Summer 2010 Free Music Guide

Free Music Map

From Woody Guthrie to chamber music, summer 2010 covers all the bases. Here's Billboard's guide to free music festivals across the country, presented alphabetically by state.


Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance
Santa Monica
Throughout summer, every Thursday starting in July
Producer King & Co. promises eight concerts on the pier thanks to $155,000 in funds raised by the Pier Restoration Corp.
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City Park Jazz
Sundays in June and July
The bandstand by City Park Pavilion will host Tuxedo Junction, La Candela and the Manuel Lopez Trio, among others.
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Downtown Sound: New Music
Every Monday through July 26
Performers include She & Him, the Thermals, Caribou and Kid Sister.
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Music Without Borders

Throughout summer, starting June 3
World music performers include Bassekou Kout & Ngoni Ba, Orchestre Septentrional d'Haiti with Batata Las Alegres Ambulancias.
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Chicago Blues Festival

June 11-13
Produced by the City of Chicago and coordinated by Barry Dolins, the blues fest takes place at five venues on the lakefront.
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Grant Park Music Festival
Throughout summer, starting June 16
The Grant Park Orchestra will perform Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," Beethoven's "Mass In C Major," and Dvorak's "Requiem" during the season.
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Made In Chicago

Throughout summer, stating July 29
Themed evenings include "Django: A Celebration" and "Latin Inferno."
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Chicago Jazz Festival
Sept. 4-5
The summer concert series wraps up during Labor Day weekend with the longest-running -- 30 years -- of the city's lakefront music festivals.
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Dekalb Corn Fest

Dekalb, Ill.
Aug 20-23
Performers at the Dekalb Taylor Municipal Airport include Firehouse, Hi Infidelity and Phil Vassar.
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