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Tuesday
Oct182011

TWIF - CMJ Marathon Not the Only Festival in the Race

This Week in Festivals - October 18

 

The CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival has now begun in New York City and will continue, non-stop, for five days and nights. Without question, this festival is one of the most influential spring boards for the discovery of new artists and their music. The festival boasts more than 1,300 performances in more than 80 of the Big Apple's greatest venues. When you add the Occupy Wall Street protests into the mix, who knows what will happen at the CMJ Marathon. If you happen to be anywhere in the Northeast, do whatever you must to get yourself to NYC and to the Marathon. Enjoy this glimpse of Portugal. The Man.

 

Our friends on the West Coast need to begin running right now toward Seattle to be sure and get there in time for the Heineken City Arts Fest scheduled for October 20-22. Drawing largely on local artists, this festival seeks to showcase only the best of the best from Seattle's music scene. Practically a marathon in its own right, Heineken City Arts Fest offers more than 100 artists and 50 events being held at over 20 of Seattle's finest establishments.

Meanwhile, down south, where the pace is a tad bit slower, Southerners believe that quantity may be fine for them dern Yankees, but down there, the race is all about quality. If’n you're anywhere near the sunshine state, you need to mosy on down the road toward the MagnoliaFest in Live Oak, Florida. Live Oak is the home of the premier Suwanee Music Park where many a great and successful festivals take place throughout the year. MagnoliaFest runs from October 20-23, and features some of the greatest legends of bluegrass, folk and Americana on the music scene today.

 

Way down yonder, deep in the wetlands of South Louisiana, there happens to be a little gumbo festival that has been going on every year for the past 40 years. The Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay happens from October 21-23, and features some of the best swamp pop artists in Louisiana. As a special treat, you may even get to meet Mitchell and Glenn Guist (the twins) from the popular television show, Swamp People.

The Zac Brown Band extends a cordial invitation to everyone to attend their 1st Annual Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Now if that isn't enough to get you running, I don't know what will. Zac Brown, a former chef and restaurant owner, plans to combine great music and great food to recreate the special experience found at any typical southern gathering. Sprint on over to Blackbaud Stadium October 21-23 and expect to enjoy the time of your life. 

 

Perhaps you need the mountains to get your adrenaline flowing, so the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival in Ferum, Virginia might be just perfect for you. The festival takes place as well as showcases the local Ferum College. Magical things can happen as soon as you hear the pickin' on a banjo and the strummin' of a guitar. This festival will be a single day event on October 22, but offers four stages of music and storytelling. Be prepared to dig in and indulge in some of the tastiest mountain food this side of the Mississippi River.

The good people of Milledgeville, Georgia would be proud to have you come and enjoy their 8th Annual Deep Roots Festival on October 22. The fesival is a cultural expression that features local, regional and national artists. This year's headliners are The Whigs, Reptar, Cowboy Boyer & Talton, and Trout Fishing in America. The wide range of musical genres is specifically designed to offer music for everyone to enjoy. The festival will also hold a sanctioned Memphis BBQ Network cook-off contest which will featuring a People’s Choice award. BBQ connoisseurs from around the Southeast will surely be running as fast as they can to attend this festival.

 

Last, but by no means, least, the exciting new Big Nashty music festival will be making its debut on October 22 at "The School" in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Big Nashty has rounded up 20 of Nashville's most talented and promising up-and-coming artists to put on a show that is intended please the audience as well as connect the artists with the "right" people within the Nashville music industry. If you want to know who's going to be the hot Nashville stars of tomorrow, trot on over to The Big Nashty this week.

Well, that's what is happening this week in festivals. To learn more about these festivals or to discover new and exciting festivals that are happening in every corner of the United States, be sure and download FestiGoGo and use the search feature to find the festivals that you want and need to know about. Until next week, keep those feet a moving toward the finish line.

Thursday
Oct132011

This Week in Festivals - October 12

Although the peak of the U.S. music festival season has long passed, the next few weekends will wind down the season with a robust bang. A total of twelve festivals are happening across the country, and nine of these outstanding festivals can be found in the southeastern region of the country.

Athens Pop Fest is already well underway, kicking off on Tuesday, October 11 and running through Saturday, October 15. The Athens Pop Fest, of course, takes place in Athens, GA where they are celebrating its 8th annual festival. A few of the more notable performers include: Buxton, Wild Moccasins, Bob Mould, and Fishboy. 

The Americana Music Festival & Conference kicks off today in Nashville, TN with a star-studded lineup performing through Saturday, October 15. This year's lineup includes the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, The Greencards, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three. I hope you enjoy this preview of Pokey Lafarge as much as I did.

Ozark, AR and the Yonder Mountain String Band play host to the Harvest Music Festival from October 13-15. Here, you will enjoy the down-home sounds of Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, and of course the Yonder Mountain String Band. However, please believe me when I say that these performers are simply the tip of the proverbial great-artists-iceberg. 

The DeLuna Music Fest in Pensacola, FL is proving to be one of the fastest growing multi-genre music festivals in the country. In only its 2nd year, the DeLuna Music Fest has exploded with over 85 performers playing a wide variety of music for every age and every taste in music upon six stages. How much more diverse could a music festival be with performers such as Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, The Infamous Stringdusters, Big Boi, and Girl Talk? 

If you're looking for that special jazz fest, look no further than Clearwater, FL and plan to attend the 32nd Annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. The festival begins tomorrow, October 13 and goes through Sunday, October 16. Prepare yourself to hear the incomparable Maceo Parker Band. Just give a listen to this awesome talent.

The Festivals Acadiens et Creoles is a family of festivals that is very close to the heart of those living in South Louisiana. These free festivals, often referred to as "The Cajun Festival," is scheduled for October 14-16 in Lafayette, LA. The entire festival experience allows festival-goers to experience Cajun culture, Cajun crafts, Cajun food and naturally, Cajun music all in the same place at the same time. This year's festival will honor the legendary Bruce Daigrepont. Bruce has proudly shared his Cajun music and Cajun heritage on the New Orleans music scene for many years at his regular gig at the famous Tipitina's. Joining Bruce at the festival, on one of three stages, will be Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, the GrammyAward winning BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, and Wayne Toups & ZydeCajun. The Cajun music tradition is being carried forward on the shoulders of a younger generation of musicians that include Feufollet and the Pineleaf Boys. Both of these bands will also be appearing at the Festivals Acadiens.

Right down the road, in the great Big Easy, another awesome music festival is hitting the streets of New Orleans. The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival will be held on October 15 & 16. This year's headliners include New Orleans Blues Legend, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tab Benoit, and Bettye LaVette, just to name a few of the fantastic lineup. Amazingly, this festival is free to the public. The talented Marcia Ball will also make an appearance at the festival. Here's a preview.

The Richmond Folk Festival in Richmond, VA attracted more than 190,000 visitors last year, and has grown to become one of Virginia's most loved events. The festival entertainment provides a wide range of talent that is sure to please everyone. The Richmond Folk Festival begins on Friday, October 14 and ends on Sunday, October 16.

Celebrating its 21st Anniversary, the Gautier Mullet & Music Festival will be taking place on October 15 & 16 in Downtown Gautier, MS. The fine people of Gautier are very proud of their festival, and would love to invite everyone down to listen to some great local bands, and try out some of their scrumptious fried mullet.

Representing the midwest, Stik Nite Music Festival promises more than thirty midwest bands on three stages for a family-friendly and environmentally-conscious music festival. Head on over to The Water Bowl in Muncie, IN from October 14-16 where you will hear Ekoostik Hookah among many other fine bands. Organizers say that you will never see a better display of glowing energy, life, happiness and love than you will during the third annual celebration of Stik Nite!

Not to be outdone, Utopiafest in Utopia, TX is also celebrating its third annual music festival in the southwestern region of the U.S. The Four Sister Ranch will be hosting the festival on October 14 & 15, and should provide a grand old time with artists like Keller Williams, Dawes, Blitzen Trapper, and The Giving Tree Band. With more than 25 bands on two stages, there will be more than enough music to go around from a variety of different kinds of performers. Hope you enjoy this Dawes video

Last, but definitely not least, the West Coast offers the Treasure Island Festival in San Francisco on October 15 & 16. Possibly one of the most underrated festivals of the season, Treasure Island Festival has a solid lineup highlighting some of the most requested electronic and dance oriented artists on day one and some of the most celebrated and highly regarded indie artists on day two. Cut Copy, Chromeo, Shabazz Palaces, and The Antlers are simply a hint at what is in store for you at Treasure Island.

You can follow these and other fantastic music festivals using the FestiGoGo iPhone app. And be sure to keep a sharp look out for the little blue button to learn which festival schedules are available for purchase in FestiGoGo. The following festivals from this article are currently available for purchase: Athens Pop Fest, Harvest Music Festival, DeLuna Music Fest, Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, Richmond Folk Festival, Utopiafest, and the Treasure Island Festival.

Wednesday
Oct122011

Electric Daisy Carnival

The Electric Daisy Carnival has a cool teaser video to help entice you into their festival experience. The dates for the 2012 festival in Las Vegas were recently announced to be June 8-10.

Last year, the festival attracted nearly 250,000 people to its first foray into Sin City.

Tuesday
Feb152011

Festival International de Louisiane Announces Lineup

 

In Lafayette, Louisiana, you know that spring is almost here when the Festival International de Louisiane announces its lineup. Well folks — spring is almost here. Never a festival to disappoint, FIL has put together another awesome lineup for 2011. The Festival International de Louisiane as gathered the perfect mix of local, national and international artists for what will likely be another killer festival.

Headlining the festival are Keb’ Mo’ and Remesha Master Drummers of Burundi. The Master Drummers of Burundi have played this festival before and are always fan favorites. Appealing to the local collegiate crowd, Feufollet, Givers, Balkan Beat Box, The Duhks and Toubab Krewe will be on hand to entertain in the streets of Historic Downtown Lafayette. Most exciting for me is the fact that most of the Louisiana Legends will be making an appearance sometime during the festival. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Sonny Landreth, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, and the Louisiana Experience are all at the heart of the Acadiana music scene.

In other words, this is going to be a festival you don't want to miss, so I'll be looking for you on Jefferson Street.

Don't forget to download FestiGoGo for your iPhone so that you will have all of the Festival International de Louisiane details with you wherever you go. FestiGoGo can be downloaded here.

Tuesday
Feb082011

Sasquatch! Releases Initial Lineup

The lineup for the Sasquatch! Music festival has been announced, and what a lineup it is. The four-day event takes place during Memorial Day weekend at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Headlining this year's festival are the Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie.

Also appearing at this year's Sasquatch! are Robyn, Flying Lotus, Bright Eyes, Flogging Molly, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Das Racist, Iron & Wine, The Decemberists, Bassnectar, Pink Martini, Cold War Kids, Old 97's, Ratatat, Wolf Parade, Chromeo, Guided By Voices, Yeasayer, Beach House, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, MSTRKRFT, Trailer Park Boys, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer, Skrillex, Fitz & The Tantrums, !!!, Archers of Loaf, Against Me!, The Thermals, Best Coast, CSS, Surfer Blood, Jenny & Johnny, Bonobo (DJ Set), City and Colour, Reggie Watts, K-Os, Gayngs, Tim Minchin, The Drums, The Radio Dept., Young the Giant, The Antlers, Sharon Van Etten, Villagers, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Black Mountain, Noah & The Whale, Sam Roberts Band, Secret Sisters, Twin Shadow, Wye Oak, Tig Notaro, Smith Westerns, Rival Schools, Foster the People, Alberta Cross, S. Carey, White Denim, Washed Out, Gold Panda, Dan Mangan, Axis of Awesome, The Globes, Cotton Jones, Jaill, Basia Bulat, Other Lives, The Bronx, White Arrows, Pepper Rabbit, Talkdemonic, Rebecca Gates and The Consortium and The Young Evils.

You can keep up with all of the latest Sasquatch! updates with FestiGoGo, the free iPhone app, which is available on the Apple iTunes App Store.

The web bloggers, Consequence of Sound, named Sasquatch! as its 2010 Festival of the Year. This recognition is very nice to have in its back pocket.

Discounted four-day passes can now be purchased for $285 until 10 a.m. on February 14. After this date prices will increase to $295, at which time, single-day passes will go on sale for $79.50. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to the Sasquatch! website here.