Beale Street Music Festival 2022 | Day 3

The third day of 2022 Beale Street Music Festival took place under crisp clear skies after the previous night’s torrential rains had cleared. The beautiful conditions encouraged music lovers to arrive early for the final day. The musical lineup included the most diverse gatherings this year. The Bud Light scene was once again at the center of African roots music, but unlike days before, the focus was not solely on the rap genre.

Jamaican reggae band Third World performed on stage with a roots reggae sound influenced by soul, funk and disco music. The large group was led by Stephen “Cat” Coore and Richard Daley, original members since the group’s formation in 1973. The upbeat music was a great way to start a sunny Sunday afternoon. Continuing the theme of the guest country of the year, Ghanaian singer Stonebwoy then performed with his great African group mixing afropop, dancehall and reggae. Next, Jamaican singer Shaggy brought his brand of fiery dancehall reggae to the stage with his larger-than-life persona. Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo followed, bringing the music back to American hip hop. As night fell, he extended his set to perform a few more songs for the massive crowd, as original headliner Lil Wayne was forced to cancel his set at the last minute. Plane problems prevented him from making it to the festival. But there was still plenty of music on the other stages to keep the crowd happy.

Grace Potter |  Beale Street Music Festival

The Zynn stage started the day late due to technical difficulties, but by the time Grace Potter danced in a hypnotic trance across the stage in the late afternoon, everything was back on schedule. It’s hard to believe the prolific singer, songwriter and musician is only 38, considering she’s been a seasoned performer of the blues-rock genre for over 20 years. With her group of veteran musicians, the Nocturnals, the charismatic Potter presented one of the most beautiful performances of the day. The singer pranced around the stage, bouncing off other musicians, and switching back and forth between her electric guitars and her keyboards to perform fierce blues-rock numbers from her vast catalog.

Beale Street Music Festival |  Memphis, TN

San Francisco alternative rock veterans Third Eye Blind took the stage next. They replaced the iconic Lindsey Buckingham, who was the second act to have to drop out of the festival due to testing positive for Covid. Original lead singer Stephan Douglas Jenkins led Third Eye Blind through a crowd-pleasing set of their older material mixed with new numbers.

Adam Duritz |  count crows

Finally, San Francisco rockers Counting Crows closed the stage with a fantastic performance full of their greatest hits. Charismatic vocalist Adam Duritz led the formidable band of mostly original members through a 16-song set, beginning with the Grammy-winning classic “Round Here.” Duritz has an amazing ability to make eye contact with a large number of people in a large audience. His performance antics include standing on speakers and bouncing off his bandmates, much to the delight of the crowd. The set included a three-song encore, which was the highlight of the day for many mainstream rock fans.

Indigo Girls |  Beale Street Music Festival

On the Terminix stage side, the performances were also varied and eclectic. In the middle of the afternoon, the Indigo Girls took the stage for a folk-rock performance. The Atlanta-based duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been a festival staple playing Beale Street many times in the past. The duo has been performing their folk songs with heartfelt meaning and underlying messages since 1985; they are reminiscent of popular protesting heroes of the 1960s like Joan Baez. With many fans enjoying the sunny weather lying on blankets, it was a great first set.

Trevor Weekz |  goose

The Connecticut Goose jam band performed next, creating a totally different vibe on stage. Devout fans enthusiastically surged forward for the energetic performance. Goose quickly became one of the most popular bands in the jam genre. The band’s psychedelic rock sound mixes funky beats and jazz-like rhythms to create a unique and vibrant sound. Like most bands in the genre, the band has an extensive catalog and tries to play a unique set at every performance. Their Memphis set included nine songs, seven originals and two covers. The band is well known for mixing a wide range of covers into their sets. “Green River: by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant made it their show in Memphis.

Isaac Broc |  modest mouse

Veteran Indy rockers Modest Mouse then presented their version of the jam-infused music. The band had originally canceled due to a Covid scare, but all members were left with a clean bill of health just in time to reschedule their performance. Vocalist and guitarist Isaac Brock led the band through a set of 15 songs drawn from the band’s seven albums released over the past 25 years. While many of the bands on the Terminix stage had a large fan base, there was no doubt that most of the music fans who thronged the stage were waiting to see.

Weezer |  Beale Street Music Festival

Many eager young fans wearing Weezer t-shirts made the hardcore team take center stage. Finally, the veteran Indy band from Los Angeles closed the stage with an explosive multimedia extravaganza featuring many of the band’s rock anthems. Following Lil Wayne’s cancellation, the crowd on the Terminix stage became one of the biggest at the entire festival, with fans singing and dancing to well-known tunes. The 19-song setlist included two separate covers, Metallica’s “Enter The Sandman” and Toto’s “Africa”. It was a fitting finale for the 2022 Beale Street Music Festival.

Bishop Elvin |  Beale Street Music Festival

Weezer weren’t the last band to play at the festival, however. That honor went to iconic Blues rocker Elvin Bishop who played the final set with his band in the Blues tent. Bishop was the impressive sixth act to perform in the tent on Sunday and closed out the festivities in top Blues form. The 79-year-old double Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has served nearly 60 years of material. He performed songs dating as far back as his time with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band from 1963. But he also included recent, more relevant and often amusing material. The Beale Street Music Festival has had its fair share of difficulties in its first year since the outbreak, but overall the event has been a huge success. One of the oldest and most eclectic music festivals in the country, it also has to be one of the best value for money of any festival. Organizers hope to bring the festivities back to Tom Lee Park on the Mississippi River next year.

Beale Street Music Festival |  Memphis, TN

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goose |  Beale Street Music Festival

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Gerald R. Schneider