April 14th, 2010
10:11 AM ET

Your guide to spring and summer music festivals

For music lovers the best parts of spring and summer are the great music festivals all around the country. Imagine Jay-Z entertaining the same crowd as Muse, or George Clinton playing next to the Allman Brothers. How about Jack Johnson and Cypress Hill? It’s all happening in the next few months!

COACHELLA –- April 16 to 18
Indio, California, Empire Polo Fields

This 3-day festival is one of the season’s biggest and most eagerly anticipated. It attracts everyone from Hollywood stars to carpooling teens. The biggest decision for many concert-goers? Do you buy one day or stay for all three?

Jay-Z, Muse, Gorrilaz, LCD Soundsystem, Tiesto

Don’t Miss:
She & Him, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Special Appearance by John Waters and Perry Ferrall vs. Steve Porter, Shooter Jennings

It’s April in the middle of the California desert - don’t kid yourself, it’s going to be HOT!

WANEE MUSIC FESTIVAL – April 16 and 17
Live Oak, Florida, The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

If blues, funk and just good 'ole southern rock are your thing, then this is the festival for you! From the always-colorful George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic to The Allman Brothers Band, there’s a little bit for everyone.

The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, The Wailers, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Don’t Miss:
Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, and Jay Lane Are Scaring the Children, North Mississippi Allstars, Stephen Stills, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band

THE BAMBOOZLE –- May 1 and 2
East Rutherford, New Jersey, Meadowlands Sports Complex

This 3-city festival kicked off in Anaheim, California, at the end of March but the remaining two stops happen in May. Should you go? Do you identify with and/or scorn the “alterna- rock” and “hipster” titles? If so, this is your festival!

Weezer, Paramore, Angels & Airwaves, MGMT

Don’t Miss:
Ke$sha, OK Go, Bobby Long, The Aquabats, Drake, Matt & Kim

Chicago, Illinois, Charter 1 Pavilion

Something Corporate, Cobra Starship, 3OH!3

Gulf Shores, Alabama

One of the season’s most eclectic line-ups with possibly the best venue - it’s held on the beach!

Trey Anastasio & TAB, ZAC Brown Band, John Legend, Ben Harper & Relentless 7, Alison Krauss & Union Station

Don’t Miss:
Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam, Neko Case, Blind Boys of Alabama, Guster

Due to venue’s size, this festival is limited to only 35,000 people a day. Get your tickets early!

BONNAROO – JUNE 10 to 13
Manchester, Tennessee

If Coachella is the go-to spot for West Coast music aficionados, than Bonnaroo gets crowds from the rest of the country. What makes this festival so special? One word -  camping! From tents, to RVs, thousands pack the fields, spread out their gear and indulge in three days of music bliss, comedy and art.

Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Norah Jones, Conan O’Brien, Tenacious D

Don’t Miss:
The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side of the Moon, Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, Ozomatli, Miranda Lambert, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers

You will be camping! This is not for the occasional concert-goer... read up and be prepared. Oh, and don’t count on sleeping!

Chicago, Illinois, Union Park

Modest Mouse, Pavement, LCD Sound System, John Spender Blues Explosion

LOLLAPALOOZA - August 6 to 8
Chicago, Illinois, Grant Park

This year’s Headliners at Lollapalooza may have you singing “Reunited” but there’s nothing schmaltzy about the rock. One of the most eagerly anticipated will be Lady GaGa, who played in 2007, but obviously to much less fanfare. Green Day’s appearance will be their first since 1994.

Lady GaGa, Green Day, Soundgarden, Arcade Fire

Don’t Miss:
AFI, Slightly Stoopid, Cypress Hill, Erykah Badu, Grizzly Bear, MGMT

Denver, Colorado, The Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

If you still have energy or just want a relaxing way to bring your summer to a close, just head to the Mile High City. This festival promises to ease you back into the hectic pace of fall.

Jack Johnson, Dave Mathews Band, Steve Miller Band, Weezer

Don’t Miss:
Cypress Hill, Phoenix, Bobby Long, Donovan Frankenreiter, Tim Reynolds

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Str8 outta TX

    lady gaga is _______________________

    April 16, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. peter

    What about the crossroads guitar festival in chicago? No love for clapton, beck, or zz top?

    April 16, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jess

    Sasquatch Music Festival is way bigger than some of these. But it's sold out anyway, so I suppose it doesn't matter.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Murfmeister

    Yo karen...it's simon and garfunkel!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Karen

    How could you have forgotten The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival? They are reuiniting Simon and Garfulkel!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jocelyn K

    yea! Lollapalooza here I come!

    April 14, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |

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