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Atlanta Festivals 2004

Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2004

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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 2004.

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A city ordinance passed last year prohibits dogs from attending outdoor festivals expected to draw more than 10,000 people. According to City Council member Debi Starnes, the council approved dog-prohibiting portions of the Atlanta Outdoor Festival Ordinance because, at events like Dogwood, "It can get quite crowded. People bump into each other. Small children are walking in between people at the same level of dogs, and we have had several instances where dogs get agitated from crowds and ... snap or bite at people."

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STAGE 1noon 23Jinx

1 p.m. HESTON — A native of the Dominican Republic, raised in Philadelphia, Heston has impressed countless audiences with his special blend of reggae and soul. His voice, which fits nicely into Atlanta's thriving neo-soul scene, is smooth and soothing. (Penrice)

2 p.m. DANIELLE HOWLE BAND — Playing a rare full-band show, lovably impish Danielle Howle shows off her divine talent for heart-wrenching tunes, as well as her skill for making audiences convulse with laughter between songs. (Nicoll)

3 p.m. RALPH RODDENBERY — Rootsy, Athens-based Roddenbery has an easy-going vibe that appeals to rock, country and jam band fans. The Cairo, Ga. native has collaborated with members of Widespread Panic, Sea Level and R.E.M. (Smith)

4 p.m. THE SWEAR — The Swear is the new vehicle for the raging rock anthems of the dynamic Elizabeth Elkins, formerly of Alastor. The explosive singer/songwriter stalks the stage like a hungry punk rock tigress pursuing her prey. (Smith)

5 p.m. Bill Mallonee

6 p.m. YONRICO SCOTT BAND — Derek Trucks Band minus Derek Trucks, Yonrico Scott Band brings together a resonant blend of jazz and R&B. Without Trucks' guitar virtuosity, Scott — an accomplished drummer who has played with acts ranging from Stevie Wonder to the Allman Brothers Band to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during the past 20 years — assumes the spotlight. (Stein)

7 p.m. RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND w/ CHUCK LEAVELL — Putting his gig as sideman for Steve Winwood and Traffic on hold, Athens-based multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Bramblett takes center stage. With his burnished everyman vocals and introspective songs, he is a Southern voice of rare intelligence and soul. (Horowitz)

STAGE 2noon Amy Carol Webb, Michael Veitch, Caren Armstrong

1:30 p.m. Jo Serrapere, Lea Morris, Joanne Rand

2:45 p.m. Meike Koester Band

3:45 p.m. Maggie Simpson, Liz Barnez, Rebecca Folsom

5 p.m. Jan Smith and Peter Vogl

6 p.m. IAN MOORE — In recent years, guitarist/songwriter Moore has enlarged his sound, melding the blues-rock style that so defines his Austin, Texas, base with melodic pop leanings that strive to earn comparisons to the atmospheric and even psychedelic incursions of the '60s British invasion. (Moreau)

SONGWRITER'S HAVENnoon Becca Smith

12:45 p.m. Maggie Simpson, Rebecca Folsom, Liz Barnez

2 p.m. Moe Loughran

2:30 p.m. Caren Armstrong

3 p.m. Amy Carol Webb

3:30 p.m. Michael Veitch

4 p.m. Jo Serrapere

4:30 p.m. Lea Morris

5 p.m. Ion Ave

PICKIN' PARLORnoon Bobby Miller & Friends

1 p.m. High Water

2 p.m. Whoa Nellie!

3 p.m. Deja Blue

4 p.m. Dark Jam

5 p.m. Open Jam

Sun., April 4
 

STAGE 1noon The Artie Ball Swing Band

1:15 p.m. DELTA MOON — Blues and boogie-woogie mingle with easygoing Americana in the music of Delta Moon, featuring the sweet lead vocals of Gina Leigh and acoustic slide guitar by Tom Gray. (Nicoll)

2:15 p.m. The Diane Durrett Band with Tom Grose

3:30 p.m. TISHAMINGO w/ DONNA HOPKINS — Today Tishamingo, the enjoyable Southern rock and blues band from Athens, joins forces with the soulful rock-solid wail of Atlanta's own jam diva Donna Hopkins. Expect free-flowing jams a-plenty. (Smith)

5 p.m. Michelle Malone

6:30 p.m. DAVE MASON — Mason, a recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will revisit his past tonight with a retrospective set that includes samples of his work with Traffic ("Dear Mr. Fantasy") and his solo hits ("We Just Disagree"). (Smith)

STAGE 2noon Eric Schwartz, Stephanie Corby, David LaMotte

1:30 p.m. Buddy Green, Cindy Kalmenson, Jill Knight

3 p.m. Tom Prasada-Rao, Rachael Davis

4:30 p.m. Ras Alan

5:30 p.m. COWBOY ENVY — The sweet little cowgirls of Cowboy Envy spin tales of the Old West, with heavenly three-point harmonies as comforting as a crackling prairie campfire under a starry Texas sky. (Nicoll)

SONGWRITER'S HAVENnoon Donna Hopkins, Trina Meade & Tomi Martin

1:30 p.m. Heidi Pollyea

2 p.m. Stephanie Corby

2:30 p.m. Eric Schwartz

3 p.m. Cindy Kalmenson

3:30 p.m. Jill Knight

4:30 p.m. David LaMotte

PICKIN' PARLORnoon Whoa Nellie!

1 p.m. High Water

2 p.m. Blue Velvet Band

3 p.m. Ras Alan

4 p.m. Buddy Green

5 p.m. Open Jam

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1 p.m. __HESTON__ — A native of the Dominican Republic, raised in Philadelphia, Heston has impressed countless audiences with his special blend of reggae and soul. His voice, which fits nicely into Atlanta's thriving neo-soul scene, is smooth and soothing. (Penrice)

2 p.m. __DANIELLE HOWLE BAND__ — Playing a rare full-band show, lovably impish Danielle Howle shows off her divine talent for heart-wrenching tunes, as well as her skill for making audiences convulse with laughter between songs. (Nicoll)

3 p.m. __RALPH RODDENBERY__ — Rootsy, Athens-based Roddenbery has an easy-going vibe that appeals to rock, country and jam band fans. The Cairo, Ga. native has collaborated with members of Widespread Panic, Sea Level and R.E.M. (Smith)

4 p.m. __THE SWEAR__ — The Swear is the new vehicle for the raging rock anthems of the dynamic Elizabeth Elkins, formerly of Alastor. The explosive singer/songwriter stalks the stage like a hungry punk rock tigress pursuing her prey. (Smith)

5 p.m. Bill Mallonee

6 p.m. __YONRICO SCOTT BAND__ — Derek Trucks Band minus Derek Trucks, Yonrico Scott Band brings together a resonant blend of jazz and R&B. Without Trucks' guitar virtuosity, Scott — an accomplished drummer who has played with acts ranging from Stevie Wonder to the Allman Brothers Band to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during the past 20 years — assumes the spotlight. (Stein)

7 p.m. __RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND w/ CHUCK LEAVELL__ — Putting his gig as sideman for Steve Winwood and Traffic on hold, Athens-based multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Bramblett takes center stage. With his burnished everyman vocals and introspective songs, he is a Southern voice of rare intelligence and soul. (Horowitz)

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1:30 p.m. Jo Serrapere, Lea Morris, Joanne Rand

2:45 p.m. Meike Koester Band

3:45 p.m. Maggie Simpson, Liz Barnez, Rebecca Folsom

5 p.m. Jan Smith and Peter Vogl

6 p.m. __IAN MOORE__ — In recent years, guitarist/songwriter Moore has enlarged his sound, melding the blues-rock style that so defines his Austin, Texas, base with melodic pop leanings that strive to earn comparisons to the atmospheric and even psychedelic incursions of the '60s British invasion. (Moreau)

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2:30 p.m. Caren Armstrong

3 p.m. Amy Carol Webb

3:30 p.m. Michael Veitch

4 p.m. Jo Serrapere

4:30 p.m. Lea Morris

5 p.m. Ion Ave

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1 p.m. High Water

2 p.m. Whoa Nellie!

3 p.m. Deja Blue

4 p.m. Dark Jam

5 p.m. Open Jam

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1:15 p.m. __DELTA MOON__ — Blues and boogie-woogie mingle with easygoing Americana in the music of Delta Moon, featuring the sweet lead vocals of Gina Leigh and acoustic slide guitar by Tom Gray. (Nicoll)

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5 p.m. Michelle Malone

6:30 p.m. __DAVE MASON__ — Mason, a recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will revisit his past tonight with a retrospective set that includes samples of his work with Traffic ("Dear Mr. Fantasy") and his solo hits ("We Just Disagree"). (Smith)

__STAGE 2__noon Eric Schwartz, Stephanie Corby, David LaMotte

1:30 p.m. Buddy Green, Cindy Kalmenson, Jill Knight

3 p.m. Tom Prasada-Rao, Rachael Davis

4:30 p.m. Ras Alan

5:30 p.m. __COWBOY ENVY__ — The sweet little cowgirls of Cowboy Envy spin tales of the Old West, with heavenly three-point harmonies as comforting as a crackling prairie campfire under a starry Texas sky. (Nicoll)

__SONGWRITER'S HAVEN__noon Donna Hopkins, Trina Meade & Tomi Martin

1:30 p.m. Heidi Pollyea

2 p.m. Stephanie Corby

2:30 p.m. Eric Schwartz

3 p.m. Cindy Kalmenson

3:30 p.m. Jill Knight

4:30 p.m. David LaMotte

__PICKIN' PARLOR__noon Whoa Nellie!

1 p.m. High Water

2 p.m. Blue Velvet Band

3 p.m. Ras Alan

4 p.m. Buddy Green

5 p.m. Open Jam

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Sat., April 3
 

STAGE 1noon 23Jinx

1 p.m. HESTON — A native of the Dominican Republic, raised in Philadelphia, Heston has impressed countless audiences with his special blend of reggae and soul. His voice, which fits nicely into Atlanta's thriving neo-soul scene, is smooth and soothing. (Penrice)

2 p.m. DANIELLE HOWLE BAND — Playing a rare full-band show, lovably impish Danielle Howle shows off her divine talent for heart-wrenching tunes, as well as her skill for making audiences convulse with laughter between songs. (Nicoll)

3 p.m. RALPH RODDENBERY — Rootsy, Athens-based Roddenbery has an easy-going vibe that appeals to rock, country and jam band fans. The Cairo, Ga. native has collaborated with members of Widespread Panic, Sea Level and R.E.M. (Smith)

4 p.m. THE SWEAR — The Swear is the new vehicle for the raging rock anthems of the dynamic Elizabeth Elkins, formerly of Alastor. The explosive singer/songwriter stalks the stage like a hungry punk rock tigress pursuing her prey. (Smith)

5 p.m. Bill Mallonee

6 p.m. YONRICO SCOTT BAND — Derek Trucks Band minus Derek Trucks, Yonrico Scott Band brings together a resonant blend of jazz and R&B. Without Trucks' guitar virtuosity, Scott — an accomplished drummer who has played with acts ranging from Stevie Wonder to the Allman Brothers Band to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during the past 20 years — assumes the spotlight. (Stein)

7 p.m. RANDALL BRAMBLETT BAND w/ CHUCK LEAVELL — Putting his gig as sideman for Steve Winwood and Traffic on hold, Athens-based multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter Bramblett takes center stage. With his burnished everyman vocals and introspective songs, he is a Southern voice of rare intelligence and soul. (Horowitz)

STAGE 2noon Amy Carol Webb, Michael Veitch, Caren Armstrong

1:30 p.m. Jo Serrapere, Lea Morris, Joanne Rand

2:45 p.m. Meike Koester Band

3:45 p.m. Maggie Simpson, Liz Barnez, Rebecca Folsom

5 p.m. Jan Smith and Peter Vogl

6 p.m. IAN MOORE — In recent years, guitarist/songwriter Moore has enlarged his sound, melding the blues-rock style that so defines his Austin, Texas, base with melodic pop leanings that strive to earn comparisons to the atmospheric and even psychedelic incursions of the '60s British invasion. (Moreau)

SONGWRITER'S HAVENnoon Becca Smith

12:45 p.m. Maggie Simpson, Rebecca Folsom, Liz Barnez

2 p.m. Moe Loughran

2:30 p.m. Caren Armstrong

3 p.m. Amy Carol Webb

3:30 p.m. Michael Veitch

4 p.m. Jo Serrapere

4:30 p.m. Lea Morris

5 p.m. Ion Ave

PICKIN' PARLORnoon Bobby Miller & Friends

1 p.m. High Water

2 p.m. Whoa Nellie!

3 p.m. Deja Blue

4 p.m. Dark Jam

5 p.m. Open Jam

Sun., April 4
 

STAGE 1noon The Artie Ball Swing Band

1:15 p.m. DELTA MOON — Blues and boogie-woogie mingle with easygoing Americana in the music of Delta Moon, featuring the sweet lead vocals of Gina Leigh and acoustic slide guitar by Tom Gray. (Nicoll)

2:15 p.m. The Diane Durrett Band with Tom Grose

3:30 p.m. TISHAMINGO w/ DONNA HOPKINS — Today Tishamingo, the enjoyable Southern rock and blues band from Athens, joins forces with the soulful rock-solid wail of Atlanta's own jam diva Donna Hopkins. Expect free-flowing jams a-plenty. (Smith)

5 p.m. Michelle Malone

6:30 p.m. DAVE MASON — Mason, a recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will revisit his past tonight with a retrospective set that includes samples of his work with Traffic ("Dear Mr. Fantasy") and his solo hits ("We Just Disagree"). (Smith)

STAGE 2noon Eric Schwartz, Stephanie Corby, David LaMotte

1:30 p.m. Buddy Green, Cindy Kalmenson, Jill Knight

3 p.m. Tom Prasada-Rao, Rachael Davis

4:30 p.m. Ras Alan

5:30 p.m. COWBOY ENVY — The sweet little cowgirls of Cowboy Envy spin tales of the Old West, with heavenly three-point harmonies as comforting as a crackling prairie campfire under a starry Texas sky. (Nicoll)

SONGWRITER'S HAVENnoon Donna Hopkins, Trina Meade & Tomi Martin

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2 p.m. Stephanie Corby

2:30 p.m. Eric Schwartz

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PICKIN' PARLORnoon Whoa Nellie!

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2 p.m. Blue Velvet Band

3 p.m. Ras Alan

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ALABAMA


CITY STAGES The prototype for city music festivals throughout the Southeast, City Stages in Birmingham, Ala., celebrates its 16th year June 18-20. Streets are closed and multiple stages are erected throughout the city, where the top acts in a myriad of musical styles perform for three glorious days and nights. This year's lineup includes Ruben Studdard, Al Green, Keb Mo, Ralph Stanley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fuel, Live and Fountains of Wayne. www.citystages.org.

W.C. HANDY MUSIC FESTIVAL Named for the man called "the father of the blues," this festival (July 25-31) celebrates the origins and advancements of two seminal American music forms: jazz and blues. Artists as diverse as Bobby Blue Bland, Dizzy Gillespie and the North Mississippi All-Stars have celebrated their heritage in clubs, restaurants, parks and other venues throughout Florence, the city where Handy was born in 1873. Ticket prices vary. www.wchandymusicfestival.org.

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CITYLINK MUSIC FEST The Broward/Palm Beach alt-weekly CityLink sponsors this annual 12-hour festival. From 3 p.m. until 3 a.m. in late December, an unbelievable 75 or so bands (mostly unsigned locals) perform on 10 stages in Hollywood. Ticket prices vary with the venue. Check out www.citylinkmagazine.com when the weather starts to cool.

CLEARWATER JAZZ HOLIDAY This 25-year-old Pinellas County tradition, which occurs Oct. 14-17, strives to balance its smooth jazz offerings with more adventurous and/or classic styles. Case in point: Herbie Hancock was headliner last year. Best of all, every night of this shindig — held at Clearwater's Coachman Park — is free. www.clearwaterjazz.com.

FLORIDA MUSIC FESTIVAL Spearheaded largely by Orlando culture-and-nightlife tabloid Axis, the April 15-17 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. This week, River City High, Less Than Jake and The Early November will join 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.

SUWANNEE SPRINGFEST The largest jam-band festival in the state is held the last weekend of March. It leans heavily on bluegrass/newgrass styles, but rarely fails to fill out the bill with other eclectic fare. Medeski Martin & Wood and Charlie Hunter are past headliners, and George Clinton's P-Funk All-Stars are regulars. (There's also a fall version called MagnoliaFest that runs Oct. 21-24.) The show is held in the amphitheatre and surrounding areas of Live Oak's Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, between Gainesville and the Georgia state line. Tickets are $115 in advance, $130 at the gate. Sat.-Sun. only tickets are $105. (Multiday passes include camping.) Or pick up daily tickets at $30-$50 apiece. www.magmusic.com.

TROPICAL HEATWAVE WMNF-FM's (88.5) event only lasts one afternoon and evening (May 1), but the Tampa community-funded radio station's wildly eclectic playlists ensure that its six Ybor City stages are packed with quality talent from every genre. This year includes rising roots-punks Against Me! And hip jazzbos Sex Mob. Thirty artists appear in all. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. www.tropicalheatwave.org.

VERIZON MUSIC FESTIVAL Now in its fourth year, the May 19-22 festival generally caters to older, semi-schooled fans of jazz, blues and jazzy, bluesy pop. It still provides an eclectic mix, however. This year features Missy Elliott, Jewel and k.d. lang, for starters. The festival doesn't take place at a single location, but rather at quality venues all over the Tampa Bay area. www22.verizon.com.

GEORGIA


ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL Throughout May, the city's cultural calendar is devoted to the smooth sounds of sax, skittering drums and blaring trumpets beckoning from a variety of venues. After a steady buildup of shows throughout the month, the action culminates Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park with a slate of can't-miss shows. Performing May 27-31 are Arturo Sandoval, Yusef Lateef, Shirley Horn, Randy Weston & African Rhythms, Regina Carter and more. Most of the festival is free, but tickets for shows at Chastain Park and Spivey Hall must be purchased at the venue's box offices or websites. www.atlantafestivals.com.

BLIND WILLIE MCTELL BLUES FESTIVAL For the 11th year, the town of Thomson, Ga., celebrates the legacy of Blind Willie McTell, the influential blues guitarist and lyrical storyteller born here in 1901. Performing this year are Marcia Ball, Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin and Jimmy Thackery. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. www.blindwillie.com.

MUSIC MIDTOWN In its 11th year wreaking havoc on the traffic patterns of Midtown in Atlanta, this event holds court the first weekend of May (April 30, May 1-2) annually. This year's performances will feature local hip-hop heroes Big Boi of OutKast, Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz and Cee-Lo mingling with radio rockers the Strokes, Foo Fighters, Fountains of Wayne, the Offspring and Jessica Simpson. Three-day passes are $45, single day passes are $40 at Ticketmaster. www.musicmidtown.com.

KENTUCKY


W.C. HANDY BLUES AND BARBEQUE FESTIVAL Celebrating the great bluesman W.C. Handy, this festival spices up the town of Handerson each summer. This year, the event runs from June 12-20 and features a different flavor of blues each night. Performing this year are Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Stomp Band, Carl Weathersby and Ronnie Baker Brooks. Admission is free. www.handyblues.org.

LOUISIANA


NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL This event, April 23-May 2, is the kingpin of Southeastern shindigs, having earned a reputation over the last 35 years for both an astonishing array of quality music and an unequaled opportunity to party. In addition to marvelous artists (Bonnie Raitt, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Beausoleil, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Wyclef Jean are among the hundreds of performers this year), this NoLa fest traditionally stages once-in-a-lifetime one-off collaborations. $20 per day in advance, $25 at the gate. Special evening engagements cost extra. www.nojazzfest.com.

VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE A relatively new festival in a city known for them, this event (Oct. 29-31) updates New Orleans' tradition of jazz fests with a contemporary roster of modern rock, pop and electronic/DJ artists. Last year's installment featured the White Stripes, Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson and 50 Cent along with a host of others. Few details have been released thus far about the coming event (the sixth), but keep checking www.voodoomusicfest.com.

MISSISSIPPI


JUBILEE JAM Held in Jackson May 16-18, this is Mississippi's largest annual music and arts festival. In its 15th year, the event features a varied lineup and some big names. Bob Dylan headlines, along with Cassandra Wilson and nu-metal doofs Saliva. What's more, it's cheap. Two-day passes go for $30, while nightly ticket prices range from $15 to $25. www.jubileejam.com.

NORTH CAROLINA


FLATROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL This event takes place high amid Appalachian vistas at Camp Ton-A-Wandah from April 23-25. Equal parts music show and camping trip, the eighth annual festival features acoustic-only musicians. This year's performers include Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, the Snake Oil Medicine Show and Larry Keel, among dozens of others. Tickets are $15-$70 (for a weekend pass). 828-692-2005. www.flatrockmusicfestival.com.

LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL For a real multicultural music show, the 18th annual Lake Eden event takes place at Black Mountain May 7-9. This year's lineup includes Los Amigos Invisible from Venezuela, Black Rebels from Senegal, and New Yorker (by way of Celtic fiddle) Eileen Ivers, among others. Tickets range from $18 day passes to $100 for weekend camping. 828-686-8742. www.theleaf.com.

MERLEFEST This four-day event (April 29-May 1) in Wilkesboro, N.C., is one of the premier venues nationwide for Americana music, drawing 78,000 participants last year. Vince Gill, the Indigo Girls, Doc Watson, Gillian Welch and Bela Fleck are a few of the 100-plus performers scheduled to play this year. Tickets range from $35 (single day) to $200 (four-day pass with assigned seating). Camping is available. 800-343-7857. www.merlefest.org.

SOUTH CAROLINA


SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA This 17-day extravaganza is one of the premier high arts music festivals in the United States. From May 28-June 13, this year's event features artists from around the world, including Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova, flutist Paula Robison and Canadian pianist Louis Lortie. Symphonies from Beethoven (7th) and Mahler (9th), opera from Richard Strauss and Bellini, chamber music, contemporary classical and jazz are among the highlights at venues all over scenic Charleston. 843-579-3100. www.spoletousa.org/.

TENNESSEE


BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL Originally a hippies-only party, the 3-year-old festival has morphed into an annual Woodstock of sorts in Manchester, Tenn. The dates this year are June 11-13. Traditional jam-band deities the Dead and Trey Anastasio will share the same field with hipster rock royalty Wilco, Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth. My Morning Jacket and Robert Randolph and the Family Band return this year. And Dave Matthews is bringing "friends" this year instead of his "band." $164.50 for three days (includes camping). www.bonnaroo.com.

BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL Set for April 30-May 2, this Memphis event is another jam-packed congregation of talent from all over the musical spectrum, ranging this year from Chaka Khan to Collective Soul, Three 6 Mafia to Journey. If the sheer number of tour busses isn't enough to  render the street impassable, the throng of people definitely will. Before April 23, three-day passes  are $45; after April 23, they're $58.50. $19.50  single-day passes in advance, $22.50 at the gate.  www.memphisinmay.org.

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL/FANFAIR Country music fans know where to go to get their fill: That's Nashville, for you regular rockers out there. From June 9-13, The Coliseum in Music City, U.S.A., will be packed with the best that country has to offer. Performers scheduled this year include Keith Urban, Wynona, Billy Ray Cyrus, Trace Adkins, Clint Black and Vince Gill. There will also be a host of lesser-knowns who probably sell more albums than most of the bands you listen to. Tickets are $145-$250, so make sure you like country before you take the plunge. www.cmafest.com.

VIRGINIA


ELLA FITZGERALD MUSIC FESTIVAL Now in its seventh year, this jazz spectacular takes place over three days (April 29-May 1) in the birthplace of its namesake, Newport News. This year's lineup includes bassist Dave Holland, tenor Michael Brecker and vocalist Peter Cincotti. Tickets are $35. 757-594-8752. www.cnu.edu/ella2004/.

HAYMAKER MUSICAL FESTIVAL Just a short hop from Richmond, the third annual event will take place May 7-8 on the historic, 250-acre Oakley Farm in Spotsylvania. This year's lineup features 26 bands, including Little Feat, Del McCoury, the Drive-By Truckers and Leftover Salmon. Tickets are $45 for a two-day pass. Camping is available. www.haymaker.net.

VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL The 10th annual festival will take place Sept. 3-6 with over 40 bands rockin' the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Isaac Hayes, the Commodores, the Goo Goo Dolls and the Little River Band performed at last year's event. Watch for further information at www.vbfun.com.

The rest of the best ?ALABAMA


BayFest First weekend of October. Rock, country, gospel, roots, R&B, electronica. Downtown Mobile. $30 three-day pass (advance); $20 per day at gates. 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 the gate), $20 per day. www.bigspringjam.org.

Blackwater Bluegrass Festival May 14-15. Bluegrass. Blackwater Park, Jasper. $30 two-day pass (advance), $35 two-day pass (at gate); single tickets, $16 advance, $20 at the gate. www.blackwaterbluegrass.com.

Jubilee CityFest Memorial Day weekend. Rock, country, urban. Downtown Montgomery. $32 weekend pass. www.jubileecityfest.org.

MOVA Arts Festival Sept. 17-19. Folk singer/songwriter. 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


98Rock Presents LiveStock April 23-24. Modern rock, metal. Zephyrhills Festival Park, Zephyrhills. $39.98, $50 to camp (must have ticket). www.98rock.com.

Cajun-Zydeco Crawfish Festival May 7-9. Cajun/zydeco. Ft. Lauderdale Festival Site, Ft. Lauderdale. $15 daily, $20 at gate; $23 two-day pass, $30 at gate; $28 three-day pass, $40 at gate. www.ci.ftlaud.fl.us/festivals.

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 29-May 2. Jazz. Various venues, Jacksonville. $13.50 per night. www.coj.net.

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

Kissimmee Jazz Festival April 25. Jazz. Lakefront Park, Kissimmee. www.kissimmeeparksandrec.com.

Miami International Piano Festival Masters Series: March 11-14. Eclectic/piano. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale. $160 package, single tickets vary. Discovery Series: May 12-16. Eclectic/piano. Lincoln Theater, Miami Beach. $180 package, single tickets vary. www.miamipianofest.com.

Palm Beach Jazz Festival Early April. Jazz. Various venues, Palm Beach. Ticket prices vary. www.palmbeachjazzfest.com.

Pensacola JazzFest First weekend of April. Jazz. Seville Square, Pensacola. Free. www.jazzpensacola.com.

Riverhawk Music Festival Nov. 12-14. Jam, roots, folk. Sertoma Ranch, Dade City. Fri., $20; Sat., $25; Sun., $15. www.lindentertainment.com.

Sarasota Blues Festival Nov. 6. Blues. Sarasota Fairgrounds, Sarasota. 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 31-June 19. Student orchestra, classical. Various venues. Ticket prices vary. www.fwcs.org/sarasota.

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

Springing the Blues Festival April 2-4. Blues. Florida's Oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach. Free. www.springingtheblues.com.

SunFest April 28-May 2. Rock, classic rock, pop, urban. Downtown West Palm Beach. Five-day passes, $35 (advance), $40 (at gate). One-day tickets, $14 per day (advance), $17 (at gate). www.sunfest.com.

Suwannee River Jam April 22-25. Country. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $75 four-day pass (includes tent camping), $100 at gate; $20 (Thurs.); $40 (Fri.-Sun.); $50 (Sat.). www.suwanneeriverjam.com.

Suwannee River Jubilee Spring Jubliee is June 16-19. Fall Jubilee is Sept. 29-Oct. 2. 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 2-3. Southern Rock. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $30. www.eventsbyhogan.com.

GEORGIA


AthFest June 17-20. Indie rock. Downtown Athens. www.athfest.com.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival April 2-4. Blues, jazz, rock, Americana, acoustic. Piedmont Park, Atlanta. Free. www.dogwood.org.

Bear on the Square Festival April 17-18, Dahlonega. www.dahlonega.org.

Blue Ridge Harvest Fest Sept. 17-19. Jam band, bluegrass. Cherokee Farms, Lafayette, Ga. $75 for three-day pass, $90 after April 19. www.harvestfest.com.

Georgia Music Week Sept. 13-17. Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Macon. www.gamusichall.com.

National Black Arts Festival July 16-25. Jazz, world. Various venues in Atlanta. Ticket prices vary. www.nbaf.org.

Savannah Music Festival Jazz, classical, traditional and world music. March 21-April 4. Savannah. www.savannahmusicfestival.org.

KENTUCKY


Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Sept. 14-18. Bluegrass/newgrass. Moorehead. $10-$85. www.poppymountainbluegrass.com.

Country Stampede June 3-6. Sparta. $45-$150. www.countrystampede.com.

LOUSIANA


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

French Quarter Festival April 16-18. Jazz, Dixieland, zydeco. French Quarter, New Orleans. Ticket prices vary. www.frenchquarterfestival.com.

International Arts Festival June 11-13. World beat, Caribbean. Marconi Meadows at City Park, New Orleans. Three-day pass, $85; two-day pass, $65; $35 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. 4-8. Jazz. Old U.S. Mint, French Quarter, New Orleans. Free. www.satchmosummerfestival.com.

MISSISSIPPI


Country Cajun Crawfish Festival April 15-19. Country, zydeco. Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi. Free. www.mscoastcoliseum.com.

Highway 61 Blues Festival June 12. Blues. Downtown Leland. $12 per person, $15 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.htm.

Legends of Bluegrass & Country Music Festival March 11-13. Country, bluegrass. Columbia. Three-day pass, $60. www.bgfest.freeservers.com/columbia.html.

Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival Sept. 18. Roots, blues, folk blues. Hwy 1 South and Route 454, Greenville. www.deltablues.org.

Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival Aug. 13-14. Blues, gospel. Railroad Depot, Clarksdale. Free. www.sunflowerfest.org.

Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival June 4-6. 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 23-25. 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 29-May 9. Jazz, blues. Greensboro. Headliners include W.C. Clark, Peter Cincotti, Dewey Redman and Grammy award-winning vocal ensemble, New York Voices. Ticket prices vary. www.piedmontjazzbluesfest.com.

SOUTH CAROLINA


Free-Times Music Crawl April 3. Local and regional rock, jam, soul. Six different venues. $5 per venue. www.free-times.com.

3 Rivers Festival April 16-18. Rock, hip-hop, soul, blues, country, bluegrass. Downtown Columbia. Three-day pass, $30; $25 per day. www.3riversmusicfestival.com.

TENNESSEE


Riverbend Festival June 11-19. Chattanooga. $24-$33. www.riverbendfestival.com.

VIRGINIA


Christopher Run Bluegrass Festival June  10-12. Bluegrass. $25-$65.  www.christopherrunbluegrass.com.

Herndon Festival June 3-6. 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(23459) "__People move to the Southeast__ for all kinds of reasons, one of the most popular being the temperate climate. Sure, it may get a little steamy in the summer, but not enough to keep us indoors if there's something worthwhile going on outside. And, judging from the music festivals that take place across the region, there almost always is. With bluegrass jamborees in the mountains, beachfront symphonies on the coast and rock fests in the cities, there's no shortage of events within a day's drive of wherever you happen to be. Here's a list of 25 of the best music festivals the South has to offer, plus a list of other music events that take place every year across the region.

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__CITY STAGES__ The prototype for city music festivals throughout the Southeast, City Stages in Birmingham, Ala., celebrates its 16th year June 18-20. Streets are closed and multiple stages are erected throughout the city, where the top acts in a myriad of musical styles perform for three glorious days and nights. This year's lineup includes Ruben Studdard, Al Green, Keb Mo, Ralph Stanley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fuel, Live and Fountains of Wayne. [http://www.citystages.org/|www.citystages.org].

__W.C. HANDY MUSIC FESTIVAL__ Named for the man called "the father of the blues," this festival (July 25-31) celebrates the origins and advancements of two seminal American music forms: jazz and blues. Artists as diverse as Bobby Blue Bland, Dizzy Gillespie and the North Mississippi All-Stars have celebrated their heritage in clubs, restaurants, parks and other venues throughout Florence, the city where Handy was born in 1873. Ticket prices vary. www.wchandymusicfestival.org.

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__CITYLINK MUSIC FEST__ The Broward/Palm Beach alt-weekly ''CityLink'' sponsors this annual 12-hour festival. From 3 p.m. until 3 a.m. in late December, an unbelievable 75 or so bands (mostly unsigned locals) perform on 10 stages in Hollywood. Ticket prices vary with the venue. Check out [http://www.citylinkmagazine.com/|www.citylinkmagazine.com] when the weather starts to cool.

__CLEARWATER JAZZ HOLIDAY__ This 25-year-old Pinellas County tradition, which occurs Oct. 14-17, strives to balance its smooth jazz offerings with more adventurous and/or classic styles. Case in point: Herbie Hancock was headliner last year. Best of all, every night of this shindig -- held at Clearwater's Coachman Park -- is free. [http://www.clearwaterjazz.com/|www.clearwaterjazz.com].

__FLORIDA MUSIC FESTIVAL__ Spearheaded largely by Orlando culture-and-nightlife tabloid ''Axis'', the April 15-17 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. This week, River City High, Less Than Jake and The Early November will join 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 [http://www.floridamusicfestival.com/|www.floridamusicfestival.com].

__SUWANNEE SPRINGFEST__ The largest jam-band festival in the state is held the last weekend of March. It leans heavily on bluegrass/newgrass styles, but rarely fails to fill out the bill with other eclectic fare. Medeski Martin & Wood and Charlie Hunter are past headliners, and George Clinton's P-Funk All-Stars are regulars. (There's also a fall version called __MagnoliaFest__ that runs Oct. 21-24.) The show is held in the amphitheatre and surrounding areas of Live Oak's Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, between Gainesville and the Georgia state line. Tickets are $115 in advance, $130 at the gate. Sat.-Sun. only tickets are $105. (Multiday passes include camping.) Or pick up daily tickets at $30-$50 apiece. [http://www.magmusic.com/|www.magmusic.com].

__TROPICAL HEATWAVE__ WMNF-FM's (88.5) event only lasts one afternoon and evening (May 1), but the Tampa community-funded radio station's wildly eclectic playlists ensure that its six Ybor City stages are packed with quality talent from every genre. This year includes rising roots-punks Against Me! And hip jazzbos Sex Mob. Thirty artists appear in all. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. [http://www.tropicalheatwave.org/|www.tropicalheatwave.org].

__VERIZON MUSIC FESTIVAL__ Now in its fourth year, the May 19-22 festival generally caters to older, semi-schooled fans of jazz, blues and jazzy, bluesy pop. It still provides an eclectic mix, however. This year features Missy Elliott, Jewel and k.d. lang, for starters. The festival doesn't take place at a single location, but rather at quality venues all over the Tampa Bay area. www22.verizon.com.

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__ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL__ Throughout May, the city's cultural calendar is devoted to the smooth sounds of sax, skittering drums and blaring trumpets beckoning from a variety of venues. After a steady buildup of shows throughout the month, the action culminates Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park with a slate of can't-miss shows. Performing May 27-31 are Arturo Sandoval, Yusef Lateef, Shirley Horn, Randy Weston & African Rhythms, Regina Carter and more. Most of the festival is free, but tickets for shows at Chastain Park and Spivey Hall must be purchased at the venue's box offices or websites. [http://www.atlantafestivals.com/|www.atlantafestivals.com].

__BLIND WILLIE MCTELL BLUES FESTIVAL__ For the 11th year, the town of Thomson, Ga., celebrates the legacy of Blind Willie McTell, the influential blues guitarist and lyrical storyteller born here in 1901. Performing this year are Marcia Ball, Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin and Jimmy Thackery. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. [http://www.blindwillie.com/|www.blindwillie.com].

__MUSIC MIDTOWN__ In its 11th year wreaking havoc on the traffic patterns of Midtown in Atlanta, this event holds court the first weekend of May (April 30, May 1-2) annually. This year's performances will feature local hip-hop heroes Big Boi of OutKast, Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz and Cee-Lo mingling with radio rockers the Strokes, Foo Fighters, Fountains of Wayne, the Offspring and Jessica Simpson. Three-day passes are $45, single day passes are $40 at Ticketmaster. www.musicmidtown.com.

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__W.C. HANDY BLUES AND BARBEQUE FESTIVAL__ Celebrating the great bluesman W.C. Handy, this festival spices up the town of Handerson each summer. This year, the event runs from June 12-20 and features a different flavor of blues each night. Performing this year are Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Stomp Band, Carl Weathersby and Ronnie Baker Brooks. Admission is free. www.handyblues.org.

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__NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL__ This event, April 23-May 2, is the kingpin of Southeastern shindigs, having earned a reputation over the last 35 years for both an astonishing array of quality music and an unequaled opportunity to party. In addition to marvelous artists (Bonnie Raitt, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Beausoleil, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Wyclef Jean are among the hundreds of performers this year), this NoLa fest traditionally stages once-in-a-lifetime one-off collaborations. $20 per day in advance, $25 at the gate. Special evening engagements cost extra. [http://www.nojazzfest.com/|www.nojazzfest.com].

__VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE__ A relatively new festival in a city known for them, this event (Oct. 29-31) updates New Orleans' tradition of jazz fests with a contemporary roster of modern rock, pop and electronic/DJ artists. Last year's installment featured the White Stripes, Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson and 50 Cent along with a host of others. Few details have been released thus far about the coming event (the sixth), but keep checking www.voodoomusicfest.com.

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__JUBILEE JAM__ Held in Jackson May 16-18, this is Mississippi's largest annual music and arts festival. In its 15th year, the event features a varied lineup and some big names. Bob Dylan headlines, along with Cassandra Wilson and nu-metal doofs Saliva. What's more, it's cheap. Two-day passes go for $30, while nightly ticket prices range from $15 to $25. www.jubileejam.com.

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__FLATROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL__ This event takes place high amid Appalachian vistas at Camp Ton-A-Wandah from April 23-25. Equal parts music show and camping trip, the eighth annual festival features acoustic-only musicians. This year's performers include Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, the Snake Oil Medicine Show and Larry Keel, among dozens of others. Tickets are $15-$70 (for a weekend pass). 828-692-2005. [http://www.flatrockmusicfestival.com/|www.flatrockmusicfestival.com].

__LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL__ For a real multicultural music show, the 18th annual Lake Eden event takes place at Black Mountain May 7-9. This year's lineup includes Los Amigos Invisible from Venezuela, Black Rebels from Senegal, and New Yorker (by way of Celtic fiddle) Eileen Ivers, among others. Tickets range from $18 day passes to $100 for weekend camping. 828-686-8742. [http://www.theleaf.com/|www.theleaf.com].

__MERLEFEST__ This four-day event (April 29-May 1) in Wilkesboro, N.C., is one of the premier venues nationwide for Americana music, drawing 78,000 participants last year. Vince Gill, the Indigo Girls, Doc Watson, Gillian Welch and Bela Fleck are a few of the 100-plus performers scheduled to play this year. Tickets range from $35 (single day) to $200 (four-day pass with assigned seating). Camping is available. 800-343-7857. www.merlefest.org.

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__SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA__ This 17-day extravaganza is one of the premier high arts music festivals in the United States. From May 28-June 13, this year's event features artists from around the world, including Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova, flutist Paula Robison and Canadian pianist Louis Lortie. Symphonies from Beethoven (7th) and Mahler (9th), opera from Richard Strauss and Bellini, chamber music, contemporary classical and jazz are among the highlights at venues all over scenic Charleston. 843-579-3100. www.spoletousa.org/.

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__BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL__ Originally a hippies-only party, the 3-year-old festival has morphed into an annual Woodstock of sorts in Manchester, Tenn. The dates this year are June 11-13. Traditional jam-band deities the Dead and Trey Anastasio will share the same field with hipster rock royalty Wilco, Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth. My Morning Jacket and Robert Randolph and the Family Band return this year. And Dave Matthews is bringing "friends" this year instead of his "band." $164.50 for three days (includes camping). [http://www.bonnaroo.com/|www.bonnaroo.com].

__BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL__ Set for April 30-May 2, this Memphis event is another jam-packed congregation of talent from all over the musical spectrum, ranging this year from Chaka Khan to Collective Soul, Three 6 Mafia to Journey. If the sheer number of tour busses isn't enough to  render the street impassable, the throng of people definitely will. Before April 23, three-day passes  are $45; after April 23, they're $58.50. $19.50  single-day passes in advance, $22.50 at the gate.  [http://www.memphisinmay.org/|www.memphisinmay.org].

__CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL/FANFAIR__ Country music fans know where to go to get their fill: That's Nashville, for you regular rockers out there. From June 9-13, The Coliseum in Music City, U.S.A., will be packed with the best that country has to offer. Performers scheduled this year include Keith Urban, Wynona, Billy Ray Cyrus, Trace Adkins, Clint Black and Vince Gill. There will also be a host of lesser-knowns who probably sell more albums than most of the bands you listen to. Tickets are $145-$250, so make sure you like country before you take the plunge. www.cmafest.com.

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__ELLA FITZGERALD MUSIC FESTIVAL__ Now in its seventh year, this jazz spectacular takes place over three days (April 29-May 1) in the birthplace of its namesake, Newport News. This year's lineup includes bassist Dave Holland, tenor Michael Brecker and vocalist Peter Cincotti. Tickets are $35. 757-594-8752. [http://www.cnu.edu/ella2004/|www.cnu.edu/ella2004/].

__HAYMAKER MUSICAL FESTIVAL__ Just a short hop from Richmond, the third annual event will take place May 7-8 on the historic, 250-acre Oakley Farm in Spotsylvania. This year's lineup features 26 bands, including Little Feat, Del McCoury, the Drive-By Truckers and Leftover Salmon. Tickets are $45 for a two-day pass. Camping is available. [http://www.haymaker.net/|www.haymaker.net].

__VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL__ The 10th annual festival will take place Sept. 3-6 with over 40 bands rockin' the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Isaac Hayes, the Commodores, the Goo Goo Dolls and the Little River Band performed at last year's event. Watch for further information at www.vbfun.com.

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__BayFest__ First weekend of October. Rock, country, gospel, roots, R&B, electronica. Downtown Mobile. $30 three-day pass (advance); $20 per day at gates. [http://www.bayfest.com/|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 the gate), $20 per day. [http://www.bigspringjam.org/|www.bigspringjam.org].

__Blackwater Bluegrass Festival__ May 14-15. Bluegrass. Blackwater Park, Jasper. $30 two-day pass (advance), $35 two-day pass (at gate); single tickets, $16 advance, $20 at the gate. [http://www.blackwaterbluegrass.com/|www.blackwaterbluegrass.com].

__Jubilee CityFest__ Memorial Day weekend. Rock, country, urban. Downtown Montgomery. $32 weekend pass. [http://www.jubileecityfest.org/|www.jubileecityfest.org].

__MOVA Arts Festival__ Sept. 17-19. Folk singer/songwriter. Lake Guntersville. [http://mova.mountainvalleyartscouncil.org/|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.

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__98Rock Presents LiveStock__ April 23-24. Modern rock, metal. Zephyrhills Festival Park, Zephyrhills. $39.98, $50 to camp (must have ticket). www.98[http://rock.com/|rock.com].

__Cajun-Zydeco Crawfish Festival__ May 7-9. Cajun/zydeco. Ft. Lauderdale Festival Site, Ft. Lauderdale. $15 daily, $20 at gate; $23 two-day pass, $30 at gate; $28 three-day pass, $40 at gate. [http://www.ci.ftlaud.fl.us/festivals|www.ci.ftlaud.fl.us/festivals].

__The Fest__ Mid-October. Punk, hardcore, rock. Various venues, Gainesville. Ticket prices vary. Festival pass, $20 (advance), $30 at registration. [http://www.thefestfl.com/|www.thefestfl.com].

__Jacksonville Jazz Festival__ April 29-May 2. Jazz. Various venues, Jacksonville. $13.50 per night. [http://www.coj.net/|www.coj.net].

__Kissimmee Festival of Rhythm & Blues__ Last weekend of February. Blues, soul, R&B. Lakefront Park, Kissimmee. [http://www.kissimmeeparksandrec.com/|www.kissimmeeparksandrec.com].

__Kissimmee Jazz Festival__ April 25. Jazz. Lakefront Park, Kissimmee. www.kissimmeeparksandrec.com.

__Miami International Piano Festival__ ''Masters Series'': March 11-14. Eclectic/piano. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale. $160 package, single tickets vary. ''Discovery Series'': May 12-16. Eclectic/piano. Lincoln Theater, Miami Beach. $180 package, single tickets vary. [http://www.miamipianofest.com/|www.miamipianofest.com].

__Palm Beach Jazz Festival__ Early April. Jazz. Various venues, Palm Beach. Ticket prices vary. [http://www.palmbeachjazzfest.com/|www.palmbeachjazzfest.com].

__Pensacola JazzFest__ First weekend of April. Jazz. Seville Square, Pensacola. Free. [http://www.jazzpensacola.com/|www.jazzpensacola.com].

__Riverhawk Music Festival__ Nov. 12-14. Jam, roots, folk. Sertoma Ranch, Dade City. Fri., $20; Sat., $25; Sun., $15. [http://www.lindentertainment.com/|www.lindentertainment.com].

__Sarasota Blues Festival__ Nov. 6. Blues. Sarasota Fairgrounds, Sarasota. [http://www.sarasotabluesfest.com/|www.sarasotabluesfest.com].

__Sarasota Jazz Festival__ March 21-27. Swing-era jazz. Various venues, Sarasota. Ticket prices vary. [http://www.jazzclubsarasota.com/|www.jazzclubsarasota.com].

__Sarasota Music Festival__ May 31-June 19. Student orchestra, classical. Various venues. Ticket prices vary. [http://www.fwcs.org/sarasota|www.fwcs.org/sarasota].

__Sound Advice Tampa Bay Blues Festival__ First weekend in April. Blues. Vinoy Waterfront Park, St. Petersburg. Three-day pass, $50; $20-$25 per day. [http://www.tampabaybluesfest.com/|www.tampabaybluesfest.com].

__Springing the Blues Festival__ April 2-4. Blues. Florida's Oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach. Free. [http://www.springingtheblues.com/|www.springingtheblues.com].

__SunFest__ April 28-May 2. Rock, classic rock, pop, urban. Downtown West Palm Beach. Five-day passes, $35 (advance), $40 (at gate). One-day tickets, $14 per day (advance), $17 (at gate). [http://www.sunfest.com/|www.sunfest.com].

__Suwannee River Jam__ April 22-25. Country. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $75 four-day pass (includes tent camping), $100 at gate; $20 (Thurs.); $40 (Fri.-Sun.); $50 (Sat.). [http://www.suwanneeriverjam.com/|www.suwanneeriverjam.com].

__Suwannee River Jubilee__ Spring Jubliee is June 16-19. Fall Jubilee is Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Gospel. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $10 nightly; three-night pass, $25. [http://www.stewartvarnado.com/suwannee.html|www.stewartvarnado.com/suwannee.html].

__Suwannee River Rock 'N' Wheels__ April 2-3. Southern Rock. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $30. www.eventsbyhogan.com.

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__AthFest__ June 17-20. Indie rock. Downtown Athens. [http://www.athfest.com/|www.athfest.com].

__Atlanta Dogwood Festival__ April 2-4. Blues, jazz, rock, Americana, acoustic. Piedmont Park, Atlanta. Free. [http://www.dogwood.org/|www.dogwood.org].

__Bear on the Square Festival__ April 17-18, Dahlonega. [http://www.dahlonega.org/|www.dahlonega.org].

__Blue Ridge Harvest Fest__ Sept. 17-19. Jam band, bluegrass. Cherokee Farms, Lafayette, Ga. $75 for three-day pass, $90 after April 19. [http://www.harvestfest.com/|www.harvestfest.com].

__Georgia Music Week__ Sept. 13-17. Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Macon. [http://www.gamusichall.com/|www.gamusichall.com].

__National Black Arts Festival__ July 16-25. Jazz, world. Various venues in Atlanta. Ticket prices vary. [http://www.nbaf.org/|www.nbaf.org].

__Savannah Music Festival__ Jazz, classical, traditional and world music. March 21-April 4. Savannah. www.savannahmusicfestival.org.

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__Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival__ Sept. 14-18. Bluegrass/newgrass. Moorehead. $10-$85. [http://www.poppymountainbluegrass.com/|www.poppymountainbluegrass.com].

__Country Stampede__ June 3-6. Sparta. $45-$150. www.countrystampede.com.

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__Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival__ First weekend of May. Cajun/zydeco. Parc Hardy, Breaux Bridge. Three-day pass, $10; daily, $5. [http://www.bbcrawfest.com/|www.bbcrawfest.com].

__French Quarter Festival__ April 16-18. Jazz, Dixieland, zydeco. French Quarter, New Orleans. Ticket prices vary. [http://www.frenchquarterfestival.com/|www.frenchquarterfestival.com].

__International Arts Festival__ June 11-13. World beat, Caribbean. Marconi Meadows at City Park, New Orleans. Three-day pass, $85; two-day pass, $65; $35 per day. [http://www.internationalartsfestival.com/|www.internationalartsfestival.com].

__Mudbug Madness__ Memorial Day weekend. Cajun, zydeco. Festival Plaza, Shreveport. Per day, $3 for one, $5 for two. [http://www.mudbugmadness.com/|www.mudbugmadness.com].

__Satchmo Summerfest__ Aug. 4-8. Jazz. Old U.S. Mint, French Quarter, New Orleans. Free. www.satchmosummerfestival.com.

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__Country Cajun Crawfish Festival__ April 15-19. Country, zydeco. Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi. Free. [http://www.mscoastcoliseum.com/|www.mscoastcoliseum.com].

__Highway 61 Blues Festival__ June 12. Blues. Downtown Leland. $12 per person, $15 at gate. [http://www.highway61blues.com/|www.highway61blues.com].

__Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival__ Labor Day weekend. Blues. West Point Civic Center, West Point. [http://www.wpnet.org/wolf_festival.htm|www.wpnet.org/wolf_festival.htm].

__Legends of Bluegrass & Country Music Festival__ March 11-13. Country, bluegrass. Columbia. Three-day pass, $60. [http://www.bgfest.freeservers.com/columbia.html|www.bgfest.freeservers.com/columbia.html].

__Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival__ Sept. 18. Roots, blues, folk blues. Hwy 1 South and Route 454, Greenville. [http://www.deltablues.org/|www.deltablues.org].

__Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival__ Aug. 13-14. Blues, gospel. Railroad Depot, Clarksdale. Free. [http://www.sunflowerfest.org/|www.sunflowerfest.org].

__Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival__ June 4-6. Blues, country/rock. Front and Main streets, Tupelo. Two-day pass, $20 (advance), $15 per day at gate. www.tupeloelvisfestival.com.

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__Bele Chere Festival__ July 23-25. Rock, country, bluegrass. Downtown Asheville. Billed as the largest free outdoor festival in the Southeast. [http://www.belechere.com/|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. [http://www.cityfestlive.com/|www.cityfestlive.com].

__The North Carolina Music Festival__ Oct. 2. Rock, country, bluegrass, blues, folk. Charlotte. Ticket prices vary. [http://www.thenorthcarolinamusicfestival.com/|www.thenorthcarolinamusicfestival.com].

__Piedmont Jazz & Blues Festival__ April 29-May 9. Jazz, blues. Greensboro. Headliners include W.C. Clark, Peter Cincotti, Dewey Redman and Grammy award-winning vocal ensemble, New York Voices. Ticket prices vary. www.piedmontjazzbluesfest.com.

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__Free-Times Music Crawl__ April 3. Local and regional rock, jam, soul. Six different venues. $5 per venue. [http://www.free-times.com/|www.free-times.com].

__3 Rivers Festival__ April 16-18. Rock, hip-hop, soul, blues, country, bluegrass. Downtown Columbia. Three-day pass, $30; $25 per day. www.3riversmusicfestival.com.

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__Riverbend Festival__ June 11-19. Chattanooga. $24-$33. www.riverbendfestival.com.

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__Christopher Run Bluegrass Festival __June  10-12. Bluegrass. $25-$65.  [http://www.christopherrunbluegrass.com/|www.christopherrunbluegrass.com].

__Herndon Festival__ June 3-6. Jazz, rock, folk, blues. Ticket prices vary. [http://www.town.herndon.va.us/festival|www.town.herndon.va.us/festival].

__Rites of Spring Festival__ April 22-24. Vanderbilt University, Nashville. [http://www.ritesofspring.com/|www.ritesofspring.com].

__-- Scott Harrell, John Schacht, Nikhil Swaminathan, Suzanne Van Atten, Tony Ware__
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  string(21118) " Cover 18256  2020-04-05T02:12:50+00:00 cover-18256.jpeg     Top 25 music festivals in the Southeast 30346  2004-04-15T04:04:00+00:00 Cover Story: The best of the fests 2004 ben.eason@creativeloafing.com Ben Eason CL Events Staff  2004-04-15T04:04:00+00:00  People move to the Southeast for all kinds of reasons, one of the most popular being the temperate climate. Sure, it may get a little steamy in the summer, but not enough to keep us indoors if there's something worthwhile going on outside. And, judging from the music festivals that take place across the region, there almost always is. With bluegrass jamborees in the mountains, beachfront symphonies on the coast and rock fests in the cities, there's no shortage of events within a day's drive of wherever you happen to be. Here's a list of 25 of the best music festivals the South has to offer, plus a list of other music events that take place every year across the region.

ALABAMA


CITY STAGES The prototype for city music festivals throughout the Southeast, City Stages in Birmingham, Ala., celebrates its 16th year June 18-20. Streets are closed and multiple stages are erected throughout the city, where the top acts in a myriad of musical styles perform for three glorious days and nights. This year's lineup includes Ruben Studdard, Al Green, Keb Mo, Ralph Stanley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fuel, Live and Fountains of Wayne. www.citystages.org.

W.C. HANDY MUSIC FESTIVAL Named for the man called "the father of the blues," this festival (July 25-31) celebrates the origins and advancements of two seminal American music forms: jazz and blues. Artists as diverse as Bobby Blue Bland, Dizzy Gillespie and the North Mississippi All-Stars have celebrated their heritage in clubs, restaurants, parks and other venues throughout Florence, the city where Handy was born in 1873. Ticket prices vary. www.wchandymusicfestival.org.

FLORIDA


CITYLINK MUSIC FEST The Broward/Palm Beach alt-weekly CityLink sponsors this annual 12-hour festival. From 3 p.m. until 3 a.m. in late December, an unbelievable 75 or so bands (mostly unsigned locals) perform on 10 stages in Hollywood. Ticket prices vary with the venue. Check out www.citylinkmagazine.com when the weather starts to cool.

CLEARWATER JAZZ HOLIDAY This 25-year-old Pinellas County tradition, which occurs Oct. 14-17, strives to balance its smooth jazz offerings with more adventurous and/or classic styles. Case in point: Herbie Hancock was headliner last year. Best of all, every night of this shindig — held at Clearwater's Coachman Park — is free. www.clearwaterjazz.com.

FLORIDA MUSIC FESTIVAL Spearheaded largely by Orlando culture-and-nightlife tabloid Axis, the April 15-17 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. This week, River City High, Less Than Jake and The Early November will join 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.

SUWANNEE SPRINGFEST The largest jam-band festival in the state is held the last weekend of March. It leans heavily on bluegrass/newgrass styles, but rarely fails to fill out the bill with other eclectic fare. Medeski Martin & Wood and Charlie Hunter are past headliners, and George Clinton's P-Funk All-Stars are regulars. (There's also a fall version called MagnoliaFest that runs Oct. 21-24.) The show is held in the amphitheatre and surrounding areas of Live Oak's Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, between Gainesville and the Georgia state line. Tickets are $115 in advance, $130 at the gate. Sat.-Sun. only tickets are $105. (Multiday passes include camping.) Or pick up daily tickets at $30-$50 apiece. www.magmusic.com.

TROPICAL HEATWAVE WMNF-FM's (88.5) event only lasts one afternoon and evening (May 1), but the Tampa community-funded radio station's wildly eclectic playlists ensure that its six Ybor City stages are packed with quality talent from every genre. This year includes rising roots-punks Against Me! And hip jazzbos Sex Mob. Thirty artists appear in all. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. www.tropicalheatwave.org.

VERIZON MUSIC FESTIVAL Now in its fourth year, the May 19-22 festival generally caters to older, semi-schooled fans of jazz, blues and jazzy, bluesy pop. It still provides an eclectic mix, however. This year features Missy Elliott, Jewel and k.d. lang, for starters. The festival doesn't take place at a single location, but rather at quality venues all over the Tampa Bay area. www22.verizon.com.

GEORGIA


ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL Throughout May, the city's cultural calendar is devoted to the smooth sounds of sax, skittering drums and blaring trumpets beckoning from a variety of venues. After a steady buildup of shows throughout the month, the action culminates Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park with a slate of can't-miss shows. Performing May 27-31 are Arturo Sandoval, Yusef Lateef, Shirley Horn, Randy Weston & African Rhythms, Regina Carter and more. Most of the festival is free, but tickets for shows at Chastain Park and Spivey Hall must be purchased at the venue's box offices or websites. www.atlantafestivals.com.

BLIND WILLIE MCTELL BLUES FESTIVAL For the 11th year, the town of Thomson, Ga., celebrates the legacy of Blind Willie McTell, the influential blues guitarist and lyrical storyteller born here in 1901. Performing this year are Marcia Ball, Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin and Jimmy Thackery. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. www.blindwillie.com.

MUSIC MIDTOWN In its 11th year wreaking havoc on the traffic patterns of Midtown in Atlanta, this event holds court the first weekend of May (April 30, May 1-2) annually. This year's performances will feature local hip-hop heroes Big Boi of OutKast, Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz and Cee-Lo mingling with radio rockers the Strokes, Foo Fighters, Fountains of Wayne, the Offspring and Jessica Simpson. Three-day passes are $45, single day passes are $40 at Ticketmaster. www.musicmidtown.com.

KENTUCKY


W.C. HANDY BLUES AND BARBEQUE FESTIVAL Celebrating the great bluesman W.C. Handy, this festival spices up the town of Handerson each summer. This year, the event runs from June 12-20 and features a different flavor of blues each night. Performing this year are Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Stomp Band, Carl Weathersby and Ronnie Baker Brooks. Admission is free. www.handyblues.org.

LOUISIANA


NEW ORLEANS JAZZ AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL This event, April 23-May 2, is the kingpin of Southeastern shindigs, having earned a reputation over the last 35 years for both an astonishing array of quality music and an unequaled opportunity to party. In addition to marvelous artists (Bonnie Raitt, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Beausoleil, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Wyclef Jean are among the hundreds of performers this year), this NoLa fest traditionally stages once-in-a-lifetime one-off collaborations. $20 per day in advance, $25 at the gate. Special evening engagements cost extra. www.nojazzfest.com.

VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE A relatively new festival in a city known for them, this event (Oct. 29-31) updates New Orleans' tradition of jazz fests with a contemporary roster of modern rock, pop and electronic/DJ artists. Last year's installment featured the White Stripes, Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson and 50 Cent along with a host of others. Few details have been released thus far about the coming event (the sixth), but keep checking www.voodoomusicfest.com.

MISSISSIPPI


JUBILEE JAM Held in Jackson May 16-18, this is Mississippi's largest annual music and arts festival. In its 15th year, the event features a varied lineup and some big names. Bob Dylan headlines, along with Cassandra Wilson and nu-metal doofs Saliva. What's more, it's cheap. Two-day passes go for $30, while nightly ticket prices range from $15 to $25. www.jubileejam.com.

NORTH CAROLINA


FLATROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL This event takes place high amid Appalachian vistas at Camp Ton-A-Wandah from April 23-25. Equal parts music show and camping trip, the eighth annual festival features acoustic-only musicians. This year's performers include Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, the Snake Oil Medicine Show and Larry Keel, among dozens of others. Tickets are $15-$70 (for a weekend pass). 828-692-2005. www.flatrockmusicfestival.com.

LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL For a real multicultural music show, the 18th annual Lake Eden event takes place at Black Mountain May 7-9. This year's lineup includes Los Amigos Invisible from Venezuela, Black Rebels from Senegal, and New Yorker (by way of Celtic fiddle) Eileen Ivers, among others. Tickets range from $18 day passes to $100 for weekend camping. 828-686-8742. www.theleaf.com.

MERLEFEST This four-day event (April 29-May 1) in Wilkesboro, N.C., is one of the premier venues nationwide for Americana music, drawing 78,000 participants last year. Vince Gill, the Indigo Girls, Doc Watson, Gillian Welch and Bela Fleck are a few of the 100-plus performers scheduled to play this year. Tickets range from $35 (single day) to $200 (four-day pass with assigned seating). Camping is available. 800-343-7857. www.merlefest.org.

SOUTH CAROLINA


SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA This 17-day extravaganza is one of the premier high arts music festivals in the United States. From May 28-June 13, this year's event features artists from around the world, including Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova, flutist Paula Robison and Canadian pianist Louis Lortie. Symphonies from Beethoven (7th) and Mahler (9th), opera from Richard Strauss and Bellini, chamber music, contemporary classical and jazz are among the highlights at venues all over scenic Charleston. 843-579-3100. www.spoletousa.org/.

TENNESSEE


BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL Originally a hippies-only party, the 3-year-old festival has morphed into an annual Woodstock of sorts in Manchester, Tenn. The dates this year are June 11-13. Traditional jam-band deities the Dead and Trey Anastasio will share the same field with hipster rock royalty Wilco, Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth. My Morning Jacket and Robert Randolph and the Family Band return this year. And Dave Matthews is bringing "friends" this year instead of his "band." $164.50 for three days (includes camping). www.bonnaroo.com.

BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL Set for April 30-May 2, this Memphis event is another jam-packed congregation of talent from all over the musical spectrum, ranging this year from Chaka Khan to Collective Soul, Three 6 Mafia to Journey. If the sheer number of tour busses isn't enough to  render the street impassable, the throng of people definitely will. Before April 23, three-day passes  are $45; after April 23, they're $58.50. $19.50  single-day passes in advance, $22.50 at the gate.  www.memphisinmay.org.

CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL/FANFAIR Country music fans know where to go to get their fill: That's Nashville, for you regular rockers out there. From June 9-13, The Coliseum in Music City, U.S.A., will be packed with the best that country has to offer. Performers scheduled this year include Keith Urban, Wynona, Billy Ray Cyrus, Trace Adkins, Clint Black and Vince Gill. There will also be a host of lesser-knowns who probably sell more albums than most of the bands you listen to. Tickets are $145-$250, so make sure you like country before you take the plunge. www.cmafest.com.

VIRGINIA


ELLA FITZGERALD MUSIC FESTIVAL Now in its seventh year, this jazz spectacular takes place over three days (April 29-May 1) in the birthplace of its namesake, Newport News. This year's lineup includes bassist Dave Holland, tenor Michael Brecker and vocalist Peter Cincotti. Tickets are $35. 757-594-8752. www.cnu.edu/ella2004/.

HAYMAKER MUSICAL FESTIVAL Just a short hop from Richmond, the third annual event will take place May 7-8 on the historic, 250-acre Oakley Farm in Spotsylvania. This year's lineup features 26 bands, including Little Feat, Del McCoury, the Drive-By Truckers and Leftover Salmon. Tickets are $45 for a two-day pass. Camping is available. www.haymaker.net.

VERIZON WIRELESS AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL The 10th annual festival will take place Sept. 3-6 with over 40 bands rockin' the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Isaac Hayes, the Commodores, the Goo Goo Dolls and the Little River Band performed at last year's event. Watch for further information at www.vbfun.com.

The rest of the best ?ALABAMA


BayFest First weekend of October. Rock, country, gospel, roots, R&B, electronica. Downtown Mobile. $30 three-day pass (advance); $20 per day at gates. 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 the gate), $20 per day. www.bigspringjam.org.

Blackwater Bluegrass Festival May 14-15. Bluegrass. Blackwater Park, Jasper. $30 two-day pass (advance), $35 two-day pass (at gate); single tickets, $16 advance, $20 at the gate. www.blackwaterbluegrass.com.

Jubilee CityFest Memorial Day weekend. Rock, country, urban. Downtown Montgomery. $32 weekend pass. www.jubileecityfest.org.

MOVA Arts Festival Sept. 17-19. Folk singer/songwriter. 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


98Rock Presents LiveStock April 23-24. Modern rock, metal. Zephyrhills Festival Park, Zephyrhills. $39.98, $50 to camp (must have ticket). www.98rock.com.

Cajun-Zydeco Crawfish Festival May 7-9. Cajun/zydeco. Ft. Lauderdale Festival Site, Ft. Lauderdale. $15 daily, $20 at gate; $23 two-day pass, $30 at gate; $28 three-day pass, $40 at gate. www.ci.ftlaud.fl.us/festivals.

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 29-May 2. Jazz. Various venues, Jacksonville. $13.50 per night. www.coj.net.

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

Kissimmee Jazz Festival April 25. Jazz. Lakefront Park, Kissimmee. www.kissimmeeparksandrec.com.

Miami International Piano Festival Masters Series: March 11-14. Eclectic/piano. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale. $160 package, single tickets vary. Discovery Series: May 12-16. Eclectic/piano. Lincoln Theater, Miami Beach. $180 package, single tickets vary. www.miamipianofest.com.

Palm Beach Jazz Festival Early April. Jazz. Various venues, Palm Beach. Ticket prices vary. www.palmbeachjazzfest.com.

Pensacola JazzFest First weekend of April. Jazz. Seville Square, Pensacola. Free. www.jazzpensacola.com.

Riverhawk Music Festival Nov. 12-14. Jam, roots, folk. Sertoma Ranch, Dade City. Fri., $20; Sat., $25; Sun., $15. www.lindentertainment.com.

Sarasota Blues Festival Nov. 6. Blues. Sarasota Fairgrounds, Sarasota. 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 31-June 19. Student orchestra, classical. Various venues. Ticket prices vary. www.fwcs.org/sarasota.

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

Springing the Blues Festival April 2-4. Blues. Florida's Oceanfront SeaWalk Pavilion, Jacksonville Beach. Free. www.springingtheblues.com.

SunFest April 28-May 2. Rock, classic rock, pop, urban. Downtown West Palm Beach. Five-day passes, $35 (advance), $40 (at gate). One-day tickets, $14 per day (advance), $17 (at gate). www.sunfest.com.

Suwannee River Jam April 22-25. Country. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $75 four-day pass (includes tent camping), $100 at gate; $20 (Thurs.); $40 (Fri.-Sun.); $50 (Sat.). www.suwanneeriverjam.com.

Suwannee River Jubilee Spring Jubliee is June 16-19. Fall Jubilee is Sept. 29-Oct. 2. 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 2-3. Southern Rock. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak. $30. www.eventsbyhogan.com.

GEORGIA


AthFest June 17-20. Indie rock. Downtown Athens. www.athfest.com.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival April 2-4. Blues, jazz, rock, Americana, acoustic. Piedmont Park, Atlanta. Free. www.dogwood.org.

Bear on the Square Festival April 17-18, Dahlonega. www.dahlonega.org.

Blue Ridge Harvest Fest Sept. 17-19. Jam band, bluegrass. Cherokee Farms, Lafayette, Ga. $75 for three-day pass, $90 after April 19. www.harvestfest.com.

Georgia Music Week Sept. 13-17. Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Macon. www.gamusichall.com.

National Black Arts Festival July 16-25. Jazz, world. Various venues in Atlanta. Ticket prices vary. www.nbaf.org.

Savannah Music Festival Jazz, classical, traditional and world music. March 21-April 4. Savannah. www.savannahmusicfestival.org.

KENTUCKY


Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Sept. 14-18. Bluegrass/newgrass. Moorehead. $10-$85. www.poppymountainbluegrass.com.

Country Stampede June 3-6. Sparta. $45-$150. www.countrystampede.com.

LOUSIANA


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

French Quarter Festival April 16-18. Jazz, Dixieland, zydeco. French Quarter, New Orleans. Ticket prices vary. www.frenchquarterfestival.com.

International Arts Festival June 11-13. World beat, Caribbean. Marconi Meadows at City Park, New Orleans. Three-day pass, $85; two-day pass, $65; $35 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. 4-8. Jazz. Old U.S. Mint, French Quarter, New Orleans. Free. www.satchmosummerfestival.com.

MISSISSIPPI


Country Cajun Crawfish Festival April 15-19. Country, zydeco. Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi. Free. www.mscoastcoliseum.com.

Highway 61 Blues Festival June 12. Blues. Downtown Leland. $12 per person, $15 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.htm.

Legends of Bluegrass & Country Music Festival March 11-13. Country, bluegrass. Columbia. Three-day pass, $60. www.bgfest.freeservers.com/columbia.html.

Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival Sept. 18. Roots, blues, folk blues. Hwy 1 South and Route 454, Greenville. www.deltablues.org.

Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival Aug. 13-14. Blues, gospel. Railroad Depot, Clarksdale. Free. www.sunflowerfest.org.

Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival June 4-6. 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 23-25. 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 29-May 9. Jazz, blues. Greensboro. Headliners include W.C. Clark, Peter Cincotti, Dewey Redman and Grammy award-winning vocal ensemble, New York Voices. Ticket prices vary. www.piedmontjazzbluesfest.com.

SOUTH CAROLINA


Free-Times Music Crawl April 3. Local and regional rock, jam, soul. Six different venues. $5 per venue. www.free-times.com.

3 Rivers Festival April 16-18. Rock, hip-hop, soul, blues, country, bluegrass. Downtown Columbia. Three-day pass, $30; $25 per day. www.3riversmusicfestival.com.

TENNESSEE


Riverbend Festival June 11-19. Chattanooga. $24-$33. www.riverbendfestival.com.

VIRGINIA


Christopher Run Bluegrass Festival June  10-12. Bluegrass. $25-$65.  www.christopherrunbluegrass.com.

Herndon Festival June 3-6. 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(5902) "Last Thursday night, I went to Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points to see Stereolab. I've never met any of the members, nor do I particularly want to, but I feel close to them because the band and its music always seem to pop up at important times in my life. For example, Stereolab is the first band that I (22 at the time) ever bought a ticket to see without first liking the music. Until Stereolab, I thought rock shows were things you saw at arenas.

Even more important, several years ago I snuck a Russian-made, plastic camera into one of the group's Variety Playhouse gigs and walked out with my first decent live music photos. For more examples, wait for my unwritten autobiography, A Life Less Lived.

Where was I? Oh, yeah, the band. Stereolab's music is a mishmash of varied influences such as '70s Krautrock, the Beach Boys, the Velvet Underground and '50s bachelor pad music, all held together by an emotionally unavailable French woman singing childishly simple melodies and lyrics about philosophy and politics, often in French. While Britney Spears' fans have been and will remain unmoved, enough new college students keep discovering Stereolab each year that the band can still fill up clubs and theaters around the country with little promotion.

The show started with "Diagonals," from 1997's Dots And Loops CD, which I recognized, and then proceeded with more than an hour of music I didn't recognize, except for a tune called "Good Is Me." The only reason I know that is because I wrote down some of the lyrics and Googled them when I got home. The band's sound was a little denser than it has been in the past. When keyboardist/ backing vocalist Mary Hansen died (hit by a car while riding her bike), they replaced her with an instrumentalist who doesn't sing much. So all of those lovely "la-la-la" bits that brought some light and air into Stereolab's sound are gone for the time being.

OhNo: On Sunday, I gave up a chance to check out the end of the Tour de Georgia and the opportunity for a supremely tasteless photo of the winner with the caption, "I'd give my left nut to win this race," and instead went to Roswell for its biannual Art Walk.

I concentrated my Art Walking along the nice strip of shops and galleries that somebody wants us to call SoCa because they think it sounds sophisticated when, in fact, it just sounds BmpKin.

It's too bad, because the shops and galleries are nice. Iridium Gallery's stuff was a little restaurant decor-ish for my taste, but it's a nice gallery. I quite liked a lot of Ford Smith's landscape work (at Ford Smith Gallery), particularly "Bare Forest," a stark and frosty woods scene. He's one of Art Business News magazine's "15 artists to watch." I watched him.

Festival time: Walking in circles. Drinking beer. Using portable toilets. Buying hand-carved $90 wood salad bowls. Drinking more beer. Why, it's festival season, of course! Last weekend, I went to two. On Saturday, I went to the Inman Park Festival. For one weekend each year, Inman Park dwellers close off their own streets and invite vendors, artists, musicians and a parade to trap them in their own driveway.

Other than Hawaiian-flavored Italian ice (how's that for ethnic diversity?) and some chance meetings with nice people, my favorite part of the festival was Saturday's parade. Everyone seemed to enjoy it — except the people driving motor vehicles. Almost without exception, people in the parade with a steering wheel in front of them looked sad, sullen and even grumpy. The saddest of the bunch were the people driving cars from tour sponsor Royal Automotive Group. I'm sure that parading Buicks at 2 miles per hour in front of people who aren't going to buy one, probably ever, isn't fun when you'd rather be home or at the dealership making money, but sulking through parades is definitely bad form.

They should have acted more like the Klingons. Yes, there were Klingons in the parade. They weren't causing trouble or threatening democracy or anything like that. They smiled, waved, growled and yelled out things like, "Today is a day to celebrate. Tomorrow we may all die!"

Believe it or not, that wasn't even the parade's most memorable line. That prize goes to the marchers from Trees Atlanta who fired up the crowd with this inventive chant: "What do we plant? Trees! Where do we plant them? Atlanta!"

The Taste of Marietta festival at Marietta Square on Sunday was a little more laid back. There were no parades, and in place of sullen Buick drivers, there were gorgeous classic cars with smiling owners taking up one whole side of the square. The gems included a '66 Corvette, a '61 Impala convertible (with 2.5-inch exhaust manifold!) and a 1931 Ford Model A. The man displaying the car, Arnold Whittaker, gave the car to his wife for their 53rd anniversary. He explained that one of the most enjoyable things about owning and driving classic cars is that everybody waves, says hello, or honks their horns when he passes by.

So what exactly is the taste of Marietta? Chili's? T.G.I. Fridays? Taco Mac? Dave & Buster's? The answer is no, no, yes, yes. There were a couple of chains, but there was also a mix of Latino, Asian and old-fashioned barbecue restaurants reflective of Cobb's mixed ethnic makeup. One of the booths was Beetle's BBQ, made prominent by a VW-turned-cooker adjacent to the booth and women yelling out something about how "swine is divine."

A tangent: Why is it that pigs are always depicted by barbecue or rib joint logos as cheerfully suicidal? The Beetle's logo is a bow-tied pig happily driving a VW — presumably the same VW used by the restaurant to smoke meat. The implication is that the pig is so eager to be eaten that he's driving himself to the restaurant. "Here I am, guys. Who wants to kill me and slather me with delicious sauce?"

andisheh@creativeloafing.com
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Even more important, several years ago I snuck a Russian-made, plastic camera into one of the group's Variety Playhouse gigs and walked out with my first decent live music photos. For more examples, wait for my unwritten autobiography, ''A Life Less Lived''.

Where was I? Oh, yeah, the band. Stereolab's music is a mishmash of varied influences such as '70s Krautrock, the Beach Boys, the Velvet Underground and '50s bachelor pad music, all held together by an emotionally unavailable French woman singing childishly simple melodies and lyrics about philosophy and politics, often in French. While Britney Spears' fans have been and will remain unmoved, enough new college students keep discovering Stereolab each year that the band can still fill up clubs and theaters around the country with little promotion.

The show started with "Diagonals," from 1997's ''Dots And Loops'' CD, which I recognized, and then proceeded with more than an hour of music I didn't recognize, except for a tune called "Good Is Me." The only reason I know that is because I wrote down some of the lyrics and Googled them when I got home. The band's sound was a little denser than it has been in the past. When keyboardist/ backing vocalist Mary Hansen died (hit by a car while riding her bike), they replaced her with an instrumentalist who doesn't sing much. So all of those lovely "la-la-la" bits that brought some light and air into Stereolab's sound are gone for the time being.

__OhNo: __On Sunday, I gave up a chance to check out the end of the Tour de Georgia and the opportunity for a supremely tasteless photo of the winner with the caption, "I'd give my left nut to win this race," and instead went to Roswell for its biannual Art Walk.

I concentrated my Art Walking along the nice strip of shops and galleries that somebody wants us to call SoCa because they think it sounds sophisticated when, in fact, it just sounds BmpKin.

It's too bad, because the shops and galleries are nice. Iridium Gallery's stuff was a little restaurant decor-ish for my taste, but it's a nice gallery. I quite liked a lot of Ford Smith's landscape work (at Ford Smith Gallery), particularly "Bare Forest," a stark and frosty woods scene. He's one of ''Art Business News'' magazine's "15 artists to watch." I watched him.

__Festival time: __Walking in circles. Drinking beer. Using portable toilets. Buying hand-carved $90 wood salad bowls. Drinking more beer. Why, it's festival season, of course! Last weekend, I went to two. On Saturday, I went to the __Inman Park Festival__. For one weekend each year, Inman Park dwellers close off their own streets and invite vendors, artists, musicians and a parade to trap them in their own driveway.

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They should have acted more like the Klingons. Yes, there were Klingons in the parade. They weren't causing trouble or threatening democracy or anything like that. They smiled, waved, growled and yelled out things like, "Today is a day to celebrate. Tomorrow we may all die!"

Believe it or not, that wasn't even the parade's most memorable line. That prize goes to the marchers from Trees Atlanta who fired up the crowd with this inventive chant: "What do we plant? Trees! Where do we plant them? Atlanta!"

The __Taste of Marietta__ festival at Marietta Square on Sunday was a little more laid back. There were no parades, and in place of sullen Buick drivers, there were gorgeous classic cars with smiling owners taking up one whole side of the square. The gems included a '66 Corvette, a '61 Impala convertible (with 2.5-inch exhaust manifold!) and a 1931 Ford Model A. The man displaying the car, Arnold Whittaker, gave the car to his wife for their 53rd anniversary. He explained that one of the most enjoyable things about owning and driving classic cars is that everybody waves, says hello, or honks their horns when he passes by.

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Even more important, several years ago I snuck a Russian-made, plastic camera into one of the group's Variety Playhouse gigs and walked out with my first decent live music photos. For more examples, wait for my unwritten autobiography, A Life Less Lived.

Where was I? Oh, yeah, the band. Stereolab's music is a mishmash of varied influences such as '70s Krautrock, the Beach Boys, the Velvet Underground and '50s bachelor pad music, all held together by an emotionally unavailable French woman singing childishly simple melodies and lyrics about philosophy and politics, often in French. While Britney Spears' fans have been and will remain unmoved, enough new college students keep discovering Stereolab each year that the band can still fill up clubs and theaters around the country with little promotion.

The show started with "Diagonals," from 1997's Dots And Loops CD, which I recognized, and then proceeded with more than an hour of music I didn't recognize, except for a tune called "Good Is Me." The only reason I know that is because I wrote down some of the lyrics and Googled them when I got home. The band's sound was a little denser than it has been in the past. When keyboardist/ backing vocalist Mary Hansen died (hit by a car while riding her bike), they replaced her with an instrumentalist who doesn't sing much. So all of those lovely "la-la-la" bits that brought some light and air into Stereolab's sound are gone for the time being.

OhNo: On Sunday, I gave up a chance to check out the end of the Tour de Georgia and the opportunity for a supremely tasteless photo of the winner with the caption, "I'd give my left nut to win this race," and instead went to Roswell for its biannual Art Walk.

I concentrated my Art Walking along the nice strip of shops and galleries that somebody wants us to call SoCa because they think it sounds sophisticated when, in fact, it just sounds BmpKin.

It's too bad, because the shops and galleries are nice. Iridium Gallery's stuff was a little restaurant decor-ish for my taste, but it's a nice gallery. I quite liked a lot of Ford Smith's landscape work (at Ford Smith Gallery), particularly "Bare Forest," a stark and frosty woods scene. He's one of Art Business News magazine's "15 artists to watch." I watched him.

Festival time: Walking in circles. Drinking beer. Using portable toilets. Buying hand-carved $90 wood salad bowls. Drinking more beer. Why, it's festival season, of course! Last weekend, I went to two. On Saturday, I went to the Inman Park Festival. For one weekend each year, Inman Park dwellers close off their own streets and invite vendors, artists, musicians and a parade to trap them in their own driveway.

Other than Hawaiian-flavored Italian ice (how's that for ethnic diversity?) and some chance meetings with nice people, my favorite part of the festival was Saturday's parade. Everyone seemed to enjoy it — except the people driving motor vehicles. Almost without exception, people in the parade with a steering wheel in front of them looked sad, sullen and even grumpy. The saddest of the bunch were the people driving cars from tour sponsor Royal Automotive Group. I'm sure that parading Buicks at 2 miles per hour in front of people who aren't going to buy one, probably ever, isn't fun when you'd rather be home or at the dealership making money, but sulking through parades is definitely bad form.

They should have acted more like the Klingons. Yes, there were Klingons in the parade. They weren't causing trouble or threatening democracy or anything like that. They smiled, waved, growled and yelled out things like, "Today is a day to celebrate. Tomorrow we may all die!"

Believe it or not, that wasn't even the parade's most memorable line. That prize goes to the marchers from Trees Atlanta who fired up the crowd with this inventive chant: "What do we plant? Trees! Where do we plant them? Atlanta!"

The Taste of Marietta festival at Marietta Square on Sunday was a little more laid back. There were no parades, and in place of sullen Buick drivers, there were gorgeous classic cars with smiling owners taking up one whole side of the square. The gems included a '66 Corvette, a '61 Impala convertible (with 2.5-inch exhaust manifold!) and a 1931 Ford Model A. The man displaying the car, Arnold Whittaker, gave the car to his wife for their 53rd anniversary. He explained that one of the most enjoyable things about owning and driving classic cars is that everybody waves, says hello, or honks their horns when he passes by.

So what exactly is the taste of Marietta? Chili's? T.G.I. Fridays? Taco Mac? Dave & Buster's? The answer is no, no, yes, yes. There were a couple of chains, but there was also a mix of Latino, Asian and old-fashioned barbecue restaurants reflective of Cobb's mixed ethnic makeup. One of the booths was Beetle's BBQ, made prominent by a VW-turned-cooker adjacent to the booth and women yelling out something about how "swine is divine."

A tangent: Why is it that pigs are always depicted by barbecue or rib joint logos as cheerfully suicidal? The Beetle's logo is a bow-tied pig happily driving a VW — presumably the same VW used by the restaurant to smoke meat. The implication is that the pig is so eager to be eaten that he's driving himself to the restaurant. "Here I am, guys. Who wants to kill me and slather me with delicious sauce?"

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Spivey Hall

8:15 p.m. Yusef Lateef and Adam Rudolph — See feature, p. XX.

Fri., May 28

Chastain Park Amphitheatre

7 p.m. Arturo Sandoval — As part of the International Night of Blazing Trumpets, Sandoval's incendiary trumpet will indeed blast a Cuban-flavored comet trail of compelling world bop and multihued, Dizzy (as in Gillespie) landscapes. (Smith)

9 p.m. Hugh Masekela — Known for his hybrid African/pop/jazz style, the influential Masekela has also worked in bebop, rock and even disco. One of the earliest leaders in world fusion, he had enormous solo success in the '60s and has collaborated on trumpet and flugelhorn with a diverse list of musicians including Herb Alpert, Paul Simon and the Byrds. (Smith)

Sat., May 29

Piedmont Park

2 p.m. J.C. Young Middle School Jazz Ensemble

3 p.m. Ojeda Penn — Montgomery, Ala., native Penn began playing piano at 7 years old. The forward-thinking improv master now makes Atlanta his home and has shared his encyclopedic knowledge of world music with several generations of students and adoring audiences worldwide. He taught jazz history at Emory University for 20 years, and is currently teaching at Atlanta Metropolitan College. (Smith)

4 p.m. Joe Jennings & Howard Nicholson's Life Force

5 p.m. The Heath Brothers — Collectively, Jimmy, Percy and Tootie Heath have more than 150 years of experience and more than 900 recordings under their belt. They have worked with the brightest legends of jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Quartet. Expect an unrelenting but impeccably cool set of hard bop and jazzy R&B from these legends. (Smith)

6 p.m. Jimmy Scott and the Jazz Expressions — Eerie and haunting, the delicate vocals of cult icon Scott should cool the steamy late afternoon with a settling set of quietly evocative jazz ballads. His easy and uniquely delayed delivery is perfect for a laid-back, romantic picnic in the park. (Smith)

7 p.m. Ahmad Jamal — Born Frederick Russell Jones, the expressive 73-year-old pianist has been an underrated and innovative influence since the early '50s, and continues to produce a healthy output of recordings. His trademark juxtaposition of airy passages and abstract textures influenced several generations of artists, including Miles Davis. (Smith)

8 p.m. Shirley Horn — Horn has been an impressive pianist and balladeer since the early 1960s, but she didn't hit her artistic peak until signing with Verve in the '80s. Last year's May the Music Never End finds the gifted interpreter setting her sights on the Beatles' "Yesterday" and Rod McKuen's "If You Go Away." (Moreau)

The Tabernacle

10 p.m. FunkJazz Kafe 10th Anniversary — If you missed the March edition of FunkJazz Kafe, don't cry, dry your eyes (one love, Slick Rick). The latest installment of the Kafe promises to showcase the usual batch of funky visual art, poetry, fashion and surprise musical performances that folks have come to love. Now, if you're M.I.A. this time, don't have a cow (peace, Bart Simpson) — FunkJazz will be back July 24 during the National Black Arts Festival. (Hargro)

Sun., May 30

Piedmont Park 2 p.m. Lamar County High's "Trojan Pride" Jazz Band

3 p.m. Future of Jazz Winner

4 p.m. Hiromi — Only 25, this Japanese-born Boston resident had already written jingles for Nissan and shared the stage with jazz legend Chick Corea and the Czech Philharmonic by the age of 20. A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, her signature mix of textures includes prog-rock arrangements and a solid funk backbone. (Swaminathan)

5 p.m. Ian Shaw Trio

7 p.m. Vinicius Cantauria

8 p.m. Randy Weston Quartet — Weston has spent the last half-century exploring musical cultures both regional and global through an engrossing prism of Monk-influenced bop. On 2003's Spirit! The Power of Music, the pianist and composer proves he's still vital in a live collaboration with the Gnawa Master Musicians of Morocco. (Moreau)

Mon., May 31

Piedmont Park

2 p.m. North Atlanta Center for the Arts Jazz Band

3 p.m. Julie Dexter — Birmingham, England's Dexter — now an Atlanta resident — is a populist jazz performer. Equally embraced by jazz and R&B fans, her music transcends labels and lives in it's own sensual world. The classically trained artist has been affectionately dubbed "the UK's Queen of Soul," and her shows prove she has the looks and delivery to back it up. (Smith)

4 p.m. Russell Gunn & Ethnomusicology — Spearheaded by trumpeter extraordinaire Russell Gunn, who hails from Miles Davis' stomping grounds, this Grammy-nominated project is a treat. The all-star jam session attracts talent from jazz, hip-hop and R&B. Expect to see appearances by guitarist Ede Wright, drummer "Little John" Roberts, trombonist Derek White as well as Dirty South rapper Bone Crusher, among others, mixing and mingling styles. (Penrice)

5 p.m. Lizz Wright

7 p.m. Regina Carter Quintet — Violinist Carter has built such a strong reputation as a creative soloist and performer that she's won the respect of the jazz intelligentsia as well as hip-hop luminaries such as Missy Elliott and Faith Evans. Albums like last year's Paganini: After A Dream don't so much blur the line between post-bop jazz and classical music as they impressively erase the need for such distinctions. (Moreau)

8 p.m. Roy Hargrove Quintet — See feature, p. XX.

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5 p.m. Ian Shaw Trio

7 p.m. Vinicius Cantauria

8 p.m. __Randy Weston Quartet__ — Weston has spent the last half-century exploring musical cultures both regional and global through an engrossing prism of Monk-influenced bop. On 2003's ''Spirit! The Power of Music'', the pianist and composer proves he's still vital in a live collaboration with the Gnawa Master Musicians of Morocco. (Moreau)

__Mon., May 31__

__Piedmont Park__

2 p.m. North Atlanta Center for the Arts Jazz Band

3 p.m. __Julie Dexter__ — Birmingham, England's Dexter — now an Atlanta resident — is a populist jazz performer. Equally embraced by jazz and R&B fans, her music transcends labels and lives in it's own sensual world. The classically trained artist has been affectionately dubbed "the UK's Queen of Soul," and her shows prove she has the looks and delivery to back it up. (Smith)

4 p.m. __Russell Gunn & Ethnomusicology__ — Spearheaded by trumpeter extraordinaire Russell Gunn, who hails from Miles Davis' stomping grounds, this Grammy-nominated project is a treat. The all-star jam session attracts talent from jazz, hip-hop and R&B. Expect to see appearances by guitarist Ede Wright, drummer "Little John" Roberts, trombonist Derek White as well as Dirty South rapper Bone Crusher, among others, mixing and mingling styles. (Penrice)

5 p.m. Lizz Wright

7 p.m. __Regina Carter Quintet__ — Violinist Carter has built such a strong reputation as a creative soloist and performer that she's won the respect of the jazz intelligentsia as well as hip-hop luminaries such as Missy Elliott and Faith Evans. Albums like last year's ''Paganini: After A Dream'' don't so much blur the line between post-bop jazz and classical music as they impressively erase the need for such distinctions. (Moreau)

8 p.m. __Roy Hargrove Quintet__ — See feature, p. XX.

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Fri., May 28

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7 p.m. Arturo Sandoval — As part of the International Night of Blazing Trumpets, Sandoval's incendiary trumpet will indeed blast a Cuban-flavored comet trail of compelling world bop and multihued, Dizzy (as in Gillespie) landscapes. (Smith)

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Sat., May 29

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4 p.m. Joe Jennings & Howard Nicholson's Life Force

5 p.m. The Heath Brothers — Collectively, Jimmy, Percy and Tootie Heath have more than 150 years of experience and more than 900 recordings under their belt. They have worked with the brightest legends of jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Quartet. Expect an unrelenting but impeccably cool set of hard bop and jazzy R&B from these legends. (Smith)

6 p.m. Jimmy Scott and the Jazz Expressions — Eerie and haunting, the delicate vocals of cult icon Scott should cool the steamy late afternoon with a settling set of quietly evocative jazz ballads. His easy and uniquely delayed delivery is perfect for a laid-back, romantic picnic in the park. (Smith)

7 p.m. Ahmad Jamal — Born Frederick Russell Jones, the expressive 73-year-old pianist has been an underrated and innovative influence since the early '50s, and continues to produce a healthy output of recordings. His trademark juxtaposition of airy passages and abstract textures influenced several generations of artists, including Miles Davis. (Smith)

8 p.m. Shirley Horn — Horn has been an impressive pianist and balladeer since the early 1960s, but she didn't hit her artistic peak until signing with Verve in the '80s. Last year's May the Music Never End finds the gifted interpreter setting her sights on the Beatles' "Yesterday" and Rod McKuen's "If You Go Away." (Moreau)

The Tabernacle

10 p.m. FunkJazz Kafe 10th Anniversary — If you missed the March edition of FunkJazz Kafe, don't cry, dry your eyes (one love, Slick Rick). The latest installment of the Kafe promises to showcase the usual batch of funky visual art, poetry, fashion and surprise musical performances that folks have come to love. Now, if you're M.I.A. this time, don't have a cow (peace, Bart Simpson) — FunkJazz will be back July 24 during the National Black Arts Festival. (Hargro)

Sun., May 30

Piedmont Park 2 p.m. Lamar County High's "Trojan Pride" Jazz Band

3 p.m. Future of Jazz Winner

4 p.m. Hiromi — Only 25, this Japanese-born Boston resident had already written jingles for Nissan and shared the stage with jazz legend Chick Corea and the Czech Philharmonic by the age of 20. A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, her signature mix of textures includes prog-rock arrangements and a solid funk backbone. (Swaminathan)

5 p.m. Ian Shaw Trio

7 p.m. Vinicius Cantauria

8 p.m. Randy Weston Quartet — Weston has spent the last half-century exploring musical cultures both regional and global through an engrossing prism of Monk-influenced bop. On 2003's Spirit! The Power of Music, the pianist and composer proves he's still vital in a live collaboration with the Gnawa Master Musicians of Morocco. (Moreau)

Mon., May 31

Piedmont Park

2 p.m. North Atlanta Center for the Arts Jazz Band

3 p.m. Julie Dexter — Birmingham, England's Dexter — now an Atlanta resident — is a populist jazz performer. Equally embraced by jazz and R&B fans, her music transcends labels and lives in it's own sensual world. The classically trained artist has been affectionately dubbed "the UK's Queen of Soul," and her shows prove she has the looks and delivery to back it up. (Smith)

4 p.m. Russell Gunn & Ethnomusicology — Spearheaded by trumpeter extraordinaire Russell Gunn, who hails from Miles Davis' stomping grounds, this Grammy-nominated project is a treat. The all-star jam session attracts talent from jazz, hip-hop and R&B. Expect to see appearances by guitarist Ede Wright, drummer "Little John" Roberts, trombonist Derek White as well as Dirty South rapper Bone Crusher, among others, mixing and mingling styles. (Penrice)

5 p.m. Lizz Wright

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8 p.m. Roy Hargrove Quintet — See feature, p. XX.

Contributing: Carlton Hargro, Kevin Moreau, Ronda Racha Penrice, Lee Smith, Nikhil Swaminathan.??

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  string(8035) "ASSISTED LIVING  (NR) This quirky docu-narrative is the definition of a film with its heart in the right place but some insecurity about where to take it. Director Elliot Greenebaum's odd, lyrical but just as often frustratingly rambling film was shot inside a Kentucky nursing home. The residents become extras in the story of a dope-smoking, immature orderly who befriends an elderly woman slowly succumbing to the effects of Alzheimer's. The film's at times jokey antics and Koyaanisqatsi-meets-Kubrick tracking shots down long institutional hallways often suggest the elderly as comic straight men or space aliens, an unfortunate result when Greenebaum tries so hard in many other places to remind us of their vulnerability. June 12 at 4:30 p.m. and June 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. --Felicia Feaster

AVOID EYE CONTACT: THE BEST OF NYC ANIMATION  Sex and violence repeatedly pop up in this scattershot collection of 18 shorts from New York animators. Unexpected bloodshed undercuts the otherwise realistic portrait of hostile slackers in Patrick Smith's "Delivery," while Signe Baumane's "Five Fucking Fables" features graphic sexual gags that resemble Hustler magazine cartoons. The finest rise above R-rated giggles, such as George Griffin's "A Little Routine," which renders a father-daughter bedtime ritual with wild puns and childlike fantasies. None measure up to the splendid fusion of tune and image in "Bathtime in Clerkenwell" and "Terminally Ambivalent Over You," Aleksey Budovsky's playful black-and-white videos for the band (The Real) Tuesday Weld. June 13 at 8:30 p.m., Central Library. --Curt Holman

BORN INTO BROTHELS  (NR) In Calcutta's red light district, hundreds of children grow up in a shadowy labyrinthine world of prostitution, drug abuse and crime. Photographer Zana Briski tried to offer these children of prostitutes a window out of the city's rank brothels by teaching them how to take pictures and giving them point-and-shot cameras to document their own lives. The results can be poignant, with the children offering — considering their age — shockingly perceptive, eloquent insight into their situations, and some exquisite photographs to boot. But perhaps due to Briski's preternatural, unflappable calm, the film is a surprisingly emotionless, distanced view of these children's lives, which is not always a good thing. The camera allows them to establish their individuality, but it's also a camera that separates us from them. June 16 at 7:30 p.m., The Carter Presidential Center. --FF

BREAKFAST WITH HUNTER  Documentarian Wayne Ewing trails "gonzo" journalist and aging party animal Hunter Thompson as he fights a DWI charge in Colorado and basks in the adulation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' 25th anniversary. A few fly-on-the-wall moments capture the monumental egos of literary celebrity: Cartoonist Ralph Steadman claims his illustrations made Las Vegas' reputation, and later Repo Man director Alex Cox recoils from Thompson's naked hostility after suggesting that the Las Vegas feature film incorporate Steadman-esque animation. Despite cameos from Thompson fans like John Cusack and Johnny Depp, Breakfast With Hunter feels like raw, randomly assorted footage without any insights into the writer's life, self-destructive tendencies or lasting importance. June 16 at 9 p.m., Central Library. --CH

DIG!  (NR) Two bands with groovy retro-sampling sounds, the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, become friends and then splinter into artistic rivals in this documentary. The Dandys are the product of good stable homes and the Massacre, of dysfunctional ones and drug abuse. The Dandys work hard at bohemian ambiance. The Massacre live it. The Dandys hit it big. And the Massacre, fronted by the brilliant but unstable Anton Newcombe, destroy nearly every chance at a record deal in a suicidal effort not to sell out. It's hard to look away from Ondi Timoner's fascinating and painful film about the ugly forces at work in a creative pursuit often ruled by money, ego and dangerous glamour. June 12 at 5:30 p.m. and June 17 at 7 p.m., Landmark Art Midtown Cinema. --FF

HAIR HIGH  A nerd falls for the most popular and bitchy girl in school in this crude animated feature that starts with Grease's 1950s retro vibe and ends with Carrie's supernatural horrors at the prom. Bill Plympton, famed for such animated shorts as "How To Kiss," so thoroughly squanders his voice cast (including comedian Sarah Silverman and Dermot Mulroney) that you wonder if he deliberately sabotaged the actors to prevent them from upstaging his exaggerated visuals. The handful of funny sight gags don't come close to compensating for Hair High's relentless ugliness, witless gross-outs and fatally flat characters. June 18 at 10:30 p.m., The Rialto. --CH

MADNESS AND GENIUS  Tom Noonan movingly portrays a brilliant, burned-out science professor in the debut film of writer-director Ryan Eslinger. Jordan (David James Hayward), an amoral student with a photographic memory, attempts to blackmail Noonan's half-crazed researcher, while Jordan's only friend Nigel (David Williams) experiences first-hand the limitations of science as he succumbs to a degenerative illness. Madness and Genius' spare, muted narrative might work more effectively as a stage play, but the filmmaker proves genuinely fascinated with the dark shadows of the ivory tower. While visually limited, Eslinger's exploration of the currency of abstract ideas makes A Beautiful Mind seem superficial by comparison. June 17 at 4:30 p.m., The Rialto, and June 18 at 9 p.m., Central Library. --CH

METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER  (NR) You don't have to be a Metallica or heavy metal fan to get lost in this consistently engrossing film about how a band whose infighting and alcoholism threatened to sink it used a psychologist and some surprisingly candid group therapy (shown in the film) to work things out. Party animals growing older, the band members begin to question the machismo of the rock 'n' roll mythology and examine how, despite their individual desires, they could have allowed the monster of Metallica to grow and flourish and threaten to overtake them. Paradise Lost directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have gained unbelievable access to their subjects and produced another fascinating, multilayered film. June 14 at 8:30 p.m., Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. --FF

PROTEUS  If documentarian Ken Burns dropped acid, he might make a film like David Lebrun's weird but compelling glimpse at the 19th century's tensions between science, art and religion. Lebrun loosely centers the film around now-neglected biologist Ernst Haeckel, but he also throws in accounts of the era's major discoveries as well as excerpts of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Proteus consists of images from 19th-century paintings, photographs and illustrations, including animated montages of one-celled organisms, as intricate and unique as snowflakes, that for Haeckel illustrated God's handiwork in nature. Apart from Yuval Ron's overly modern music, Proteus ingeniously puts its viewer into another century's frame of mind. June 12, 2:30 p.m., and June 14, 6:30 p.m. at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. --CH

REPLACING DELPHINE  (NR) There are 100-plus shorts screening at the Atlanta Film Festival this year, and Replacing Delphine is just one. Made by Polish-born, Atlanta-reared Kasia Kowalczyk and featuring luminous black-and-white cinematography, the film is billed as "a tale of love, loss and taxidermy." It features an angelic blond child (Amelia Hanson) locked in her room by a grief-stricken professor (Frank Roberts) who lost his own child in a fire 25 years earlier. An array of stuffed bunnies and a toy lamb with a skirt made of yarn conspire to help the child escape her plight in this fairy tale worthy of the Grimm Brothers, both creepy and sweet. The short screens as part of the Tales of the Weird shorts program. June 13 at 5 p.m., The Rialto Center. --FF"
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__''HAIR HIGH''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} A nerd falls for the most popular and bitchy girl in school in this crude animated feature that starts with ''Grease'''s 1950s retro vibe and ends with ''Carrie'''s supernatural horrors at the prom. Bill Plympton, famed for such animated shorts as "How To Kiss," so thoroughly squanders his voice cast (including comedian Sarah Silverman and Dermot Mulroney) that you wonder if he deliberately sabotaged the actors to prevent them from upstaging his exaggerated visuals. The handful of funny sight gags don't come close to compensating for ''Hair High'''s relentless ugliness, witless gross-outs and fatally flat characters. __June 18 at 10:30 p.m., The Rialto.__ ''--CH''

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AVOID EYE CONTACT: THE BEST OF NYC ANIMATION  Sex and violence repeatedly pop up in this scattershot collection of 18 shorts from New York animators. Unexpected bloodshed undercuts the otherwise realistic portrait of hostile slackers in Patrick Smith's "Delivery," while Signe Baumane's "Five Fucking Fables" features graphic sexual gags that resemble Hustler magazine cartoons. The finest rise above R-rated giggles, such as George Griffin's "A Little Routine," which renders a father-daughter bedtime ritual with wild puns and childlike fantasies. None measure up to the splendid fusion of tune and image in "Bathtime in Clerkenwell" and "Terminally Ambivalent Over You," Aleksey Budovsky's playful black-and-white videos for the band (The Real) Tuesday Weld. June 13 at 8:30 p.m., Central Library. --Curt Holman

BORN INTO BROTHELS  (NR) In Calcutta's red light district, hundreds of children grow up in a shadowy labyrinthine world of prostitution, drug abuse and crime. Photographer Zana Briski tried to offer these children of prostitutes a window out of the city's rank brothels by teaching them how to take pictures and giving them point-and-shot cameras to document their own lives. The results can be poignant, with the children offering — considering their age — shockingly perceptive, eloquent insight into their situations, and some exquisite photographs to boot. But perhaps due to Briski's preternatural, unflappable calm, the film is a surprisingly emotionless, distanced view of these children's lives, which is not always a good thing. The camera allows them to establish their individuality, but it's also a camera that separates us from them. June 16 at 7:30 p.m., The Carter Presidential Center. --FF

BREAKFAST WITH HUNTER  Documentarian Wayne Ewing trails "gonzo" journalist and aging party animal Hunter Thompson as he fights a DWI charge in Colorado and basks in the adulation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' 25th anniversary. A few fly-on-the-wall moments capture the monumental egos of literary celebrity: Cartoonist Ralph Steadman claims his illustrations made Las Vegas' reputation, and later Repo Man director Alex Cox recoils from Thompson's naked hostility after suggesting that the Las Vegas feature film incorporate Steadman-esque animation. Despite cameos from Thompson fans like John Cusack and Johnny Depp, Breakfast With Hunter feels like raw, randomly assorted footage without any insights into the writer's life, self-destructive tendencies or lasting importance. June 16 at 9 p.m., Central Library. --CH

DIG!  (NR) Two bands with groovy retro-sampling sounds, the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, become friends and then splinter into artistic rivals in this documentary. The Dandys are the product of good stable homes and the Massacre, of dysfunctional ones and drug abuse. The Dandys work hard at bohemian ambiance. The Massacre live it. The Dandys hit it big. And the Massacre, fronted by the brilliant but unstable Anton Newcombe, destroy nearly every chance at a record deal in a suicidal effort not to sell out. It's hard to look away from Ondi Timoner's fascinating and painful film about the ugly forces at work in a creative pursuit often ruled by money, ego and dangerous glamour. June 12 at 5:30 p.m. and June 17 at 7 p.m., Landmark Art Midtown Cinema. --FF

HAIR HIGH  A nerd falls for the most popular and bitchy girl in school in this crude animated feature that starts with Grease's 1950s retro vibe and ends with Carrie's supernatural horrors at the prom. Bill Plympton, famed for such animated shorts as "How To Kiss," so thoroughly squanders his voice cast (including comedian Sarah Silverman and Dermot Mulroney) that you wonder if he deliberately sabotaged the actors to prevent them from upstaging his exaggerated visuals. The handful of funny sight gags don't come close to compensating for Hair High's relentless ugliness, witless gross-outs and fatally flat characters. June 18 at 10:30 p.m., The Rialto. --CH

MADNESS AND GENIUS  Tom Noonan movingly portrays a brilliant, burned-out science professor in the debut film of writer-director Ryan Eslinger. Jordan (David James Hayward), an amoral student with a photographic memory, attempts to blackmail Noonan's half-crazed researcher, while Jordan's only friend Nigel (David Williams) experiences first-hand the limitations of science as he succumbs to a degenerative illness. Madness and Genius' spare, muted narrative might work more effectively as a stage play, but the filmmaker proves genuinely fascinated with the dark shadows of the ivory tower. While visually limited, Eslinger's exploration of the currency of abstract ideas makes A Beautiful Mind seem superficial by comparison. June 17 at 4:30 p.m., The Rialto, and June 18 at 9 p.m., Central Library. --CH

METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER  (NR) You don't have to be a Metallica or heavy metal fan to get lost in this consistently engrossing film about how a band whose infighting and alcoholism threatened to sink it used a psychologist and some surprisingly candid group therapy (shown in the film) to work things out. Party animals growing older, the band members begin to question the machismo of the rock 'n' roll mythology and examine how, despite their individual desires, they could have allowed the monster of Metallica to grow and flourish and threaten to overtake them. Paradise Lost directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have gained unbelievable access to their subjects and produced another fascinating, multilayered film. June 14 at 8:30 p.m., Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. --FF

PROTEUS  If documentarian Ken Burns dropped acid, he might make a film like David Lebrun's weird but compelling glimpse at the 19th century's tensions between science, art and religion. Lebrun loosely centers the film around now-neglected biologist Ernst Haeckel, but he also throws in accounts of the era's major discoveries as well as excerpts of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Proteus consists of images from 19th-century paintings, photographs and illustrations, including animated montages of one-celled organisms, as intricate and unique as snowflakes, that for Haeckel illustrated God's handiwork in nature. Apart from Yuval Ron's overly modern music, Proteus ingeniously puts its viewer into another century's frame of mind. June 12, 2:30 p.m., and June 14, 6:30 p.m. at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. --CH

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