Tuesday, April 28, 2009

100,000 Strong for Memphis in May

On Friday, May 1st shortly after 5pm, our nondescript, thirty acre park nestled humbly between the Mississippi and the bluffs will be transformed into the fifth largest city in Tennessee. Over 100,000 music lovers will pack the park on Friday and then again on Saturday.

So far, the weather for Friday looks great! 82/64, Partly Cloudy; 10% chance of rain.

Who do Memphians most want to see? I polled some of the office. After all, there is something for everyone.

Victoria: Amos Lee
Leanne: P. Funk, The Cult, 311
Matt2: Al Green
Josh: Ben Harper; Medeski, Martin and Wood; Susan Tedeschi
Matt1: 311
Jennifer: Katy Perry
Holli: James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt
Teresa: Steve Miller, Bonnie Raitt, Al Green, James Taylor
Kate: Bonnie Raitt, The Roots, Katy Perry, G. Love, Al Green, John Lee Hooker, Los Lobos, Bar-Kays, Cedric Burnside, Elvis Costello, Three Six Mafia, Chancho En Piedra

The Orpheum will have 20-25 parking spaces in the lot right next to the Theatre's south wall. It's $20, which is what most garages and lots along Front Street charge. You usually have to go a few blocks east to find lots that are $15.
The advantages of the Orpheum lot? You don't have to get in and out of a garage. There is a gate with a security guard on duty. There are also two security cameras mounted on top of the Theatre that are trained on the lot.

These spots will go fast. It's only slightly over a block to the festival entrance. You'll be doing a lot of walking from stage to stage, and quite a bit of standing. It pays not to wear yourself out ahead of time.

security camera

The MLGW garage at Front and Linden is also a good place to park, just in case you plan on shotgunning a few beers or -guys-- need a last place to urinate before you get to the park. Not condoning it, but hey it happens. I park there on Mondays. I know. It's safe and usually doesn't fill up. Last year, I think it was $20 as well.

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