The 22nd annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, presented by the Berks Arts Council, featured an array of musical styles including contemporary and traditional jazz, blues and world music. Over 130 events at major venues, clubs and restaurants throughout Pennsylvania’s Greater Reading are made this a truly unique music festival. For more information, including artist bios and archived releases, visit the Berks Jazz Fest website. Full lineup TBA.
SOME KIND OF JAM 8 will be held in Schuylkill Haven, PA. This full weekend, music & camping festival will showcase 25 eclectic musical acts, along with multiple stages and numerous activities. The 2013 lineup features: ANTIBALAS, ALO, Consider the Source, Turkuaz, Wolf! (Featuring Scott Metzger), Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket, Vagabond Swing, Fruition and Titanium Stardust Machine.
This year’s festival sets up shop in Cumberland, Maryland with what surely will be an amazing lineup. Last year’s impressive lineup included the namesake Del McCoury Band, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck with Alan Bartram, Jason Carter and many more. Multiple-day passes are available, and the fest’s website reminds attendees to bring their dancing shoes and their smiles.
The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival is doing its part to put Ozark on the map as one of the premier sites for outdoor music. In its eighth year, this grassroots operation is bringing in big-time acts including Widespread Panic, Of Monsters and Men, the Whigs, Mountain Standard Time and others. One day parking is available, but camping out on the grounds provides the full experience of the great outdoors.
In its 17th year, the Western Maryland Blues Fest is four days of—you guessed it—nothin’ but blues. Last year’s festival featured the free Blues Prelude followed by two days of nonstop music with Walter Trout, The Lee Boys, Trampled Under Foot, Billy Thompson Band and more. After all that dancing, attendees are encouraged to kick back in a lawn chair, cozy up on a blanket and enjoy free music and some good food at Sunday’s Family Blues Picnic.
Now in its ninth year, the Mountain Jam is a four day multi-stage event with a laundry list of all-star performers. Last year’s lineup featured headliners Steve Winwood and Gov’t Mule, along with Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Roots, Ben Folds Five and the Word. Also on the bill was the New Orleans funk of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, bluegrass with the Travelin’ McCourys , the funk jazz of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, folk rock with Dawes, Gary Clark Jr., and Carolina Chocolate Drops and others. This year’s lineup TBA. Expect to expose your senses to fresh mountain air and the best in modern roots music, from blues to rock to country.
The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.
The Riverbend Festival is a nine-day music marathon along the Tennessee River with over 100 bands spread across five stages. Whether you’re in the mood for a little country or bluegrass, classic rock or jam bands, something will get you groovin’, or better—turn you on to some new tunes. Full lineup TBA.
The Billtown Blues Festival, now in its 24th year, is a family oriented reunion of blues fans who gather at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville PA. Kids under 16 with parents are admitted free. Patrons are permitted coolers ( no glass!) and encouraged to bring lawn chairs and sun screen. The day-long event offers straight-up blues from notable touring blues acts on the main stage, and special presentations in the acoustic tent. Last year’s lineup included Matt Hill and the Deep Fryed Two, Fiona Boyes and Band, JP Soars and the Red Hots, Johnny Winter and the Bernard Allison Group.
Over 40 years after Pete Seeger started the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival movement, the river is a site of recreation and home to one of the country’s leading music and environmental festivals. Last year’s installment showcased live music by Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Béla Fleck, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Arlo Guthrie & The Guthrie Family, Dawes, Joan Osborne & The Holmes Brothers and a whole lot more.
Summer heat got you red hot? Cool down with some blues at the Riverfront Blues Festival. Last year’s lineup included Ray Bonneville, Nick Moss, Larry Bedell, Wanda Watson and others. In addition to the main stage draws, the Diamond State Blues Society will be sponsoring afterparties with the festival’s main talents at the nearby Sheraton.
MADSUMMER MELTDOWN #4, will take place in Schuylkill Haven, PA. This music & camping festival will feature 27 eclectic musical acts, along with multiple stages and numerous activities. The 2013 lineup features: THE BUDOS BAND, ANDERS OSBORNE, Mike Dillon Band, Jim Weider’s Project Percolator, Morning Teleportation, The Big Dirty, Bawn in the Mash, Yojimbo, Woodsman and the Scott Pemberton Trio.
The 16th annual Briggs Farm Blues Festival is nestled on a 350-acre family farm just off the turnpike in Nescopeck Township in eastern Pennsylvania and features the best of regional, national and even international acts. Besides performances from blues superstars, festival-goers can also enjoy camping nearby, plus delicious food like Southern-style slow-cooked meats and roasted corn. And get this – blues superstar Lonnie Shields is manning the barbeque. If that’s not enough, you can take the (free!) Blues Hayride to see more of Briggs Farm. If you love your blues with a side of hay and the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside, Briggs Farm Blues Fest is not to be missed.
This family-friendly four-day festival is all bluegrass, an appropriate mix of traditional, contemporary, old time, new grass, jamgrass and dance bands, along with music workshops, showcases and fun activities for kids. Last year’s lineup included Dry Branch Fire Squad, Hot Rize, the Del McCoury Band, Infamous Stringdusters, the Gibson Brothers, Mountain Heart and many more. This year’s lineup TBA.
Join us for the 40th anniversary of the Home County Music & Art Festival, a summer tradition for indie/roots music fans, renowned for its stellar musical line-up of exclusively Canadian musicians. Victoria Park in downtown London, Ontario, comes alive with evening main-stage concerts, three afternoon workshop stages and a children’s area. A menagerie of artisans, crafters and cooks will be in attendance to peddle their wares. Home County is an ‘admission by donation’ / ‘pay what you can’ event. Experience this great Canadian gem of a festival, named in 2011 as one of Canada’s TOP 10 summer music festivals by CBC Radio 3 and TOP 100 events by Festivals & Events Ontario – and it’s all just a 2 hour drive from Buffalo or Detroit.
What started as a memorial party to honor the late Jerry Garcia has turned into an 18-year-strong festival that invites not only Deadheads, but music fans of all genres. Gathering of the Vibes will be making Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT its home this year. Last year’s performers included Primus, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby, the Avett Brothers and more. See the festival’s website for information on tickets and a full festival guide.
This festival was formerly known as the Pocono Blues Festival, but don’t let the name change fool you: it’s still got soul. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of live blues music in the Poconos. Last year’s performers included Joe Louis Walker, Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues, the Brooks Family Blues Dynasty, Earl Thomas and Teeny Tucker. This year’s lineup TBA.
MOUNTAIN FOLK & ROOTS FEST, is being held from July 26-28, 2013, near Gettysburg, PA. This year’s music & camping family festival will showcase 31 eclectic musical acts, along with multiple stages and numerous activities. The 2013 Lineup features THE FELICE BROTHERS, RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND, Todd Sheaffer (of Railroad Earth), Spirit Family Reunion, Yarn, Nikki Hill, Beaucoup Blue, Lonesome Shack, River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs, Roosevelt Dime, Chester River Runoff and many more notable acts.
Sprawling across the historic Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, this megafest is celebrating its sixth birthday this year. This festival is also one of the greenest in all the land, utilizing the Eco Lands at Speedway Meadow as the green epicenter of the event. Eco Lands will be home to the Panhandle Stage (a completely solar-powered stage where live acts will perform throughout the day and into the night), water bottle refilling stations and valet bike parking so you can rock out all weekend and decrease your carbon footprint while you’re at it. Full lineup TBA.
As the summer cools down, things in New England heat up with at Rhythm & Roots. Get ready to get down at the Rhythm & Roots Festival where roots music and dance join forces to provide festival goers with a great way to celebrate Labor Day weekend. Last year’s list of performers included the David Bromberg Big Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Duhks, Donna the Buffalo and the Pine Leaf Boys as the festival host band. Ticket sales begin on January 15th, 2013. Check the festival website for details.
The Americana Music Festival and Conference ropes together established artists, rising stars, industry executives and fans in an educational (seminars and panels by day) and entertaining (shows by night) setting; approximately 100 live performances take place in 6 downtown Nashville clubs. Lineup TBA.
Canada’s premier blues festival is back again this year, spreading the blues across the great white north from Windsor to London. Last year, Windsor’s weekend lineup included Scott Holt, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Alto Reed’s Motor City AllStars while London’s lineup included Ten Years After, Homemade Jamz Blues Band and Harper & Midwest Kind. Can’t decide between Windsor or London? Don’t fret; most of the bands are playing split double-duty bills by performing sets in both cities on alternating days.
Located just 90 minutes outside of New York City, the Shorefront Park in Patchogue, NY is hosting the seventh annual Great South Bay Music Festival, where New Yorkers and out-of-towners can enjoy a cool ocean breeze while getting down on a diverse mix of live music, from jazz to rock. The festival is also committed to decreasing its carbon footprint, working together with local company Go Solar Inc. to provide live music that’s partially powered by solar energy. Single day and weekend passes are available; visit the festival’s website for more information. Full lineup TBA.
The Philadelphia Folk Festival has been summoning die-hard folk fans for decades–over five decades, in fact. In addition to camping grounds, the festival will host workshops and a craft fair for when you get tired of folking around. Full lineup TBA.
In the waning days of summer, the Snowy Range Music Festival is likely your last chance at enjoying it. With mountains as your backdrop and music all around, there is no better way to spend Labor Day weekend. Last year’s lineup included Huey Lewis and the News, Bobby Rush, Walter Trout, the Soul Rebels, the Sleepwater Band and others.
The 2012 International Folk Alliance Conference was held at the Memphis Downtown Marriott Hotel again, bringing together industry professionals and musicians with likeminded goals: to preserve and promote folk music. Events included workshops, panel discussions, networking receptions, along with 200+ official performances and 300+ unofficial showcases. Check the website for more information.
The Iridium, home of Les Paul, is New York City’s best music venue featuring Jazz and Rock. Live music 7 days a week in the heart of Times Square, Manhattan.
DAPTONE RECORDS–that little indie label that could, would and certainly should–continues to bring you the tastiest, most delectable nuggets of Soul, Funk, Gospel and Afrobeat to be found on a vinyl platter. Armed with recipes culled from a former life as Desco Records, we at Daptone earnestly strive to serve only the finest music analog tape can offer.
Live Internet Radio Streaming. Billboard Magazine has named Radio Woodstock/WDST “Best Station” many times. The recipient of national and regional awards for its eclectic and innovative programming, Radio Woodstock/WDST searches out and promotes the development of emerging artist, while still paying tribute to established talent whose music continues to stand the test of time.
For more of Carl Gustafson’s road stories. Blinddog Smokin’, known for its intense presentation, dynamic volume swings, and humorous storytelling, brings anywhere from six to ten performers to its shows, and often features in addition, famous guest blues artists like Bobby Rush, Carl Weathersby, Sherman Robertson and Billy Branch. For several summers, award winning British sensation, Oli Brown toured with Blinddog. The big Blinddog bus has carried on tour such notables as Zora Young, Miss Blues, Aynsley Lister, and Holland’s Coen Wolters. The shows are innovative, always colorful, and often dramatic, and in one night may feature many configurations, looks, and song styles.
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