The 2013 music festival scene is heating up faster than the North Pole.
It’s not just the major multi-day events that are creating interest. A lot of smaller and worthwhile fests hope to garner festivarians’ attention by making tickets available as well as, in some cases, announce lineups.
Get out your calendar out because decisions need to be made quickly, scheduling needs to be done and dates are filling up.
--Electric Forest Festival, June 27-30, Double JJ Ranch, Rothbury, Michigan. Although the lineup hasn’t been announced, early bird tickets will be available at 12 p.m. EST, Jan. 19. For more information, visit www.electricforestfestival.com.
--Mountain Jam, June 6-9, Hunter, New York. The jamband heavy lineup includes Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, Primus, the Avett Brothers, Dispatch, Gary Clark Jr., Soulive, Deer Tick, Jackie Greene, Rubblebucket, ALO, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, the Revivalists and David Wax Museum. For tickets and more information, visit www.mountainjam.com.
--Summer Camp, May 24-26, Three Sisters Park, Chillicothe, Illinois. The lineup includes a host of jamband favorites including Trey Anastasio Band, the Avett Brothers, moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Lettuce, Cornmeal, Taj Mahal, Family Groove Company, John Brown’s Body and Pimps of Joytime. For more information, visit www.summercampfestival.com.
--Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, April 12 and 13, Madison Square Garden. The lineup of allstar players includes Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Allman Brothers Band, Buddy Guy, John Scofield, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Gary Clark Jr., Vince Gill, John Mayer, Keb’ Mo’, Brad Paisley, Robbie Robertson and Jonny Lang. For more information, visit www.crossroadsguitarfestival.com.
--Austin Psych Fest, April 26-28, Carson Creek Ranch, Austin, Texas. The sixth annual festival’s lineup includes Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Black Angels, Deerhunter, Tinariwen, Clinic, Black Mountain, Spectrum, Man Or Astroman?, the King Khan & Bbq Show, Acid Mothers Temple, Diiv and Vietnam. For more information, visit www.austinpsychfest.com.
-- Chaos In Tejas, May 30-June 2, Austin, Texas. More than 150 artists are slated to appear at this year’s fest. A portion of the international lineup has been announced, It includes Bolt Thrower (England), Terveet Kadet (Finland), Integrity, Manilla Road, Abigail (Japan), Merchandise, Milk Music, Cruciamentum (England), Infernoh (Sweden), Rampage, Destruction Unit, Kromosom (Australia), Lower (Denmark), Sete Star Sept (Japan) and Sudor (Spain). For tickets or more information, visit www.chaosintejas.com.
-- Americana Music Festival & Conference, Sept. 18-22, Nashville. For more information, visit www.americanamusic.org.
-- Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19-21, Union Park, Chicago. For more information, visit www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com.