Festivals

Call up the band members and tell them to start practicing! We just opened the registration for the John Hartford Memorial Band Contest. Registration will remain open until 11:59pm ET on February 28th. Judges will narrow down the qualified entries to a maximum of up to 12 finalist bands to compete live at the 2022 JHMF. Final contestants will be notified via email by Monday, March 7th.

After recently announcing his retirement (Bluegrass Today, The Bluegrass Situation, WTVF NewsChannel 5), bluegrass giant Doyle Lawson has decided to pass the baton for his 41-year annual festival, held at Denton FarmPark in Denton, NC, to The Malpass Brothers. The Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival will now be named The Malpass Brothers Bluegrass and Country Festival, sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms.

Today, the torch-bearing Grateful Dead tribute act Dark Star Orchestra announces the lineup for their ninth annual Dark Star Jubilee music festival. Produced by All Good Presents, the event was created as a band-curated continuation of the ongoing celebration of the music of the Grateful Dead, the Dark Star Jubilee has become a Midwest tradition for kicking off the summer season with three-nights of music, camping and community.

After a two-year hiatus, Sol Blume, Sacramento's largest festival dedicated to R&B and soul music, is back as it expands to two days on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1. GA and VIP tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. PT this Monday, January 31 at SolBlume.com.

Following the success of the Summer Roots festival that brought reggae and surf rock entertainment to SoCal last summer, Brew Ha Ha Productions has expanded the event with the announcement of Desert Roots – a new music and craft beer festival coming to Arizona this spring. Desert Roots Craft Beer & Music Festival will take place on Sunday, March 20 at Scarizona Festival Grounds in Mesa, AZ. The all-ages event will feature music from Cypress Hill, Common Kings, Katastro, Fortunate Youth, Arise Roots, Bikini Trill, and The Irie.

Rosanne Cash and JJ Grey & Mofro are two of the top headliners for the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, Sept. 9-11, 2022, in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia. The announcement of Grey and Cash are part of the first round of artists announced today by festival organizers.

Filling a void in the Gulf Coast, organizers of the inaugural Thunder Beats Music Festival have announced that the biggest EDM festival in the region will be taking place April 22-24, at Pensacola Interstate Fair Grounds in Florida. Presented by Thunder Ranch Entertainment Holdings, the lineup for the festival contains a veritable who’s who in the industry, including Marshmello; Kaskade; Deadmau5; Adventure Club; Dillon Francis; Ganja White Night; RL Grime; Zomboy; Baauer; Bonnie x Clyde; Cheat Codes; Deorro; Dr.

The South by Southwest® Music Festival (SXSW®) has announced a third round of Showcasing Artists invited to perform at the 36th annual event. The festival offers the opportunity to connect emerging acts and established artists with entertainment, technology, and media professionals, all sharing in a career- and life-changing experience. The first essential and international music event on the industry’s calendar, the SXSW Music Festival takes place March 14 - 20, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

Sunset Events & Disco Donnie Presents are proud to announce the phase one lineup for Sunset Music Fesival’s 10 year anniversary, revealing some of the scene’s most notorious heavyweights and today’s most exciting new artists. Spanning every genre in electronic music, Sunset will join the over 50+ roster of artists at Raymond James Stadium North Lot over Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29), and for the first time, extending to 3 days.
 

After a two-year delay, Boston Calling returns to Allston, MA this May 27-29. A trio of great rock bands will be headlining the Memorial Day Weekend event, with Foo Fighters on Friday night, The Strokes on Saturday, and Metallica on Sunday night. Those three bands are just a taste of the more than fifty bands you can see over the course of the weekend.

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