Austin City Limits Music Festival
A local tradition after just four years, this fall fest features
three days of roots rock and countrified rhythms on eight outdoor
stages. The acts reflect the kind of fare (Ben Harper, Los Lobos)
presented on the PBS series of the same name.
The World's Largest Music Festival, as it says right there in the
Guinness Book of World Records, the Big Gig takes over a
picturesque 75 acres of festival grounds on Milwaukee's scenic
lakefront. The 11-day blowout spotlights everyone from pop stars to
polka maestros - whoever's touring tries to route through Milwaukee
A four-day bounty of pop, rock, country, Latino, hip-hop, reggae,
roots, classical, ethnic, and opera make for a sublime goodbye to
summer each Labor Day weekend. The weather's great, the setting
(Puget Sound with Mount Rainier in the background) is gorgeous, and
the entertainment is top-shelf (2004 headliners included Nas, Liz
Phair, and Bo Diddley).
Chicago Blues Festival
In June, this Grant Park legend pulls upwards of 750,000 fans
downtown to witness the biggest annual reunion of Chicago's storied
blues players (as well as blues talent from outside of
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
This two-week extravaganza on the National Mall each June and July
celebrates contemporary American musical traditions and the foreign
influences that flavor them.
3. great not-so-big festivals
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
This boutique June festival high in the Rockies limits ticket sales
to 10,000 a day, lending intimacy to the gathering while broadening
the initial bluegrass theme to absorb jazz, Celtic, pop, folk,
world, and other musical styles.
Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration