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Jam Central Station 04.06.13: Ultimate Summer Music Festival Extravaganza Pt. 1
Posted by Jeff Modzelewski on 04.06.2013

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend. With summer quickly approaching, it's time to dive into our annual Ultimate Summer Music Festival Extravaganza! It's a preview of some of the best festivals this summer has to offer. From the biggest to some up and coming gems, if you're a music lover, you need to be at at least a few of these fests. So sit back, relax, and check out what's coming up!

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April 12-14
April 19-21
Empire Polo Club
Indio, CA

Coachella acts as the "official" start to the festival season pretty much every year. While there are smaller festivals that preceed Coachella, the festival in Indio is one of the biggest and one of the best. It sells out well in advance, it gets a great lineup every year, and they recently expanded to 2 weekends. This year is no exception. Coachella is arguably the #1 American festival, and they work every year to hold on to that spot.

Why You Should Go
If you're going then you don't need to hear anything from me. If you're not, then it doesn't matter what I say, because tickets are already gone. But, as I said, Coachella is a premier festival every year. Along with a great selection of music, the festival includes a huge variety of food options (and not your typical festival fare), arts and entertainment, and an unbeatable setup. They know how to throw a festival with a minimum of hassles.

What You Need To Know
Tickets are (almost) completely sold out. Your only way to go to the festival is with one of the high-priced group packages. If you already have tickets, remember that camping tickets are separate, and those are sold out. Basically, if you want to go, get your tickets before the lineup is announced. If you don't like the lineup, you'll have no problem getting rid of the tickets and getting your money back.

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April 18-20
Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL

While Coachella is the first major festival, Wanee is the first big camping festival. The festival is once again being headlined by The Allman Brothers and Widespread Panic, and they're bringing a nice variety with them this year. Warren will be pulling double duty with both ABB and Gov't Mule. Tedeschi Trucks Band will be there. Franti, Robert Randolph, North Mississippi AllStars, and Galactic are just a few of the bigger jam names on the bill. Les Claypool's Duo de Twang will be making one of their rare appearances for this fest.

Why You Should Go
.If you're an ABB/Panic fan, this is a fest where they're both known to bring the goods. Beyond that you've got some pretty nice and diverse bands to check out. The location is spectacular as well. Camping in the woods, camping next to a river, Florida in April, what could be better?

What You Need To Know
Tickets are $205 and include camping. The music goes from Thursday to Saturday, so nothing on Sunday. The park itself offers horseback riding, canoeing, and a variety of other activities on site. The park is actually a year-round venue, so this is just one of many events that happens there.

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May 17-19
Gulf Shores, AL

The only festival on the beach! Hangout enters their 4th year, and they've been expanding since the beginning. This year is no different, with Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, and Kings of Leon all headlining. Seeing as both Stevie Wonder and Kings of Leon headlined Bonnaroo a couple of years ago and Petty is headlining this year, Hangout is certainly heading in a bigger direction. Trey Anasasio Band (who headlined the first Hangout) are on the bill as well, along with Bassnectar, The Black Crowes, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Steve Aoki, The Roots, Passion Pit, and many others. It's a mix of indie and jam bands, with a few other things sprinkled in.

Why You Should Go
A fest on a beach sounds pretty amazing, right? Jam out while wading in the Gulf. Hoop on the sand. Really there's nothing bad about that at all. Add a lineup with a class of A-1 headliners and an undercard that features the best of almost everything, and you've got Hangout. They're looking to become one of the premier city festivals, and this lineup definitely ups the ante for everyone else.

What You Need To Know
See how I said "city festival" back there? Yep, that means No Camping. Get a hotel folks. Travel packages that include condos are available, and you'd be surprised how many people you can fit into a condo. Also, late nights are separate (a downfall of a city fest), so be prepared to buy extra tickets for the late night festivities. General Admission is $229.

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May 23-26
Three Sisters Park
Chillicothe, IL

The annual Umphrey's McGee/moe. festival is back once again! Both bands will perform 5 sets throughout the weekend. On top of that you get a full 2 set show from the trey Anastasio Band, STS9, The Avett Brothers, Thievery Corp., Yonder Mountain String Band, Medeski Mountain & Wood, Keller, EOTO, and plenty of others. On top of that Victor Wooten is the "Artist At Large," meaning he'll be bringing his bad ass bass wherever he wants to go. It's Memorial Day weekend, so you have Monday off anyways, right?

Why You Should Go
Obviously fans of Umphrey's and moe. know to be at this fest. Adding Trey to the mix is pretty spectacular. However, more than anything, I would be excited to see what Victor Wooten does. Having him as the Artist At Large could mean him popping up with any of the headliners, sitting in with Trey, jamming with the bluegrass, getting jazzy with MMW, and who knows what else. That's a pretty special occurrence.

What You Need To Know
Your basic ticket is $180 right now, going up to $200 on 4/20. That, however, only gets you in Friday-Sunday, with no late night "red barn" shows. Thursday pre-party pass is $30 and worth the money for the music and the early access to camping. Late night shows are $30 each and tough to get your hands on. Of course every late night "red barn" band will also do a regular set as well, and there's always other music going on if you don't get into the barn. Finally, camping is "park and haul your stuff" camping, meaning no camping by your car. Sucks, but that's life.

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May 24-26
The Gorge
George, WA

Sasquatch! is one of the coolest festivals, mixing jam, indie, and whatever else they want into a big pot and then tossing that at The Gorge, one of the greatest venues in the country. This year is definitely more indie-heavy than others, with Mumford and Sons, The Postal Service, Sigur Ros, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, vampire Weekend, The XX, and Elvis Costello all getting high billing. Other artists include Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros, The Lumineers, Cake, Primus, Imagine Dragons, and Dropkick Murphey's.

Why You Should Go
It's the biggest festival held at the Gorge every year. The lineup is always very diverse, so there's really something for everyone. Frankly Mumford could headline the Gorge themselves, so having them on a festival at this location is a big deal as well.

What You Need To Know
As usual, tickets are already sold out. You should know to get on this early. If you're lucky enough to have tickets, all 4 days are included, as well as camping. You're going to get one of the best concert environments in the world for this show. It's a great "in the middle of nowhere" venue that's close enough to a big city to be easy to get to. Enjoy!

Lollapalooza lineup released
After being leaked about a week ago, the lineup for this year's Lollapalooza was officially announced. The festival will be headlined by Mumford and Sons, The Killers, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Nine Inch Nails, and The Cure. Other artists include The Postal Service, The Lumineers, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Knife Party, Thievery Corp., and many, many others.

Strings and Sol
Strings and Sol will return in 2013. The bluegrass destination festival will be held from December 11-15 in Puerto Morales, Mexico. The all-inclusive resort only has room for about 1,000 guests for the event. The event will feature three performances from Yonder Mountain String Band and two shows each from Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams & The Travelin' McCoury's, and Greensky Bluegrass.

Newport Folk Fest adds artists
Some great names have been added to the Newport Folk Festival. The event will now be headlined by The Avett Brothers. Joining them will be Old Crow Medicine Show, Amanda Palmer, Justin Townes Earl, and other. The event already featured Jim James, The Lumineers, and others.

moe. adds dates
moe. added to their summer schedule this week. Along with festival performances, the band will be playing a run of dates through the East Coast. There are plenty of gaps, so there easily could be more added.

May 17-19 Gulf Shores, AL—Hangout Music Fest
May 24-26 Chillicothe, IL—Summer Camp
May 28 Toronto, ON—Molson Amphitheatre (opening for Dave Matthews Band)
May 29 Scranton, PA—Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain (opening for Dave Matthews Band)
May 30 Washington, D.C.—9:30 Club
May 31 Midlothian, VA—Heritage Amphitheater at Pocahontas State Park
June 1 Danbury, CT—Ives Concert Park
June 21 Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summerstage
June 22 Hampton Beach, NH—Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
July 4-7 Quincy, CA—High Sierra Music Festival
July 18-21 Herzberg, Germany—Burg Herzberg Festival
August 9-11 Turin, NY—moe.down

Keller adds dates
Keller Williams will be adding more dates for this summer. He'll be performing in a variety of Keller configurations as well, keeping things interesting for his fans. You can probably find him on at least one of the festivals you're going to this summer.

April 6 Lutsen, MN—Sweetwater Shakedown Music Festival (Keller Williams Solo and Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys)
April 11 Eugene, OR—WOW Hall
April 12 Portland, OR—Aladdin Theatre
April 13 Seattle, WA—The Neptune
April 14 Whistler, BC—Skier's Plaza in Whistler Village
April 15 Whistler, BC—The G.L.C. – Whistler Village
April 18 Hope, NC—Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival Silk
April 19 Alexandria, VA—The Birchmere
April 20 Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of the Living Arts (Keller Williams Solo and Keller and Keller Williams and More Than a Little)
April 25 Easton, MD—Avalon Theatre
April 26 Charlottesville, VA—The Jefferson Theater (Keller Williams Solo and Keller Williams and More Than a Little)
May 2 Ridgefield, CT—Ridgefield Playhouse
May 3 Jay, VT—Foeger Ballroom – Jay Peak Resort
May 4 Portland, ME—Port City Music Hall
May 9 Jackson, MS—Duling Hall
May 10 Birmingham, AL—WorkPlay Theatre
May 11 Aiken, SC—Aiken Bluegrass Festival (Keller Williams Solo, Keller & The Keels, and Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys)
May 23-26 Cumberland, MD—Delfest (Keller Williams and More than a Little and Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys_
May 24-26 Chillicothe IL—Summercamp (Keller Williams and More Than a Little)
June 8 Black Mountain NC—Pisgah Brewing Company (Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys)
June 13 Bethlehem, PA—Musikfest
June 14 Plains, PA—River Street Jazz Cafe
June 15 Newton, NJ—The Newton Theatre (Keller Williams with The Travelin McCourys)
June 16 Croton-on-Hudson, NY—Clearwater Festival (Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys)
June 27 New York, NY—The Jewel
June 29 Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony
July 18 Oak Hill, NY—Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys)
July 19 Northern Plains, OR—Northwest String Summit
July 21 Thornville, OH—All Good Music Festival
July 28 Lyons, CO—Rocky Grass Festival (Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys)
August 15 Loveland, CO—Arise Music Festival (Keller & The Keels)
August 17 Equinunk, PA—Equifunk (Keller Williams and More Than A Little)
August 24 Barefoot Bartow, WV—Keller Williams and More Than a Little
December 11-15 Puerto Morelos, Quintana—Strings & Sol (Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys)

Robert Randolph and the Family Band to release an album
Robert Randolph & The Family Band will be releasing their first new album since 2010's We Walk This Road sometime this summer. The album will be produced by Randolph and released on Blue Note Records. Expect a title and songs in the coming months.

April 12-14, 2013
April 19-21, 2013
Performers include: Stone Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bassnectar, xx, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed, Postal Service, Grizzley Bear, Wu-Tang Clan, Lumineers, and many others.

Wanee Festival
April 18-20, 2013
Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, and many others.

April 25-28, 2013
Wilkes Community College
Wilkisboro, NC
Performers include: The Avett Brothers, Gov't Mule, Jerry Douglas, Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna the Buffalo, Sam bush, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and many others.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 26-May 5, 2013
New Orleans, LA
Performers include: Dave Matthews Band, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Widespread Panic, B.B. King, The Black Keys, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Maroon 5, and a very diverse lineup of many other artists.

Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 4-5, 2013
Atlanta, GA
Performers include: The Lumineers, Band of Horses, Drive By Truckers, Jim James Band, Gary Clark Jr., Dr. Dog, and many others

BottleRock Festival
May 10-12, 2013
Expo Grounds
Napa Valley, CA
Performers include: Furthur, The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, Cake, Alabama Shakes, The Black Crowes, Ben Harper, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and many others.

Hangout Music Festival
May 17-19, 2013
Gulf Shores, AL
Performers include: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Trey Anastasio Band, Bassnectar, The Black Crowes, Big Gigantic, moe., Passion Pit, Imagine Dragons, and many others.

Summer Camp Music Festival
May 23-36
Three Sisters Park
Chillicothe, IL
Performers include: moe., Umphrey's McGee, Trey Anastasio Band, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Thievery Corp., Big Gigantic, Lettuce, Cornmeal, Keller Williams, and many others.

May 23-26, 2013
Cumberland, MD
Performers include: The Del McCoury Band, Trey Anastasio Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled by Turtles, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

Dark Star Jubilee
May 24-26, 2013
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra, Mickey Hart Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, The Wailers, The Werks, Greensky Bluegrass, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, Elephant Revival, and many others.

The Ville
May 24-26, 2013
Clay's Park Resort
North Lawrence, OH
Performers include: 2 nights of ekoostik hookah, Rusted Root, Col. Bruce Hampton, The Congress, Fletcher's Grove, Dragon Wagon, and many others

Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 24-27, 2013
The Gorge
George, WA
Performers include: Mumford and Sons, The Postal Service, Sigur Ros, Vampire Weekend, Primus, The Lumineers, The xx, Cake, Arctic Monkeys, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and many others

May 30-June 2, 2013
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR
Performers include: Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band, STS9, The Black Crowes, Umphrey's McGee, Dispatch, Shpongle, Snoop Lion, Gogol Bordello, Zed's Dead, Rebolution, and many others.

Mountain Jam
June 6-9, 2013
Hunter Mountain, NY
Performers include: Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov't Mule, Widespread Panic, Primus, The Avett Brothers, Dispatch, The Lumineers, Gary Clark Jr., Soulive, ALO, and many others.

Governors Ball Music Festival
June 7-9, 2013
Randall's Island
New York City, NY
Performers include: Guns and Roses, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, The Avett Brothers, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Thivery Corp., Gary Clark Jr., and many others

Moonrise Festival
June 8-9, 2013
Baltimore, MD
Performers include: STS9, Pretty Lights, Flux Pavillion, Lotus, EOTO, Papadosio, The Crystal Method, and many others.

Camp Railroad
June 10-14, 2012
Full Moon resort
Big Indian, NY
This 4-day music camp will feature members of Railroad Earth in an assortment of workshops, performances, discussions and other sessions to help aspiring musicians and those interested in the music industry to gain an insight into the inner workings of the band. A variety of accommodations are available, and musicians of all skill levels are accepted.

June 13-16
Manchester, TN
Performers include: Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Bjork, Wilco, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Passion Pit, Of Mosters and Men, ZZ Top, and many more.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 20-23, 2013
Telluride, Colorado
Performers include: Mumford & Sons, The String Cheese Incident, Dispatch, Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush Band, Jackson Brown, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas Band, Punch Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, and many others.

Firefly Music Festival
June 21-23, 2013
The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
Performers include: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avett Brothers, dispatch, The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes, and many others.

Solid Sound Festival
June 21-23, 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art
North Adams, MA
Hosted by Wilco. Other performers include: Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Neko Case, White Denim, and many others.

Electric Forest Festival
June 27-30, 2013
Double JJ Ranch and Resort
Rothbury, MI
Performers include: String Cheese Incident (3 nights), Pretty Lights, Lotus, Passion Pit, Dispatch, Beats Antique, Railroad Earth, Trombone Shorty, Digital Tape Machine, Jeff Austin & Friends, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others

High Sierra Music Festival
July 4-7, 2013
Quincy, CA
Performers include: Primus, Thievery Corp., moe., Steel Pulse, Leftover Salmon, The Greyboy Alllstars, Infamous Stringdusters, and many others.

Jambase Live
July 5-6
The Gorge
George, WA
Performers include: Robert Plant, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Slightly Stoopid, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, B. Love & Special Sauce, STS9, Galactic, and many others

Camp Bisco
July 11-13, 2013
Indian Lookout Country Club
Mariaville, NY

Forecastle Festival
July 12-14, 2013
Louiseville, KY
Performers include: The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, The String Cheese Incident, The Avett Brothers, The Alabama Shakes, Jim James, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Animal Collective, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

All Good Music Festival
July 18-21, 2013
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: Furthur, Pretty Lights, Primus, STS9, Grace Potter 7 The Nocturnals, The Infamous Stringdusters, and many more.

Northwest String Summit
July 18-21, 2013
Horning's Hideout
North Plains, OR
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Keller Williams & Friends, and many others.

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 19-21, 2013
Union Park
Chicago, IL

Floyd Fest
July 25-28, 2013
Floyd, VA
Performers include: The Lumineers, John Butler Trio, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Trampled by Turtles, Blitzen Trapper, and many others.

Gathering of the Vibes
July 25-28, 2013
Seaside Park
Bridgeport, CT
Performers include: Phil Lesh & Friends (2 nights), The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, John Butler Trio, Railroad Earth, and many others

Newport Folk Festival
July 27-28, 2013
Newport, RI
Performers include: The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Amanda Palmer, The Lumineers, Andrew Bird, Shovels & Rope, and many others

August 2-4, 2013
Grant Park
Chicago, IL
Performers include: Mumford and Sons, The Killers, Phoenix, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, The Lumineers, The Nationals, The Postal Service, Queens of the Stone Age, and many others

Newport Jazz Festival
August 2-4, 2013
Newport, RI

August 9-11, 2013
Snow Ridge Ski Resort
Turin, NY

Outside Lands
August 9-11, 2013
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

The Peach Music Festival
August 15-18, 2013
Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA
Performers include: The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Weir & Rat Dog, The Black Crowes, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Railroad Earth, Galactic, and many others.

Camp Barefoot
August 22-24, 2013
Bartow, WV
Performers include: Kyle Hollingsworth Band, EOTO, Keller Williams, Team Leaf Green, Zoogma, Conspirator, Break Science, The Motet, and many others.

Catskill Chill
September 6-8, 2013
Camp Minglewood
Hancock, NY

September 27-29
Bouckaert Farm
Chattahoochee Hills, GA

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
October 4-6, 2013
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

Austin City Limits
October 4-6, 2013
October 11-13, 2013

Strings & Sol
December 11-15, 2013
Puerto Morales, Mexico
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Keller & The McCoury's, and Greensky Bluegrass

Jam Cruise
January 4-9, 2014
Miami, FL

Thanks again for stopping by. I'm once again gonna pimp the awesome folks at RelaxSonic because they deserve it. If you're at a festival and you see a bunch of people sitting under a bunch of gongs, go check it out. Very cool.

Also, I will NOT be around next week. I'll be on vacation with my wife for our 10th anniversary. Crazy stuff. But I'll be back in 2 weeks with some more jam for ya. Until then, head over to Facebook and Twitter. Until next week, Jam On!


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