Pilgrims: It’s Festival Time!
If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims! I logged a lot of miles in May but nothing compared to what summer promises! It’s festival season! What could be better than joining hundreds or even thousands of like-minded music-lovers to celebrate peace, harmony and live music?
I’m finishing May tonight with tickets to Dawes at York’s Strand-Capitol theater. The fact that it’s sold-out should tell you that this band is great and on the rise. I can tell you that they take me back to the days when Jackson Browne and The Eagles created the southern CA sound and they move me forward with poignant songs. Their latest album Nothing is Wrong grabbed my gut just the way I feel when I see a friend who’s obviously suffering, ask what’s wrong and they say, “Nothing.” The story-song “A Little Bit of Everything” is quite a mix of landscapes and is one of the most perfect songs I have ever heard. Sorry if you didn’t get tickets.
The good news for you is that Dawes will be playing the Long’s Park Summer Concert Series in July. That’s a FREE show on a lovely, sloped lawn at a great-sounding amphitheater. If long-distance travels or camping aren’t your style, you can still get the festival feel and a great show there all summer long. The music starts this Sunday night, June 3 with Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds! I’m proud to crow about that one!
Friday June 1st is a great kickoff to the month! I plan to volunteer at WXPN in Philly during their Spring mini-fund drive all day and then stick around for Cabinet and The Kalob Griffin Band at World Café Live. I love XPN and am so grateful to receive a strong signal from them in central PA! They will be staging their own festival at the end of July and I’m planning on a three-day pass for that one! With a three-day pass, you get lawn-seat admission to Dr. Dog, The Avett Brothers and Wilco! That show alone is worth the pass price but the list of performers for XPoNential Music Fest is flat amazing. I have yet to see its equal within $100 or 400 miles!
Saturday June 2nd is also a festival worthy of its own blog spot: MyRuralRadio.com’s Genesis Fest! York County will finally have an all-day music fest to call its own and wow, you should see the lineup for this all-day event! I have visited the site and the camping area is on a beautiful, manicured island in the Conewago Creek. I can’t say enough about the folks at MyRuralRadio and their dedication to promoting indie artists. Check out the over 400 bands featured on their site and try and tell me I’m wrong.
Finally, I have to give a shout-out to my friends Lovebettie! They not only are playing the main stage at SummerFest, the nation’s oldest and largest rock festival, but their song “Red Roses” will be the first song featured on the festival’s compilation disc. That means between 750,000 to 3.5million people will see them live and/or hear their signature song! Now that’s an Independence Day!