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scheduled to headline Beale Street Music Festival, an appearance that was canceled in the wake of the tragic death of the band’s drummer Taylor Hawkins. Sammy Hagar & The Circle ultimately took over the band’s vacated festival slot.
Now, after a year of mourning and a pair of tribute concerts dedicated to Hawkins, the Foos are planning their return to the road (no official word on who will take over the drum seat, but veteran Socal trapsman Josh Freese has been rumored for the role).
The Foos’ current tour schedule includes some European dates that kick off in early June. However, they have already confirmed a series of festival dates, including at the Boston Calling Music Festival in Massachusetts in late May. Interestingly, the Foos were scheduled to play Boston Calling last year, prior to Hawkins’ passing.
Could it be possible that the Foos will also make up their 2022 Beale Street Music Festival engagement at this year’s festival? There’s been no official word or hint, but it seems a definite possibility.
Glorilla and Memphis rap: ‘Let’s go!’
Last year’s Beale Street Music Festival represented the strongest hip-hop lineup in the event’s history. In particular there was an emphasis on homegrown acts, as Memphis continues its unprecedented success in the rap world. Billboard chart-topper Moneybagg Yo, old school legends Three 6 Mafia, as well as NLE Choppa, Project Pat, Al Kapone, Lil Wyte, Jucee Froot and White $osa all performed.
Given the festival’s strong Memphis rap bookings last year, it’s possible it will follow suit in 2023.
Recent Grammy nominee and breakthrough rapper Glorilla should be high on the festival’s priority list, as the “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)” hitmaker certainly is the hottest local hip-hopper at the moment. A spot as part of Beale Street Music Festival would be a perfect symbolic confirmation of her status as Memphis rap’s reigning queen.
And sure enough, as of this writing, Beale Street Music Festival just released a Glorilla track as its Song of the Day.
Tickets to Beale Street Music Festival
General admission three-day passes for Beale Street Music Festival are on sale now. A limited number of tier-two early bird passes are available for $185. After those run out, passes will go up to $205 and then $225. To purchase tickets, visit Memphisinmay.org.