Music » Music Features

Sunday Band Listings



Sunday Schedule

Cellular South Stage

Carney 2:20-3:25 p.m.

Rue Melo 3:55-4:55 p.m.

Gavin Degraw 5:25-6:35 p.m.

Finger Eleven 7:05-8:15 p.m.

Fergie 8:45-10:15 p.m.

Sam's Town Stage

Billy Lee Riley 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Duman 4-5 p.m.

Jerry Lee Lewis 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Aretha Franklin 7-8:05 p.m.

Michael McDonald 8:35-10:05 p.m.

Budweiser Stage

Pete Francis 2-3 p.m.

Umphrey's McGee 3-4:40 p.m.

Michael Franti & Spearhead 5:10-6:20 p.m.

O.A.R. 6:50-8 p.m.

The Black Crowes 8:30-10 p.m.

Tennessee Lottery

Blues Tent

Calvin Cooke 2-3:05 p.m.

SamuEl James 3:30-4:40 p.m.

Nick Moss & the Flip tops 5:05-6:20 p.m.

Magic Slim & the Teardrops 6:45-8 p.m.

Doyle Bramhall 8:30-10 p.m.

Soco Blues Shack

Richard Johnston 2, 4:40, 6:20, & 8 p.m.

Robert "Wolfman" Belfour 3:05, 5:30, & 7:05 p.m.

Band Listings Sunday, May 4


Cellular South Stage

2:20 p.m.

This Los Angeles quartet led by a couple of brothers (guitarists Reeve and Zane Carney) plays bluesy, classic-style rock and just released their debut record, Nothing Without You, on Interscope Records.

Rue Melo

Cellular South Stage

3:55 p.m.

Named after its Paris-raised lead singer, this California quartet mixes rock, R&B, and hip-hop on singles such as "Check It Out" and "Smooth Brotha."

Gavin DeGraw

Cellular South Stage

5:25 p.m.

Doyle Bramhall - ALICE STEVENS
  • Alice Stevens
  • Doyle Bramhall

This New York singer-songwriter hit in 2003 with a mainstream rock style that came across as a more sophisticated Matchbox Twenty or a more muscular Maroon 5 (a band with whom DeGraw shared a label). After scoring a huge pop hit with the single "I Don't Want To Be" from his debut album, Chariot, DeGraw returned this year with an eponymous follow-up album.

Finger Eleven

Cellular South Stage

7:05 p.m.

These Canadians are melodic modern-rockers who met in high school and have been recording under the Finger Eleven moniker for more than a decade, finally breaking through in the U.S. in 2003 with the surging, emotional Top 40 hit "One Thing."


Cellular South Stage

8:45 p.m.

Gavin Degraw
  • Gavin Degraw

Maybe pop music's most unlikely current superstar, Fergie was a showbiz kid (with roots in both kiddie television and teen pop) who, at around age 30, joined the Black-Eyed Peas just before the group crossed over from underground hip-hop to mainstream pop. When Fergie went solo with 2006's The Duchess, few expected her to surpass the popularity of her band, but nearly two years later, the album continues to produce radio and video hits such as "London Bridge," "Fergalicious," "Big Girls Don't Cry," and "Glamorous." Fergie hasn't always been taken seriously as she's climbed the entertainment ladder, but she's taken it to the bank. And her colorful, acrobatic stage presence helps her translate her pop/hip-hop/R&B sound to the stage.

Billy Lee Riley

Sam's Town Stage

2:30 p.m.

Born across the river in Pocohontas, Arkansas, Billy Lee Riley remains one of the wildest rockers to have ever sprung from Memphis' own Sun Studio. Although he never hit as big as Elvis or Jerry Lee Lewis, Riley's original tunes like "Flying Saucer Rock'n'Roll" and "Red Hot" are considered landmarks of the rockabilly genre to this day. Riley remains a consummate performer and a perennial crowd pleaser who never fails to delight audiences at the Beale Street Music Festival.


Sam's Town Stage

4 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.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Sam's Town Stage

5:30 p.m.

Way back in 1957, this 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 Lewis cut "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" at Memphis' Sun Studio. Onstage, the Killer fulfilled every parent's worst nightmare, delivering a solid mule kick to his piano bench and shaking his hips in a frenzy. Lewis reinvented himself as a straight country star in later decades, but a slow-building rock-and-roll comeback (which began with the late-'80s big-screen biopic Great Balls of Fire and includes his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) has rightfully restored Lewis to his position at the forefront of rock royalty.

Aretha Franklin

Sam's Town Stage

7 p.m.

With Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and, more recently, Ray Charles and James Brown all departed, the uncontested "Queen of Soul" is far and away America's greatest living soul and R&B artist. The Memphis-born Franklin unleashed her gospel-trained pipes on a series of records in the late '60s and early '70s — albums such as Lady Soul and Spirit in the Dark, classic singles such as "Respect" and "Chain of Fools" — that stands as one of the absolute peaks of recorded pop music. In the decades since, she periodically pops up to remind everyone of her greatness — in the mid-'80s with the modern-soul classic Who's Zoomin' Who?, in the late '90s with the post-hip-hop Master's course A Rose Is Still a Rose. No fan of travel, Franklin's live appearances are few these days. Don't miss it.

Michael McDonald

Sam's Town Stage

8:35 p.m.

Fergie - C. BALDWIN
  • C. Baldwin
  • Fergie

The voice behind Doobie Brothers hits such as "What a Fool Believes" and "Taking It to the Streets," McDonald's buttery baritone was a defining sound for laid-back California rock in the '70s. And that voice made a swift transition to the adult end of Top 40 in the '80s (such as "On My Own," his hit duet with Patti LaBelle) and into adult-contemporary today as his baby-boomer audience ages along with him. McDonald tours regularly today and remains quite popular in the Memphis market.

Pete Francis

Budweiser Stage

2 p.m.

Michael McDonald
  • Michael McDonald

Francis was the frontman for the Vermont-based '90s cult band Dispatch, going solo early this decade as a folkish singer-songwriter who sounds something like a male Joni Mitchell, with rock and reggae elements.

Umphrey's McGee

Budweiser Stage

3 p.m.

This is not your typical jam band: Expect Midwesterners Umphrey's McGee to channel Frank Zappa or King Crimson at the Beale Street Music Fest this weekend. Consummate live performers who often play songs by Toto, Snoop Dogg, and Metallica, they cut their first studio album, Local Band Does O.K., in 2002 and have been prolific since with a series of studio albums, live records, and compilations.

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Budweiser Stage

5:10 p.m.

Michael Franti first appeared in the early '90s as the voice behind the leftist, alternative hip-hop duo Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Now fronting the San Francisco-based band Spearhead, Franti's music is more diverse, adding blues, rock, folk, and reggae to his hip-hop template for a kind of black roots music. His husky, charismatic baritone and fiercely political worldview remain.


Budweiser Stage

6:50 p.m.

Pete Francis
  • Pete Francis

This gentle, Maryland-based jam band went under the radar to build a massive live following in much the way Phish did. After years of hard touring on the jam and college circuits, O.A.R. can now fill Madison Square Garden, as witnessed on their new double-disc, double-DVD document of a recent sold-out concert at the venerable venue.

The Black Crowes

Budweiser Stage

8:30 p.m.

  • O.A.R.

These Atlanta rockers hit it big right off the bat with their 1990 debut, Shake Your Money Maker, giving a Southern-fried, neo-classic twist on the authentic hard-rock template Guns N' Roses had recently taken platinum. Eighteen years later, the band remains active and relevant, perhaps more than ever to Memphis audiences via the presence of the band's new hotshot guitarist: North Mississippi Allstar Luther Dickinson. Dickinson lends his considerable chops to the Crowes' latest album, Warpaint, and will be joining them onstage this year at the Beale Street Music Festival.

Calvin Cooke

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

2 p.m.

Sometimes dubbed "the B.B. King of gospel steel guitar," Cooke is a Detroit-based church musician who has recently brought his gospel blues public with a debut album produced by the like-minded Robert Randolph.

Samuel James

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

3:30 p.m.

A rising star in the world of traditional blues from the unlikely home of Portland, Maine, James is a young African-American blues player whose light acoustic style evokes country blues, jug bands, and ragtime, as heard on his recently released debut album, Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy.

Nick Moss &

the Flip Tops

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

5:05 p.m.

The Black Crowes
  • The Black Crowes

Guitarist Nick Moss spent a decade as a sideman on the Chicago blues scene, including a stint in Jimmy Rogers' band, before setting out to form his own band earlier this decade. The band, which released the two-disc, 21-song epic Play It 'Til Tomorrow last year, has been labeled a modern version of the classic Paul Butterfield Blues Band of the '60s. Moss & Co. are nominated for Album of the Year, Band of the Year, and Best Guitarist in the upcoming Blues Music Awards.

Magic Slim &

the Teardrops

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

6:45 p.m.

A classic Chicago blues band, Magic Slim & the Teardrops have been a staple of the Windy City scene since the mid-'60s and are still going strong, as witnessed by their three nominations at this year's Blues Music Awards, including Band of the Year.

Doyle Bramhall

Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent

8:30 p.m.


Texas bluesman Doyle Bramhall has been a force on that state's blues scene for decades, learning from the likes of Jimmy Reed and playing alongside the Vaughan brothers, Jimmie and the late Stevie Ray. After playing in a variety of Texas blues bands for decades, Bramhall finally started recording solo material in the '90s.

Richard Johnston

Soco Blues Shack

2 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 8 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 a best-selling debut album, Foot Hill Stomp, dedicated to — and inspired by — the late north Mississippi hill-country blueswoman Jessie Mae Hemphill. Solo, Johnston is sure to wow audiences with his world-weary howl and his picking ability on the cigar-box LoweBow, a one-stringed cousin of the electric guitar.

Robert "Wolfman" Belfour

Soco Blues Shack

3:05 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:05 p.m.

Belfour was born and raised in the north Mississippi hill country but relocated to Memphis more than 40 years ago. Belfour's understated acoustic blues style, considered a link between Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside by Fat Possum producer Bruce Watson, remains largely unnoticed by local blues fans, but his albums (2000's What's Wrong With You and Pushin' My Luck, released three years later) have received rave reviews around the world.

Keep the Flyer Free!

Always independent, always free (never a paywall),
the Memphis Flyer is your source for the best in local news and information.

Now we want to expand and enhance our work.
That's why we're asking you to join us as a Frequent Flyer member.

You'll get membership perks (find out more about those here) and help us continue to deliver the independent journalism you've come to expect.

Add a comment