It’s a roundup of some of the best summer music festivals from coast to coast in the U.S., and who doesn’t like music? Regardless of the genre you tune into, music is literally the soundtrack for our lives and probably plays a prominent role in some of your favorite memories. It’s with us from our earliest childhood lullabies through high school anthems, college, and beyond. (My high school’s senior class song was Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” which may be scarily indicative of education — and music — in the ’80s. I’m forming tomorrow’s memories today, listening to my toddler’s incessant Wiggles tunes, giving a whole new meaning to “Let’s Go Crazy.”)
Associate editor James Mayfield, who also pens our music reviews in Lifestyle Trends, did a phenomenal job of filtering through hundreds of events to find the season’s best festivals and profiling them by music type. So, whether you prefer jazz, blues, bluegrass, country, classical, opera, folk, alternative rock, or even zydeco, you’ll find something to mark on your calendar. Of course, I’m sure we’ve subjectively or accidentally left out a few other favorites — so many festivals, so little space to include them all — but in addition to James’ top picks in the story, you’ll find a more comprehensive listing on our Web site.
There’s much more in this issue, from Ben Affleck’s insightful Celebrated Weekend in Boston to an eye-opening story on the growing business of organic foods and a piece on how managers and employees who have survived a layoff can move forward and actually make downsizing work.
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