I hate to say it but summer is almost over. We’ve already started to feel the autumn chill in the air here at Brown Paper Ticket’s home base of Seattle, Washington. The bummer is that the end of summer also means the end of summer music festivals. We’ve ticketed some great ones this summer and there are still a few left to go before fall hits.
One that looks especially great comes from the folks over at Porterhouse Productions in Traverse City, Michigan. They’re the folks behind popular events like Paella in the Park and the Up North Fourth Festival and they’ve once again secured a solid lineup of great music and delicious local libations for the 3rd Annual Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival happening this weekend. Musical headliners include folk rocker Martin Sexton and the Grammy-nominated Rebirth Brass Band from New Orleans. There will be over fifty breweries pouring tasty malt beverages and a cider, mead and wine court. The festival will also feature a silent disco tent where festival-goers dance to music spun by popular local DJs broadcast via a FM-transmitter to wireless headphones. The silent disco tent allows up to 200 dancers to shake their things in what appears to be total silence to the outside observer. The festival is billed as a “celebration of craft beer, local harvest and live music” and it sounds like the perfect way to say goodbye to summer. Tickets are flying out the door so pick yours up right over here before their all gone.
There are also many more festivals going on until the end of August all over the country and here’s a short list of some of them. End your summer with a bang! It’s going to be a long winter.
Friday, August 26
Summer Sunset Music Festival – Damascus, Oregon The Summer Sunset Music festival takes place just 25 minutes Southeast of Portland Oregon in Damascus. There is camping, music, food, drinks and much more!
Wild and Scenic Music Fest – Leavenworth, Washington Friday night kicks the festival off with a barn dance featuring the Atlas String Band. Saturday is the Meadow Main Event with jamming, great food and kids activities featuring live music from Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, the Foghorn Trio and Spare Rib and Bluegrass Sauce. Sunday is the Canyon Wren After Party featuring Bruzz Brümp.
51BassCamp – Northville, New York DGS Productions is proud to announce its first 2 day event. A multi-stage camping festival, DGS will be featuring a dizzying array of regional EDM and Jam bands, DJs and performances. While camping, you will be able to enjoy a multi-stage music festival throughout the weekend. The event will also be open for people who are not camping.
Grassfire Festival 2011 – Mesick, Michigan Grassfire Festival and Sola Gratia have partnered to create a family-friendly, community-oriented weekend of camping and good music. Located on a farm in Mesick, Michigan, the festival will begin with music on Friday night. Saturday morning will include interactive, all-ages poetry, puppetry, music performed by Kevin Kammeraad. Later, a community meal will take place at noon consisting of a taco-bar. Music will resume after the community meal and will go well into Saturday night.
Ohmstead Music Festival 2011 –College Corner, Ohio One of the longest running, artist-produced festivals in the greater Cincinnati area. The Ohmstead Music Festival will feature such artists as The Ohms, The Andy Shaw Band, The Cliftones, Andyman Hopkins, Up Dog and more.
Springfield Indie Soul Festival 2011 – Springfiled, Maryland This festival will provide New England and Tri-State visitors with high quality entertainment that will feature non-stop live soulful artists, poets, upscale food vendors, artisans, book & music vendors, fashion market, and much more. Performers this year include Roy Ayers, N’Dambi, Navasha Daya, Taalam Acey and Dwayne Morgan.
Saturday, August 27
Northwest LoveFest – Seattle, Washington Northwest LoveFest is a two-day music festival porduced in collaboration with Luc & the Lovingtons. This is a great community festival and was recently featured in our blog. Read more here.
Grit City Fest – Tacoma, Washington Grit City Fest is a two-day music and art festival in downtown Tacoma, Washington with the main music stage being held at Hell’s Kitchen. The lineup includes: Stalley, City Hall, Seaweed, Sweetkiss Momma, Grieves and Budo, Art Vs Science, Spac3man, Mos Generator, Ben Union, Big Wheel Stuntshow, Gerald Walker, Royce the Choice, Deborah Page, James Coates, Perry Acker, and more.
Slow Food Roots Music Festival – Stanwood, Washington Music & Food! Farmers, Authors, Crafters & Cooks! The Food: Local, organic and wholesome food vendors; a farmer’s market, chef demonstrations and Slow Food related authors. The Music & Entertainment: Two stages featuring national, local and family entertainment booked with a well-seasoned ear toward the roots of American music (folk, blues, bluegrass, country, gospel and regional styles); plus a variety of kid’s activities. Performers include Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Dave Alvin, Los Straitjackets, The Moondoggies and Skagit Valley’s Knut Bell. The Art: Juried local artists and crafters showing, demonstrating and selling their wares. The Setting: The Stanwood Camano Community Fairgrounds is the perfect backdrop, with its evergreens, log cabins, state-of-the-art staging and cozy hometown ambiance.
1st Annual ‘Women in Music’ Outdoor Acoustic Festival – Chicago, Illinois This event will highlight and recognize twelve very talented women in music! Headlining will be singer, songwriter and performer extraordinaire Sista Otis. A limited number of advance online tickets are available for $6. Or, pay $10.00 cover at the door. Attendees are encouraged to bring seats and food in and don’t forget the party continues after the event at T’s Bar, the official after-party for Women in Music.
2011 LouFest Music Festival – St. Louis, Missouri This is an amazing indie-music festival located in the heart of St. Louis featuring national headliners The Roots, Cat Power (in her only 2011 music festival performance), TV On the Radio, The Hold Steady and more. It was recently featured on our blog so find out more here.
St. Louis Indian Music Festival – St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Indian Music Festival presents the classical music and traditional music systems from India. This year the veteran Sitarist Ustad Imrath Khan will present his melodies. Seema Kasthuri will present the traditional beauties of South Indian Carnatic Music, followed by Saraswati Renganathan on Veena, BHavana Pradyumna on Carnatic Vocal.
Green Route Festival – Denver, Colorado The 2011 Green Route Festival will gather thousands of people to celebrate local food, art, culture and live music featuring Colorado’s emerging top bands. The event is created by some of the leading socially conscious networks in Colorado, including Green Spaces Colorado, Solera and The ReDirect Guide. Entertainment includes bands, live artist paintings, fire dancers, local and organic food and drink, and a VIP pre-party. This festival, in Downtown Denver’s up and coming RiNo Arts District, will be a signature event, incorporating the sustainability park to showcase the Design for the Other 90% exhibition being presented by the RedLine.
Pb and Jam – Leadville, Colorado Colorado Mountain College and Mudstomp Presents bring you PB and Jam Music Festival. Featuring: Deadman Flats, Whistle Pigs, Honky Suckle, Brody Buster Band, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, Grass Crack and Tyler Gregory.
Everything Under the Sun Music and Arts Festival – North Adams, Maryland The Everything Under The Sun Music and Arts Fest is a Fundraiser/Birthday party for The Minerva Arts Center. The MAC has a commitment to bring arts and culture to the Northern Berkshires. For their birthday party, they are celebrating with a two day music and arts festival featuring a mix of up-and-coming and established acts from all across the musical landscape! More than twenty of the best musicians and bands from every genre, on one stage over two days to celebrate the best music that the Berkshires has to offer! Rock, Pop, Reggae, Acoustic Jam, Metal, Rap, Hip Hop, Country, and Hardcore! There will be street art (graffiti) demonstrations going on both days, showing the intricacies and skill that goes into creating a full color piece. And there will be lots of fun activities for kids of all ages: face painting, bouncy houses, art workshops, and more!
Out In the Streets Music Festival – Brooklyn, New York The Sky Report & BirdDog Promo present The 2nd annual Out In The Streets Music Festival featuring two days of music with New Villager, Mi Ami, The Forms, Lemonade, Janka Nabay & the BuBu Gang, Xylos and more.
Prophets Fest 2011 – Richmond, Indiana Located on a scenic farm 3 miles south of Richmond, Indiana, Prophets Fest is an all-ages event of live reggae, rock, bluegrass, and electronica. The event offers free camping, as well as food and craft vendors, and environmental education booth. Oregon based band Everyday Prophets will be featured headliners. Other acts include local and regional bands and DJs: Deville (Nashville), Natural Mystix (Bloomington),Otto and the Moaners (SF), Knightflyer (Dayton), Royal Sound System (Cincinnatti), and Richmond musician showcase.