Summer’s Here and the Time is Right… for Festivals!

festival2It’s official, summer’s here. For many, summer time is festival time. The beauty of the summer festival, much like the beauty of life itself, is that there is something out there for absolutely everyone. There are festivals that revolve around cars, festivals made just for kids, there’s even a whole slew of festivals that revolve around fruit- yes, fruit. For our purposes this week, we’re grabbing our back packs and hitting the summer music festival circuit. We’ve asked around, and we’re highlighting a few of the  top music festivals from around the country. Granted, a few of our favorites have come and gone (Bonnaroo, Firefly, Mountain Jam) but we’re ready with the best of the rest!

Not ready to pack up the car and take the show on the road? Not to worry. We’ve got a special selection of local shows coming up later this week to showcase too!
Keep us tuned in all week to see who we’re talking to, and be sure to participate when we ask for your feedback. Your input helps dictate where we go. Consider yourselves our tour managers. Now grab your tickets and let’s go!

Gathering of the Vibes
Bridgeport, Connecticut
7/30/2015 – 8/2/2015
Gathering of the Vibes is an annual 4 day music, arts and camping festival that is celebrating its 20th year this summer. Vibes, initially conceptualized in 1996, was designed as a way to bond and entertain music minded folks feeling the void left by the death of legendary Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia the previous year. After a stint of a few years in New York due to renovations on the original site, Vibes is back home in Bridgeport. This year’s lineup, as in previous years, features a virtual who’s who of the jam band scene and more. With artists like Warren Haynes, String Cheese Incident, Wilco, and Greg Allman taking the stage this year, it promises not to disappoint the die-hard vibe tribe. Check out all the info and the full lineup for this year at Gathering of the Vibes website.

All Good Festival 2011 Photo Courtesy of Joseph Adams

The All Good Festival
Summit Point, WV
2015 marks All Good’s return to its West Virginia roots. Tim Walther, All Good’s creator, has said that it was created, much like Vibes, in the spirit of the Grateful Dead’s legacy of music, magic and a communal atmosphere. All Good prides itself on its laid back atmosphere and scenic backdrop(s) as a compliment to the musical experience. This year’s eclectic lineup that features Primus, Moe, Soja, STS9, Lotus, Cake, and more, promises to be, well, all good. Grab all the details at the All Good website. 

High Sierra Music Festival
Quincy, CA
One of the coolest festivals around is now in it’s 25th year. High Sierra takes place in Quincy, CA.  Located in the Feather River Canyon, where the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges meet, it is a picture perfect location in beautiful northern California. This festival prides itself on being more than just music on a stage. Family events, featuring arts and crafts, games and more. Yoga and movement, craft vendors, food and a variety of philanthropic ventures are all part of this unique festival. But at the end of the day the real star is what’s going on on the stage. Never a disappointing lineup, this year features String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, John Butler Trio, Galactic, Lotus, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and a lot more. Find out more at the High Sierra Festival website.

The Peach Musical Festival
Scranton, PA
Affectionately known as Peach Fest or The Peach, this late summer festival returns for a 4th year to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA this August. The Peach is an Allman Brothers Band (ABB) inspired music festival featuring four days of music on multiple stages along with camping, plus a water park and all of the attractions of beautiful Montage Mountain. Peach’s outstanding lineups have made this festival a legend among music lovers and festival goers. This year will not disappoint. Greg Allman, Bob Weir (with Billy (Kreutzman) & the Kids), Carlos Santana, Willie Nelson, Warren Haynes (featuring Railroad Earth), Trombone Shorty, G Love, Dark Star Orchestra, Rusted Root, Old Crow Medicine Show, and this is just to name a few. Camping costs include full access to Montage’s water park attractions and RV, VIP as well as ADA approved camping are all available. Definitely head on over to see what’s going on this summer at Peach Fest.

Reggae on the River
Piercy, CA
If reggae is just what the doctor ordered for your summer festival cravings, then Reggae on the River is the place to be. A full-scale, globally recognized, reggae festival event in an absolutely stunning locale, this iconic festival has been livening up crowds for 31 years now on the banks of the Eel River at French’s Camp in breathtaking Humboldt County, CA.
Possibly the best part of this fest is that Reggae On The River is a non-profit event! Your ticket money directly supports the varied programs and services of the Mateel Community Center in Redway, CA. This year’s festival includes Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Cham, Alborosie, and 20+ more talented reggae artists. If reggae is on your radar and California is calling you, this is one you need to check out more about. Do that at the official Reggae on the River site.

Lollapalooza By David Silverman CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Chicago, IL
Lollapalooza touts itself as more than just a concert or a festival, but as a “cultural experience”. While some people don’t get the full “festival” effect without the overnight or multi-night camping experience, what this festival lacks in on-site accommodations it more than makes up for in activity and in talent. Not to mention it’s one of the most easily recognized names in music festivals and events. With 3 jam packed days of music by some of today’s most notable artists, blended with some genuine ‘old school’ talent, Lollapalooza continues to excite and delight concert goers as it has done since its inception. Once a traveling sideshow of sorts, it now holds court each year on 115 acres between Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan in historic Grant Park. With multiple stages all 3 days, headliners Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and the Machine, Sam Smith, and Alabama Shakes are ably backed by a plethora of talented artists like Of Monsters and Men, Gary Clark Jr. and Bassnectar. Visit the Lollapalooza site where you’re sure to find something for everyone with the over 100 (yes, really) acts performing.

This is a small sampling of all of the amazing musical festivals going on this summer. If you can’t think of summer without thinking festivals, than please like and share this with others. If you have a favorite festival you wish to get on our radar, let us know. We’ve got a comment section below that is easy to use and as always, our Facebook page is open for your feedback! And don’t forget that later this week we’ll have our local festival summer guide for live music and fun right in our own back yard. So, get out and enjoy the sun. Get out and have some fun. Get out and get your live music fix. Jam on….

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