Spot Light on Music Festivals

There are as many festivals as there are kinds of music…no, make that many more festivals!! If your passion is’s scheduled. If it is rock, take your pick. Zydeco, yeah, that too. You name it….there is a festival somewhere. 

I have compiled a list..long as it may appear, it is SHORT! 

The point here is to see if there is something fun going on where you are planning to travel this during the next six months!  I limited the list to the United States, but needless to say, music is a universal language and festivals are everywhere!


South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival-Coos Bay, Oregon January 20

Oregon Coast swings again! This annual festival features an exciting blend of two- and four- beat, Dixieland, and classic rag “Hot Jazz”, all the music you love! Experience the jazz era with energetic flavor, vintage attire and a contagious New Orleans passion.

Clambake Preview


International Guitar festival at Round Top, Texas March 10 

at 1:30 pm Marco Tamayo
4:00 pm Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Duo and the Round Top Philharmonia conducted by Marcelo Bussiki.
7:30 pm Canadian Guitar Quartet

Sunday March 11, 2012 at 10:30 am (Edythe Bates Old chapel)
Master Class by Marco Tamayo


French Quarter Music Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana April 12-15

Showcase for hundreds of local musicians on 14 stages throughout the historic Vieux Carré. There’s jazz, from Dixieland to contemporary, brass bands, classical, Cajun and zydeco, rhythm and blues, gospel and everything else in between.


Country Thunder, Florence Arizona April 12-15 and Twin Lakes, Wisconsin  July 19-22

Welcome Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Blake Shelton and Alan Jackson to the stage at 2012 Country Thunder! See the full lineup for all the acts!!


Tampa Bay Blues Fest, Tampa, Florida April 13-15

Blues enthusiasts from all over the world come to scenic Vinoy Park to watch this spectacular showcase of American Blues music, performed right on the waterfront.           


 Austin Reggae Festival Austin, Texas April 20-22

This two-day festival, which benefits local food pantries,  brings thousands of reggae fans out for music, arts and crafts and fun. The event celebrates the loving spirit of Bob Marley and his message of peace, tolerance and non-violent change.


Festival International De Louisiane, Lafayette, Louisiana April 25-29

During this major cultural experience, delve into the culture, art, cuisine, and music of the largest Francophone festival in the U.S. There will be over 400 artists and 5 music stages to fill 12 city blocks. Prince Edward Islands, Quebec, Ghana, Martinique, Nigeria, and Cuba are just a few of the countries represented at the Festival. Festival food vendors will provide a taste of the best that the local cuisine has to offer.


16th Annual Virginia International Tattoo, Norfolk, Virginia April 27-29

Tattoos are ceremonial performances of military music that have evolved from a European tradition. Each tattoo is different and influenced by the culture of its country.  Attend America’s largest tattoo, held annually as the signature event of the Virginia Arts Festival, and be inspired by more than 850 performers including military drummers, pipers and drill teams plus choirs and dancers from around the world. 


Beale Street Festival, Memphis, Tennessee  May 4-6 

The 2012 Beale Street Music Festival marks the 36th anniversary of the festival which each year attracts music enthusiasts from all 50 states and a dozen foreign countries to the storied city where rock-n-roll and blues music all began.  Over the past decade the festival has attracted over 1.1 million music fans to the multistage three-day event, best known for its eclectic mix of contemporary rock, blues, soul and modern talent and its musically inspired setting.  The festival is held in a beautiful 25 acre riverfront park at the foot of historic Beale Street overlooking the mighty Mississippi River.


Sacramento Jazz Festival, Sacramento, California May 25-28

The largest Jazz Fest in the Western U.S, with its hundreds of musicians performing for enthusiastic audiences amidst the charm of historic Old Sacramento and the surrounding vibrant downtown scene.


Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, South Carolina May 25-June 10

Spoleto Festival USA (founded 1977), has become America’s foremost celebration of renowned international artists. Piccolo Spoleto, the festival’s outreach arm, exhibits outstanding regional artists developing into stars of tomorrow. Both festivals, occurring simultaneously, are sure to impress with hundreds of performances in opera, theater, symphonic, choral, and visual arts.


Kentucky Reggae Festival, Louisville, Kentucky May 26-28 

The flavor of the islands is captured and brought right to Louisville’s backdoor through the Caribbean Market, ethnic foods and, of course, reggae music.



Rythmn & Blues by the Brook Plainfield, New Jersey June 2

The Garden State’s most popular music festival dedicated to rhythm & blues is now in its 13th year. Rhythm & Blues by the Brook features a crowd pleasing line up spanning the rich world of R&B, from the groundbreaking music of the seventies to the new soul sounds of today.


Banana Split Festival, Wilmington, Ohio June 8-9

The fabulous 50s and 60s are celebrated at the nation’s only Banana Split Festival. Enjoy free rock n roll concerts, continuous entertainment, a cruise-in of classic cars, crafts and collectibles, games, rides, unique food and, of course, Banana Splits!


Cole Porter Festival, Peru Indiana June 9-12

In a small Indiana town, on June 9th 1891, the genius we know as Cole Albert Porter was born. He went on to write over 1500 songs for Broadway productions, movies, and television. Today his music lives on. Every year on the second weekend of June, the festival celebrates his life and music.


FESTIVALL, Charleston, West Virginia : Blues, Bews and BBQ June 24, 2012 and Wine and All That Jazz June 25, 2012  3rd weekend in June

Although there is nothing posted online yet, this is one music festival we have personally enjoyed  each year. The Friday evening line up is all blues and you can enjoy local beers and bbq. Saturday’s line up is all jazz and local wineries have their offerings. Pay one admission, receive a glass and start to enjoy! 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rock Fest Cadott, Wisconsin July 14-17 

A 4-day outdoor rock-n-roll music festival with 8000 campsites catering to audiences upwards of 25,000 per day.



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6 Responses to Spot Light on Music Festivals

  1. Janie Britton says:

    Great music festival post, Austin one should be great! Do you have a culinary festival post coming?

  2. Great idea!! Have any you’ve experienced that you suggest?

  3. Janie Britton says:

    TASTE of Chicago in July is the only one I’ve attended.

  4. Amy says:

    On my bucket list this year is to attend a live music festival. These all look great! Too bad all of the good ones are so far away! (I’m in Albuquerque). Though I think we are slowly trying to build up our Brews and Blues festivals statewide.

  5. Th Taos Solar Music Festival is scheduled for June 29-July 1. In Santa Fe there is a Bluegrass and OldTime Music Festival the end of August. And many more. Check out and for more.

  6. Amy says:

    Ooo! Thank you!

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