Eight Destination Festivals on the Horizon
As a part of our upcoming festival guide, we’re rounding up some events that double as both a vacation and a music festival, because no matter what we think, it’s not always about the music. While most festivals take place in an isolated field out in the middle of nowhere, some are cultural Meccas worth the trip. In these cases, it might be a little easier to convince your reluctant loved one who has kept you company at dozens of festivals if there are some additional perks. These selected festivals aren’t just about the music: great sights, culture, history, museums and beaches, among other incentives that’ll convince those unenthusiastic friends to join you.
San Francisco, California
Who has played Outside Lands?
Muse, Phish, Arcade Fire, Deadmau5, the Original Meters, STS9, The Black Keys
Why go to San Francisco – aside from the music?
San Francisco was the epicenter of the counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s, home to the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller, Santana, and more. Check out the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and see where the Grateful Dead called home for a few years (710 Ashbury), bike over the Golden Gate Bridge, shop at vintage boutiques, and enjoy the free spirited vibe that still lingers from the Summer of Love.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana
Who is playing this year?
Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, The Beach Boys, Zac Brown Band, Eddie Vedder, My Morning Jacket, and many other heavy hitters
Why go to New Orleans – aside from the music?
The Crescent City has bounced back beautifully from Katrina, and is as vibrant as ever. The food (crawfish, po’boys, gumbo, beignets, and everything Cajun…), the quaint architecture, and beautiful weather are among many reasons to head down south for Jazz Fest.
Who is playing this year?
Band of Horses, Iron and Wine, Explosions in the Sky, Blitzen Trapper, more
Why go to Portland – aside from the music?
It’s like being at a great indie-rock festival and in an episode of Portlandia at the same time.
New York, New York
Who has played?
John Medeski, Vijay Iyer Trio, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Mischief & Mayhem, Ravi Coltrane, Marco Benevento, Nels Cline Singers
Why go to New York – aside from the music?
The venues are just as crowded as they are for CMJ, but with a more specific focus and more critical curators. Winter Jazzfest delivers a much higher standard of quality in its performances, while also centralizing the venues around the Bleecker Street area of Manhattan, as opposed to spreading shows all over the city a la CMJ. There’s much more to NYC than just this music, though: endless restaurants, shops and sights across the five boroughs can keep you occupied for ages.
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
Ron Sexsmith visits the Relix office to perform a tune from his latest record Forever Endeavor.
- Alex Bleeker & The Freaks: How Far Away
- First Look: Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s Blue Note Debut Lickety Split
- The Rolling Stones with Dave Grohl (Gallery and Clip)
- Lotus "Age of Inexperience" (Official Video)
- Morning Teleporation Share "People On My Floor"
- The National at Public Assembly and on Colbert (Gallery and Clips)
- John Fogerty and Dawes "Someday Never Comes" on Letterman
- Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers "Little Too Late" Live at the Hangout
- Interlocken Festival to Feature Neil Young, Furthur, String Cheese Incident, Black Crowes, Zac Brown and More
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Friend of The Devil" at the Beacon
- The Salvation of Page McConnell (Relix Revisited)
- Interlocken Adds Widespread Panic and John Fogerty, Furthur to Play Workingman’s Dead
- Warren Haynes and Joe Bonamassa "If Heartaches Were Nickels"
- The Final Ingredient in Dogfish Head’s Grateful Dead Tribute Ale Is…
- Stone Gossard Readies His Moonlander
- Trey Anastasio Band at The Hangout (Video Stream)
- Doctor’s Orders: So what should we call the Super Ball IX Newspaper?
- John Kadlecik Posts Statement on Bob Weir’s Collapse
- "I Wanne Be In moe.": The Latest Volunteers
- Bob Weir Escorted Off Stage During Furthur Show
- Vote for Your Favorite "I Wanne Be In moe." Contestant
- Furthur Cancels BottleRock Show as Bob Weir Is Out Of Commision
- Doctor’s Orders: What’s Your Favorite Furthur Song? (Win Copy of Relix Signed by Phil and Bobby)
- On The Verge Poll