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Sasquatch! Music Festival
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In June of 1967, California’s Monterey County Fairgrounds served as the perfect backdrop for three days of music, fun, and a gathering of 200,000 traveling fans. The Monterey International Pop Music Festival, featuring performances by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, The Who, and Jefferson Airplane, was the first widely promoted rock music festival, and it paved the way for many more to come. This year’s festival season promises to be even bigger and better than years past, as several big-name events celebrate some impressive milestones. Here’s whom we’re wishing a happy anniversary to.

EVENT: Sasquatch! Music Festival
LOCATION: George, Washington
DATES: May 27 to 30
LINEUP: Wilco, The Decemberists, Foo Fighters, Modest Mouse, and Guided by Voices
ABOUT: Started in 2002, the festival has grown from a one-day event to a four-day event featuring artists from all genres including hip-hop, indie, and rock, along with comedians (Zach Galifianakis appeared in 2009). Performances take place at the gorgeous Gorge Amphitheatre on four stages appropriately named Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yeti, and Banana Shack.
MORE INFO: sasquatchfestival.com

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EVENT: Lollapalooza
DATES: August 5 to 7
LINEUP: Cold Play, Eminem, Muse, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle, and The Cars
ABOUT: Referred to by Spin magazine as the “No. 1 tour that changed the world,” Lollapalooza first brought together a traveling circus of diverse artists in 1991, which included founder Perry Farrell and his band Jane’s Addiction. In 2011, Lollapalooza celebrates its seventh year as a one-stop shop in Chicago’s Grant Park and held its first successful international version earlier this year in Santiago, Chile. In Chicago, look for the Kidzapalooza stage that has featured the likes of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy’s son’s band and other young up-and-comers.
MORE INFO: lollapalooza.com

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EVENT: Austin City Limits Music Festival
LOCATION: Austin, Texas
DATES: September 16 to 18
LINEUP: Still to be determined at press time, but previous years included the Eagles, Muse, Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, and Vampire Weekend, so you won’t be disappointed.
ABOUT: Zilker Park in beautiful downtown Austin has been hosting a wide range of acts since ACL, as it is affectionately known, launched in 2002 with an impressive two-day bill of Emmylou Harris, Los Lobos, Ryan Adams, and The Jayhawks. Now a three-day event, there’s something for everyone — including the younger attendees, who can visit the Austin Kiddie Limits area for fun activities and the School of Rock Jam Tent.
MORE INFO: aclfestival.com

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EVENT: Bonnaroo
LOCATION: Manchester, Tennessee
DATES: June 9 to 12
LINEUP: Eminem, Arcade Fire, Robert Plant and Band of Joy, Buffalo Springfield, My Morning Jacket, Mumford & Sons, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Widespread Panic
ABOUT: Named after the slang term for a good time and popularized by Desitively Bonnaroo, a 1974 album by Dr. John, this year’s anniversary culminates with his reunion with the Original Meters, and they’ll all perform the original album in its entirety. Another highlight will surely be the reuniting of Buffalo Springfield, with the group coming together to make their only festival appearance. Pick up a pint of the specially made Ben & Jerry’s Bonnaroo Buzz while you’re there rocking out.
MORE INFO: bonnaroo.com