Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals
Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals


Summer 2011 Festival Guide

Telluride Bluegrass Festival


Telluride, Colo.; Town Park

June 16-19

Featuring: Sarah McLachlan, Mumford & Sons, Steve Earle & the Dukes, Abigail Washburn, the Head and the Heart

Founded: 1974

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Governors Ball Music Festival


New York, Governors Island

June 18

Featuring: Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Empire of the Sun, Big Boi, Neon Indian, Passion Pit (DJ set), Mac Miller

Founded: 2011

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Milwaukee; Henry Maier Festival Park, Marcus Amphitheater

June 29-July 3, July 5-10

Featuring: Peter Gabriel, Toby Keith, Kanye West, Def Leppard, the Black Keys, Sugarland

Founded: 1968

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Cornerstone Festival


Bushnell, Ill.; Cornerstone Farm

June 30-July 3

Featuring: Phil Keaggy, P.O.D., Brian "Head" Welch, Anberlin, Gungor, Robbie Seay Band

Founded: 1984

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Essence Music Festival


New Orleans, Louisiana Superdome

July 1-3

Featuring: Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jill Scott, Trey Songz, Fantasia

Founded: 1995

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Phish Super Ball IX


Watkins Glen, N.Y.; Watkins Glen International

July 1-3

Featuring: Phish

Founded: 2011

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Camp Bisco X


Mariaville, N.Y.; Indian Lookout Country Club

July 7-9

Featuring: Disco Biscuits, Cut Copy, Wiz Khalifa, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT, Yeasayer

Founded: 2001

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Vancouver Island MusicFest


Courtenay, British Columbia; Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds

July 8-10

Featuring: Alison Krauss & Union Station with Jerry Douglas, David Crosby, Randy Newman, Arrested Development, Jon Anderson

Founded: 1996

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Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival


Brooklyn, various venues

July 11-16

Featuring: Q-Tip, M.O.P., Random Axe, Uncle Ralph McDaniels, Torae, Homeboy Sandman, Eternia, Shad, Nitty Scott MC, Kid Glyde

Founded: 2005

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All Good Music Festival


Masontown, W.Va.; Marvin's Mountaintop

July 14-17

Featuring: Furthur, STS9, Primus, Pretty Lights, moe., Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Yonder Mountain String Band

Founded: 1996

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Jamboree In The Hills


St. Clairsville, Ohio; open field

July 14-17

Featuring: Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Rodney Atkins

Founded: 1977

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Pitchfork Music Festival


Chicago, Union Park

July 15-17

Featuring: Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Cut Copy, Neko Case, Guided by Voices, No Age

Founded: 2006

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Calgary Folk Festival


Calgary, Alberta; Prince's Island

July 21-24

Featuring: k.d. lang, Bonnie Prince Billy, the Felice Brothers, Balkan Beat Box, the Flatlanders, the Head and the Heart

Founded: 1979

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Gathering of the Vibes


Bridgeport, Conn.; Seaside Park

July 21-24

Featuring: Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Jane's Addiction, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, moe., the Levon Helm Band, Toots & the Maytals

Founded: 1996

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RockyGrass Festival


Lyons, Colo.; Planet Bluegrass Ranch

July 29-31

Featuring: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Del McCoury Band, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Hot Rize

Founded: 1973

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Newport Folk Festival


Newport, R.I.; Fort Adams State Park

July 30-31

Featuring: The Decemberists, Gogol Bordello, Emmylou Harris, Amos Lee, M. Ward, Wanda Jackson, Gillian Welch, Mavis Staples, Elvis Costello

Founded: 1959

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311 Pow Wow Festival


Live Oak, Fla.; Suwannee Music Park

Aug. 4-6

Featuring: 311, Sublime With Rome, the Dirty Heads, Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, DJ Z-Trip

Founded: 2011

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Escape to New York


Southampton, N.Y.; the Shinnecock Reservation

Aug. 5-7

Featuring: The Vaccines, of Montreal, Patti Smith, Psychedelic Furs, Best Coast, White Rabbits

Founded: 2011

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Chicago, Grant Park

Aug. 5-7

Featuring: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas

Founded: 1991

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Hard Summer Music Festival


Los Angeles; Los Angeles State Historic Park

Aug. 6

Featuring: James Murphy, Holy Ghost, Pat Mahoney and Shit Robot, Digitalism, Miike Snow (DJ set)

Founded: 2007

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Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival


San Francisco, Golden Gate Park

Aug. 12-14

Featuring: Muse, Phish, Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, Deadmau5, MGMT, Girl Talk, the Roots, Little Dragon, Erykah Badu, John Fogerty

Founded: 2008

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Sunset Strip Music Festival


West Hollywood, Calif.; various venues on the Sunset Strip

Aug. 18-20

Featuring: Motley Crue, Matt & Kim, Cobra Starship, Buckcherry, The Veronicas, Bush

Founded: 2008

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Rocky Mountain Folks Festival


Lyons, Colo.; Planet Bluegrass Ranch

Aug. 19-21

Featuring: Bob Weir, Chris Robinson & Jackie Greene, Brandi Carlile, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops

Founded: 1991

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MTS Rock on the Range Canada


Winnipeg, Manitoba; Canad Inns Stadium

Aug. 20

Featuring: Alice in Chains, Evanescence, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Hinder, Anberlin

Founded: 2009

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North Coast Music Festival


Chicago, Union Park

Sept. 2-4

Featuring: David Guetta, Bassnectar, STSS, Wiz Khalifa, Thievery Corporation, Fatboy Slim, Common

Founded: 2010

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FYF Fest


Los Angeles, 1st and Main

Sept. 3

Featuring: Descendents, Death From Above 1979, Broken Social Scene, Explosions in the Sky, Guided by Voices, Simian Mobile Disco (Live), Cold War Kids, Girls

Founded: 2004

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Pearl Jam 20


East Troy, Wisconsin, Alpine Valley Music Theatre

Sept. 3-4

Featuring: Pearl Jam, The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, Joseph Arthur, Liam Finn, the Swell Season's Glen Hansard, and X's John Doe

Founded: 2011

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Seattle, Seattle Center

Sept. 3-5

Featuring: Big Boi, Wiz Khalifa, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Mavis Staples, The Kills, Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs, Fitz and The Tantrums.

Founded: 1971

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Portland, Ore.; various venues

Sept. 7-11

Featuring: Explosions in the Sky, Archers of Loaf, Neurosis, Blind Pilot, Blitzen Trapper, Sebadoh, Pig Destroyer, Grails, Dirty Beaches

Founded: 2001

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Ponderosa Stomp


New Orleans, the Howlin' Wolf

Sept. 16-17

Featuring: Dave Bartholomew, Allen Toussaint, Big Jay McNeely, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Lazy Lester, the Bo-Keys, Sir Mack Rice

Founded: 2001

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Austin City Limits Music Festival


Austin, Zilker Park

Sept. 16-18

Featuring: Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Kanye West, My Morning Jacket, Manu Chao La Ventura, Fleet Foxes

Founded: 2002

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ATP Presents 'I'll Be Your Mirror' Festival


Asbury Park, N.J.; various venues

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Featuring: Portishead, Jeff Magnum (Neutral Milk Hotel), Ultramagetic MC's (original lineup), Bonnie Prince Billy, Mogwai, Shellac

Founded: 2011

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