North America Music Festival Preview: June 2009


June has arrived and with it a multitude of festivals. If you can’t make to one, then you’re just not trying hard enough. Here are options for your next four weekends. Click on any of the festivals to see full lineups, more ticket options, and info on camping.

Weekend 1: June 5-7

Your first choice is between jam banding out in the Ozarks of Arkansas or head banging with Kid Rock down on the infamous Redneck Riveria.

Wakarusa Camping and Music Festival
June 4-7, Mulberry Mountain, AK
$159 for a full four day event pass (doesn’t include camping)
Headliners: Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, Galactic, Yonder Mountain String Band, Les Claypool, G. Love

June 4-6, Enterprise, AL
$150 for three day pass
Headliners: Kid Rock, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Randy Owen, Charlie Daniels Band, Drive By Truckers

Weekend 2: June 12-14

Of course Bonnaroo is the music festival to end all music festivals, but if you don’t have the coin to get there, consider checking out the smaller Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa. Or if full on country is your thing, swing through downtown Nashville.

June 11-14, Manchester, TN
$249.50 for a four day pass includes camping and parking
Headliners: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish (2 Shows), Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello, Erykah Badu

Harmony Festival
June 12-14, Santa Rosa, CA
$30 advance single day / $40 at the door
Headliners: Michael Franti & Spearhead, India.Arie, Cake, Dead Kennedys, Matisyahu, The Orb

Country Music Festival
June 11-14, Nashville, TN
$175 for a four day pass
Headliners: Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Little Big Town, Josh Turner, John Rich, Lee Ann Womack, Darius Rucker

Weekend 3: June 19-21

It’s all Canada all weekend long. Alternative bands take over at Toronto’s version of SXSW while Virgin kicks off their first of five Canadian festivals.

North by Northeast
June 17-21, Toronto, ON
$50 for a five day wristband
Headliners: Black Lips, Burning Brides, Wintersleep, The Sonics, Youth Brigade, The Cool Kids, GZA

Virgin Festival: Montreal
June 19-20, Montreal, QB
$75 for a single day ticket
Headliners: Black Eyes Peas, Simple Plan, Akon, The New Cities, Hedley, New Kids On The Block, Lights, Live

Weekend 4: June 26-28

10 days of music. Over a million people. The biggest music festival in the Midwest that you may not know about kicks off  the last weekend of June.

June 25-July 5, Milwaukee, WI
$15 single day ticket (additional cost to see headliners)
Headliners: Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Bob Dylan, No Doubt, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Puddle of Mudd, Willie Nelson

Born during a backstage Bonnaroo downpour, Vito's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to all the great festivals that this wide world has to offer.