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.
The Howlin’ Brothers take to the Relix rooftop and share a song they wrote with Warren Haynes.
Beth Hart shares the opening track from her latest album, Bang Bang Boom Boom, live at Relix.
Jamie Lidell sets up in the Relix boiler room and delivers a tune from his 2005 album Multiply
Duane Trucks is happy to announce his new project, King Lincoln. Watch them perform “Coffee” live and acoustic at Relix’s Online-Video Coordinator’s loft in Williamsburg.
Here’s another song from Crystal Bowersox’s new record All That For This, live at Relix.
WYATT share a song in the famed Relix boiler room.
Goodnight, Texas share a song from their latest studio album, A Long Life of Living, live at Relix.
Warren Haynes performs a solo, acoustic version of “Railroad Boy” and explains how he adapted the traditional Celtic song for Gov’t Mule, backstage at the Hangout Music Festival.
Australia’s Alpine recently made their NYC debut at the Relix office with this song from their new album A is for Alpine.
In honor of Umphrey’s McGee’s return to Summer Camp this weekend, we present the group’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger performing this version of “The Pequod” from UM’s Anchor Drops.
- Summer Stars: Shovels & Rope
- Visions of Bonnaroo Friday (Paul McCartney, Passion Pit, Conspirator…)
- Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Free Download "Dear Lord (Give Me The Strength)"
- God Street Wine with Warren Haynes "Sweet Little Angel" (Live 1996)
- The Howlin’ Brothers "Big Time"
- Primus in Toronto
- Twice "The Joker" on Saturday at Bonnaroo (Gov’t Mule and Jack Johnson)
- The National’s Grateful Dead Tribute Album Dead Hot In Motion
- Interlocken Confirms Daily Lineups, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Punch Brothers, Keller & The Keels and More Added
- Mumford and Sons Cancel Bonnaroo Show, Summer Tour
- Ed Helms: Bonnaroo, Banjos and a Bit of Phish
- Robert Hunter Will Return to the Stage for Eight Shows
- Warren Haynes to Play Jerry Garcia’s Wolf on Symphony Tour
- Tedeschi Trucks Band Share New Song
- Jack Is Back: Jack Johnson Talks Bonnaroo, ALO and New Album
- Patty Griffin in Boston
- 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