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Atlanta Festivals 2005

Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2005

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Atlanta is blessed with an amazing array of festivals and fairs that happen all year round. Below is our coverage of the big Festivals in Atlanta in 2005.

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  string(19685) "It's undeniable. The Southeast has some pretty rockin', jazzin', bluegrassin', funkin', country-in', R&B-in', dancin' and blues-in' festivals. There's no shortage of great events that are probably within a day's road trip. Here's look at some of the best.

ALABAMA

CITY STAGES Occurring the third weekend in June, City Stages heats up the streets of Birmingham. Marking its 17th year, the festival offers a lineup of 100 acts on nine stages including Aretha Franklin, Loretta Lynn, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Alejandro Escovedo. Weekend passes for the three-day event range from $30 for early birds to $40 if you wait until June. www.citystages.org.

W.C. HANDY MUSIC FESTIVAL Named in tribute to "the Father of the Blues," this festival is held annually in the Shoals area of Florence. The weeklong event (July 24-30) celebrates the evolution of jazz and blues. Ticket prices vary. www.wchandymusicfestival.org.

FLORIDA

CITYLINK MUSIC FEST A late-December event held annually in Hollywood, this is an intense 12-hour festival featuring mostly local unsigned artists. The 75-plus acts perform on 10 stages from 3 p.m.-3 a.m. Ticket prices vary with the venue. Check out www.citylinkmagazine.com when the weather starts to cool.

CLEARWATER  JAZZ HOLIDAY A 26-year-old musical tradition filled with four days and four nights of live jazz, this event is held on the waterfront of Coachman Park in Clearwater. The regional jazz event features many of today's most popular jazz artists. And the too-good-but-it's-true factor: Attendance is free! www.clearwaterjazz.com.

FLORIDA MUSIC FESTIVAL Spearheaded largely by the Orlando culture-and-nightlife tabloid Axis, the May 18-24 festival has quickly grown from a showcase event for unsigned artists to a three-day party featuring several national alternative, indie, modern-rock and DJ acts. The event gathers more than 150 yet-to-be-discovered artists for a networking free-for-all. Fourteen venues charge individual covers, or FMF offers an all-access wristband. For prices and schedules, go to www.floridamusicfestival.com.

LANGERADO MUSIC FESTIVAL While a young festival, it is already being compared to some of the country's biggest. The tropical weather of South Florida makes the early March spectacle a late winter treat. Offering more than 25 bands on three stages, the event has featured such acts as the String Cheese Incident, Medeski Martin & Wood, Keller Williams, Toots and the Maytels and De La Soul. Two-day passes are generally less than $100. www.langerado.com.

SUWANNEE SPRINGFEST Held the last weekend of March, Springfest (there's also a fall version called MagnoliaFest) offers a grand slate of bluegrass/newgrass artists. The lineup has included the Béla Fleck Acoustic Trio, the Waybacks, and the Biscuit Burners. Rain or shine, the bands jam and keep on jamming in the amphitheater and surrounding areas of Live Oak's Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, between Gainesville and the Georgia state line. For more info, www.magmusic.com.

TROPICAL HEATWAVE The 24th annual festival, sponsored by WMNF-FM (88.5), offers an eclectic selection of bands ranging from Alejandro Escovedo, Reckless Kelly and Heritage O.P. This year's theme is "It's the End of the World as We Know It ... Let's Party!" It's a one-day-only affair (May 14) held in and around the Cuban Club in Ybor City. Tickets are $30 (advance), $35 (at gate). www.tropicalheatwave.org.

VERIZON MUSIC FESTIVAL Now in its fifth year, the event, held the fourth or fifth week in May, generally caters to an array of pop, jazz, blues and even hip-hop fans. Past artists have included Jewel, India Arie, Victor Manuelle, Better than Ezra, Evanescence, k.d. lang and Missy Elliott. Shows are held in high-profile venues around the Tampa Bay area. www.verizon.com.

WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE The five-day event redefines winter, as it is held in Miami usually beginning on the first or second Friday in March. Thousands of dance music professionals, fans and veterans representing more than 60 countries swoon to this haven for DJ/IDM/electronica networking. The conference offers seminars, workshops and panel discussions with live performances. Past headliners have included the Chemical Brothers, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Richie Hawtin and Sasha. Prices vary for each individual WMC event, but latecomers can expect to pay $400 for all-access registration. www.wmcon.com.

GEORGIA

THE ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL Throughout May, this event takes over the city, summoning eclectic jazz lovers to an array of venues around town. The city-sponsored festival showcases a plethora of jazz artists and with an outdoor concert series held Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30) in Piedmont Park. Most of the festival is free, but tickets for shows at Chastain Park and Spivey Hall must be purchased at the venues' box office or website. www.atlantafestivals.com.

BLIND WILLIE MCTELL BLUES FESTIVAL For the 12th year, on May 20-21, the town of Thomson celebrates the legacy of Blind Willie McTell, the great blue guitarist born there in 1901. This year, the Southern recipe of roadhouse boogie and blues will offer up Marcia Ball, John Hammond Trio, Little Charlie and the Nightcats and Marie Muldaur. $25 (advance), $35 (at gate). www.blindwillie.com.

MUSIC MIDTOWN This 12-year-old shindig, held in the heart of Midtown, had changed its dates (June 10-12) and revved up its lineup. Scheduled this year are the White Stripes, Interpol, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Pixies, Ciara, Bloc Party, Alan Jackson, the Killers, Lou Reed, Keith Urban and Keane, among others. Three-day passes are $75 at Ticketmaster. www.musicmidtown.com.

KENTUCKY

W.C. HANDY BLUES AND BARBECUE FESTIVAL Celebrating the great bluesman W.C. Handy, this festival offers bibs, barbecue and blues. The town of Henderson will host this colossal blues cookout from June 11-19, with a menu that will feature bands like Delta Moon, the Holmes Brothers, Little Milton and Nora Jean Bruso. Admission is free. www.handyblues.org.

LOUISIANA

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL This event, April 22-May 1, has earned a reputation over the last 36 years for offering an astonishing array of quality music and an unequaled opportunity to party. This year's performers include Dorothy Norwood, Nelly, B.B. King, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Better Than Ezra and Anthony Hamilton. $25 (advance), $30 (at gate). Special evening engagements cost extra. www.nojazzfest.com.

VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE The seventh annual event, held in New Orleans' City Park from Oct. 22-23, brings something new to the city's jazz-dominated music festival scene. Last year's festival featured Green Day, Talib Kweli, De La Soul and Pleasure Club. www.voodoomusicfest.com.

MISSISSIPPI

JUBILEE JAM The annual two-day event is served warm in the sunny month of June. Held in Jackson, the Jam hosts a slew of musical talent, from honky-tonkers to soulful bellowers. Two-day passes go for $30, while nightly ticket prices range from $15 to $25. www.jubileejam.com.

NORTH CAROLINA

FLAT ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL Mainly an acoustic showcase, the festival celebrates sincere singer/songwriters and bluegrass pickers. Scenic Flat Rock serves as the backdrop for this event, which takes place in four venues. Past performers of this musical affair include the Del McCoury Band, Filthy Rich, Cast Iron Filter and many others. Tickets are $15-$70 (for a weekend pass). www.flatrockmusicfestival.com.

LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL Relatively new, this event is held for three days on four stages at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. It takes place twice a year - May 13-15 and Oct. 14-16 - and the lineup is wildly multicultural as it presents music from more than five different cultures and genres. This year's performers include Donald Harrison Jr., Samputu & Ingeli Troupe of Rwanda, and Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys. Tickets range from $18 day passes to $132 for weekend camping. www.theleaf.com.

MERLEFEST The Wilkes County Community College hosts the four-day Americana music festival from April 28-May 1. The 18th annual event celebrates the music of the late Merle Watson and his father Doc Watson. This knee-slapping and foot-tappin' affair offers a showcase for bluegrass acts. Featured performers include Donna the Buffalo, the John Jorgenson Quintet, King Wilkie and the Avett Brothers. Tickets range from $35 (single day) to $200 (four-day pass with assigned seating). Camping is available. www.merlefest.org.

SOUTH CAROLINA

SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA This festival for the artsy at heart takes place in the classic city of Charleston. The 17-day event (May 27-June 12) is filled with opera, dance and theater productions. Expect symphonies, jazz and chamber music shared by artists from around the world. Event prices range from $10-$125. Ticket packages available. www.spoletousa.org.

TENNESSEE

BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL This Woodstock flashback, now 4-years-old, is a self-proclaimed "entertainment experience featuring DJs, rock and jam bands for three intense days (June 10-12) in Manchester, Tenn. Performing this year are Kings of Leon, RJD2, DJ Krush, the Allman Bothers and the Dave Matthews Band. The high quality musical selection yields high-end prices. The only tickets left are $172.50 - the cheaper tickets are already sold out for this year. All tickets are three-day passes and include camping. www.bonnaroo.com.

BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL Overlooking the Mississippi River, this Memphis staple is held for three days (April 29-May 1) on three stages. Thirty-three-acres house this super party/concert, so it is no wonder music lovers from around the world flock to it. This year's performers include Jack Johnson, the Wallflowers, Seether, Mavis Staples, Sarah McLachlan, Billy Idol and the Roots. Three-day passes are $45 before April 29, and $58.50 afterward. $19.50 single-day passes (advance), $22.50 (at gate). www.memphisinmay.org.

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL/FANFAIR For country music lovers only! This extravaganza takes over Music City U.S.A. from June 9-12. Presented by the country music association, this event allows fans to see their favorite acts perform and then get up close and personal during extended autograph sessions. Tickets range from $86-$145 for this 70-hour, nonstop concert. www.cmafest.com.

VIRGINIA

ELLA FITZGERALD MUSIC FESTIVAL Named in honor of one of the city's most famous daughters, Ella Fitzgerald, the festival showcases the brightest stars of jazz. The April 7-9 event has a new home at the Ferguson Center at Christopher Newport University. Three-day passes go for $100, and individual tickets for $45. www.cnu.edu/fergusoncenter.

HAYMAKER MUSICAL FESTIVAL For fusion funk, electro-rock and reggae vibrations all at the same time, the spot to be is the 250-acre Oakley Farm in Spotsylvania. For two days (May 20-21), the farm provides fans with music from the likes of Keller Williams, the Wailers, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Earl Keen and Victor Wooten Band. Two-day passes are $75 dollars in advance. Camping is available. www.haymaker.net.

VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL The 10th annual festival takes place Sept. 3-6, with more than 40 bands rockin' the Virginia Beach oceanfront. For further information, see www.vbfun.com.

The rest of the best

ALABAMA

BayFest. October 7-9. Rock, country, gospel, roots, R&B, electronica. Bienville Square in downtown Mobile. $30 three-day pass (advance), $20 per day (at gate). www.bayfest.com.?
?Big Spring Jam. Sept. 26-28. Rock, pop, urban, folk, R&B, country. Big Spring Park, Huntsville. $30 three-day pass (advance), $35 three-day pass (at gate); $20 per day. www.bigspringjam.org.

Blackwater Bluegrass Festival. May 13-14. Bluegrass. Blackwater Park, Jasper. $30 two-day pass (advance), $35 two-day pass (at gate); single tickets, $16 (advance), $20 (at gate). www.blackwaterbluegrass.com.

Jubilee CityFest. Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29). Rock, country, urban. Downtown Montgomery. $32 weekend pass. www.jubileecityfest.org.

MOVA Arts Festival. Sept. 16-18. Folk singer/songwriters. Lake Guntersville. mova.mountainvalleyartscouncil.org.

Odyssey Music Festival. April 16-17. Jam, roots, funk. Camp Hill Open Air Music Park, Camp Hill. $63 (advance), $80 (at gate). www.odysseymusicfestival.com.

FLORIDA

Quiet Waters Park Cajun & Zydeco Festival. May 13-15. Cajun, zydeco and blues. Quiet Waters Park, Ft. Lauderdale. $15 daily, $20 (at gate); $23 two-day pass, $30 (at gate); $28 three-day pass, $40 (at gate). www.floridastuff.com/events/ft-laud-crawfish.html

The Fest. Mid-October. Punk, hardcore, rock. Various venues, Gainesville. Ticket prices vary. Festival pass, $20 (advance), $30 at registration. www.thefestfl.com.

Jacksonville Jazz Festival. April 7-10. Jazz. Various venues, Jacksonville. Free. www.coj.net/Departments/Neighborhoods/Special+Events/Jazz+Festival/Default.htm.

Kissimmee Festival of Rhythm & Blues. Last weekend of February. Blues, soul, R&B. Lakefront Park, Kissimmee. www.kissimmeechamber.com.

Kissimmee Jazz Festival. April 24. Jazz. Lakefront Park, Kissimmee. 407-846-0699

Miami International Piano Festival. Masters Series: mid-March. Eclectic/piano. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale. $160 package, single tickets vary. Discovery Series: May 13-22. Eclectic/piano. Lincoln Theater, Miami Beach. $180 package, single tickets vary. www.miamipianofest.com.

Pensacola JazzFest. Early April. Jazz. Seville Square, Pensacola. Free. www.jazzpensacola.com.

Riverhawk Music Festival. Nov. 10-13. Americana, jam, newgrass, zydeco, Cajun, roots rock, bluegrass. Sertoma Ranch, Dade City. Depending on day, tickets range from $15-$25. www.lindentertainment.com.

Sarasota Blues Festival. Oct. 29. Blues. Sarasota Fairgrounds, Sarasota. Tickets are $16 (advance), $20 (at gate). www.sarasotabluesfest.com.

Sarasota Jazz Festival. March 21-27. Swing-era jazz. Various venues, Sarasota. Ticket prices vary. www.jazzclubsarasota.com.

Sarasota Music Festival. May 30-June 18. Student orchestra, classical. Various venues. Ticket prices vary. www.fwcs.org/sarasota.

Sound Advice Tampa Bay Blues Festival. March 18-20. Blues. Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg. Three-day pass, $50; $20-$25 per day. www.tampabaybluesfest.com.

Springing the Blues Festival. April 1-3. Blues. Florida's Oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach. Free. www.springingtheblues.com.

SunFest. First weekend in May. Rock, classic rock, pop, urban. Downtown West Palm Beach. Four-day passes, $35 (advance), $40 (at gate); one-day tickets, $17 per day (advance), $20 (at gate). www.sunfest.com.

Suwannee River Jam. April 21-24. Country. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $75 four-day pass (includes tent camping), $85 at gate; $20 (Thurs.), $40 (Fri.-Sun.), $50 (Sat.). www.suwanneeriverjam.com.

Suwannee River Jubilee. Spring Jubliee is June 15-18. Fall Jubilee is Oct. 5-8. Gospel. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $10 nightly; three-night pass, $25. www.stewartvarnado.com/suwannee.html.

Suwannee River Rock N' Wheels. April 1-2. Southern Rock. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $30. www.hoganentertainment.net.

GEORGIA

AthFest. June 23-26. Indie rock. Downtown Athens. Free. www.athfest.com.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival. April 8-10. Blues, jazz, rock, Americana, acoustic. Piedmont Park, Atlanta. Free. www.dogwood.org.

Bear on the Square Festival. April 15-17. Bluegrass and old-time. Historic Public Square, Dahlonega. www.dahlonega.org.

Blue Ridge Harvest Fest. Oct. 7-9. Jam band, bluegrass. Cherokee Farms, Lafayette. $75 for three-day pass, $90 after April 19. www.harvestfest.com.

Georgia Music Week. Sept. 12-16. Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Macon. Free. www.gamusichall.com.

National Black Arts Festival. July 15-24. Jazz, world. Various Atlanta venues. Ticket prices vary. www.nbaf.org.

Savannah Music Festival. Jazz, classical, traditional and world music. March 18-April 3. $20-$35. Savannah. www.savannahmusicfestival.org.

KENTUCKY

Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Sept. 13-17. Bluegrass/newgrass. Moorehead. $10-$85. www.poppymountainbluegrass.com.

Country Stampede. June 23-26. Country. Sparta. $45-$200. www.countrystampede.com.

LOUISIANA 

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. First weekend of May. Cajun/zydeco. Parc Hardy, Breaux Bridge. Three-day pass, $15; daily, $5-$10. www.bbcrawfest.com.

French Quarter Festival. April 8-10. Jazz, Dixieland, zydeco. French Quarter, New Orleans. Tickets are $50 (advance), $60 (at gate). www.frenchquarterfestival.com.

International Arts Festival. June 8-12. World beat, Caribbean. Marconi Meadows at City Park, New Orleans. Three-day pass, $65; two-day pass, $35; $25 per day. www.internationalartsfestival.com.

Mudbug Madness. Memorial Day weekend. Cajun, zydeco. Festival Plaza, Shreveport. Per day, $3 for one, $5 for two. www.mudbugmadness.com.

Satchmo Summerfest. Aug. 4-7. Jazz. Old U.S. Mint, French Quarter, New Orleans. Free. www.satchmosummerfestival.com.

MISSISSIPPI

Country Cajun Crawfish Festival. April 14-17. Country, zydeco. Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi. Free. www.mscoastcoliseum.com.

Highway 61 Blues Festival. June 4. Blues. Downtown Leland. $12 per person, $16 (at gate). www.highway61blues.com.

Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival. Labor Day weekend. Blues. West Point Civic Center, West Point. www.wpnet.org/wolf_festival_2.htm.

Legends of Bluegrass & Country Music Festival. Second weekend of March and October. Country, bluegrass. Columbia Exhibition Center. Three-day pass, $60; daily passes, $25. www.bgfest.freeservers.com/columbia.html.

Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival. Sept. 17. Roots, blues, folk blues. Highway 1 South and Route 454, Greenville. $15 (advance), $20 (at gate). www.deltablues.org.

Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival. Aug. 12-13. Blues, gospel. Downtown Clarksdale. Free. www.sunflowerfest.org.

Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival. June 3-5. Blues, country/rock. Front and Main streets, Tupelo. Two-day pass, $20 (advance), $15 per day (at gate). www.tupeloelvisfestival.com.

NORTH CAROLINA

Bele Chere Festival. July 29-31. Rock, country, bluegrass. Downtown Asheville. Billed as the largest free outdoor festival in the Southeast. www.belechere.com.

City Fest Live. May 7-9. Rock, country, soul, hip-hop, blues. Downtown Charlotte. Three-day pass, $35-$50; single tickets, $25. www.cityfestlive.com.

The North Carolina Music Festival. Oct. 2. Rock, country, bluegrass, blues, folk. Charlotte. Ticket prices vary. www.thenorthcarolinamusicfestival.com.

Piedmont Jazz & Blues Festival. April 26-May 7. Jazz, blues. Greensboro. Ticket prices vary. www.piedmontjazzbluesfest.com.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Free-Times Music Crawl. May 23-29. Local and regional rock, jam, soul. Six different venues. $5 per venue. www.free-times.com.

3 Rivers Festival April 22-24. Rock, hip-hop, soul, blues, country, bluegrass. Downtown Columbia. Three-day pass, $30; $25 per day. www.3riversmusicfestival.com.

TENNESSEE

Riverbend Festival. June 10-18. Various music genres. Chattanooga. $26 before June 9; $22-$35 (at gate). www.riverbendfestival.com.

VIRGINIA

Christopher Run Bluegrass Festival. June 9-11. Bluegrass. $25-$70. www.christopherrunbluegrass.com.

Herndon Festival. June 2-5. Jazz, rock, folk, blues. Ticket prices vary. www.town.herndon.va.us/festival.

Rites of Spring Festival. April 22-24. Vanderbilt University, Nashville. www.ritesofspring.com."
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__ALABAMA__

__CITY STAGES__ Occurring the third weekend in June, City Stages heats up the streets of Birmingham. Marking its 17th year, the festival offers a lineup of 100 acts on nine stages including Aretha Franklin, Loretta Lynn, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Alejandro Escovedo. Weekend passes for the three-day event range from $30 for early birds to $40 if you wait until June. www.citystages.org.

____W.C. HANDY MUSIC FESTIVAL____ Named in tribute to "the Father of the Blues," this festival is held annually in the Shoals area of Florence. The weeklong event (July 24-30) celebrates the evolution of jazz and blues. Ticket prices vary. www.wchandymusicfestival.org.

__FLORIDA__

__CITYLINK MUSIC FEST__ A late-December event held annually in Hollywood, this is an intense 12-hour festival featuring mostly local unsigned artists. The 75-plus acts perform on 10 stages from 3 p.m.-3 a.m. Ticket prices vary with the venue. Check out [http://www.citylinkmagazine.com/|www.citylinkmagazine.com] when the weather starts to cool.

____CLEARWATER  JAZZ HOLIDAY____ A 26-year-old musical tradition filled with four days and four nights of live jazz, this event is held on the waterfront of Coachman Park in Clearwater. The regional jazz event features many of today's most popular jazz artists. And the too-good-but-it's-true factor: Attendance is free! www.clearwaterjazz.com.

____FLORIDA MUSIC FESTIVAL____ Spearheaded largely by the Orlando culture-and-nightlife tabloid ''Axis'', the May 18-24 festival has quickly grown from a showcase event for unsigned artists to a three-day party featuring several national alternative, indie, modern-rock and DJ acts. The event gathers more than 150 yet-to-be-discovered artists for a networking free-for-all. Fourteen venues charge individual covers, or FMF offers an all-access wristband. For prices and schedules, go to www.floridamusicfestival.com.

____LANGERADO MUSIC FESTIVAL____ While a young festival, it is already being compared to some of the country's biggest. The tropical weather of South Florida makes the early March spectacle a late winter treat. Offering more than 25 bands on three stages, the event has featured such acts as the String Cheese Incident, Medeski Martin & Wood, Keller Williams, Toots and the Maytels and De La Soul. Two-day passes are generally less than $100. www.langerado.com.

____SUWANNEE SPRINGFEST____ Held the last weekend of March, Springfest (there's also a fall version called MagnoliaFest) offers a grand slate of bluegrass/newgrass artists. The lineup has included the Béla Fleck Acoustic Trio, the Waybacks, and the Biscuit Burners. Rain or shine, the bands jam and keep on jamming in the amphitheater and surrounding areas of Live Oak's Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, between Gainesville and the Georgia state line. For more info, www.magmusic.com.

____TROPICAL HEATWAVE____ The 24th annual festival, sponsored by WMNF-FM (88.5), offers an eclectic selection of bands ranging from Alejandro Escovedo, Reckless Kelly and Heritage O.P. This year's theme is "It's the End of the World as We Know It ... Let's Party!" It's a one-day-only affair (May 14) held in and around the Cuban Club in Ybor City. Tickets are $30 (advance), $35 (at gate). www.tropicalheatwave.org.

____VERIZON MUSIC FESTIVAL____ Now in its fifth year, the event, held the fourth or fifth week in May, generally caters to an array of pop, jazz, blues and even hip-hop fans. Past artists have included Jewel, India Arie, Victor Manuelle, Better than Ezra, Evanescence, k.d. lang and Missy Elliott. Shows are held in high-profile venues around the Tampa Bay area. www.verizon.com.

____WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE____ The five-day event redefines winter, as it is held in Miami usually beginning on the first or second Friday in March. Thousands of dance music professionals, fans and veterans representing more than 60 countries swoon to this haven for DJ/IDM/electronica networking. The conference offers seminars, workshops and panel discussions with live performances. Past headliners have included the Chemical Brothers, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Richie Hawtin and Sasha. Prices vary for each individual WMC event, but latecomers can expect to pay $400 for all-access registration. [http://www.wmcon.com/|www.wmcon.com].

__GEORGIA__

____THE ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL____ Throughout May, this event takes over the city, summoning eclectic jazz lovers to an array of venues around town. The city-sponsored festival showcases a plethora of jazz artists and with an outdoor concert series held Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30) in Piedmont Park. Most of the festival is free, but tickets for shows at Chastain Park and Spivey Hall must be purchased at the venues' box office or website. www.atlantafestivals.com.

____BLIND WILLIE MCTELL BLUES FESTIVAL____ For the 12th year, on May 20-21, the town of Thomson celebrates the legacy of Blind Willie McTell, the great blue guitarist born there in 1901. This year, the Southern recipe of roadhouse boogie and blues will offer up Marcia Ball, John Hammond Trio, Little Charlie and the Nightcats and Marie Muldaur. $25 (advance), $35 (at gate). www.blindwillie.com.

____MUSIC MIDTOWN____ This 12-year-old shindig, held in the heart of Midtown, had changed its dates (June 10-12) and revved up its lineup. Scheduled this year are the White Stripes, Interpol, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Pixies, Ciara, Bloc Party, Alan Jackson, the Killers, Lou Reed, Keith Urban and Keane, among others. Three-day passes are $75 at Ticketmaster. www.musicmidtown.com.

__KENTUCKY__

____W.C. HANDY BLUES AND BARBECUE FESTIVAL____ Celebrating the great bluesman W.C. Handy, this festival offers bibs, barbecue and blues. The town of Henderson will host this colossal blues cookout from June 11-19, with a menu that will feature bands like Delta Moon, the Holmes Brothers, Little Milton and Nora Jean Bruso. Admission is free. www.handyblues.org.

__LOUISIANA__

____NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL____ This event, April 22-May 1, has earned a reputation over the last 36 years for offering an astonishing array of quality music and an unequaled opportunity to party. This year's performers include Dorothy Norwood, Nelly, B.B. King, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Better Than Ezra and Anthony Hamilton. $25 (advance), $30 (at gate). Special evening engagements cost extra. www.nojazzfest.com.

____VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE____ The seventh annual event, held in New Orleans' City Park from Oct. 22-23, brings something new to the city's jazz-dominated music festival scene. Last year's festival featured Green Day, Talib Kweli, De La Soul and Pleasure Club. www.voodoomusicfest.com.

__MISSISSIPPI__

____JUBILEE JAM____ The annual two-day event is served warm in the sunny month of June. Held in Jackson, the Jam hosts a slew of musical talent, from honky-tonkers to soulful bellowers. Two-day passes go for $30, while nightly ticket prices range from $15 to $25. www.jubileejam.com.

__NORTH CAROLINA__

____FLAT ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL____ Mainly an acoustic showcase, the festival celebrates sincere singer/songwriters and bluegrass pickers. Scenic Flat Rock serves as the backdrop for this event, which takes place in four venues. Past performers of this musical affair include the Del McCoury Band, Filthy Rich, Cast Iron Filter and many others. Tickets are $15-$70 (for a weekend pass). www.flatrockmusicfestival.com.

____LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL____ Relatively new, this event is held for three days on four stages at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. It takes place twice a year - May 13-15 and Oct. 14-16 - and the lineup is wildly multicultural as it presents music from more than five different cultures and genres. This year's performers include Donald Harrison Jr., Samputu & Ingeli Troupe of Rwanda, and Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys. Tickets range from $18 day passes to $132 for weekend camping. www.theleaf.com.

____MERLEFEST____ The Wilkes County Community College hosts the four-day Americana music festival from April 28-May 1. The 18th annual event celebrates the music of the late Merle Watson and his father Doc Watson. This knee-slapping and foot-tappin' affair offers a showcase for bluegrass acts. Featured performers include Donna the Buffalo, the John Jorgenson Quintet, King Wilkie and the Avett Brothers. Tickets range from $35 (single day) to $200 (four-day pass with assigned seating). Camping is available. [http://www.merlefest.org/|www.merlefest.org].

__SOUTH CAROLINA__

____SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA____ This festival for the artsy at heart takes place in the classic city of Charleston. The 17-day event (May 27-June 12) is filled with opera, dance and theater productions. Expect symphonies, jazz and chamber music shared by artists from around the world. Event prices range from $10-$125. Ticket packages available. www.spoletousa.org.

__TENNESSEE__

____BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL____ This Woodstock flashback, now 4-years-old, is a self-proclaimed "entertainment experience featuring DJs, rock and jam bands for three intense days (June 10-12) in Manchester, Tenn. Performing this year are Kings of Leon, RJD2, DJ Krush, the Allman Bothers and the Dave Matthews Band. The high quality musical selection yields high-end prices. The only tickets left are $172.50 - the cheaper tickets are already sold out for this year. All tickets are three-day passes and include camping. www.bonnaroo.com.

____BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL____ Overlooking the Mississippi River, this Memphis staple is held for three days (April 29-May 1) on three stages. Thirty-three-acres house this super party/concert, so it is no wonder music lovers from around the world flock to it. This year's performers include Jack Johnson, the Wallflowers, Seether, Mavis Staples, Sarah McLachlan, Billy Idol and the Roots. Three-day passes are $45 before April 29, and $58.50 afterward. $19.50 single-day passes (advance), $22.50 (at gate). www.memphisinmay.org.

____CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL/FANFAIR____ For country music lovers only! This extravaganza takes over Music City U.S.A. from June 9-12. Presented by the country music association, this event allows fans to see their favorite acts perform and then get up close and personal during extended autograph sessions. Tickets range from $86-$145 for this 70-hour, nonstop concert. www.cmafest.com.

__VIRGINIA__

____ELLA FITZGERALD MUSIC FESTIVAL____ Named in honor of one of the city's most famous daughters, Ella Fitzgerald, the festival showcases the brightest stars of jazz. The April 7-9 event has a new home at the Ferguson Center at Christopher Newport University. Three-day passes go for $100, and individual tickets for $45. www.cnu.edu/fergusoncenter.

____HAYMAKER MUSICAL FESTIVAL____ For fusion funk, electro-rock and reggae vibrations all at the same time, the spot to be is the 250-acre Oakley Farm in Spotsylvania. For two days (May 20-21), the farm provides fans with music from the likes of Keller Williams, the Wailers, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Earl Keen and Victor Wooten Band. Two-day passes are $75 dollars in advance. Camping is available. www.haymaker.net.

____VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL____ The 10th annual festival takes place Sept. 3-6, with more than 40 bands rockin' the Virginia Beach oceanfront. For further information, see www.vbfun.com.

__The rest of the best__

__ALABAMA__

__BayFest__. October 7-9. Rock, country, gospel, roots, R&B, electronica. Bienville Square in downtown Mobile. $30 three-day pass (advance), $20 per day (at gate). www.bayfest.com.?
?__Big Spring Jam.__ Sept. 26-28. Rock, pop, urban, folk, R&B, country. Big Spring Park, Huntsville. $30 three-day pass (advance), $35 three-day pass (at gate); $20 per day. www.bigspringjam.org.

__Blackwater Bluegrass Festival.__ May 13-14. Bluegrass. Blackwater Park, Jasper. $30 two-day pass (advance), $35 two-day pass (at gate); single tickets, $16 (advance), $20 (at gate). www.blackwaterbluegrass.com.

__Jubilee CityFest.__ Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29). Rock, country, urban. Downtown Montgomery. $32 weekend pass. www.jubileecityfest.org.

__MOVA Arts Festival.__ Sept. 16-18. Folk singer/songwriters. Lake Guntersville. mova.mountainvalleyartscouncil.org.

__Odyssey Music Festival.__ April 16-17. Jam, roots, funk. Camp Hill Open Air Music Park, Camp Hill. $63 (advance), $80 (at gate). www.odysseymusicfestival.com.

____FLORIDA____

__Quiet Waters Park Cajun & Zydeco Festival.__ May 13-15. Cajun, zydeco and blues. Quiet Waters Park, Ft. Lauderdale. $15 daily, $20 (at gate); $23 two-day pass, $30 (at gate); $28 three-day pass, $40 (at gate). www.floridastuff.com/events/ft-laud-crawfish.html

__The Fest.__ Mid-October. Punk, hardcore, rock. Various venues, Gainesville. Ticket prices vary. Festival pass, $20 (advance), $30 at registration. www.thefestfl.com.

__Jacksonville Jazz Festival.__ April 7-10. Jazz. Various venues, Jacksonville. Free. www.coj.net/Departments/Neighborhoods/Special+Events/Jazz+Festival/Default.htm.

__Kissimmee Festival of Rhythm & Blues.__ Last weekend of February. Blues, soul, R&B. Lakefront Park, Kissimmee. www.kissimmeechamber.com.

__Kissimmee Jazz Festival__. April 24. Jazz. Lakefront Park, Kissimmee. 407-846-0699

__Miami International Piano Festival.__ Masters Series: mid-March. Eclectic/piano. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale. $160 package, single tickets vary. Discovery Series: May 13-22. Eclectic/piano. Lincoln Theater, Miami Beach. $180 package, single tickets vary. www.miamipianofest.com.

__Pensacola JazzFest.__ Early April. Jazz. Seville Square, Pensacola. Free. www.jazzpensacola.com.

__Riverhawk Music Festival.__ Nov. 10-13. Americana, jam, newgrass, zydeco, Cajun, roots rock, bluegrass. Sertoma Ranch, Dade City. Depending on day, tickets range from $15-$25. www.lindentertainment.com.

__Sarasota Blues Festival.__ Oct. 29. Blues. Sarasota Fairgrounds, Sarasota. Tickets are $16 (advance), $20 (at gate). www.sarasotabluesfest.com.

__Sarasota Jazz Festival.__ March 21-27. Swing-era jazz. Various venues, Sarasota. Ticket prices vary. www.jazzclubsarasota.com.

__Sarasota Music Festival.__ May 30-June 18. Student orchestra, classical. Various venues. Ticket prices vary. www.fwcs.org/sarasota.

__Sound Advice Tampa Bay Blues Festival.__ March 18-20. Blues. Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg. Three-day pass, $50; $20-$25 per day. www.tampabaybluesfest.com.

__Springing the Blues Festival.__ April 1-3. Blues. Florida's Oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach. Free. www.springingtheblues.com.

__SunFest.__ First weekend in May. Rock, classic rock, pop, urban. Downtown West Palm Beach. Four-day passes, $35 (advance), $40 (at gate); one-day tickets, $17 per day (advance), $20 (at gate). www.sunfest.com.

__Suwannee River Jam.__ April 21-24. Country. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $75 four-day pass (includes tent camping), $85 at gate; $20 (Thurs.), $40 (Fri.-Sun.), $50 (Sat.). www.suwanneeriverjam.com.

__Suwannee River Jubilee.__ Spring Jubliee is June 15-18. Fall Jubilee is Oct. 5-8. Gospel. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $10 nightly; three-night pass, $25. www.stewartvarnado.com/suwannee.html.

__Suwannee River Rock N' Wheels.__ April 1-2. Southern Rock. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $30. www.hoganentertainment.net.

____GEORGIA____

__AthFest.__ June 23-26. Indie rock. Downtown Athens. Free. www.athfest.com.

__Atlanta Dogwood Festival.__ April 8-10. Blues, jazz, rock, Americana, acoustic. Piedmont Park, Atlanta. Free. www.dogwood.org.

__Bear on the Square Festival.__ April 15-17. Bluegrass and old-time. Historic Public Square, Dahlonega. www.dahlonega.org.

__Blue Ridge Harvest Fest.__ Oct. 7-9. Jam band, bluegrass. Cherokee Farms, Lafayette. $75 for three-day pass, $90 after April 19. www.harvestfest.com.

__Georgia Music Week.__ Sept. 12-16. Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Macon. Free. www.gamusichall.com.

__National Black Arts Festival.__ July 15-24. Jazz, world. Various Atlanta venues. Ticket prices vary. www.nbaf.org.

__Savannah Music Festival.__ Jazz, classical, traditional and world music. March 18-April 3. $20-$35. Savannah. www.savannahmusicfestival.org.

____KENTUCKY____

__Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival.__ Sept. 13-17. Bluegrass/newgrass. Moorehead. $10-$85. www.poppymountainbluegrass.com.

__Country Stampede.__ June 23-26. Country. Sparta. $45-$200. www.countrystampede.com.

____LOUISIANA ____

__Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival.__ First weekend of May. Cajun/zydeco. Parc Hardy, Breaux Bridge. Three-day pass, $15; daily, $5-$10. www.bbcrawfest.com.

__French Quarter Festival__. April 8-10. Jazz, Dixieland, zydeco. French Quarter, New Orleans. Tickets are $50 (advance), $60 (at gate). www.frenchquarterfestival.com.

__International Arts Festival.__ June 8-12. World beat, Caribbean. Marconi Meadows at City Park, New Orleans. Three-day pass, $65; two-day pass, $35; $25 per day. www.internationalartsfestival.com.

__Mudbug Madness.__ Memorial Day weekend. Cajun, zydeco. Festival Plaza, Shreveport. Per day, $3 for one, $5 for two. www.mudbugmadness.com.

__Satchmo Summerfest.__ Aug. 4-7. Jazz. Old U.S. Mint, French Quarter, New Orleans. Free. www.satchmosummerfestival.com.

____MISSISSIPPI____

__Country Cajun Crawfish Festival.__ April 14-17. Country, zydeco. Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi. Free. www.mscoastcoliseum.com.

__Highway 61 Blues Festival.__ June 4. Blues. Downtown Leland. $12 per person, $16 (at gate). www.highway61blues.com.

__Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival.__ Labor Day weekend. Blues. West Point Civic Center, West Point. www.wpnet.org/wolf_festival_2.htm.

__Legends of Bluegrass & Country Music Festival.__ Second weekend of March and October. Country, bluegrass. Columbia Exhibition Center. Three-day pass, $60; daily passes, $25. www.bgfest.freeservers.com/columbia.html.

__Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival.__ Sept. 17. Roots, blues, folk blues. Highway 1 South and Route 454, Greenville. $15 (advance), $20 (at gate). www.deltablues.org.

__Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival.__ Aug. 12-13. Blues, gospel. Downtown Clarksdale. Free. www.sunflowerfest.org.

__Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival.__ June 3-5. Blues, country/rock. Front and Main streets, Tupelo. Two-day pass, $20 (advance), $15 per day (at gate). www.tupeloelvisfestival.com.

____NORTH CAROLINA____

__Bele Chere Festival.__ July 29-31. Rock, country, bluegrass. Downtown Asheville. Billed as the largest free outdoor festival in the Southeast. www.belechere.com.

__City Fest Live.__ May 7-9. Rock, country, soul, hip-hop, blues. Downtown Charlotte. Three-day pass, $35-$50; single tickets, $25. www.cityfestlive.com.

__The North Carolina Music Festival.__ Oct. 2. Rock, country, bluegrass, blues, folk. Charlotte. Ticket prices vary. www.thenorthcarolinamusicfestival.com.

__Piedmont Jazz & Blues Festival.__ April 26-May 7. Jazz, blues. Greensboro. Ticket prices vary. www.piedmontjazzbluesfest.com.

____SOUTH CAROLINA____

__Free-Times Music Crawl.__ May 23-29. Local and regional rock, jam, soul. Six different venues. $5 per venue. www.free-times.com.

__3 Rivers Festival__ April 22-24. Rock, hip-hop, soul, blues, country, bluegrass. Downtown Columbia. Three-day pass, $30; $25 per day. www.3riversmusicfestival.com.

____TENNESSEE____

__Riverbend Festival.__ June 10-18. Various music genres. Chattanooga. $26 before June 9; $22-$35 (at gate). www.riverbendfestival.com.

____VIRGINIA____

__Christopher Run Bluegrass Festival.__ June 9-11. Bluegrass. $25-$70. www.christopherrunbluegrass.com.

__Herndon Festival.__ June 2-5. Jazz, rock, folk, blues. Ticket prices vary. www.town.herndon.va.us/festival.

__Rites of Spring Festival.__ April 22-24. Vanderbilt University, Nashville. www.ritesofspring.com."
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  string(20062) " Cover 22883  2020-04-05T02:30:48+00:00 cover-22883.jpeg     The top music festivals in the Southeast 30351  2005-04-13T04:04:00+00:00 Cover Story: The Best of the Fests 2005 ben.eason@creativeloafing.com Ben Eason CL Events Staff  2005-04-13T04:04:00+00:00  It's undeniable. The Southeast has some pretty rockin', jazzin', bluegrassin', funkin', country-in', R&B-in', dancin' and blues-in' festivals. There's no shortage of great events that are probably within a day's road trip. Here's look at some of the best.

ALABAMA

CITY STAGES Occurring the third weekend in June, City Stages heats up the streets of Birmingham. Marking its 17th year, the festival offers a lineup of 100 acts on nine stages including Aretha Franklin, Loretta Lynn, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Alejandro Escovedo. Weekend passes for the three-day event range from $30 for early birds to $40 if you wait until June. www.citystages.org.

W.C. HANDY MUSIC FESTIVAL Named in tribute to "the Father of the Blues," this festival is held annually in the Shoals area of Florence. The weeklong event (July 24-30) celebrates the evolution of jazz and blues. Ticket prices vary. www.wchandymusicfestival.org.

FLORIDA

CITYLINK MUSIC FEST A late-December event held annually in Hollywood, this is an intense 12-hour festival featuring mostly local unsigned artists. The 75-plus acts perform on 10 stages from 3 p.m.-3 a.m. Ticket prices vary with the venue. Check out www.citylinkmagazine.com when the weather starts to cool.

CLEARWATER  JAZZ HOLIDAY A 26-year-old musical tradition filled with four days and four nights of live jazz, this event is held on the waterfront of Coachman Park in Clearwater. The regional jazz event features many of today's most popular jazz artists. And the too-good-but-it's-true factor: Attendance is free! www.clearwaterjazz.com.

FLORIDA MUSIC FESTIVAL Spearheaded largely by the Orlando culture-and-nightlife tabloid Axis, the May 18-24 festival has quickly grown from a showcase event for unsigned artists to a three-day party featuring several national alternative, indie, modern-rock and DJ acts. The event gathers more than 150 yet-to-be-discovered artists for a networking free-for-all. Fourteen venues charge individual covers, or FMF offers an all-access wristband. For prices and schedules, go to www.floridamusicfestival.com.

LANGERADO MUSIC FESTIVAL While a young festival, it is already being compared to some of the country's biggest. The tropical weather of South Florida makes the early March spectacle a late winter treat. Offering more than 25 bands on three stages, the event has featured such acts as the String Cheese Incident, Medeski Martin & Wood, Keller Williams, Toots and the Maytels and De La Soul. Two-day passes are generally less than $100. www.langerado.com.

SUWANNEE SPRINGFEST Held the last weekend of March, Springfest (there's also a fall version called MagnoliaFest) offers a grand slate of bluegrass/newgrass artists. The lineup has included the Béla Fleck Acoustic Trio, the Waybacks, and the Biscuit Burners. Rain or shine, the bands jam and keep on jamming in the amphitheater and surrounding areas of Live Oak's Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, between Gainesville and the Georgia state line. For more info, www.magmusic.com.

TROPICAL HEATWAVE The 24th annual festival, sponsored by WMNF-FM (88.5), offers an eclectic selection of bands ranging from Alejandro Escovedo, Reckless Kelly and Heritage O.P. This year's theme is "It's the End of the World as We Know It ... Let's Party!" It's a one-day-only affair (May 14) held in and around the Cuban Club in Ybor City. Tickets are $30 (advance), $35 (at gate). www.tropicalheatwave.org.

VERIZON MUSIC FESTIVAL Now in its fifth year, the event, held the fourth or fifth week in May, generally caters to an array of pop, jazz, blues and even hip-hop fans. Past artists have included Jewel, India Arie, Victor Manuelle, Better than Ezra, Evanescence, k.d. lang and Missy Elliott. Shows are held in high-profile venues around the Tampa Bay area. www.verizon.com.

WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE The five-day event redefines winter, as it is held in Miami usually beginning on the first or second Friday in March. Thousands of dance music professionals, fans and veterans representing more than 60 countries swoon to this haven for DJ/IDM/electronica networking. The conference offers seminars, workshops and panel discussions with live performances. Past headliners have included the Chemical Brothers, Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Richie Hawtin and Sasha. Prices vary for each individual WMC event, but latecomers can expect to pay $400 for all-access registration. www.wmcon.com.

GEORGIA

THE ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL Throughout May, this event takes over the city, summoning eclectic jazz lovers to an array of venues around town. The city-sponsored festival showcases a plethora of jazz artists and with an outdoor concert series held Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30) in Piedmont Park. Most of the festival is free, but tickets for shows at Chastain Park and Spivey Hall must be purchased at the venues' box office or website. www.atlantafestivals.com.

BLIND WILLIE MCTELL BLUES FESTIVAL For the 12th year, on May 20-21, the town of Thomson celebrates the legacy of Blind Willie McTell, the great blue guitarist born there in 1901. This year, the Southern recipe of roadhouse boogie and blues will offer up Marcia Ball, John Hammond Trio, Little Charlie and the Nightcats and Marie Muldaur. $25 (advance), $35 (at gate). www.blindwillie.com.

MUSIC MIDTOWN This 12-year-old shindig, held in the heart of Midtown, had changed its dates (June 10-12) and revved up its lineup. Scheduled this year are the White Stripes, Interpol, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Pixies, Ciara, Bloc Party, Alan Jackson, the Killers, Lou Reed, Keith Urban and Keane, among others. Three-day passes are $75 at Ticketmaster. www.musicmidtown.com.

KENTUCKY

W.C. HANDY BLUES AND BARBECUE FESTIVAL Celebrating the great bluesman W.C. Handy, this festival offers bibs, barbecue and blues. The town of Henderson will host this colossal blues cookout from June 11-19, with a menu that will feature bands like Delta Moon, the Holmes Brothers, Little Milton and Nora Jean Bruso. Admission is free. www.handyblues.org.

LOUISIANA

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL This event, April 22-May 1, has earned a reputation over the last 36 years for offering an astonishing array of quality music and an unequaled opportunity to party. This year's performers include Dorothy Norwood, Nelly, B.B. King, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Better Than Ezra and Anthony Hamilton. $25 (advance), $30 (at gate). Special evening engagements cost extra. www.nojazzfest.com.

VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE The seventh annual event, held in New Orleans' City Park from Oct. 22-23, brings something new to the city's jazz-dominated music festival scene. Last year's festival featured Green Day, Talib Kweli, De La Soul and Pleasure Club. www.voodoomusicfest.com.

MISSISSIPPI

JUBILEE JAM The annual two-day event is served warm in the sunny month of June. Held in Jackson, the Jam hosts a slew of musical talent, from honky-tonkers to soulful bellowers. Two-day passes go for $30, while nightly ticket prices range from $15 to $25. www.jubileejam.com.

NORTH CAROLINA

FLAT ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL Mainly an acoustic showcase, the festival celebrates sincere singer/songwriters and bluegrass pickers. Scenic Flat Rock serves as the backdrop for this event, which takes place in four venues. Past performers of this musical affair include the Del McCoury Band, Filthy Rich, Cast Iron Filter and many others. Tickets are $15-$70 (for a weekend pass). www.flatrockmusicfestival.com.

LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL Relatively new, this event is held for three days on four stages at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. It takes place twice a year - May 13-15 and Oct. 14-16 - and the lineup is wildly multicultural as it presents music from more than five different cultures and genres. This year's performers include Donald Harrison Jr., Samputu & Ingeli Troupe of Rwanda, and Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys. Tickets range from $18 day passes to $132 for weekend camping. www.theleaf.com.

MERLEFEST The Wilkes County Community College hosts the four-day Americana music festival from April 28-May 1. The 18th annual event celebrates the music of the late Merle Watson and his father Doc Watson. This knee-slapping and foot-tappin' affair offers a showcase for bluegrass acts. Featured performers include Donna the Buffalo, the John Jorgenson Quintet, King Wilkie and the Avett Brothers. Tickets range from $35 (single day) to $200 (four-day pass with assigned seating). Camping is available. www.merlefest.org.

SOUTH CAROLINA

SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA This festival for the artsy at heart takes place in the classic city of Charleston. The 17-day event (May 27-June 12) is filled with opera, dance and theater productions. Expect symphonies, jazz and chamber music shared by artists from around the world. Event prices range from $10-$125. Ticket packages available. www.spoletousa.org.

TENNESSEE

BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL This Woodstock flashback, now 4-years-old, is a self-proclaimed "entertainment experience featuring DJs, rock and jam bands for three intense days (June 10-12) in Manchester, Tenn. Performing this year are Kings of Leon, RJD2, DJ Krush, the Allman Bothers and the Dave Matthews Band. The high quality musical selection yields high-end prices. The only tickets left are $172.50 - the cheaper tickets are already sold out for this year. All tickets are three-day passes and include camping. www.bonnaroo.com.

BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL Overlooking the Mississippi River, this Memphis staple is held for three days (April 29-May 1) on three stages. Thirty-three-acres house this super party/concert, so it is no wonder music lovers from around the world flock to it. This year's performers include Jack Johnson, the Wallflowers, Seether, Mavis Staples, Sarah McLachlan, Billy Idol and the Roots. Three-day passes are $45 before April 29, and $58.50 afterward. $19.50 single-day passes (advance), $22.50 (at gate). www.memphisinmay.org.

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL/FANFAIR For country music lovers only! This extravaganza takes over Music City U.S.A. from June 9-12. Presented by the country music association, this event allows fans to see their favorite acts perform and then get up close and personal during extended autograph sessions. Tickets range from $86-$145 for this 70-hour, nonstop concert. www.cmafest.com.

VIRGINIA

ELLA FITZGERALD MUSIC FESTIVAL Named in honor of one of the city's most famous daughters, Ella Fitzgerald, the festival showcases the brightest stars of jazz. The April 7-9 event has a new home at the Ferguson Center at Christopher Newport University. Three-day passes go for $100, and individual tickets for $45. www.cnu.edu/fergusoncenter.

HAYMAKER MUSICAL FESTIVAL For fusion funk, electro-rock and reggae vibrations all at the same time, the spot to be is the 250-acre Oakley Farm in Spotsylvania. For two days (May 20-21), the farm provides fans with music from the likes of Keller Williams, the Wailers, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Earl Keen and Victor Wooten Band. Two-day passes are $75 dollars in advance. Camping is available. www.haymaker.net.

VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL The 10th annual festival takes place Sept. 3-6, with more than 40 bands rockin' the Virginia Beach oceanfront. For further information, see www.vbfun.com.

The rest of the best

ALABAMA

BayFest. October 7-9. Rock, country, gospel, roots, R&B, electronica. Bienville Square in downtown Mobile. $30 three-day pass (advance), $20 per day (at gate). www.bayfest.com.?
?Big Spring Jam. Sept. 26-28. Rock, pop, urban, folk, R&B, country. Big Spring Park, Huntsville. $30 three-day pass (advance), $35 three-day pass (at gate); $20 per day. www.bigspringjam.org.

Blackwater Bluegrass Festival. May 13-14. Bluegrass. Blackwater Park, Jasper. $30 two-day pass (advance), $35 two-day pass (at gate); single tickets, $16 (advance), $20 (at gate). www.blackwaterbluegrass.com.

Jubilee CityFest. Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29). Rock, country, urban. Downtown Montgomery. $32 weekend pass. www.jubileecityfest.org.

MOVA Arts Festival. Sept. 16-18. Folk singer/songwriters. Lake Guntersville. mova.mountainvalleyartscouncil.org.

Odyssey Music Festival. April 16-17. Jam, roots, funk. Camp Hill Open Air Music Park, Camp Hill. $63 (advance), $80 (at gate). www.odysseymusicfestival.com.

FLORIDA

Quiet Waters Park Cajun & Zydeco Festival. May 13-15. Cajun, zydeco and blues. Quiet Waters Park, Ft. Lauderdale. $15 daily, $20 (at gate); $23 two-day pass, $30 (at gate); $28 three-day pass, $40 (at gate). www.floridastuff.com/events/ft-laud-crawfish.html

The Fest. Mid-October. Punk, hardcore, rock. Various venues, Gainesville. Ticket prices vary. Festival pass, $20 (advance), $30 at registration. www.thefestfl.com.

Jacksonville Jazz Festival. April 7-10. Jazz. Various venues, Jacksonville. Free. www.coj.net/Departments/Neighborhoods/Special+Events/Jazz+Festival/Default.htm.

Kissimmee Festival of Rhythm & Blues. Last weekend of February. Blues, soul, R&B. Lakefront Park, Kissimmee. www.kissimmeechamber.com.

Kissimmee Jazz Festival. April 24. Jazz. Lakefront Park, Kissimmee. 407-846-0699

Miami International Piano Festival. Masters Series: mid-March. Eclectic/piano. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale. $160 package, single tickets vary. Discovery Series: May 13-22. Eclectic/piano. Lincoln Theater, Miami Beach. $180 package, single tickets vary. www.miamipianofest.com.

Pensacola JazzFest. Early April. Jazz. Seville Square, Pensacola. Free. www.jazzpensacola.com.

Riverhawk Music Festival. Nov. 10-13. Americana, jam, newgrass, zydeco, Cajun, roots rock, bluegrass. Sertoma Ranch, Dade City. Depending on day, tickets range from $15-$25. www.lindentertainment.com.

Sarasota Blues Festival. Oct. 29. Blues. Sarasota Fairgrounds, Sarasota. Tickets are $16 (advance), $20 (at gate). www.sarasotabluesfest.com.

Sarasota Jazz Festival. March 21-27. Swing-era jazz. Various venues, Sarasota. Ticket prices vary. www.jazzclubsarasota.com.

Sarasota Music Festival. May 30-June 18. Student orchestra, classical. Various venues. Ticket prices vary. www.fwcs.org/sarasota.

Sound Advice Tampa Bay Blues Festival. March 18-20. Blues. Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg. Three-day pass, $50; $20-$25 per day. www.tampabaybluesfest.com.

Springing the Blues Festival. April 1-3. Blues. Florida's Oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach. Free. www.springingtheblues.com.

SunFest. First weekend in May. Rock, classic rock, pop, urban. Downtown West Palm Beach. Four-day passes, $35 (advance), $40 (at gate); one-day tickets, $17 per day (advance), $20 (at gate). www.sunfest.com.

Suwannee River Jam. April 21-24. Country. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $75 four-day pass (includes tent camping), $85 at gate; $20 (Thurs.), $40 (Fri.-Sun.), $50 (Sat.). www.suwanneeriverjam.com.

Suwannee River Jubilee. Spring Jubliee is June 15-18. Fall Jubilee is Oct. 5-8. Gospel. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $10 nightly; three-night pass, $25. www.stewartvarnado.com/suwannee.html.

Suwannee River Rock N' Wheels. April 1-2. Southern Rock. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $30. www.hoganentertainment.net.

GEORGIA

AthFest. June 23-26. Indie rock. Downtown Athens. Free. www.athfest.com.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival. April 8-10. Blues, jazz, rock, Americana, acoustic. Piedmont Park, Atlanta. Free. www.dogwood.org.

Bear on the Square Festival. April 15-17. Bluegrass and old-time. Historic Public Square, Dahlonega. www.dahlonega.org.

Blue Ridge Harvest Fest. Oct. 7-9. Jam band, bluegrass. Cherokee Farms, Lafayette. $75 for three-day pass, $90 after April 19. www.harvestfest.com.

Georgia Music Week. Sept. 12-16. Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Macon. Free. www.gamusichall.com.

National Black Arts Festival. July 15-24. Jazz, world. Various Atlanta venues. Ticket prices vary. www.nbaf.org.

Savannah Music Festival. Jazz, classical, traditional and world music. March 18-April 3. $20-$35. Savannah. www.savannahmusicfestival.org.

KENTUCKY

Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Sept. 13-17. Bluegrass/newgrass. Moorehead. $10-$85. www.poppymountainbluegrass.com.

Country Stampede. June 23-26. Country. Sparta. $45-$200. www.countrystampede.com.

LOUISIANA 

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. First weekend of May. Cajun/zydeco. Parc Hardy, Breaux Bridge. Three-day pass, $15; daily, $5-$10. www.bbcrawfest.com.

French Quarter Festival. April 8-10. Jazz, Dixieland, zydeco. French Quarter, New Orleans. Tickets are $50 (advance), $60 (at gate). www.frenchquarterfestival.com.

International Arts Festival. June 8-12. World beat, Caribbean. Marconi Meadows at City Park, New Orleans. Three-day pass, $65; two-day pass, $35; $25 per day. www.internationalartsfestival.com.

Mudbug Madness. Memorial Day weekend. Cajun, zydeco. Festival Plaza, Shreveport. Per day, $3 for one, $5 for two. www.mudbugmadness.com.

Satchmo Summerfest. Aug. 4-7. Jazz. Old U.S. Mint, French Quarter, New Orleans. Free. www.satchmosummerfestival.com.

MISSISSIPPI

Country Cajun Crawfish Festival. April 14-17. Country, zydeco. Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi. Free. www.mscoastcoliseum.com.

Highway 61 Blues Festival. June 4. Blues. Downtown Leland. $12 per person, $16 (at gate). www.highway61blues.com.

Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival. Labor Day weekend. Blues. West Point Civic Center, West Point. www.wpnet.org/wolf_festival_2.htm.

Legends of Bluegrass & Country Music Festival. Second weekend of March and October. Country, bluegrass. Columbia Exhibition Center. Three-day pass, $60; daily passes, $25. www.bgfest.freeservers.com/columbia.html.

Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival. Sept. 17. Roots, blues, folk blues. Highway 1 South and Route 454, Greenville. $15 (advance), $20 (at gate). www.deltablues.org.

Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival. Aug. 12-13. Blues, gospel. Downtown Clarksdale. Free. www.sunflowerfest.org.

Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival. June 3-5. Blues, country/rock. Front and Main streets, Tupelo. Two-day pass, $20 (advance), $15 per day (at gate). www.tupeloelvisfestival.com.

NORTH CAROLINA

Bele Chere Festival. July 29-31. Rock, country, bluegrass. Downtown Asheville. Billed as the largest free outdoor festival in the Southeast. www.belechere.com.

City Fest Live. May 7-9. Rock, country, soul, hip-hop, blues. Downtown Charlotte. Three-day pass, $35-$50; single tickets, $25. www.cityfestlive.com.

The North Carolina Music Festival. Oct. 2. Rock, country, bluegrass, blues, folk. Charlotte. Ticket prices vary. www.thenorthcarolinamusicfestival.com.

Piedmont Jazz & Blues Festival. April 26-May 7. Jazz, blues. Greensboro. Ticket prices vary. www.piedmontjazzbluesfest.com.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Free-Times Music Crawl. May 23-29. Local and regional rock, jam, soul. Six different venues. $5 per venue. www.free-times.com.

3 Rivers Festival April 22-24. Rock, hip-hop, soul, blues, country, bluegrass. Downtown Columbia. Three-day pass, $30; $25 per day. www.3riversmusicfestival.com.

TENNESSEE

Riverbend Festival. June 10-18. Various music genres. Chattanooga. $26 before June 9; $22-$35 (at gate). www.riverbendfestival.com.

VIRGINIA

Christopher Run Bluegrass Festival. June 9-11. Bluegrass. $25-$70. www.christopherrunbluegrass.com.

Herndon Festival. June 2-5. Jazz, rock, folk, blues. Ticket prices vary. www.town.herndon.va.us/festival.

Rites of Spring Festival. April 22-24. Vanderbilt University, Nashville. www.ritesofspring.com.    CL Photo Archives   0,0,10      13017696 1253444                          Cover Story: The Best of the Fests 2005 "
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Oh, hell no.

Ask any hillbillies worth their salt, and they will tell you that Hank Williams never had an image consultant, or attended media training, or had his songs written by committee to ensure maximum public appeal. But that was in 1950, and country music in 2005 is a totally different creature. Contemporary country music has become one of the more successful and profitable genres in the business, and the trend is continuing upward this year.

While the rest of the music industry struggles with slumping or stalled retail figures, in 2004 country music sales increased 12 percent. Music Midtown hopes to tap into that CD market with 14 hot and new country acts on this year's schedule.

The bookers made some good choices showcasing the incredible diversity within the country genre with a little bit of everything. The range is impressive, from commercial radio staples such as Trace Adkins and Jo Dee Messina to alt-country darlings Tift Merritt and Cross Canadian Ragweed.

Friday's headliner, Australian pop-country singer Keith Urban, has been on a roll for several years, culminating with winning two major 2005 Academy of Country Music awards May 17. Two great Georgia acts with a traditional sound and a family connection bookend Saturday's schedule. The Wrights open the show at 3 p.m., and Adam Wright's uncle (and country icon) Alan Jackson hits the stage at 10:15 p.m. On Sunday night, country rockers Montgomery Gentry close out the show with high-energy barroom boogie.

So what sort of crowds are the Music Midtown bookers expecting to pack the area in front of the Hooters/Kicks 101.5 Country Stage? Research surveys vary, but it is reported that between 50 percent and 60 percent of the adults in America say they "like" country music, and about 25 percent say they listen to it exclusively. Also, 64 percent of the self-identifying country music fans are between the ages of 25-54, a powerful block in the consumer market. Maybe country still is the "music of the people" after all.

If Hank was subjected to some media and image shaping, it was anti-star. Some of the public personas of many popular traditional country artists (Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, etc.) were manufactured and contrived to a certain extent, to stay within the socially constructed "down-home blue-collar common man" archetype that was projected upon and defined the target audience.

Ultimately, the show we see on stage today under the country music banner is really not that far removed from what our grandparents got. It's all about the marketing, and giving the people what they want. And when Jackson performs the haunting tribute "Midnight in Montgomery," you can bet that Hank will be smiling down upon the crowd. Oh, hell yeah.??


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Ask any hillbillies worth their salt, and they will tell you that Hank Williams never had an image consultant, or attended media training, or had his songs written by committee to ensure maximum public appeal. But that was in 1950, and country music in 2005 is a totally different creature. Contemporary country music has become one of the more successful and profitable genres in the business, and the trend is continuing upward this year.

While the rest of the music industry struggles with slumping or stalled retail figures, in 2004 country music sales increased 12 percent. Music Midtown hopes to tap into that CD market with 14 hot and new country acts on this year's schedule.

The bookers made some good choices showcasing the incredible diversity within the country genre with a little bit of everything. The range is impressive, from commercial radio staples such as Trace Adkins and Jo Dee Messina to alt-country darlings Tift Merritt and Cross Canadian Ragweed.

Friday's headliner, Australian pop-country singer Keith Urban, has been on a roll for several years, culminating with winning two major 2005 Academy of Country Music awards May 17. Two great Georgia acts with a traditional sound and a family connection bookend Saturday's schedule. The Wrights open the show at 3 p.m., and Adam Wright's uncle (and country icon) Alan Jackson hits the stage at 10:15 p.m. On Sunday night, country rockers Montgomery Gentry close out the show with high-energy barroom boogie.

So what sort of crowds are the Music Midtown bookers expecting to pack the area in front of the Hooters/Kicks 101.5 Country Stage? Research surveys vary, but it is reported that between 50 percent and 60 percent of the adults in America say they "like" country music, and about 25 percent say they listen to it exclusively. Also, 64 percent of the self-identifying country music fans are between the ages of 25-54, a powerful block in the consumer market. Maybe country still is the "music of the people" after all.

If Hank was subjected to some media and image shaping, it was anti-star. Some of the public personas of many popular traditional country artists (Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, etc.) were manufactured and contrived to a certain extent, to stay within the socially constructed "down-home blue-collar common man" archetype that was projected upon and defined the target audience.

Ultimately, the show we see on stage today under the country music banner is really not that far removed from what our grandparents got. It's all about the marketing, and giving the people what they want. And when Jackson performs the haunting tribute "Midnight in Montgomery," you can bet that Hank will be smiling down upon the crowd. Oh, hell yeah.??


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8:30-9:15 p.m. CIARA - Atlanta's own "First Lady of Crunk & B," Ciara continues to excel when her whispery vocals (Aaliyah with a touch of Destiny's Child) are paired with a slow grind (most often from ATLiens Lil Jon and Jazze Pha). Production makes it much of the time for Ciara, so listen to catch goodies like "Oh" and "1, 2 Step." Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot 107.9/Fox 5 Stage. - Tony Ware

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10-11:30 p.m. THE GAME - This year, Music Midtown can claim it got game. Or rather, the Game. He spits over beats from Dr. Dre, Enimem, Just Blaze, Kanye West and more, this is G-Funk '05 - which means stripped down, creeping like a chromed-out custom ride but equally ready to flip the switches and bounce, bounce. Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot 107.9/Fox 5 Stage - TW

10-11:30 p.m. RAREFORM DJ CREW - Tim DeGroot and J-Sol have gained a following in Atlanta by dropping hip-house, future jazz and breaks, both dusty and digital. Comcast/WABE Cultural Stage. - TW

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3-3:45 p.m. THE WRIGHTS - Former Atlanta residents Adam and Shannon Wright start the Saturday marathon with their sweet and accessible country blend. Supporting their self-titled debut album, which is one of the best new releases so far this year, the couple celebrate their homecoming in a big way. Hooters/Kicks 101.5 Stage. - James Kelly

4:15-5:15 p.m. BLOC PARTY - South London's Bloc Party is so achingly now in terms of post-punk indie rock. That also means the quartet is so achingly retro, recalling Gang of Four, the Fall, XTC and Bad Brains in the group's taut, wiry yelping. And the drummer is so flipping brilliant, he makes bashing political parties into a sweat-streaked rave-up. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - TW

4:15-5:15 p.m. TIFT MERRITT - OK, so she lost the Grammy for Best Country Album to Loretta Lynn. But Merritt is only marginally country, anyway, and with two great releases is already forging a distinctive soulful path that makes her far more attractive, edgy and innovative than the majority of big-hatted, Barbie-styled slackers on so-called Americana radio. Hooters/Kicks 101.5 Stage. - HH

5:15-5:45 p.m. GOOD FRIDAY EXPERIMENT - Local psych rock outfit Good Friday Experiment draws out weighty and cerebral journeys into rhythm and reverb-drenched washes of feedback. Drawing comparisons to everyone from Spirit to Spaceman 3, the group's penchant for '60s rock bliss lends more to punk-rock experimentalism than hippie love jams. Best Buy/99X Locals Only Stage. - Chad Radford

5:45-6:45 p.m. THE FEATURES - A buzz band for the last year or so, the band came up alongside the Killers, but have not garnered near as much notoriety. Maybe it's because its sound is less stylized - think Animals rather than the Cure - and probably guaranteed to be around a lot longer, even if it's a little under the radar. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - NS

6-7:15 p.m. ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND - At even an hour and a quarter, Randolph is just getting warmed up when he kicks his energized gospel-blues rock into high gear. Taking the once lowly pedal steel guitar out of country music, into the church and center stage, he and the band deliver a ferociously sweaty set as explosive as it is righteous. Can we get an "Amen"? Ford/Best Buy/96 Rock/UPN Atlanta Stage. - HH

8-9:15 p.m. JOHN FOGERTY - His newest album didn't excite the charts or his graying fans, but Fogerty knows what the crowd wants and he happily satisfies by enthusiastically diving into his fertile Creedence Clearwater catalog. It's a sing-along good time, especially if you're a boomer who remembers how good "Proud Mary" sounded blasting out of AM radio in 1969. Ford/Best Buy/96 Rock/UPN Atlanta Stage. - HH

8:45-10 p.m. THE KILLERS - Las Vegas quartet the Killers has one killer song, "Mr. Brightside." It's the brightest side on the Duran Duran descendant's 2004 debut, Hot Fuss, a thoroughly melodic though somewhat uneven collection of stylized Brit/synth-pop fit for the inevitable indie-rock remake of any John Hughes movie. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - TW

10-10:30 p.m. FIVE EIGHT - The Locals Only stage seems like a step down considering the band opened for R.E.M. But hey, this punked-up crew of over-the-hillers can rock harder than a lot of the kids they're sharing the stage with. Oh, and they can wipe the floor with a few bands on the stage they're facing, too. Best Buy/99X Locals Only Stage. - NS

10 p.m-midnight TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS - Known for his unpredictable but exhilarating performances where he is as likely to play covers and rarities mixed with a smattering of hits, Petty and his longtime band prove that experience and age can be assets for talented and dedicated rock and rollers. Ford/Best Buy/96 Rock/UPN Atlanta Stage. - HH

10:15-11:45 p.m. ALAN JACKSON - The Newnan native has forged one of the most successful and consistent careers in country music over the last 15 years by sticking to what he does best: straight-up honky-tonk, with just enough insightful social commentary to keep it honest and sincere. Expect all the big hits, and a good ol' time for all y'all hillbillies. Hooters/Kicks 101.5 Stage. - JK

10:30 p.m. THE PIXIES - Bounding back from "the comeback of the year" last October, the Pixies return ... to the festival circuit. To witness Frank Black bellow "Where Is My Mind" over a sea of soccer moms and sloshed teens with glowing necklaces will only add a renewed sense of anxiety to the group's omnipotence. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - CRTBA p.m. COMMON - Anyone who appreciates a soulful, socially informed flow should catch Chicago-bred MC Common. Having just released an album, Be, with fellow Chicagoan Kanye West on production, Common drops catchy consciousness over West's trademark chattering, sped-up samples. Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot 107.9/Fox 5 Stage. - TWSunday

3-3:45 p.m. TEGAN AND SARA - Twins. Lesbians. Hmmmm. ... It's the Proclaimers meets t.a.t.u., right? Umm, gross, and thankfully, not right. Tegan and Sara traffic in earnest pop and infectious hooks, not in ugly mugs with big glasses and scantily clad exotica. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - NS

3-3:30 p.m. WHODINI - New York hip-hop-R&B trio Whodini's mid-'80s hits might as well be the unofficial themes of festival: "Magic's Wand" (like the festival poles we bring to Music Midtown), "Friends" (who we want with us at Music Midtown), "Freaks Come Out at Night" (what we get at Music Midtown). Biz Markie and MC Lyte follow with half-hour sets. Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot 107.9/Fox 5 Stage - TW

3:45-4:15 p.m. DROPSONIC - For two years, we've heard about this Atlanta trio and its titanic hard-rocking sound going down the Rowdy Records path. The band holed up in Athens in early 2004 and a new record is about to drop this summer courtesy of the mercurial Dallas Austin. Best Buy/99X Locals Only Stage. - NS

4:15-5 p.m. COHEED & CAMBRIA - I heard angular emo group Coheed & Cambria on the radio, but thought it was Canadian prog-power trio Rush. But, I mean, "Limelight" rules, dude. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - TW

4:30-5:30 p.m. JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS - She loves rock ­n' roll and proves it on stage. Now in her mid-40s, she has a no-bullshit attitude that fits her iconic female hard-rocker status, which sets the standard for leather pants-clad women with guitars. Ford/Best Buy/96 Rock/UPN Atlanta Stage. - HH

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7:15-8:45 p.m. DEVO - Q: Are they not men? A: Apparently so. But in the '70s, Devo shunned its flawed human forms to craft a disinfected and discomforting brand of electro-rock that resonates well into the new millennium. Thirty years later, the group's human vessels show signs of age, but the music is as vibrant as ever. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - CR

7:15-8:30 p.m. PUBLIC ENEMY - Chuck D., Flavor Flav and Professor Griff bumrush Music Midtown with politically charged punk/hip-hop realism. Joined by Atlanta-based DJ Lord, PE's Reagan-era fury burns brightly in the age of W. as the group still parties for its right to fight. Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot107.9/Fox 5 Stage. - CR"
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__10-11:30 p.m. THE GAME __- This year, Music Midtown can claim it got game. Or rather, the Game. He spits over beats from Dr. Dre, Enimem, Just Blaze, Kanye West and more, this is G-Funk '05 - which means stripped down, creeping like a chromed-out custom ride but equally ready to flip the switches and bounce, bounce. __Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot 107.9/Fox 5 Stage__ - TW

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__10:30 p.m.-midnight THE WHITE STRIPES__ - Since the Stripes' last album, Jack White has been in an Academy Award-winning movie, dated Renee Zellweger, and beaten the shit out of a Von Bondie. So ''Get Behind Me Satan'' is a somewhat appropriate title for the new album. It continues the duo's predilection for porch blues, screaming guitars and Jack's clever wordplay. A true model of consistency. __Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage.__ - NS

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__3-3:45 p.m. THE WRIGHTS__ - Former Atlanta residents Adam and Shannon Wright start the Saturday marathon with their sweet and accessible country blend. Supporting their self-titled debut album, which is one of the best new releases so far this year, the couple celebrate their homecoming in a big way. __Hooters/Kicks 101.5 Stage.__ - James Kelly

__4:15-5:15 p.m. BLOC PARTY__ - South London's Bloc Party is so achingly now in terms of post-punk indie rock. That also means the quartet is so achingly retro, recalling Gang of Four, the Fall, XTC and Bad Brains in the group's taut, wiry yelping. And the drummer is so flipping brilliant, he makes bashing political parties into a sweat-streaked rave-up. __Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage.__ - TW

__4:15-5:15 p.m. TIFT MERRITT__ - OK, so she lost the Grammy for Best Country Album to Loretta Lynn. But Merritt is only marginally country, anyway, and with two great releases is already forging a distinctive soulful path that makes her far more attractive, edgy and innovative than the majority of big-hatted, Barbie-styled slackers on so-called Americana radio. __Hooters/Kicks 101.5 Stage.__ - HH

__5:15-5:45 p.m. GOOD FRIDAY EXPERIMENT__ - Local psych rock outfit Good Friday Experiment draws out weighty and cerebral journeys into rhythm and reverb-drenched washes of feedback. Drawing comparisons to everyone from Spirit to Spaceman 3, the group's penchant for '60s rock bliss lends more to punk-rock experimentalism than hippie love jams. __Best Buy/99X Locals Only Stage.__ - Chad Radford

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__8-9:15 p.m. JOHN FOGERTY__ - His newest album didn't excite the charts or his graying fans, but Fogerty knows what the crowd wants and he happily satisfies by enthusiastically diving into his fertile Creedence Clearwater catalog. It's a sing-along good time, especially if you're a boomer who remembers how good "Proud Mary" sounded blasting out of AM radio in 1969. __Ford/Best Buy/96 Rock/UPN Atlanta Stage.__ - HH

__8:45-10 p.m. THE KILLERS__ - Las Vegas quartet the Killers has one killer song, "Mr. Brightside." It's the brightest side on the Duran Duran descendant's 2004 debut, ''Hot Fuss'', a thoroughly melodic though somewhat uneven collection of stylized Brit/synth-pop fit for the inevitable indie-rock remake of any John Hughes movie. __Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage.__ - TW

__10-10:30 p.m. FIVE EIGHT__ - The Locals Only stage seems like a step down considering the band opened for R.E.M. But hey, this punked-up crew of over-the-hillers can rock harder than a lot of the kids they're sharing the stage with. Oh, and they can wipe the floor with a few bands on the stage they're facing, too. __Best Buy/99X Locals Only Stage.__ - NS

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__10:30 p.m. THE PIXIES__ - Bounding back from "the comeback of the year" last October, the Pixies return ... to the festival circuit. To witness Frank Black bellow "Where Is My Mind" over a sea of soccer moms and sloshed teens with glowing necklaces will only add a renewed sense of anxiety to the group's omnipotence. __Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage.__ - CR__TBA p.m. COMMON__ - Anyone who appreciates a soulful, socially informed flow should catch Chicago-bred MC Common. Having just released an album, ''Be'', with fellow Chicagoan Kanye West on production, Common drops catchy consciousness over West's trademark chattering, sped-up samples. __Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot 107.9/Fox 5 Stage.__ - TWSunday

__3-3:45 p.m. TEGAN AND SARA__ - Twins. Lesbians. Hmmmm. ... It's the Proclaimers meets t.a.t.u., right? Umm, gross, and thankfully, not right. Tegan and Sara traffic in earnest pop and infectious hooks, not in ugly mugs with big glasses and scantily clad exotica. __Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage.__ - NS

__3-3:30 p.m. WHODINI__ - New York hip-hop-R&B trio Whodini's mid-'80s hits might as well be the unofficial themes of festival: "Magic's Wand" (like the festival poles we bring to Music Midtown), "Friends" (who we want with us at Music Midtown), "Freaks Come Out at Night" (what we get at Music Midtown). Biz Markie and MC Lyte follow with half-hour sets. __Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot 107.9/Fox 5 Stage__ - TW

__3:45-4:15 p.m. DROPSONIC__ - For two years, we've heard about this Atlanta trio and its titanic hard-rocking sound going down the Rowdy Records path. The band holed up in Athens in early 2004 and a new record is about to drop this summer courtesy of the mercurial Dallas Austin. __Best Buy/99X Locals Only Stage.__ - NS

__4:15-5 p.m. COHEED & CAMBRIA__ - I heard angular emo group Coheed & Cambria on the radio, but thought it was Canadian prog-power trio Rush. But, I mean, "Limelight" rules, dude. __Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage.__ - TW

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8:30-9 p.m. 23 JINX - More than likely three of the more popular boys in their high school class, fraternal twins Reid (guitar/vocals) and Blaze (drums) Bateh along with their friend William Brookshire play the type of rock you listen to when you're 16 and a little angsty. Best Buy/99X Locals Only Stage. - Nikhil Swaminathan

8:30-9:15 p.m. CIARA - Atlanta's own "First Lady of Crunk & B," Ciara continues to excel when her whispery vocals (Aaliyah with a touch of Destiny's Child) are paired with a slow grind (most often from ATLiens Lil Jon and Jazze Pha). Production makes it much of the time for Ciara, so listen to catch goodies like "Oh" and "1, 2 Step." Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot 107.9/Fox 5 Stage. - Tony Ware

8:45-9:45 p.m. LOU REED - Being a living legend must get frustrating, especially when after 30 years of admittedly spotty albums, all anyone wants to hear from Reed are Velvet Underground and early solo "hits" he recorded nearly four decades ago. Regardless, he'll deliver them, and a smattering of other career highlights. Ford/Best Buy/96 Rock/UPN Atlanta Stage. - Hal Horowitz

9-10 p.m. INTERPOL - Good enough to go gold (almost, but not quite yet), put a little post-industrial neighborhood in Brooklyn on the map, and spawn several copycat bands, Interpol is the biggest indie band in the world, for now. Tonight, its melancholy post-punk will welcome nightfall. How appropriate. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - NS

10-10:30 p.m. AVENGE VEGAS - The power trio's sound is radio-friendly riot grrrl in the Kristen Hersh realm (see 50 Foot Wave), and it needs to make the most of this. Best Buy/99X Locals Only Stage. - NS

10-11:30 p.m. THE GAME - This year, Music Midtown can claim it got game. Or rather, the Game. He spits over beats from Dr. Dre, Enimem, Just Blaze, Kanye West and more, this is G-Funk '05 - which means stripped down, creeping like a chromed-out custom ride but equally ready to flip the switches and bounce, bounce. Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot 107.9/Fox 5 Stage - TW

10-11:30 p.m. RAREFORM DJ CREW - Tim DeGroot and J-Sol have gained a following in Atlanta by dropping hip-house, future jazz and breaks, both dusty and digital. Comcast/WABE Cultural Stage. - TW

10:30 p.m.-midnight THE WHITE STRIPES - Since the Stripes' last album, Jack White has been in an Academy Award-winning movie, dated Renee Zellweger, and beaten the shit out of a Von Bondie. So Get Behind Me Satan is a somewhat appropriate title for the new album. It continues the duo's predilection for porch blues, screaming guitars and Jack's clever wordplay. A true model of consistency. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - NS

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3-3:45 p.m. THE WRIGHTS - Former Atlanta residents Adam and Shannon Wright start the Saturday marathon with their sweet and accessible country blend. Supporting their self-titled debut album, which is one of the best new releases so far this year, the couple celebrate their homecoming in a big way. Hooters/Kicks 101.5 Stage. - James Kelly

4:15-5:15 p.m. BLOC PARTY - South London's Bloc Party is so achingly now in terms of post-punk indie rock. That also means the quartet is so achingly retro, recalling Gang of Four, the Fall, XTC and Bad Brains in the group's taut, wiry yelping. And the drummer is so flipping brilliant, he makes bashing political parties into a sweat-streaked rave-up. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - TW

4:15-5:15 p.m. TIFT MERRITT - OK, so she lost the Grammy for Best Country Album to Loretta Lynn. But Merritt is only marginally country, anyway, and with two great releases is already forging a distinctive soulful path that makes her far more attractive, edgy and innovative than the majority of big-hatted, Barbie-styled slackers on so-called Americana radio. Hooters/Kicks 101.5 Stage. - HH

5:15-5:45 p.m. GOOD FRIDAY EXPERIMENT - Local psych rock outfit Good Friday Experiment draws out weighty and cerebral journeys into rhythm and reverb-drenched washes of feedback. Drawing comparisons to everyone from Spirit to Spaceman 3, the group's penchant for '60s rock bliss lends more to punk-rock experimentalism than hippie love jams. Best Buy/99X Locals Only Stage. - Chad Radford

5:45-6:45 p.m. THE FEATURES - A buzz band for the last year or so, the band came up alongside the Killers, but have not garnered near as much notoriety. Maybe it's because its sound is less stylized - think Animals rather than the Cure - and probably guaranteed to be around a lot longer, even if it's a little under the radar. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - NS

6-7:15 p.m. ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND - At even an hour and a quarter, Randolph is just getting warmed up when he kicks his energized gospel-blues rock into high gear. Taking the once lowly pedal steel guitar out of country music, into the church and center stage, he and the band deliver a ferociously sweaty set as explosive as it is righteous. Can we get an "Amen"? Ford/Best Buy/96 Rock/UPN Atlanta Stage. - HH

8-9:15 p.m. JOHN FOGERTY - His newest album didn't excite the charts or his graying fans, but Fogerty knows what the crowd wants and he happily satisfies by enthusiastically diving into his fertile Creedence Clearwater catalog. It's a sing-along good time, especially if you're a boomer who remembers how good "Proud Mary" sounded blasting out of AM radio in 1969. Ford/Best Buy/96 Rock/UPN Atlanta Stage. - HH

8:45-10 p.m. THE KILLERS - Las Vegas quartet the Killers has one killer song, "Mr. Brightside." It's the brightest side on the Duran Duran descendant's 2004 debut, Hot Fuss, a thoroughly melodic though somewhat uneven collection of stylized Brit/synth-pop fit for the inevitable indie-rock remake of any John Hughes movie. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - TW

10-10:30 p.m. FIVE EIGHT - The Locals Only stage seems like a step down considering the band opened for R.E.M. But hey, this punked-up crew of over-the-hillers can rock harder than a lot of the kids they're sharing the stage with. Oh, and they can wipe the floor with a few bands on the stage they're facing, too. Best Buy/99X Locals Only Stage. - NS

10 p.m-midnight TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS - Known for his unpredictable but exhilarating performances where he is as likely to play covers and rarities mixed with a smattering of hits, Petty and his longtime band prove that experience and age can be assets for talented and dedicated rock and rollers. Ford/Best Buy/96 Rock/UPN Atlanta Stage. - HH

10:15-11:45 p.m. ALAN JACKSON - The Newnan native has forged one of the most successful and consistent careers in country music over the last 15 years by sticking to what he does best: straight-up honky-tonk, with just enough insightful social commentary to keep it honest and sincere. Expect all the big hits, and a good ol' time for all y'all hillbillies. Hooters/Kicks 101.5 Stage. - JK

10:30 p.m. THE PIXIES - Bounding back from "the comeback of the year" last October, the Pixies return ... to the festival circuit. To witness Frank Black bellow "Where Is My Mind" over a sea of soccer moms and sloshed teens with glowing necklaces will only add a renewed sense of anxiety to the group's omnipotence. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - CRTBA p.m. COMMON - Anyone who appreciates a soulful, socially informed flow should catch Chicago-bred MC Common. Having just released an album, Be, with fellow Chicagoan Kanye West on production, Common drops catchy consciousness over West's trademark chattering, sped-up samples. Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot 107.9/Fox 5 Stage. - TWSunday

3-3:45 p.m. TEGAN AND SARA - Twins. Lesbians. Hmmmm. ... It's the Proclaimers meets t.a.t.u., right? Umm, gross, and thankfully, not right. Tegan and Sara traffic in earnest pop and infectious hooks, not in ugly mugs with big glasses and scantily clad exotica. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - NS

3-3:30 p.m. WHODINI - New York hip-hop-R&B trio Whodini's mid-'80s hits might as well be the unofficial themes of festival: "Magic's Wand" (like the festival poles we bring to Music Midtown), "Friends" (who we want with us at Music Midtown), "Freaks Come Out at Night" (what we get at Music Midtown). Biz Markie and MC Lyte follow with half-hour sets. Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot 107.9/Fox 5 Stage - TW

3:45-4:15 p.m. DROPSONIC - For two years, we've heard about this Atlanta trio and its titanic hard-rocking sound going down the Rowdy Records path. The band holed up in Athens in early 2004 and a new record is about to drop this summer courtesy of the mercurial Dallas Austin. Best Buy/99X Locals Only Stage. - NS

4:15-5 p.m. COHEED & CAMBRIA - I heard angular emo group Coheed & Cambria on the radio, but thought it was Canadian prog-power trio Rush. But, I mean, "Limelight" rules, dude. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - TW

4:30-5:30 p.m. JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS - She loves rock ­n' roll and proves it on stage. Now in her mid-40s, she has a no-bullshit attitude that fits her iconic female hard-rocker status, which sets the standard for leather pants-clad women with guitars. Ford/Best Buy/96 Rock/UPN Atlanta Stage. - HH

6-7 p.m. DEF LEPPARD "Photograph," "Rock of Ages," "Rocket," "Love Bites," "Pour Some Sugar On Me," "Hysteria," "Let's Get Rocked." And you know every word. Ford/Best Buy/96 Rock/UPN Atlanta Stage. - TW

7:15-8:45 p.m. DEVO - Q: Are they not men? A: Apparently so. But in the '70s, Devo shunned its flawed human forms to craft a disinfected and discomforting brand of electro-rock that resonates well into the new millennium. Thirty years later, the group's human vessels show signs of age, but the music is as vibrant as ever. Miller Lite/99X/Comcast Stage. - CR

7:15-8:30 p.m. PUBLIC ENEMY - Chuck D., Flavor Flav and Professor Griff bumrush Music Midtown with politically charged punk/hip-hop realism. Joined by Atlanta-based DJ Lord, PE's Reagan-era fury burns brightly in the age of W. as the group still parties for its right to fight. Coca-Cola/Verizon Wireless/Hot107.9/Fox 5 Stage. - CR    Courtesy of Music Midtown Black Eyed Peas  0,0,10    "music midtown"  13018205 1254459                          Cover Story: Music Midtown Critics' Schedule "
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"On any given night in Atlanta, there are at least two things going on that are worth checking out," says Goodnight Records co-owner Keith Vogelsong. "Unfortunately, the support for these events and artists is not always there. For the amount of talent that exists here, there is just not enough support, and because of this, bands and artists sometimes do not reach the level of innovation and creativity that they may have been capable of."

With nights planned at the Earl in East Atlanta, Lenny's in Cabbagetown, and 10 High in Virginia-Highland, the Other Sound Festival showcases three to four of each label's acts, and then some. Saturday features screenings of short, independent films and literary readings, though music remains the focus of the festival. The roster of 20-plus Athens and Atlanta acts reads like a who's who of local pop and indie talent, including the Black Lips, Blake Rainey and Heros Severum.

"It's more of a showcase for what each label is doing, plus a few other bands from around town that we simply really like," says Eskimo Kiss Records owner and festival founder Kim Ware. The idea for the festival spawned from Ware's former role as an organizer of the like-minded WE (Wilmington Exchange) Festival in Wilmington, N.C., which celebrates its 10th year May 2006. "We're not trying to launch some band into a record deal; we just want to show off some stuff we've been doing."

While the Atlantis Music Conference ritually dangles the carrot of the ever-elusive major-label deal before its participants, the Other Sound Festival offers no false pretenses. It doesn't plant any notions of major-label scouts, agents or executives hanging out backstage with contracts in their pockets just waiting to sign a diamond in the rough.

Not one to mince his words, Eric Friar, vocalist/guitarist of the Athens-based post-hardcore trio Heros Severum — which plays Lenny's on Oct. 15 — is not so diplomatic in his supposition. "The Other Sound is a platform for the independent bands who make music because they love doing it and aren't so worried about their hairstyle," Friar says. "It's a showcase of bands and labels that work hard because they believe in what they're doing, as opposed to thinking of the music as a commodity. Atlantis treats it like a commodity, and in all reality it has as much to do with music as does 'American Idol.'"

One of the Other Sound's goals is to foster a sense of community over commodity. Unlike Atlantis, which has an open call for acts, the Other Sound is more exclusive. Festival participants are signed to the organizing labels, with a few specially invited performers.

"One of the biggest successes of the WE Fest is that it really did nurture a community of artists and musicians," Ware says. "Wilmington's never been known for having an awesome music scene. Yet people come back there year after year, from all over the U.S., because they know that WE Fest is sure to be a fun time, where they'll see amazing [[new] bands. It's also turned into a bit of a family reunion, with so many people returning each year to either play, help organize, or simply enjoy the music. I'd love for the Other Sound to turn into something similar."

But that's not to say the labels and artists involved with the Other Sound aren't hoping for at least some financial gains. "Success would be great," says Friar. "We would love for this to be a huge financial success for everyone involved, but if it isn't, it won't affect any aspect of the music we play."    Brian McCall Heros Severum plays Lenny's Sat., Oct. 8.  0,0,10  Atlanta Festivals 2005  "Other Sound Festival"  13019910 1257563                          The Other Other Music Festival "
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Sunday March 1, 2020 12:00 am EST
Check out the Spring Festivals in Atlanta for March, April, and May. your guide to Dogwood Festival, Shaky Knees, 420 Fest, Sweet Auburn, Inman Park Festival. | more...
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