Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Festivals, Festivals, Festivals!

The 2010 Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to the Gorge in Quincy, WA over Memorial Day weekend. Musical acts set to appear include: My Morning Jacket, Pavement, Ween, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Massive Attack, Kid Cudi, LCD Soundsystem, The National and Band of Horses, Tegan & Sara, Broken Social Scene, Passion Pit, She & Him, Drive-By Truckers, Dr. Dog, Portugal. The Man and The Hold Steady. Stand-up comedy will be provided by, among others, Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and Rob Riggle (“The Daily Show”). Tickets will go sale Saturday February 20 for the event which will run from May 29-31.

This year’s All Good Music Festival line-up may be its most stacked yet. Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will bring their Furthur project to the event which returns to Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV on July 8-11. Widespread Panic also has signed on for the event, with an initial roster that also includes: Umphrey’s McGee, Yonder Mountain String Band, Dark Star Orchestra, George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Lotus, Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Rebelution, Railroad Earth, The New Deal, Perpetual Groove, Cornmeal, Fort Knox Five and The Macpodz. One of the festival’s hallmarks is the decision not to overlap any of its musical performances, with more than 40 hours pledged to attendees. Additional artists will still be announced, with tickets on sale this Friday, February 19.

The sixth annual Mountain Jam Music Festival has announced its second round of artists. Warren Haynes hosts the event along with Radio Woodstock, which will take place at New York’s Hunter Mountain, so it is fitting that Woodstock resident Levon Helm is among the musicians set to appear. He will be joined by other new additions: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, The Whigs, The New Mastersounds, Jay Farrar, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Duke & The King, Justin Townes Earle, Jerry Joseph & Wally Ingram, The Bridge, Zach Deputy, The Brew, Simone Felice, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams and Van Ghost. The previously announced roster includes Haynes’ Gov’t Mule as well as: Michael Franti & Spearhead, the Derek trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, the Avett Brothers, Les Claypool, Yonder Mountain String Band, Toots and the Maytals, Matisyahu, Dark Star Orchestra, Traffic guitarist Dave Mason, ALO, Lettuce, Jonathan Tyler & The Morning Lights, Elmwood and the London Souls. Tickets for Mountain Jam are now on sale. (jambands.com)

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