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Memphis in May, 2008 Beale Street Music Festival Schedule Released

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The Memphis In May International Festival Inc. has released its full schedule and music lineup for May 2-4’s 32nd annual Beale Street Music Festival.

The Memphis In May International Festival Inc. has released its full schedule and music lineup for May 2-4. The 32nd annual Beale Street Music Festival will contain over 60-plus acts ranging from Sheryl Crow, Fergie, The Roots, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin and hip-hop acts Muck Sticky, Al Kapone (Alkatraz Productions), Lord T & Eloise, Project Pat (Hypnotized Minds) & Lil Wyte (Hypnotized Minds/Wyte Music), Arrested Development, amongst others.

The three-day event will take place at Tom Lee Park.

Other dates to remember:
International Week (Celebrating Turkey), May 5 – May 10, 2008
World Championship Barbecue Contest, May 15 – 17,2008
Sunet Symphony, May 24, 2008

As previously reported on, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest brings some of the best grillmasters from around the globe together and gives them a chance to show off their grilling skills. The competition has three official meat categories: pork ribs, pork shoulder, and whole hog and features a number of special events which includes Ms. Piggie, Best Booth, T-Shirt Design and more. This event is where the world champion is crowned at the world’s largest pork barbecue competition. According to Memphis In May, the total purse available for 2008 is over $90,000 with the Grand Champion prize at a whopping $10,000. Other food contests include Hot Wings, Baked Beans, Sauce, Anything But (Beef, Poultry, Seafood and Exotic) and more.

The Sunset Symphony event will be held on a single stage at Tom Lee Park and is usually free or requires a small attendance fee. This concert is stated to be the largest annual performance event of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and is the closing event for the Memphis In May Festivities.

Tickets for the 2008 Beale Street Music Festival are on sale now at Ticketmaster, online at and by phone at (901) 525-1515. Three-day passes cost $63.50 and will be available through April 30; single-day admission costs $27.50 in advance.

Here is the Beale Street Music Festival Schedule: Friday, May 2nd CELLULAR SOUTH STAGE

* Lord T & Eloise 6:05

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