Almost every month is symbolized by something that it represents. We have all heard of Black History Month, Autism Awareness Month, etc. With all the festivals that go on in the summer, May should be declared as the beginning of Music Madness. Around this time is when Facebook and Instagram are blowing up with music videos that are posted for entertainment and envy. The most recent festival I went to was Memphis in May’s annual Beale Street Music Festival; and it was just as exciting as I remember in May 2011.
Huntsville’s power went out in 2011 for a long period of time and many took the opportunity to get out of town. Luckily my friend’s dad had business to attend to in Nashville, so I packed my things and decided to tag along with the Allen family. My friend Lucy and I persuaded her mother to let us take the car to Memphis and that ended up being a great journey in itself. That night we danced to The Flaming Lips, MGMT and many more. Beale Street so much fun, I knew I would have to travel back someday.
Every year I usually go to the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, but this year I decided that I wanted a change of scenery. Memphis seemed to attract a lot more artists I was interested in seeing, so ultimately that influenced my decision. For the past four year I have gotten together with a number of friends to travel down to the gulf coast to experience the excitement Hangout has to offer. From May 2011 to May 2014, I have either shacked up in a house with a big group of people or camped on the grounds of the Gulf Shores State Park to see the most thrilling bands such as The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pretty Lights as well as many others.
However, Beale Street seemed to offer exactly what I was looking for this year. Memphis prepared its hosts by asking Ed Sheeran, Wilco, Of Mice and Men and many other fantastic bands to be featured in the Beale Street Music Festival for 2015. Below is a video I threw together to demonstrate the fun, happiness and excitement me and my friends experienced May 3rd. I was lucky I had enough battery to get the clips that I got, but I unfortunately couldn’t get any footage of Wilco playing live due to the fact that my phone was dead, and I was too busy dancing the night away in my last night in Tennessee.