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Jam Central Station 5.30.14: Summer Festival Preview Part 2
Posted by Jeff Modzelewski on 05.30.2014

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Warren Haynes brings back Mountain Jam for it's 10th anniversary this year. The festival is always a jam-centered lineup with Warren's various bands usually at the top of the card, and this year is no different. The Allman Brothers Band will be performing their first two albums in their entirety at the festival, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Bob Weir & Ratdog, Gov't Mule, Pretty Lights, Umphrey's McGee, The Avett Brothers, and Tedeschi Trucks Band are all top-tier bands at nearly any festival. Beyond that, the undercard includes Jeff Tweedy, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Trampled By Turtles, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Beats Antique, and over a dozen other great artists to check out. Warren takes a lot of pride in Mountain Jam, and he always puts together a great event for his fans.

Why You Should Go
It's one of the last opportunities to see this incarnation of The Allman Brothers, and to see them perform two albums in full is going to be pretty amazing. This is one of the best jam-centered lineups of the summer as well. There's enough electronic stuff on the lineup to add some diversity without having the EDM take over. The Avett Brothers are also a very nice addition to the lineup, especially since they're not playing a festival-heavy schedule this summer. The location is beautiful, right on a mountain, and the festival is known for a great atmosphere.

What You Need To Know
4 day passes with camping started at $225 but are up to $269 now. If you want to camp by your car, however, that's an upgrade of anywhere from $75 to $199, so this isn't an inexpensive fest. Lots of VIP options as well. If you just want to come for 3 days, you can save yourself some cash with a 3 day ticket. Also, be prepared for the mountain. It's a lot of up and down walking, so be ready for that. But once you get there you're in for a great time in an absolutely beautiful location.

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Bonnaroo. The big one. While not the first of the modern era music festivals, it's the one that really helped kick off the festival scene. It's one of the biggest festivals in the U.S. and it consistently has a lineup that includes everything from megastars to up-and-coming unknowns. This year's lineup features legends like Elton John, Lionel Richie, Neutral Milk Hotel, Robbie Krieger of The Doors, Mickey Hart, Ice Cube, and others. Other major acts include Kanye West, Jack White, The Avett brothers, The Flaming Lips, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey's McGee, Slightly Stupid, Cake, and really more artists than I can name.

Why You Should Go
Everyone should do Bonnaroo at least once. It's an experience. Tons of people, more music than you could see even if the festival was twice as long, tons of activities, vendors, and just new people to meet and things to do. The lineup isn't for everyone but anyone can find bands that they like. It's a great place to catch new bands and look for something different. It's moved away from being a jam band festival but it's still a great venue for live music.

What You Need To Know
It's BIG. And usually HOT. Be prepared to walk over a half hour just to get into the venue itself. Be prepared for the sun and the heat. Sunscreen and water are your friends. Beyond that, 4 day tickets are going for $284.50 right now, although they started out $50 cheaper. They are all 4 day tickets that include car camping, so no hidden fees there. VIP packages start at $1,499 for 2 tickets, and include preferred entrance and camping, viewing areas, some food and special performances, and other fun stuff.

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Ahh the forest. Electric Forest has turned into a premier jam and EDM festival over the past few years. While The String Cheese Incident are typically considered the "hosts" of the event, and they play 3 shows each year at the festival, the rest of the lineup often leans in the EDM direction. This year has some great variety though. Jam fans will love SCI's 3 shows, Umphrey's McGee (just added) doing 2 shows, STS9 with 2 shows, and some other great bands like Stephen Ragga Marley, Anders Osborne, Nahko & Medicine for the People, The Revivalists, and others. The dance/electronic/EDM/dubstep contingent includes Steve Angello, Zedd, Flying Lotus, Cut Copy, Excision, EOTO, Paper Diamond, and dozens of other bands. Other highlights include Ms. Lauryn Hill (who will also be performing a set with SCI), Moby, Aloe Blacc, Rising Appalachia, and others.

Why You Should Go
The lineup is EXTREMELY diverse this year, and jam fans should be happy to see not only SCI but also STS9 and Umphrey's at the top of the card. If you've wanted to check out some EDM but don't know where to start Electric Forest offers dozens of options. Plus, when there's a lull in the schedule you can use that time to check out the Forest itself. Sherwood Forest is an ever-expanding venue for art, entertainment, and all kinds of craziness that you won't find at any other festival.

What You Need To Know
As of Friday, Electric Forest is Sold Out. They announced a few days ago that this could happen, and it did. This includes VIP options as well. You'll probably be able to find some tickets on the secondary market at near face value, but I'd expect to pay at least $350 for a GA ticket at this point. But the ticket is for 4 days and includes car camping. Best of luck!

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The biggest festival in California not named Coachella is also one of the longest-running music festivals in the country. They certainly lean towards the jam bands, but they're diverse enough that almost anyone going will have a good time. This year's festival lineup leads off with Widespread Panic and STS9 and also includes Ms. Lauryn hill, Beats Antique, trampled by turtles, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, the Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Punch Brothers, carolina Chocolate Drops, and many other great names.

Why You Should Go
This is probably California's best jam band camping festival. Along with great music in a naturally beautiful area, there's plenty of other fun things to do. There's some great family activities for folks who bring their kids (and this is a family-friendly festival), plenty of art and vendors, and other activities. But the music is the focus, and there's a lot of that to go around as well.

What You Need To Know
4 day tickets start at $222.50, and there are 2-day, 3-day, and single day options as well. Parking isn't included, so be prepared to pay an additional $110 per car (obviously car pooling is encouraged). Finally, late night tickets are also sold separately, so you'll need to get on that if you want to catch the late night shows.

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FloydFest always sets itself apart from other festivals by looking just a little outside the box for their lineup. As a slightly smaller festival they have the opportunity to give some different artists headlining slots, and they love to mix it up. This year is no exception. The top spots are taken by Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and Ray Lamontagne. The lineup also includes Thievery Corp., Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead,, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, JJ Grey & Mofro, Lettuce, Conspirator, and plenty of other rock, jam, bluegrass, folk, and indie music. The addition of some more electronic elements like Thievery Corp. and Conspirator adds a new flavor to this always-evolving festival.

Why You Should Go
The venue and location for this festival is without a doubt one of the most beautiful around, right in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along with the great music and beautiful stages (no quick tear-down stages here), there's dozens of activities to enjoy. Disc Golf, mountain biking, hiking, geocacheing, canoing,kayaking/tubing, a photo scavenger hunt, and a 5k trail race are just a few of the activites that are part of FloydFest's outdoor adventure. There are special areas set aside for kids and for teens, childcare for parents that want to do their own thing for a while, workshops specifically for teens, and plenty of safe spaces for the younger crowd. There's also meditation, yoga, workshops, and special performances by FloydFest artists. It's really a great event at a great venue.

What You Need To Know
Tickets are $220 for 4 days (although that will continue to go up), and an additional $20 gets you early arrival on Wednesday, with VIP starting at $1300 for a pair of tickets. There's also a $50 "tent tag" for camping on site to try and allow everyone to have some space, and you have to be shuttled from your car to the site. The site itself is small enough that it's a reasonable walk to any stage from anywhere. There are some hills to deal with, but it's not that bad. Be prepared for a wait to get into the venue while you wait for your shuttle on Thursday, but, once you're in, you should have no trouble getting around.

Electric Forest adds artists, sells out
Electric Forest announced their final run of artists this week. The rumors turned out to be true, and Umphrey's McGee will be playing two shows at the festival this year. It will be their first trip back to the Rothbury site since their pair of shows at the 2009 Rothbury festival. They were the only major name added in the final announcement.

Also, the festival announced on Friday that all tickets are sold out. This is the first time an event at this location has sold out. Attendance has increased over the past few years, and the event has done very well since it's inception in 2011.

Widespread Panic add fall dates
Widesprad Panic announced a fall tour beginning in October. They'll play a pair of festivals in September and then spend all of October on the road.

September 6 Arrington, VA—Lockn' Festival
September 7 Arrington, VA—Lockn' Festival
September 13 Danville, IL—Phases of the Moon
September 14 Danville, IL—Phases of the Moon
October 3 Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
October 4 Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
October 5 St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre
October 8 Montgomery, AL—Montgomery Performing Arts Centre
October 10 Huntsville, AL—Von Braun Center
October 11 Alpharetta, GA—Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
October 12 Biloxi, MS—Mississippi Coast Coliseum
October 14 Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
October 15 Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
October 17 Grand Praire, TX—Verizon Theatre
October 18 Memphis, TN—Orpheum Theatre
October 19 Memphis, TN—Orpheum Theatre
October 21 St. Louis, MO—Peabody Opera House
October 22 St. Louis, MO—Peabody Opera House
October 24 Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater
October 25 Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater
October 26 Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater
October 28 Cedar Rapids, IA—Paramount Theatre
October 29 Ames, IA—Stehen Auditorium
October 31 Broomfield, CO—1st Bank Center
November 1 Broomfield, CO—1st Bank Center
November 2 Broomfield, CO—1st Bank Center

Gov't Mule adds dates
Gov't Mule will continue their summer tour through August this year. They'll be hitting a variety of festivals as well as some overseas dates in Europe as well.

July 1-2 London, UK—Brooklyn Bowl
July 4 Skaanevik, NO—Skaanevik Blues
July 6 Hamburg, DE—Fabrik
July 7 Hannover, DE—Capitol
July 8 Amsterdam, NL—Melkweg
July 10 Monforte d'Alba, IT—Monfortinjazz Festival
July 12 Bejar, ES—Bejar Blues Festival
July 18 Apple Valley, MN—Weesner Amphitheatre
July 19 Sioux Falls, SD—Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Fest
July 20 Peoria, IL—CEFCU Amphitheatre
July 22 Birmingham, AL—Sloss Furnace
July 24 Charlotte, NC—Uptown Theatre
July 26 Alpharetta, GA—Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre*
August 13 Boston, MA—Blue Hills Band Pavilion^
August 14 Hampton Beach, NH—Casino Ballroom
August 16 Scranton, PA—Peach Festival
August 20 Glen Allen, VA—Innsbrook After Hours
August 23 Chattanooga, TN—Southern Brewers Festival

Nelsonville Festival
May 29-June 1, 2014
Nelsonville, OH
Performers include: The Avett Brothers

June 5-8, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, STS9, Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Flaming Lips, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lettuce, Dr. Dog, Papadosio, and many others.

Mountain Jam
June 5-8, 2014
Hunter Mountain, NY
Performers include: Gov't Mule, Bob Weir & RatDog, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Umphrey's McGee, Pretty Lights, and many others

Governor's Ball
June 6-8, 2014
Governor's Island
New York, NY
Performers include: Outkast, jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Skrillex, Interpol, and many others.

June 12-15, 2014
Manchester, TN
Performers include: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Zedd, Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others

Snowmass Mammoth Festival
June 13-15, 2014
Snowmass Village, CO
Performers include: LEftover Salmon, chris Robinson Brotherhood, Xavier Rudd, Les Claypool's Duo De Twang, The Motet, Bonerama, and many others

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 19-22, 2014
Telluride, CO
Performers include: Sam Bush Band, Bela Fleck & The Colorado Symphony, Brandi Carlile, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

Firefly Music Festival
June 19-22, 2014
Dover, DE
Performers include: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Weezer, Girl Talk, Tegan and Sara, and many others.

Electric Forest
June 26-29, 2014
The Double JJ Ranch & Resort
Rothbury, MI
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident (3 nights), STS9 (2 nights), Ms. Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, EOTO, Anders Osborne, The Revivalists, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Rising Apalachia, Zedd, and many others.

High Sierra
July 3-6, 2014
Quincy, CA
Performers include: Widespread Panic, STS9, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Beats Antique, Trampled by Turtles, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and many more to be announced

July 17-20, 2014
Sunshine Daydream Memorial Park
Terra Alta, WV
Performers include: Shpongle, Beats Antique, EOTO, Conspirator, Zilla, vibesquad, Janover 7 Resunator, Cosby Sweater, Aliver Hall, Broccoli Samurai, and many others.

Northwest String Summit
July 17-21, 2014
Horning's Hideout
North Plains, OR
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, The Motet, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, Dead Winter Carpenters, The Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many others

July 18-20, 2014
Waterfront Park
Louisville, KY
Performers include: Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Ray Lamontagne, Band of Horses, Nickel Creek, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Gary Clark Jr., Trampled by Turtles, JJ Grey & Mofro, and many others

July 23-27, 2014
Floyd, VA
Performers include: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Ms. Lauryn Hill, ray LaMontagne, Thievery Corporation, Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and many others

Gratifly Festival
July 24-27
Westminster, SC
Performers include: Papadosio, Opilio, Gratifly Symphony, Earphunk, Earthcry, The Human Experience, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and many others.

Gathering of the Vibes
July 31-August 1, 2014
Seaside Park
Bridgeport, CT
Performers include: Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, moe., Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits featuring Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann, Ziggy Marley, Dumpstaphunk, and many others.

August 1-3, 2014
Grant Park
Chicago, IL
Performers include: Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, White Denim, Broken Bells, Lorde, The Avett Brothers, Forster the People, The Head & The Heart, Trombone Shorty, Chromeo, and many others.

Werk Out Festival
August 7-9, 2014
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: The Werks (3 nights), Papadosio (2 nights), Emancipator, Future Rock Zoogma, Dopapod, Zach Deputy, and many others.

Outside Lands
August 8-10, 2014
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
Performers include: Kanye West, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chromeo, John butler Trio, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, and many others

Arise Music Festival
August 8-10, 2014
Sunrise Ranch
Loveland, CO
Performers include: Galactic, Grateful Grass, Nahko & Medicine for the People, and many others

Peach Music Festival
August 14-17, 2014
Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA
Performers include: Allman Brothers Band (2 nights), Bob Weir & RatDog, Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lotus, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Revivalists, Dopapod, The Infamous Stringdusters, papadosio, and others.

August 15-17, 2014
Wellston, MI
Performers include: Greensky Bluegrass, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Steppin' In It, The Ragbirds, and many others.

Summer Set Music & Camping Festival
August 15-17
Somerset, Wi
Performers include: Bassnectar, Umphrey's McGee, Kaskade, Disco Biscuits, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Gigantic, Chromeo, Cherub, and many others

Camp Barefoot
August 21-23, 2014
Bartow, WV
Performers include: Beats Antique, Papadosio, Lettuce, Kyle Hollingsworth Band performing a tribute to Motown, Dopapod, Kung Fu, The Motet, Zach Deputy, and many others.

August 29-31, 2014
Snow Ridge Ski Resort
Turin, NY
Performers include: moe. (3 headlining nights), Lotus, O.A.R. Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, Soulive, Twiddle, Aqueous, and others.

North Coast Music Festival
August 29-31, 2014
Union Park
Chicago, IL
Performers include: Bassnectar, Kid cudi, STS9, Snoop Dogg, Dada Life, Zeds Dead, Dr. Dog, The New Deal, and many others.

Lockin' Music Festival
September 4-7, 2014
Arrington, VA
Performers include: Furthur, The String Cheese Incident, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee, Wilco, Bob Weir & Ratdog, and many others.

Phases of the Moon Festival
September 11-14, 2014
Kennekuk County Park, IL
Performers include: Widespread Panic (2 nights), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Galactic, Leftover Salmon, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and many others.

Catskill Chill
September 5-7, 2014
Camp Minglewood
Hancock, NY
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band with Allie Kral, Lettuce, Shpongle, Karl denson's Tiny Universe, Papadosio, Dopapod, Particle, The Heavy Pets, and many others.

Grand Point North Festival
September 13-14, 2014
Waterfront Park
Burlington, VT
Performers include: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (headlining both nights), Lake Street Dive, Trampled by Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Dr. John, Caroline Rose, and many others.

Harvest Music Festival
October 16-18, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR

Bear Creek Music & Art Festival
November 13-16, 2014
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, FL
Performers include: Umphrey's McGee, Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, Break Science, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Turkuaz, The Main Squeeze, Tauk, and many others

Strings & Sol
December 11-15, 2014
Puerto Morales, Mexico
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Greensky Bluegrass

Jam Cruise
January 6-11, 2015
Departs from Miami, FL

Island Exodus
January 14-18, 2015
Grand Lido Negril
Negril, Jamaica
Gov't Mule will host the event

Thanks again for stopping by. I'll be back next week with more jam. Until then, check me out on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute concert announcements. Until next week, Jam On!


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