Ever since Woodstock began in 1969, music festivals have been sprouting up in some of the most musically enriched cities in America. Austin, Tx. Miami, Fl. Los Angeles, CA. These mass migrations of hippies, hipsters, rich kids, and die hard groupies have turned out to be not only a collection of unforgettable performances, but serve as a catalyst for a widespread conciousness that is characteristic of our generation. This years festival lineups are jam packed with everything from Indie rock to Hip Hop, and everything in between. Check em out!
Indie Fest- San Diego, CA
March 1, 2009
MC Flow, Guava Belly, Bitter Sober, Audible Mainframe, Social Green, Juliette & the New Romantiques, The Burning of Rome, Saucy Monkey, Kyler England, Joe Rathburne, & more.
SXSW- Austin, TX
March 18-22, 2009
Bedouin Soundclash, Jay Nash, Andrew Bird, Head Automatica, Cursive, Iglu & Hartley, Lady Dottie & the Diamonds, Black Lips, CKY, John Cruz, Crystal Method, deadmau5, 8ball & MJG, Zion I, Grouch & Eligh, Justin Nozuka, 3oh!3 (hell ya Boulder!), & many many many more!
Winter Music Conference/Ultra- Miami, FL
The Prodigy, Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, the Ting Tings, Bloc Party, Santogold, Simian Mobile Disco, David Guetta, ATB, Benny Benassi, Fedde Le Grand, Tiga, Boys Noize, Kaskade, Moby, & more.
Coachella- Indio, CA
April 17-19, 2009
Paul McCartney, The Killers, The Cure, Franz Ferdinand, Amy Winehouse, Morissey, Thievery Corporation, My Bloody Valentine, Conor Oberst, The Black Keys, Girltalk, MSTRKRFT, Fleet Foxes, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Lupe Fiasco, TRAV$/DJ AM & many more.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival- New Orleans, LA
April 24-26, April 30- May 3, 2009
Wynton Marsalis, DMB, James Taylor, Earth Wind & Fire, Wilco, Spoon, Etta James, Better Than Ezra, Tab Benoit, Aretha Franklin, Sugarland, Ben Harper, Kings of Leon, Bonnie Rait, Emmylou Harris, Common, Los Lobos, Jakob Dylan, & more.
Bonnaroo- Manchester, TN
June 11-14, 2009
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Phish, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Elvis Costello, Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Erykah Badu, Paul Oakenfold, Ben Harper, The Mars Volta, Santogold, Citizen Cope, Belah Fleck & Toumani Diabate, MGMT, Portugal.the.man, & many more.
There are so many more music fests that have lineups yet to be announced (Lollapalooza, Electric Daisy Carnival) and touring compilation shows (Vans Warped Tour) to keep your eye out for. This is going to be a great year in music, so fill up your tanks, pack your car full of food, friends, and sleeping bags, and embark on a journey to where your heart and ears desire!