NYC POPFEST 2012
Cheap, under $15 per show, some shows are free
New York, New York
Too many bands and locations to mention, but all the details are here. Standout bands, it seems to me, to be Saturday Looks Good To Me for 5/18 and the "money bet" show is on 5/20 with White Town (for their one-hit "Your Woman"), The Ladybug Transistor (who I saw with The Lucksmiths), Allo' Darlin and The Wave Pictures (who I will be checking out live tonight at 7th Street Entry). To get me excited, I have been listening to Wave Pictures' Long Black Cars to get an idea of their pop-ness. Check out their video for Speghetti.
Knitting Factory (5/18): Catnaps, Orca Team, Cola Jet Set, Wild Moccasins, Saturday Looks Good To Me
Spike Hill (5/19): Lisa Bouvier, Outerhope, Pale Lights, Habibi
Public Assembly (5/19): Pushy Parents, The Electric Pop Group, Seapony, The Pooh Sticks, Comet Gain
Littlefield (5/20): Swearin', Sleuth, Dot Dash, The Holiday Crowd, White Town, The Wave Pictures, The Ladybug Transistor, Allo' Darlin
BEIJING BLUES FESTIVAL
300 rmb (3-Day)/130rmb (single)
MusicDish*China is partnering with Beijing Blues Festival and HitWeek China this May 2012.
Since I am only spotlighting one festival, I'll just use the Beijing Blues Festival this time. I looked over their artist lists, there are so many Chinese blues artists (who knew?). There are also a couple from the West.
MusicDish's Eric de Fontenay had this to say about their partnership: "Music festivals are the key platform for introducing new music to a growing base of hungry Chinese music fans no longer content with the pop platitudes that engulf mainstream media. Partnering with Beijing Blues Fest and Hitweek will allow us to extend our brand reach to new audiences."
H2O MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 9, 2012
$30 - $90. $225 (VIP)
Tickets are already on sale on their official website. They recently announced signing Calle 13, Prince Royce, Norteño band Duelo, and YelaWolf. This is already with Juanes, Snoop Dogg, Gym Class Heroes, Weezer, Paulina Rubio, and Damian Marley.
If you were wondering about the Spanish-language acts, executive vice president of Sales for Univision Radio, Jack Hobbs had this to say: "We are thrilled that with our sponsors Univision Radio is able to present an event where English-language acts can share the stage with Spanish-language talent. H2O's lineup reflects the reality of the young Hispanic music fan - the Hispanic 2.0 listener."
I would be really interested in seeing how Weezer vs Snoop Dogg goes, as their music styling is not exactly in the same ballpark.
For the latest H2O Music Festival announcements and artist confirmations, be sure to check their official website or on Facebook or on twitter.
TAOS SOLAR MUSIC FEST
June 30 and July 1
$51 (single), $91 (both days)
Taos, New Mexico
In its 14th year, the all-ages Taos Solar Music Festival will be taking place this June 30th and July 1st.
Tickets are $51 (single) or $91 for both dates. Camping is also available, check with the official website for more details.
Headliners include Lyle Lovett and Los Lobos. Full details below:
The Del McCoury Band
NM SolarFest Band Search winner
Michael Franti and Spearhead
GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 13—August 18, 2012
Free ($140 starting for membership reserved seating)
In its 78th season, the Grant Park Music Festival starts this June 13th and runs until August 18th at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. All the concerts are free and will take place on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).
The ten-week/30 concerts festival will feature American composers Michael Gandolfi (June 15 and 16) and Sebastian Currier (July 6 and 7), chorus director Christopher Bell, conductor Carlos Kalmar, cellist Alban Gerhardt (June 16), pianist Steven Osborne (June 20 and 22), and conductor Koen Kessels. More detail and schedule at grantparkmusicfestival.com.
Although free, you can get memberships to the Grant Park Music Festival, which offers specific reserved seats or general seating in a reserved section of the Pavilion for all Grant Park Music Festival concerts. Memberships with seating benefits begin at $140.
PYGMALION MUSIC FESTIVAL
September 27-29, 2012
$75 (early)/$85 (regular)
Grizzly Bear and Dinosaur Jr are headlining this year's Pygmalion Music Festival. Looking over their scheduled guests, this is definitely an indie "buzz" festival: Cloud Nothings, Tennis, Hospitality, Willis Earl Beal, Frankie Rose, Big Freedia and The Divas, Lord Huron, Julia Holter, Lotus Plaza, Craft Spells, Owen, Oh No Oh My, Zeus, etc.
September is far off, expect even more notable artists to be announced.
Tickets right now are $75, but expect it to go to $85 closer to the festival's date.