When I Look Back Now, The Summer Seemed to Last Forever: 2010 Music Festival Bloggers and Schedule
Summer Music Festival Schedule
Bonnaroo -- Someday I will be in Manchester, Tennessee, for Bonnaroo. Someday, and hopefully I will not require a walker to get to my campsite.
Bumbershoot -- This festival's 40th anniversary edition comes to Seattle on Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6. This year's headliners include Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Hole, Neko Case and The Decemberists. The Bumbershoot blog with links to Twitter and Flickr is up and running on the main (very cool) site.
CMA Music Festival -- This festival, taking place this week in Nashville, couldn't really come at a better time for Music City. May's floods ruined countless homes and affected livelihoods for many in the country music capital, but as is always the case, the show must go on. Name the country star and they are there -- including a 13-hour meet and greet (13 hours!) with Taylor Swift this Sunday.
Essence Festival -- Essence is going to rule this year, I'm calling it. I will go to New Orleans any time, even when it's hot hot hot. That is likely going to be the case on 4th of July weekend when the Essence Festival rolls into town, where I would be desperately trying to go were one of my best friends not getting married in not-Louisiana. Janet Jackson. Mary J. Blige. Alicia Keys. That is all.
Lilith Fair -- This year's version of Sarah McLachlan's all-female music festival is slated to hit 36 cities in the United States and Canada from June 27-August 16. Headliners -- besides the woman who can still make me cry on command via commercial and otherwise (can't help it) -- include folk, pop and country acts like Emmylou Harris, the Indigo Girls, Kelly Clarkson, Heart, Jill Scott and the Bangles. Lilith is one of the few mega-traveling music shows this summer, in fact.
Lollapalooza -- Chicago is the only city that still gets its hometown Lolla show, happening August 6-8 in Grant Park. Soundgarden and Green Day and an up-and-coming entertainer named Lady Gaga (heard of her?) will headline this year. I saw Soundgarden at the '92 Lollapalooza in the DC-area show, and their reunion is almost enough to make me want to fly straight from BlogHer on Sunday to crash with EMZanotti. Uninvited, of course.
M3 Festival -- We get this hair metal extravaganza here in the D.C. area, friends, and I am not sad. To the contrary, in fact, I hope to be in attendance, perhaps with partner in crime Sarah of the notorious Goon Squad. I think we're going to blog it and will certainly be tweeting. Perhaps even TwitPic'ing, if you're lucky. It's the Scorpions' last tour. Sue me.
Milwaukee's Summerfest -- I've never been to Milwaukee, or even Wisconsin, but it seems like a good place to be for music fans from June 24-July 4, for what they're billing as "the world's largest music festival." Eleven days, 11 stages, and Kool and the Gang and Night Ranger, you guys!
I kid, sort of -- and as I said, no guilty pleasures allowed. Other performers include Carrie Underwood, Counting Crows, Dar Williams, the B52s, American Idol Live, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Cameo. Looking up plane fares to Milwaukee, right now, not even kidding.
Looking for a festival in your area? Festival Finder is a good resource, searchable by ZIP code and genre. Not all festivals are included though, of course, so read your local listings, friends.
I also cannot begin to list all of the blues festivals happening all over the place, and if you want a good time, this is usually it. So check out the Blues Festival Guide for what looks like a comprehensive list.
Bloggers Covering Music Festivals
Here are some of the bloggers who will be on the scene and (maybe) writing and talking about the shows:
Blogger, music fan and all around cool person KBestOliver says she may be going to LouFest, happening on August 28-29 in St. Louis. They're calling it a sustainable music festival, with many local acts (good for them) and headliners like She & Him (Zoey Deschanel and M. Ward), Built to Spill, Broken Social Scene and Jeff Tweedy.
Bonnaroo's got three official bloggers, including Emily Zemler, who has already interviewed Jimmy Fallon, Janelle Monae and Elvis Costello. but I'm sure if you check out Twitter, YouTube and Flickr you will be inundated with images and sounds.
Billie Nichols at Gadling and Seed mentions a few shows that I missed, including the Philadelphia Folk Fest from August 20-22, where there is just going to be a ton of great music, and Camp Bisco in Mariaville, New York, from July 15-17, if you're into acts like Talib Kweli, Thievery Corporation and LCD Soundsystem.
Alicia Keys has interviewed the three finalists in the running to be her official blogger, she says on her I Am a Superwoman site. Finalist Amanda Green says she and the other two will be blogging on the site until the July 21 announcement, so I'm guessing they may be at the Essence Festival.
Bumbershoot is giving two tickets away in a Flickr photo contest kicking off at the end of June. Any photos taken over the festival's 40 years are eligible to enter.
Singer-songwriter Marie Digby will be appearing on Lilith Fair's second stage and is also a special correspondent for the tour, mostly in videos on her YouTube page.
Lindsay Maines, aka Rock and Roll Mama, is headed to Bonnaroo for the first time this year. I don't know about her specific plans to write about it but I'm hopeful, because she usually gets some cool insider sights and sounds.
Amber Roussel aka @pureamber is in Tennessee for Bonnaroo too and is already tweeting up a storm. Starr Crow at A Thought Is the Blossom posted her 2009 recap before she left, and promises guest posts while she's gone.
Now me, I don't know where I'll end up besides M3. I follow the music, generally, and I understand that Bret Michaels and Justin Bieber are headlining at the Maryland State Fair. Otherwise? Totally available as your friendly neighborhood correspondent.
What shows are you catching this summer?