FESTIVALS FORECAST: PARTLY CROWDY WITH A HIGH HEAT INDEX
CMA’s FAN FAIR (Nashville)
LINEUP INCLUDES Blake Shelton, Darryl Worley, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Lonestar, Martina McBride, Patty Loveless, Billy Gilman
THE SKINNY Round up the cowboys and girls! This family-friendly event has everything from bluegrass and alt-country to Billy Ray Cyrus. (6/5-6/8)
FIELD DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL (Calverton, N.Y.)
LINEUP INCLUDES Radiohead, Beastie Boys, Beck, Sigur Ros, Blur, the Roots, Beth Orton, Interpol, the Streets, N.E.R.D., the Music
THE SKINNY Long Island flexes its music muscle with two days of 40-plus performers.
WHAT YOU’LL SEE Radiohead glamming it up with new stage and lighting technology, plus the Beasties doing a straight hip-hop set, according to crew member Adam Yauch.
WHAT THEY SAY Unless you’re ”color-blind and hard-of-hearing,” Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood thinks you’ll get your money’s worth. (6/7-6/8)
BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL (Manchester, Tenn.)
LINEUP INCLUDES The Dead, Widespread Panic, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, James Brown, the Allman Brothers Band, the Flaming Lips, the Roots, Emmylou Harris, Sonic Youth
THE SKINNY Rock, jazz, funk, indie, and hip-hop artists invade the South.
WHAT TO EXPECT Although there’ll be well over 60 acts, Dead bassist Phil Lesh insists fans should expect ”a full-on four-hour Dead show.” Adds Dead guitarist Bob Weir, ”I’d be surprised if we didn’t cook up something, but if I told you, it wouldn’t be a surprise.” (6/13-6/15)
SNAPPLE SUNSET MUSIC FESTIVAL (Newport, R.I.)
LINEUP INCLUDES Ben Folds, Cheap Trick, Livingston Taylor, the Blind Boys of Alabama
THE SKINNY You’ll be hard-pressed to find a screaming guitar during any one of these six days of laid-back pop, folk, and gospel. (7/1-7/6)
ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL (New Orleans)
LINEUP INCLUDES Erykah Badu, Musiq, P. Diddy and the Bad Boy Family, Jaheim, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Nappy Roots, Smokey Robinson, Anita Baker, Heather Headley, Nelly, Babyface
THE SKINNY Neo-soul crooners perform alongside their idols in the Big Easy.
WHO THEY’LL BE WATCHING Jaheim can’t wait to bounce to Carl Thomas and the Bad Boy Family while Musiq expects heaven and earth to collide when Chaka Khan gets on stage: ”She’s a living legend. Her voice is God’s proof that there are angels.” (7/3-7/5)
MOONDANCE JAM (Walker, Minn.)
LINEUP INCLUDES Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Joe Cocker, Rick Springfield, Joan Jett
THE SKINNY If sitting around a campfire and jamming to Lou Gramm fluffs your mullet, this is your dream ’80s-nostalgia fest. (7/9-7/12)
ROCK FEST (Cadott, Wis.)
LINEUP INCLUDES Whitesnake, Twisted Sister, Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard
THE SKINNY If you thought Totally Pauly was a way of life, head over – and if Wisconsin runs out of Aqua Net, we’ll know why. (7/17-7/20)