Lips, MMW, Roots Set For 6th Annual Berkfest

Berkfest 2003, slated for Aug. 15-17 at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, Mass., will feature an eclectic bill that will include inventive modern rock act the Flaming Lips, hip-hop heroes the Roots a

Berkfest 2003, slated for Aug. 15-17 at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, Mass., will feature an eclectic bill that will include inventive modern rock act the Flaming Lips, hip-hop heroes the Roots and jazz/funk jam band Medeski, Martin & Wood, among others.

The event will present more than 50 bands on six stages, as well as children's activities, musician's workshops and crafts. Others confirmed to perform are the Greyboy Allstars, Allman Bros./Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sound Tribe Sector 9, the Charlie Hunter Trio, Sam Bush and Particle. The full list of performers is available on the event's Web site.

Berkfest will also be a stop on the Red House Tour for the Interactive Jimi Hendrix Museum. Along with a display of memorabilia, the traveling exhibit also features live footage spanning Hendrix's career presented in a surround-sound theater.

Adding an edge of activism to the event, Conscious Alliance will be on hand to accept canned and non-perishable food items to be donated to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, while Rock The Vote will provide information and encourage attendees to register at home.

Tickets are available through the Web site and 877-42-FESTS. A three-day festival pass costs $130, and a two-day pass is $120. Prices will increase as the event nears.