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March Madness hosts music fest while the Roots host Picnic

College sports biggest event just got bigger when the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival takes place April 4-6 in conjunction with the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four basketball tournament. The games are played at ATT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, while the concerts happen at Dallas’ Reunion Park.
The free, three-day event’s headliners are country Jason Aldean on Friday, country legend Tim McGraw and internationally-beloved rock act The Killers on Saturday and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and fun. on Sunday.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
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Additional performers for each day will be announced.
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Despite being rooted in Studio 6B in New York as the house band for“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” The Roots haven’t forgotten its hometown. The group hosts the seventh annual Roots Picnic on May 31 at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing.

Not only will they headline the event but the members will back up Snoop Dogg during his set.

The lineup also includes Janelle Monae, The War On Drugs, Biz Markie, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, ARRABMUZIK, Rudimental, Just Blaze, Bad Rabbits, Chill Moody and Electric Wire Hustle.

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The Frendly Gathering, June 27 and 28 in Timber Ridge, Vermont, will be headlined by Delta Spirit and Deer Tick.

The lineup also includes Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves, Dopapod, Kung Fu, The London Souls, Chuck Ragan, Spirit Family Reunion, Sleepy Many Banjo Boys, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Jatoba, DiscoPhantom and a special performance by Vermont’s Twiddle.

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It’s not all good news for upcoming music festivals. The Hell and Heaven Metal Fest, scheduled for March 15 and 16 at a Texcoco fairground, east of Mexico City has been cancelled.

The event had scheduled 50 groups including KISS, Guns N’ Roses, Rob Zombie, Korn, Lamb of God, Twisted Sister, Opeth and Testament, and expected nearly 80,000 festivarians.

Officials stated that the reason stems from inadequate safety plans while the organizers and fans feel that political motives, corruption or discrimination against Heavy Metal music are behind the action.

There remains a last-ditch effort to have the fest go on as planned.

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