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Taste Of Country Music Festival

June 7-9 2019

Hunter Mountain, NY

There is something wonderful about a good concert that can take an ordinarily shy person and turn them into a, smiling while singing at the top of their lungs, party animal. The environment punches through the awkward barrier that prevents strangers who have never met to becoming friends.

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Taste of Country Music Festival is produced by Townsquare Media and is the only multi-day camping country music festival in the Northeast. The festival features top acts in country music. The Taste of Country Festival also includes a wide range of food, drinks and attractions for the country music fan and is one of the top country music events in the U.S.

Past Highlights: Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Trace Adkins, Billy Currington, Montgomery Gentry, Hunter Hayes, Joe Nichols, Gloriana, Justin Moore, Dustin Lynch, Blackberry Smoke, Brad Paisley, Hank Williams Jr., Brantley Gilbert.

2019 Lineup: Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Brooks & Dunn, Brett Eldredge, Josh Turner, Michael Ray, Lanco, Walker Hayes, Morgan Wallen.

Pricing: $280 GA + Camping, with many options including VIP and single day passes.

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Mountain Jam

June 13-16

Bethel Woods Center For the Arts – Bethel, NY

The buzz about this secret set started to spread throughout the crowd inside the lodge, just downstairs from the loft, but no one knew exactly who was going to play and where. Suddenly, some stage crew started carrying in instruments and brought them up to the radio booth, followed by four gentlemen who make up the originally scheduled closing band, the Avett Brothers. The indie-folk quartet played a four-song set over the airwaves and over the station’s PA system.

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Mountain Jam is a three-day, multi-stage event, featuring approximately 30 bands on 3 stages in one of the Northeast’s most popular amphitheaters. Mountain Jam is consistently rated as one of the top music festivals in the country.  Mountain Jam prides itself on being family friendly. The festival’s forward-thinking Awareness Village will once again host exhibits from not-for-profit organizations and environmental groups, children’s entertainment, performance and sculpture art, physical and spiritual healing, a beer and wine garden, and much more.

Past Highlights: Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, Dispatch

2019 Lineup: Willie Nelson & Family, Gov’t Mule (2 Sets), The Avett Brothers, The Revivalists, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (2 Sets), Dispatch, Alison Krauss, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Twiddle, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Amy Helm

Pricing: $229 4-Day GA Pass. Single day passes, VIP and Camping passes available.

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Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival

JUNE 15-16, 2019

Croton Point Park – 9AM-9PM
Croton-On-Hudson, New York

“While a few bigger names have appeared in this year’s lineup of music, perhaps to keep current, Clearwater has remained rooted in its tradition over the many years since its founding by Pete Seeger.”

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Past Highlights: Pete Seeger, Toshi Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Dizzy Gillespie, Odetta, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dar Williams, The Skatelites, Taj Mahal, Steve Earle, Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Drive-By Truckers, Jeff Tweedy

2019 Lineup: Mavis Staples, Ani Difranco, Railroad Earth, The Wailers

Pricing: $65 to $90 for Single Day, $100 – $155 Weekend Packages and $230-$275 Plus Camping

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Rockland Bergen Music Festival Canceled

June 22-23, 2019

The 6th annual Rockland Bergen Music Festival has been canceled due to ground conditions at German Masonic Park. The exorbitant amount of rain that fell this week rendered the park unable to sustain the two-day event. The festival was to feature headliners Steve Earle & The Dukes and American songwriting legend, John Prine. READ THE FULL UPDATE HERE.

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

June 20-30, 2019

Downtown Rochester, NY

10 Artists You Need To Know from 2019

“The festival’s mantra in fact is, ‘It’s not who you know, it’s who you don’t know.’ Every year, this strategy and philosophy pays dividends with some astounding discoveries, usually from somewhere across the pond.” – Eli Stein

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Past Highlights: Seal, Dr. John,Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Lake Street Dive, Jill Scott, Joss Stone, Maceo Parker with the Ray Charles Orchestra, Postmodern Jukebox, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, and King Crimson, Aretha Franklin, Chris Botti, The Average White Band

2019 Lineup: Steve Gadd Band, Patti Labelle, Marc Cohn, Jeff Goldblum, George Benson, Steve Miller Band

Pricing: Individual ticketed headlining shows are $34-$161; Club shows $30-$35, 3-day club pass 194; 9-day club pass is $254.

FREE SHOWS on East Ave & Chestnut Street Stage June 21 and 22; Midtown Stage June 28 and 29; 4:30 pm shows at Squeezers Stage @ M&T Pavillion (Parcel 5); 6:00 pm shows at Rochester Regional Health Big Tent (Main st. and Gibbs St.).

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Sterling Stage 2

Reggae Grass Weekend July 5-6

Sterling, NY (near Lake Ontario)

As dawn broke on Friday, the Sterling Stage Kampitheater began to fill in with more local vendors and live music lovers alike. One of the aspects of Sterling Stage that sets it apart from many of the bigger music festivals is the intimate atmosphere and wide variety of hand-made goods available for sale.

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Past Highlights: The Blind Owl Band, Root Shock, The Honey Smugglers, Creamery Station, Los Blancos, Anders Osborne, Max Creek, Ryan Montbleau, John Browns Body, Jazz Mandolin Project, Zach Deputy

2019 Lineup: The Movement, The Grass Is Dead, Natural Medicine w/ Rob Dee, Salt City Ramblers

Pricing: $40 Day Pass, $70 Festival Pass, $300 Vip

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Great Blue Heron

July 5-7, 2019

Blue Heron Farm – Sherman, NY

A festival where you can party all day and night or bring your little ones, and know that they are going to experience an enriching musical, artistic, and communal atmosphere (with plenty of space and respect given from partiers). The Great Blue Heron is here to deliver!

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For 28 years the Great Blue Heron Music festival has been a magical celebration that brings music lovers from all over to join together as a loving and respectful community. The Heron provides a variety of grassroots,reggae, americana, psychedelic, and folk music as well as activities for the entire family to celebrate Independence Day weekend. The music never stops, with three stages and a drum circle that keeps the beats rolling and feet moving well into the late night and early morning. The festival offers RV, car, and quiet camping away from the late night parties. During the day, the festival offers a plethora of activities the whole family can enjoy including swimming, instrumental workshops, dance lessons, and much more. There is even a supervised kid’s play area and a teen tent for younger attendees.

Past Highlights: Donna the Buffalo, The Avett Brothers, Rusted Root, Jimkata, Big Mean Sound Machine, Driftwood, The Horse Flies, The Town Pants, Toubab Krewe

2019 Lineup: The Wailers, Donna the Buffalo, 10,000 Maniacs, The Gunpoets, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers.

Pricing: $115 Weekend Pre-Sale, $50 Youth Weekend Pre-Sale

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Camp Bisco – Scranton, PA

July 18-20, 2019

Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA

Camp Bisco has become the premier electronic music festival in the Northeast (RIP Mysteryland) and continues to showcase the talents of rising jamtronica, EDM, DJ and jam band acts throughout the weekend. Host’s, The Disco Biscuits, play six sets for their fervent flock of fans, who make it appoint to attend the festival year in and year out.”

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The Northeast’s largest electronic-rock festival, featuring three nights with over 100 performances.  This year will be the 17th installment of this amazing dream-sequence, for the ultimate escape of your reality.

Past Highlights: Shpongle, Younger Brother, Snoop Dogg, Ween, Skrillix, Big Gigantic, GRiz, Gramatik.

2019 Lineup: The Disco Biscuits, Tipper, Bassnectar, Odesza, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, Twiddle, Space Jesus & Friends, Aqueous, Octave Cat, Rusko, and dozens more!

Pricing: $90 single day, $210 advanced festival pass, $260 with camping. Prices range $1,000+ for “Glamping” options. *The festival is 18+ admission only with government issued I.D.

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Great South Bay

July 18-21

Patchogue, Long Island  Shorefront Park

he Long Island music scene is incredibly fertile and diverse. It is rare to have an event that brings everyone together in one place, from the hardcore kids out east to the classic rock loving dads from Glen Cove, to celebrate music, art, and unity. Great South Bay Music Festival achieved this in strides with their incredibly colorful lineup of popular acts ranging from Sublime with Rome to Electric Hot Tuna.

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Jim Faith, the man responsible, started Great South Bay Music Festival to create a Long Island music festival which would keep the spirit of music alive, positively change people’s lives, and create a space safe for people of all races and ethnicities to come together and celebrate different kinds of music. His goal is to inspire people to listen to new music as well turn younger folks onto legendary artists they might not have heard. The festival is not designed to be an over the top production, but rather a place to bring people together and get to the heart and soul of the community- which it certainly achieved.

Past Highlights: Mumford and Sons, Little Feat and the Dickey Betts Band

2019 Lineup: Taking Back Sunday, Slightly Stoopid, Sublime with Rome, SOJA, Lotus,  Dweezil Zappa, Spafford, Reid Genauer’s Assembly of Dust, Pink Talking Fish,Kiss The Sky (featuring, Juma Sultan, Hendrix percussionist at the original Woodstock Festival).

Pricing: $45 Day Pass, $175 Weekend, $315 VIP and $675 Ultra VIP *Small additional fees apply

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Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance

July 18-21

Trumansburg, New York (Finger Lakes)

Danielle Ponder jumped off stage, ran up and down the created aisle, pulling people from the crowd to dance with her. It was an intimate experience you usually don’t get with a festival the size of Grassroots, reaching around 15,000 people. It’s not every day you get a musician like Ponder dancing just a few feet from you, tripping slightly on a backpack, losing her footing, and you get to reach out and help keep her on her feet.

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The festival works to nurture local artists while reaching around the globe to bring a world’s worth of music, introducing it to new audiences. While creating an environment to inspire creativity, Grassroots is joked about by locals as, ‘Such an ‘Ithacan’ thing,’ because of its close proximity to the city.

Past Highlights: Patty Griffin, The Wood Brothers,Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Family Stone, Lake Street Dive, Danay Suarez, Anders Osborne, Keith Frank and Soileau Zydeco, Rebirth Brass Band

2019 Lineup: Taj Mahal Quartet, Railroad Earth, Rising Appalachia, Todd Snider, Willie Watson, Ryan Montbleau Band, Hayley Jane & The Primates

Pricing: $140 Advanced 4-Day, $75 4-Day Youth (ages 13-15), $38 Any Single Day (Gate Only), FREE KIDS ADMISSION (12 & Under)

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Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

July 18-21

Walsh Farm – Oak Hill, NY (Catskills)

Grey Fox is a welcomed mix of Grammy, AMA, and IBMA award winners, long-time fan favorites, exciting rising stars, and unique collaborations. Grey Fox is known for presenting the genre’s top artists, producer Mary Tyler Doub feels it’s as important to bring exciting up-and-coming young bands. These bands are from around the country and come to the festival as part of its emerging artist showcase where discerning bluegrass fans get to hear them for the first time.

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Festival organizers curate an extensive Spotify playlist of each year’s Grey Fox performers.

Past Highlights: The Gibson Brothers, Dry Branch Fire Squad (Host Band), The Wood Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Mile Twelve, Lindsay Lou, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

2019 Lineup: Jeff Austin Band, Billy Strings Band, I’m With Her, Tommy Emmanuel, Grateful Ball, We Banjo 3.

Pricing: $235 Full Pass w/ Camping, $80 Day Passes, FREE Kids 12 & Under, with ticketed adult.

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Great American Irish Festival

July 26-28

 Herkimer County Fairgrounds – Frankfort, NY

A great feature about the GAIF is its three distinct stages: one dedicated solely to local Celtic acts, another for traditional Irish instruments like the tin whistle, fiddle, bodhran and bagpipes. The third stage is dedicated to contemporary artists who employ Celtic sounds and modern rock elements.

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A non-profit organization comprised solely of volunteers whose primary goal is to establish the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley

Past Highlights: Donal O’Shaughnessy, Pat Kane and West O’ Clare, Kilrush and Craobh Dugan, The Elders, The High Kings, Enter the Haggis.

2019 Lineup: The High Kings, We Banjo 3, The Young Dubliners, Enter The Haggis, Andy Cooney Band, Screaming Orphans, The Byrne Brothers, American Rogue.

Pricing: $35 Can’t beat Three-Day Pass (Advance sale only). $15 Friday , $18 Saturday, $10 Sunday. (+$2 at gate Fri. & Sat.)


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