Sunday, March 7, 2010

A summer of music festivals in 2010

10-14: Canadian Music Fest, Ontario; Our Lady Peace, Cage the Elephant, Great Lakes Swimmers.
12-14: BLOC, Somerset, UK; Salt N Peppa, Grandmaster Flash.
17-21: SXSW, Austin, Texas; a large lineup of bands.
21-23: Jam in the Dam, Amsterdam; The Bridge, Les Clypool, The New Mastersounds, Umphrey's McGee, Yonder Mountain String Band.
26-27: Birds on a Wire, Pullman, Wash.; Justin Townes Earle, Damien Jurado, Frontier Ruckus, Maldives, more.
26-27: Ultra Music Festival, Miami, Fla., The Crystal Method, Groove Armada, Carl Cox and more.
27-28: The Bamboozle, Anaheim, Calif.; AFI, The Bouncing Souls many more.
18-April 3: Savannah Music Festival, Georgia; Large variety of genres including Wilco.

9-11, 16-18, 23-25: Texas Crawfish and Music Festival, Spring, Texas; check site for updates.
15-17: Wanee, Live Oak, Fla.; Allman Bros. Band, Widespread Panic, Derek Trucks.
15-18: Old Settler's Music Festival, Austin, Texas; Joe Ely, 7 Walkers ft. Bill Kreutzmann.
16-18: Coachella, Indio, Calif.; DEVO, Echo and the Boneymen, Jay-Z, Phoenix, LCD Soundsystem, Gorillaz and many more.
16-18: Rhythym and Blooms Festival, Knoxville, Tenn.; Carrie Rodriguez, The Old Ceremony, Samantha Crain, Yarn, 18 South, the Black Lilies, more.
22-24: Florida Music Festival, Orlando; Third Eye Blind, Flogging Molley.
23-25: McDowell Mountain Festival, Arizona; Assembly of Dust, Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
23-May 2: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; Pearl Jam, Simon and Garfunkel, My Morning Jacket.
28-May 2: Sunfest, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Weezer, ZZ Top.
30-May 2: Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, St. Augustine, Fla.; Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Loudon Wainwright, Janis Ian, John Cowan Band, Pierce Pettis, Greg Brown, Patty Larkin, more.
30-May 2: Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis, Tenn.; Widespread Panic, Blues traveler, Jeff Beck, Earth Wind and Fire, Flaming Lips.


7-9: All Tomorrow's Parties, Minehead, England; Currated by Matt Groening; Iggy and the Stooges, Deerhunter, Panda Bear, the Residents.
14-16: Bluegrass from the Forest, Shelton, Wash.; Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper headlining all three days, several top regional bands, master workshops, band scramble, band contest, banjo contest, great jamming indoors and out, vendors and much more.
28-30: Summer Camp, Illinois; Umphrey's McGee, Keller Williams, STS9, Pretty Lights, Victor Wooten and Moe.
28-30: Florida Folk Festival, White Springs, Fla.; Visit site for details.
28-30: Desert Rocks, Moab, Utah; Emmitt-Nershi Band, The Motet and Friends, The Naked Eyes.
29-30: Detroit Electronic Music Festival, no lineup yet.
29-31: Sasquatcth, the Gorge, Washington; My Morning Jacket, OK Go, Minus the Bear, Massive Attack, Public Enemy.


4-6: Mountain Jam VI, Hunter Mountain, NY; Gov't Mule, Levon Helm and Friends, 70th birthday celebration (with very special guests), Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band, Matisyahu, more.
10-13: Bonnaroo, Manchester, Tenn.; DMB, Tenacious D, Weezer, Flaming Lips playing DSOTM.
11-13: Download, Donington Park, UK; AC/DC, RATM, Aerosmith, Wolfmother.
11-13: Isle of Wight, Newport, UK; Paul McArtney, Jay-Z, the Strokes, Editors, Friendly fires, Orbital. A Jimi Hendrix tribute band will play at the big top.
11-19: Riverbend Festival, Chattanooga, Tenn.; 5 stages, 100+ bands in
cluding Darius Rucker, Uriah Heep, George Clinton.
16-20: NXNE, Toronto - Check site for updates.
24-July 4: Milwaukee Summerfest, Wisconsin; 311, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty, The Moody Blues, STS9.

1-4: High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy, Calif.; Railroad Earth, Cornmeal, Zach Deputy.
4?: American Music Festival, Berwyn, Ill.; Bands to be announced.
16-18 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago; Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem and several others.
30-Aug. 1: Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset, UK; many acts including Madness, Friendly Fires, George Clinton and the Parliment Funkadelic, DJ Yoda and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
30-Aug. 1: Fuji Rock, Naeba, Japan; Flogging Molly, Muse, Air.
30-Aug. 1: All Points West, NJ; Jay-Z, Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

6-8: Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago; Check Website for updates.
20-22: Hoxeyville Music Festival, Wellston, Mich.; Check Website for info.
20-22: The Green Man Festival, Wales, UK; headlined by the Flaming Lips.

September 2-5: Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Nr Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK; Peter Rowan, Claire Lynch Band, Show of Hands, more.

*This list will be updated throughout the summer as more festivals are announced and/or discovered. If there are any summer music festivals going on in your neck of the woods, please leave a comment and it will be included in the list. Hopefully, this list will be more complete as the summer rolls on, and will serve as a guide to people looking for some great live music.

Also, please comment about which festivals or other shows you are most excited about this summer.




Missing acts
A few popular festivals aren't returning this year.

10,000 Lakes in Minnesota is on hiatus until further notice, according to their Web site, stating that the operation could not reach financial success.

The Rothbury fest in rural Michigan has also announced there will be no festival in 2010, citing a contributing factor of not being able to assemble a "cutting edge roster" for the weekend festival, according to a statment on the Rothbury Website.

"Despite the 2010 postponement, we intend to move toward continuing ROTHBURY in 2011. This event is something very special, and we are unwilling to potentially tarnish what ROTHBURY is, and can become, by working under conditions that will produce anything less than a magical experience," according to the statement.

The future of the Monolith Festival at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colo., is also unknown, but according to the fest's Facebook page, Organizers are working on a solution for 2010.

The Circle K Tempe Music Festival is on hold for 2010, citing similar roster problems as other fests.

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