Summer Music Festivals Invade the Midwest


For many music fans, summer is all about the outdoor music festivals, where dozens of your favorite bands rock out under the sun while you're surrounded by thousands of your best friends (well, maybe). Within driving distance of southeast Michigan are three of the country's largest music festivals: Bonnaroo, Rothbury, and Lollapalooza. Here's a festival breakdown with links to the AADL catalog holdings for the headlining artists.

The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, from June 11-14, is held in Manchester, TN, and features the most robust lineup of artists. Phish reunites for 2 shows, and Beastie Boys and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band also headline on various nights.

Rothbury Festival returns for its second year, running from July 2-5 in Rothbury, MI, and boasts a mission with its music, as it's "dedicated to running as close to a zero-waste event as possible." For the folk-roots audience, The Dead, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson headline.

Finally, Lollapalooza, the longest tenured of these three festivals, goes from August 7-9 in Chicago, IL, with a much harder edge to its sound as Tool, The Killers, and Depeche Mode headline this year.


Don't forget about the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, Aug 4-9th!

Have you ever heard of Bumbershoot? This is a festival happening in Seattle over Labor Day Week-end, and they've been at it for almost 30 years. This year Cheryl Crow, Modest Mouse,& Raphael Saadiq will be there, to name a few...along with Yours Truly!

Thanks for the link, darla. There's also the National Women's Music Festival in Madison, Wisconsin from July 2-5.

Beth, sounds like a great time to be in Seattle for some music. While you're there, don't miss Roy Ayers, reigning king of the vibes.

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