This year seems to have introduced more new music festivals than ever. In a sea of established fests and emerging talent, it’s hard to stand out from the crowd. BottleRock Napa, however, seems to have it all figured out. (Wine Enthusiast Magazine has already named it one of the top five music and wine festivals in the nation!)
The 18th annual Gathering of the Vibes announces their initial line-up, keeping their track record – for nearly two decades as the premier music, arts and camping festival in the Northeast.
Chris Robinson, front man for The Black Crowes, has been touring around with a band he calls The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. It’s wonderful to see such a prominent figure like Robinson play in intimate venues like the Fox, close up, starting from scratch. The Brotherhood sounds a lot like The Grateful Dead.
I woke up in Grand Teton National Park to the sounds of crazy mountain birds, and was glad not to have been eaten by bears or wolves during the night. The festival itself provides no camping but there is plenty to be found in the park and in the surrounding forests. On the drive to the festival grounds, I saw a moose, and nearly 30 people taking a picture of it. There was a lot to look forward to, and anyway I've seen moose before, so I didn't stop until I hit Teton Village.
Summer seems to be coming quickly to a close, and the end of festival season is in sight. This summer was somewhat special, as I was able to witness the birth of two new music festivals onto the scene. In July it was the mega-sized Mile High Music Festival, and on August 16th and 17th the smaller, cozier Jackson Hole Music Festival.
Featuring: Phil Lesh & Friends • The Black Crowes • The Neville Brothers • Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival • Bill Kreutzmann Trio • Mike Gordon • Zappa Plays Zappa • Jackie Greene Band • Taj Mahal Trio • Dark Star Orchestra • Sam Bush Band • Assembly of Dust • Ryan Montbleau Band • New Riders of the Purple Sage • Deep Banana Blackout • Porter Batiste & Stoltz • David Gans • King For A Day • Donna Jean & The Tricksters • Strangefolk • Alternate Routes • American Babies • Master of Ceremonies Wavy Gravy a