Friday, June 27, 2008

On Our Radar: Music Festivals

The JSGs have been great friends for as long as we can remember, and huge fans of music all the while. Watching live bands is still one of our fave things to do. One great way to see a variety of music is at a festival (bands you never thought you'd never see playing next to each other) and you can find them all over the country this summer. Below is a sampling of what's out there, most last three days and feature upwards of 100 bands!
All Points West in Jersey City (August 8-10) features Jack Johnson (he's at all of these), Kings of Leon, Duffy, and The Roots.

Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore, Md (August 9-10) features Wilco, Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco as well as DJs Moby and Soulwax.

Outside Lands in San Francisco (August 22-24) is a new comer to the festival scene. It's held in Golden Gate Park with Grace Potter, Beck, Radiohead, Ben Harper, Tom Petty, and Cold War Kids.

Lollapalooza in Chicago (August 1-3) is the perennial alt-favorite. See bands like Rage Against the Machine, The Raconteurs and Nine Inch Nails.

Austin City Limits (September 26-28), one of the biggest festivals with over 120 bands: this is your best ever excuse to go to Texas and visit one of the coolest towns we know. Headliners include the Foo Fighters, John Fogerty, and Robert Plant; but we'd like to get a back stage pass with Jakob Dylan. While you're there check out the Lake Austin Spa for some R & R.

Then there's the Allgood Festival in West Virginia (July 11-13). One JSG camped on a mountain top and hiked over hills to see bands jamming for crunchy hoards of people and she'll be there this year too. Expect to see Phil Lesh, Widespread Panic, and Dark Star Orchestra.

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