It’s Festival time!

The first of March is that light at the end of the tunnel that is the last week of February, and you know what that means…SPRING IS (almost) HERE! It also means that spring/summer music festivals are setting up all over the country, like dominoes for the adventurous to topple over one by one, draining their wallets, and maybe a few brain cells,  in the process.

First it was annual, most highly anticipated Coachella announcement, with headliners including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Stone Roses, Blur and Phoenix, that the outspoken, disillusioned concert goes hated SO MUCH that it sold out in 15 minutes.

From there, it seems, the flood gates opened with regional festivals. The most notable in this area is the Firefly Festival, which brings heavyweights Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, middle-weights Vampire Weekend, Foster The People, MGMT, Dispatch and The Lumineers, and a very solid bottom card full of current “flavors of the year” and “next big things”  to Dover, De. June 21-23.  Festival organizers say they sold more tickets in their first hour on sale than for the entire 2012 version of the festival.

The first truly impressive lineup of the season was announced,  though in an incredibly unimpressive fashion with a strange 45-minute variety show hosted by Weird Al Yankovic,  by “old faithful,” Bonnaroo, which includes the standard issue 2013 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers set, (I’m assuming he comes with your festival permits this year) a mish-mash of acts on the festival circuit for the under card, and a few huge names no one else has yet,   including Mumford & Sons, Bjork, Wilco…oh yeah, and some guy named Paul McCartney. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Metallica has announced their incredibly balanced Orion Festival lineup, which takes place in Detroit this year. Really, there are too many to mention them all, with Lollapalooza, VooDoo Music Experience, that Silopanna thing, and many others that haven’t yet announced their 2013 plans.

You don’t have to travel all the way to Tennessee, California, Detroit or even Delaware to see some of these bands perform. Here are a few bands we have coming your way that are hitting the festival circuit:

 

Pier Six Pavilion

May 5 – Earth, Wind & Fire – Appearing at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest
May 19 – ZZ Top – Appearing at Bonnaroo

Rams Head On Stage

May 24 – James McCartney – Appearing at Coachella
March 23 – Shovels & Rope – Appearing at Coachella, Hangout Fest, Sasquatch Music Festival
May 20 -Toots & The Maytals – Appearing at Hangout Fest w/ Anders Osbourne- Appearing at Hangout Fest, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 1 -The Mowglis and Family of the Year – Appearing at Hangout Fest

April 12 – Charles Bradley & The Extrodonaires – Appearing at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 19 -Anna Popovic – Appearing at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 28 – Aaron Neville – Appearing at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 8 & 9 – Marc Broussard – Appearing at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Rams Head Live

*JUST ANNOUNCED* April 21 – Delta Rae – Appearing at Hangout Fest
March 7 – Stars – Appearing at Coachella w/ Milo Greene – Appearing at Bonnaroo
May 11 -Crystal Castles – Appearing at Governor’s Ball Music Festival
June 10 – Foals – Appering at Bonnaroo, Orion Music & More, Coachella w/ Surfer Blood – Appearing at Sasquatch Music Festival

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