I am so confused by what the music of today is all about. To verbalize that makes me sound like my mother when she said the Beatles were the ruination of civilization as we know it. I hardly think I am that extreme but I just do not understand music that doesn’t follow the formulaic pattern of a beginning, a chorus and an end in every song. It isn’t meant to be an insult to any kind of music or any age group. It is really just me. I think it may be that I am getting confused by even the simplest things these days. Sadly it isn’t limited to only music. I find myself scratching my head when I watch commercials. I ask myself, “What is it that they are trying to sell me?” And then I realize if I don’t know what it is, it isn’t something they are trying to sell me anyway.
When did it happen that I found myself so confused about so much? When did I make the change over from hip to old? When did I discover that all the current concerts performers are people that I never heard of before? I like to think I am a person who is “with it”. But I know by using “with it” I have just proven how out of touch I really am! No one is “with it” any more, lol. Well I have decided to fix that, to embrace change; to make a clean start and attempt to take in new experiences. I have committed myself to prove to people (my children actually), that I can be open and receptive to all things new. (well let’s settle for one thing new at a time shall we?) So this week I am tackling music. I have vowed to get to a few music events and sit and listen to a wide variety of musical styles. I am a real pioneer aren’t I? A risk taker of epic proportions! (If you knew my resistance to change, you would see that this is being a risk taker for me.) Out with confused and in with knowledgeable!
I invite you all to come along. If you are young or old, try to find a way to like the music of another generation. Today it is a journey of appreciation for something new. To throw caution to the wind and let it all hang out. (another expression I am reminded makes no sense today). So in that spirit, I have selected a wide variety of musical events. At these events there are multiple stages and a huge number of acts, groups, musicians and performers occupying them; the perfect chance to hear something new. I realize, as always, that many of you will be unable to attend these exact events. My suggestions are typically jumping off points helping you plan a great weekend of activity. Please use the search box above to find some “with it” events taking place this week near you. Maybe the next time someone asks if you like heavy metal music, you can say, Sock it to me baby! (Ugh I can’t believe I just said that!).
Mariachi USA Festival Jun 29, 2013 Hollywood Bowl Hollywood, CA US 90078 Since 1991. Five hours of nonstop Mariachi magic featuring the finest Mariachis with beautiful ballet folklorico and spectacular fireworks finale. 36,000 Attendees
City Folk Festival Jun 28, 2013 - Jun 30, 2013 Downtown Dayton, OH US 45390 Since 1996, the festival is a celebration of excellence in folk music, dance, storytelling, crafts and food from all our country's cultures. Over 100 musicians and dancers from African American, Appalachian, Asian, European and Latin cultures will perform. The Dance Pavilion boasts a huge dance floor, as well as seats for those who can manage to stay put. Cityfolk Festival Marketplace features dozens of fine art and craft items from cultures around the world, as well as custom items created on the spot. Plus almost two dozen food vendors with a variety of festival and ethnic foods. 100,000 Attendees
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Jun 26, 2013 - Jun 30, 2013 National Mall Washington, DC US 20599 Since 1967. Includes exhibits, foods, music and arts from several selected American and International cultures. Over 350 musicians, storytellers, artisans and cooks will be on- hand to share their cultures and traditions. Held over two weekends. 1,000,000+ Attendees
Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering Jun 28, 2013 - Jun 30, 2013 Tippecanoe Battlefield Memorial Park Battle Ground, IN US 47920 Since 1973, musicians from all over play on the battlefield for enjoyment, food and fun for everyone. The Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering is a three-day acoustic music festival featuring the best in old-time, bluegrass, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic and ethnic music on one stage. Past performers have included John Hartford, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Johnny Gimble, John McCutcheon, Mike Seeger, Tom Paley, Chris Thile and Nickel Creek, Robin and Linda Williams, Carry Newcomer, Howard Armstrong, Johnny Frigo, Claude Williams, Jethro Burns, Foghorn Stringband, Uncle Earl and countless others. 7,500 Attendees
Vikingland Band Festival Jun 30, 2013 Downtown Alexandria Alexandria, MN US 56308 Since 1985, drum and bugle corps classic concert and competition of 20 high school Marching bands plus a parade. 30,000 Attendees
Freihofer's Jazz Festival Jun 29, 2013 - Jun 30, 2013 Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Spa State Park Saratoga Springs, NY US 12866 Since 1978, features non-stop continuous music each day in the Amphitheater, on grounds and special stages. Also features an exhibit of 100 juried fine artists displaying and selling graphics, clothing, jewelry, pottery and more. Located Between Route 9 and Route 50 25,000 Attendees
Mount Helena Music Festival Jun 28, 2013 - Jun 29, 2013 Womans Park Helena, MT US 59601 Since 2000, features up to 25 bands, 50 hours of live entertainment on 4 stages, kid's activities, over 100 vendors featuring arts, crafts, food and classic cars will be on display. Takes place at various locations downtown. 8,000 Attendees
Hampton Jazz Festival Jun 28, 2013 - Jun 30, 2013 Hampton Coliseum Hampton, VA US 23666 Since 1968, Celebrating 45 years of music, the Hampton Jazz Festival attracts the nation's top blues, soul, pop, and jazz performers and fans from across the nation. 25,000 Attendees
Cedar Basin Jazz Festival Jun 28, 2013 - Jun 30, 2013 Sturgis Park Cedar Falls, IA US 50613 Since 1978. The sound of over 20 bands paying jazz, country, rock and roll, and blues music fills the air in three city parks.
Rock and Soul Festival Jun 30, 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Cleveland, OH US 44114 The Rock and Soul Festival is a celebration of African American music. The vitality of Black influence on American music and culture has been irresistible, its impact, profound and lasting. This soulful festival features performances by national and local artists and coincides with Black Music Month.
The Rolling River Music Festival Jun 29, 2013 Central Park Red Wing, MN US 55066 A musical treat for residents and tourists alike when they bring their blankets, chairs and picnic baskets to Central Park to enjoy live music from the bandstand. Takes place in the new Band Shell. If it rains, the concert will be in the First Lutheran Church at 615 5th St. West.
Sitka Summer Music Festival Jun 28, 2013 Harrigan Centennial Hall Sitka, AK US 99835 Since 1972, one of the most acclaimed and world-class chamber music festivals with spectators from all over the world. The festival will feature special programs on selected dates through out the month. Runs on Weekends. 5,000 Attendees
Osseo Band Festival Jun 29, 2013 Downtown Osseo Osseo, MN US 55369 The Osseo Marching Band Festival has quickly become one of the premier street-marching competitions in the State. Our commitment to complete and comprehensive scoring means we will again utilize a full 6-person judging panel from Tri-State Judging. With this larger panel, competing bands are evaluated and scored more consistently while individual judges are able to focus greater attention on their specific area of each band. Whether you are a spectator, music student, sponsor or just someone who loves to see a great music arts competition, don't miss the Osseo Marching Band Festival.
Lloyd Loar's Hometown Bluegrass Festival Jun 28, 2013 - Jun 30, 2013 Marigold Meadows Lewistown, IL US 61542 While Bill Monroe may have been “The Father of Bluegrass," the sound that we associate with Monroe’s mandolin came from Lloyd Loar. As one of the most fabled names in American instrument making history, we dedicate this festival to the memory of Lloyd Allayre Loar. Please join as we continue to make Bluegrass Music history in Lloyd Loar's hometown! Stage shows/Open Stage, Workshops, Bluegrass jamming all weekend, Primitive camping = No service (1st come 1st served), Shows rain or shine. *Bring lawn chairs/umbrellas. Free will donation. No drugs or alcoholic beverages, Pets must be leashed (not allowed in food/stage area), No electric instruments, please. 1,000 Attendees
AmericanramA Festival of Music Jun 29, 2013 Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood Atlanta, GA US 30315 AmericanramA Festival of Music is making its way to Aaron’s Amphitheatre to celebrate music’s most influential storytellers and poets. Featuring the legendary Bob Dylan with Wilco; My Morning Jacket; and Grateful Dead veteran, Bob Weir; AmericanaramA unites generations of music-lovers for an unforgettable evening.
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