10 p.m.

Band Listings Saturday, May 3

Muck Sticky

Cellular South Stage

2:30 p.m.

This Memphis-based musical prankster matches a high-pitched, half-rapped drawl with a weed-centric, semi-utopian, NC-17-rated worldview. You may be confused, but you probably won't be bored.


Cellular South Stage

3:50 p.m.

Representing this year's Memphis in May honored country, Turkey, Duman is an Istanbul grunge-rock trio whose lead singer, Kaan Tangöze, first started writing songs while a college student in Seattle, learning the music from the source.

Cat Power

Cellular South Stage

5:20 p.m.


Georgia-bred indie rocker Chan "Cat Power" Marshall has been a cult favorite for more than a decade but has expanded her audience in recent years with a little help from some Memphis friends. The Greatest, which was recorded in Memphis in 2006, was a breakout record for Marshall and featured the work of several Memphis musicians, notably Hi Records guitar legend Teenie Hodges. Her latest album, a collection of mostly covers called Jukebox, continues the Memphis ties with takes on Jessie Mae Hemphill's "Lord, Help the Poor & Needy" and Dan Penn's "Woman Left Lonely."

Buddy Guy

Cellular South Stage

7:05 p.m.

Once the hot young gun of the Chicago blues scene, Buddy Guy is now the elder statesman, towering over that city's blues scene as Muddy Waters once did. A brilliant guitarist, Guy ventured south for 2001's Mississippi-recorded Sweet Tea to show he can still excel outside the standard Chicago style. This year he's on the big screen, stealing the show from the Rolling Stones in their concert film Shine a Light.

Lou Reed

Cellular South Stage

9 p.m.

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As the frontman of the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed served as the catalyst for the punk, glam, and alternative-rock movements to come. Since going solo in the early '70s, he's documented subterranean urban culture on the classic "Walk on the Wild Side," paid respects to the late Andy Warhol on Songs for Drella, and reported on urban decay in his hometown on New York. Though Reed's catalog of challenging, literate work is immense, he'll always be best known for the classics he penned for the Velvet Underground in the late '60s: "Sweet Jane," "Heroin," "Sister Ray," etc.


Cellular South Stage

10:45 p.m.

Lou Reed
  • Lou Reed

Guitarist Carlos Santana and his eponymous band injected Latin styles into the California rock scene of the '60s, going on to star at Woodstock and score hits with "Evil Ways" and "Black Magic Woman." Decades later, Santana made one of the most successful comebacks rock music has ever seen with the 1999 album Supernatural. The album sold more than 10 million copies and landed 11 Grammy nominations, morphing Carlos Santana from a classic-rock legend to a modern superstar.

Oracle and the Mountain

Sam's Town Stage

2:30 p.m.

This newish local band is a promising rock quartet whose music evokes grunge, alt-country, and contemporary indie rock in equal doses.

Saving Abel

Sam's Town Stage

4 p.m.

This heavy Southern rock band from Corinth, Mississippi, recently made the leap from unsigned Mid-South hopefuls to major-label up-and-comers, releasing their eponymous debut on Virgin Records this spring.

The Whigs

Sam's Town Stage

5:35 p.m.

  • Stefano Giovannini
  • Cat Power

One of the best and most buzzed-about young rock bands around, this Georgia-based indie power trio evokes such alt-rock icons as the Replacements and even Nirvana. The band's label-released debut, this year's Mission Control, is a deceptively simple blast of crunchy riffs, locomotive drumming, and catchy hooks.

Simple Plan

Sam's Town Stage

7:10 p.m.

The Montreal-based pop-punk quintet Simple Plan have followed cohorts such as Blink-182 and Good Charlotte out of the scene's underground and onto the pop charts, scoring multiple hits with their 2004 breakthrough album Still Not Getting Any.


Sam's Town Stage

8:55 p.m.

  • Santana

South African alt-metal band Seether has become Music Fest regulars, making appearances over the past few years. The band broke through in America via a slot on the Ozzfest tour in 2002 and hasn't looked back since.


Sam's Town Stage

10:40 p.m.

Chicago-based nü-metal band Disturbed reveal elements of alt-rock and even rap like many of their genre contemporaries but also boast an

  • Seether
old-fashioned sensibility at times, evoking metal heroes such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Pantera.

Al Kapone

Budweiser Stage

2:20 p.m.

M-Town's own Al Kapone possesses one of the most original voices on the city's rap scene, but, more often than not, he's languished in the shadows of the monolithic Three 6 Mafia. More recently, however, this hardcore gangsta rapper has stepped into the light with releases like 2003's Goin' All Out and his contributions to the soundtrack of the Memphis-set rap film Hustle & Flow. Lately, Kapone has been working with a live band, the Untouchables, which should make his Dirty South rhymes translate well to the big stage this weekend.

Tegan and Sara

Budweiser Stage

3:50 p.m.

The Whigs
  • The Whigs

This Canadian duo consisting of twin sisters is one of the biggest indie success stories of the past year. After a decade performing together, Tegan and Sara morphed from conventional folkies into a duo that incorporated punk and alt-rock into their sound on the 2007 breakthrough The Con, which was produced by Chris Walla of the Seattle indie band Death Cab for Cutie.

Colbie Caillat

Budweiser Stage

5:30 p.m.

California folk-pop songwriter Colbie Caillat (think Jewel crossed with Natasha Bedingfield) recorded and posted songs on MySpace a couple of years ago and suddenly became an Internet sensation. Digital word of mouth led to a deal with Universal records, which released Caillat's debut album, Coco, last summer.

Arrested Development

Budweiser Stage

7:05 p.m.

  • Disturbed

In 1992, West Coast so-called gangster rap was rampant, but an alternative emerged out of left field in the form of Arrested Development: a sprawling, rootsy, Afrocentric crew whose breakthrough hit "Tennessee" was a master stroke they could never repeat. A decade later, rapper Speech got the group back together, releasing the album Since the Last Time in 2007.

The John Butler Trio

Budweiser Stage

8:50 p.m.

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  • Arrested Development

From an opening act for the Dave Matthews Band to a platinum-selling headliner, Australian jam band the John Butler Trio mine American roots music and rollicking, bluesy pop. The group's third studio album, Grand National, runs the gamut of contemporary pop, as Butler tries on hip-hop, reggae, and full-on rock for size.


Budweiser Stage

10:45 p.m.

Richard Johnston - DAVID MOORE
  • David Moore
  • Richard Johnston

On the surface, Matisyahu seems like a joke act — a Hasidic Jew celebrating his culture and religion via Jamaican reggae. But this high school Deadhead is serious. His second studio album, Youth, even went on to garner a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album.

Eli "Paperboy" Reed

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

2 p.m.

Raised in the unlikely environs of Brookline, Massachusetts, this blue-eyed soul singer spent time in Clarksdale, Mississippi, after high school to get a real musical education. Reed's new album, Roll With You, demonstrates an ease with classic '60s soul that should place him near the top of the soul revival scene.

Preston Shannon

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

3:10 p.m.

Preston Shannon, a longtime Memphis blues/soul singer/guitarist and Beale Street bandleader, will help the Beale Street Music Festival earn its name by bringing some modern Memphis sounds to the Blues Tent.

Kenny Neal

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

4:40 p.m.

Baton Rouge swamp-blues stalwart Kenny Neal has long been one of the top names in contemporary blues. After growing up in a blues family around stars such as Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo, Neal has graduated to their level on his own. He recorded for Alligator Records for most of the past two decades but recently released Let Life Flow, his debut for another venerable blues label, Blind Pig.

BackDoor Slam

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

6:15 p.m.

Hailing from the Isle of Man, Backdoor Slam, featuring Davy Knowles on guitar and mandolin, Adam Jones on bass, and Ross Doyle on drums, will rock the Beale Street Music Fest with a sound that harkens back to earlier British blues-rock exports.

Watermelon Slim

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

7:55 p.m.

Watermelon Slim hardly fits the blues archetype. He's a Vietnam vet, former trucker, and recipient of a master's degree. Watermelon Slim also has channeled his creativity into a second career as a blues musician, releasing a protest album called Merry Airbrakes shortly after his stint in the service. Fast-forward three decades, and you'll find Watermelon Slim and his band riding the wave of their terrific album The Wheel Man.

Pinetop Perkins & Hubert Sumlin with Billy Gibson

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

9:35 p.m.

Memphis harmonica master Billy Gibson must be living right to share the stage this weekend with two certified blues legends: The 94-year-old Pine-top Perkins is a boogie-woogie piano master who once replaced Otis Spann in Muddy Waters' band. The 76-year-old guitarist Hubert Sumlin is a youngster by comparison and cut his teeth as the great Howlin' Wolf's primary guitar foil.

Bettye Lavette

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

11:15 p.m.

One of the better recent comeback stories on the roots-music scene, Bettye Lavette was a cult-fave soul singer in the '60s but never broke through. An active live performer into the '90s, Lavette found her way back into a studio this decade and recorded with the rock band the Drive-By Truckers for her deep-soul testament The Scene of the Crime.

Richard Johnston

Soco Blues Shack

2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:50 p.m.,

7:30 p.m., and 10:45 p.m.

Tegan and Sara
  • Tegan and Sara

Richard Johnston has become one of the rising stars on the independent blues scene, winning the 2001 International Blues Challenge and releasing a best-selling debut album, Foot Hill Stomp, dedicated to — and inspired by — Jessie Mae Hemphill.

Blind Mississippi Morris

Soco Blues Shack

2:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:10 p.m.

Known as the "Real Deal on Beale," Blind Mississippi Morris is a longtime staple of the contemporary Memphis blues scene, keeping the modern version of the Memphis sound anchored in its Delta roots.

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