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It was the first weekend in May and on Friday night April 30th 2010 Mike, Brian, Tom, with special helper Steve traveled to Memphis, TN to cover the Beale Street Music Festival during the Memphis In May festivities.
The guys were pleased to be back together covering one of their favorite concert festivals. It seems to rain at least one day every year of the festival, but the skies were clear during most of the festival times, although there were many storms before and after. One exception was when tornado warnings came through Memphis on Saturday night and the headliners could not perform (more on this during Saturday’s coverage – Part 2). On this podcast we cover only the Friday night events.
The B52s performed their fun-time dance party-rock that kicked off the fun times at their stage. Afterwards the stage headliner, Goo Goo Dolls, performed a full set with all their hits, several new tunes, and an encore of Supertramp’s “Give A Little Bit.”
The late night headliners were Limp Bizkit as they took the stage with an into of a Disney song that led into their hard driving Rock-Rap. They were full of energy and animation while their fans rocked out with them as their fists pumped into the air. Their set was cut short due to the thunderstorms coming through the area. Although they had a very large crowd, I would have to say that Widespread Panic had the largest crowd of the night (although we couldn’t catch their show due to our schedule). We also didn’t catch much of the sets by Blues Traveler or Jeff Beck, but Brian made his way to their photo pits to capture performance photos.
Enjoy the Podcast of Friday night’s coverage of the Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival. It’s one of our best! Coming Soon – Part 2 Saturday Night’s Coverage.
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