Trekworthy music festivals
Mon Jul 19 2010
All Tomorrow’s Parties
berhip film director Jim Jarmusch curates the Sunday lineup of this audiophile’s bazaar of experimental and genre-bending music. His picks include Raekwon, the Vivian Girls, Sunn O))) and Hope Sandoval, and the festival as a whole continues its run of hosting legendary, if not nearly fossilized, indie-rockers, notably Sonic Youth, the Breeders and Tortoise. Kutsher’s Country Club, Kutshers Rd, Monticello, NY (atpfestival.com). Sept 3--5. Day pass $110--$120, weekend pass $250.
Oddity of oddities: Bob Dylan and Drake coheadline this Pacific Northwest rite of summer. The big names celebrate the fest’s 40th anniversary (Neko Case, the Dandy Warhols, Weezer and Hole are also on the lineup), but the events aren’t limited to aural pleasures. You can check out comedy, film, theater and visual arts throughout the venue’s sprawling indoor-outdoor grounds. Seattle Center, Seattle (bumbershoot.org). Sept 4--6; day pass $22--$40, three-day pass $250--$450.
Caramoor Jazz Festival
Chick Corea coheadlines Caramoor with his band (featuring Kenny Garrett and Roy Haynes) for a three-day event that also showcases Roswell Rudd’s rollicking Trombone Tribe. 149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah, NY (caramoor.org). Aug 8--11. Day pass $25--$55.
Some of electronic music’s biggest names collide at this much-anticipated cavalcade of digital delights. Diplo, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, A-Trak and Boys Noize will all keep the swarms of ravers sweating. Randalls Island (madeevent.com/electriczoo). Sept 4--5; day pass TBD, two-day pass $132--$245.
Hard NYC Festival
Though it doesn’t quite count as a road trip, the bicoastal Hard NYC Festival makes a Saturday afternoon ferry ride to Governors Island even more worthwhile. The lineup highlights include M.I.A., South Africa’s frenetic, schizoid rap group Die Antwoord, Brooklyn’s bombastic Sleigh Bells and soulful hip-hopper Theophilius London. South Island Field at Governors Island (hardfest.com/mia-nyc.php). Sat 24 at 4pm; $55, ferry ticket $5.
Long established as one of the top rock festivals, the Chicago extravaganza this year stars Lady Gaga, Soundgarden, Phoenix, the Strokes and MGMT, as well as up-and-comers like the xx, Dirty Projectors and Warpaint. Grant Park, Chicago (lollapalooza.com). Aug 6--8; day pass $90, three-day pass $215.
Newport Folk Festival
The 2010 edition of one of the region’s most venerable concert series features Andrew Bird, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Steve Martin and his bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers. International Tennis Hall of Fame and Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI (newportfolkfest.net). July 30--Aug 1. Fri $30--$85; Sat, Sun $69--$75; weekend pass $125.
Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
Montreal’s Osheaga takes place across Canada’s second-largest city: Pavement, Weezer, Arcade Fire, Robyn and the Walkmen are slated to play this year. Enjoy your poutine with some indie rock. Various venues, Montreal, QC (osheaga.com/en). Jul 31--Aug 1. Shows in Parc Jean-Drapeau: day pass $65--$100, festival pass $120--$190. Other venues: free--$25.
The ninth annual blues and roots festival continues its tradition of celebrating important (and sometimes underrecognized) artists. This year’s event hosts icons such as Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Duane Eddy, the Trashmen (the “Bird is the Word” guys), Western swing fiddler Johnny Gimble, singer Roy Head and Delta blues guitarist Honeyboy Edwards, who is one of the last remaining links to blues pioneer Robert Johnson. There’s no better place to catch swamp pop, soul and jazz than the heart of New Orleans. House of Blues, New Orleans, LA (ponderosastomp.com). Sept 24--25. Day pass $50.
Rock the Bells
The big coup at this year’s traveling hip-hop festival is the return to the stage of Ms. Lauryn Hill. But that’s not the only draw, of course. Other rap luminaries to lure you in: Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest and Staten Island’s own Wu Tang Clan. South Island Field at Governors Island (rockthebells.net). Aug 28 at 2pm. $99--$5,000.
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