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Fests add artists to already full lineups

They may not carry the same weight as initial lineup announcements but music festival additions offer many new reasons for festivarians to get excited.

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
John Patrick Gatta

Lockn’, Sept. 4-7 in Arrington, Virginia, continues to present its lineup in a piecemeal fashion, creating renewed interest with each major act added to a lineup that already includes the Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Widespread Panic and String Cheese Incident.

The second annual fest now has Willie Nelson, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Gary Clark Jr. With connections to acts already on the bill and Lockn’s approach of encouraging collaborations it should be expected that these artists will be making appearances during other sets or find guests joining them.

Also, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood will sit in with Widespread Panic during one of that band’s sets.

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The Montreal International Jazz Festival, June 26-July 6 in downtown Montreal, celebrates its 35th anniversary with additional concerts. They include the legendary Diana Ross, Rufus Wainwright, Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion with Pee Wee Ellis, Bobby McFerrin, Tom Harrell, Keith Jarrett, Trixie Whitley, Dianne Reeves, Zappa Plays Zappa, Bombino and Piazzolla Plays Piazzolla By Escalandrum.

Previously confirmed artists include Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Michael Bublé, Bill Evans Band featuring Tom Kennedy and Steve Smith, The Chieftans, Brad Mehldau (solo) and Ry Cooder.

The full schedule, which will consist of over 500 ticketed and free concerts, should be released this spring.

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New Orleans legend Dr. John will be honored with an all-star tribute concert as part of this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

"The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music" takes place May 3 at the Saenger Theatre.

The lineup features Gregg Allman, Lucinda Williams, Widespread Panic, Blind Boys of Alabama, Allen Toussaint, Mavis Staples, Ryan Bingham and Jimmie Vaughan. The show's musical director will be producer Don Was.

This year’s JazzFest takes place April 25-27 and May 1-4 with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Phish, Arcade Fire, Santana, Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters, John Fogerty, Foster the People, The Avett Brothers, Vampire Weekend, Bobby Womack among the artists scheduled.

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The inaugural Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival, Sept. 11-14 in Kennekuk County Park, Illinois, offers its next round of artist additions.

The lineup now includes Bob Weir & RatDog, Railroad Earth, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Martin Sexton, Toubab Krewe and Kung Fu.

These acts join Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Leftover Salmon (with Bill Payne of Little Feat), Chris Robinson Brotherhood and others.

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It’s going to get a little more crowded July 17-20 at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon when Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass (2 performances), Infamous Stringdusters, The Wood Brothers, Darol Anger, Scott Law Bluegrass Dimension and Allie Kral & Friends.

They join Yonder Mountain String Band at their 13th Annual Northwest String Summit.

Previously announced artists include The Motet, Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Austin’s Here and Now project.

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