We've decided to use the release of Lollapalooza's final lineup to give our own lesser known music festival rundown. Its skewed a bit towards the center of the country, but we would love to hear of any music festivals in your part of the country, just post it on the comments section.
Obviously we sort of assume knowledge of the bigger festivals like last week's Coachella, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Sasquatch outside of Seattle, and Bonnaroo in central Tennessee. We obviously recommend those highly, but here are a few smaller festivals you might be interested in. Perhaps we'll inspire the inner roadtripper inside of you.
Wakarusa - This nice little four-day camping Music fes
tival is featuring some great acts this year, if it is not drawing quite as many big names as its older brother (in spirit) bonnaroo. It currently resides at its new location at a camping ground outside of Ozark, Arkansas. up until this year it was outside of Lawrence
Kansas. Not to bore you with the details, here are our highlights of the lineup as well as the full list here.
Sound Tribe Sector 9, Les Claypool, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Matisyahu, Lucero and Gomez are just a taste of the full Lineup at a festival I have heard nothing but good things about.
Forecastle- This is a slightly smaller festival that ta
kes place in Louisville, Kentucky for 3 days in July. despite the heat Forecastle manages to bring out a few impressive bands for its size. This year its headliners are the Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, and the Black Keys, and the Avett Brothers, with smaller sets by bands like Umphrey's Mcgee, Zappa Plays Zappa, and The Whigs.
Having actually been to this festival last year for a night to see Tortoise I can highly recommend it as a small gathering of independent minded music lovers.
Pitchfork-Ok, so calling this festival lesser-known on a music blog might be a little ridiculous, but the lineup is amazing. Its a whose who up aspiring and classic Indie music, with some great well known and classic bands as well. just check it out...Ok, I'm a little impressed, and I will admit that. full lineup
Rothbury- In the interest of full-disclosure I had never even heard of it until I started digging around for music festivals last week, but it has a great lineup. If I lived anywhere near Michigan I would feel terrible for not going to this festival.
Featuring Bob Dylan and his Band, The String Cheese Incident, The Black Crowes (I know they get around), Willie Nelson and Family, Broken Social Scene, Les Claypool, Ani Difranco, STS 9, and Girl Talk.