Kayla: California Roots Festival (May 22nd-24th)
Three days of amazing reggae music vibrations and people. This festival is located at the Monterey County fairgrounds, where the famous Monterey Pop Festival happened in the sixties. This year I am most excited to see Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, John Brown’s Body and Slightly Stoopid!
This is going to be mind-blowing. Thievery Corp is the ultimate fusion of lounge, dub, world, reggae, and electronic, with amazing vocalists on rotation. The fact that this is happening at Red Rocks in Colorado, a natural theater carved out of the side of a mountain, is outta this world. I don’t think I’ll return. ;)
Matt: Live on King Street (Summer Series)
My favorite summer music series takes place right here in Madison. It’s the Live on King Street. The concerts are all free, feature excellent bands, and take place outside with the gorgeous Wisconsin State Capitol building as a backdrop.
Jeff: Ex Hex (July 21st)
My personal guitar rock heroine Mary Timony (ex-Helium) returns with her new rawk trio Ex Hex. Their 2014 album Rips is thoroughly great and super summery!
Marc: Summerfest (Summer Series)
Sarah’s lifelong dream to see Neil Young will be realized at Summerfest this year. We acquired tickets as soon as we learned he’d be there. A few days later we’ll see Morrissey in Chicago, assuming he actually makes it there this time.
Beyond those fancy shows, I’ll likely attend:
I’m really enjoying the new album; several years ago I broke my collarbone and got a severe concussion on the way to see them, but like a champ I still went before heading to the hospital, and stayed conscious almost the whole show.
The show I’m currently most bummed to be missing is Refused, headlining Riot Fest at the end of the month. I assume it sold out immediately, since Refused was an amazing Swedish anarchist hardcore band with experimental flair from the 90s who broke up because they got too big, eg were betraying their principles (they were the biggest band in Sweden at the time). Apparently ‘principles’ means something different as we age. “Rather be forgotten than remembered for giving in”?… :)
Liz: Movement (May 23rd-25th)
Electronic music festival in downtown Detroit. I’m excited to see Disclosure.
Gao: Summer Camp Music Festival (May 22nd-24th)
I’ll SCamp for the first time this year. This festival will be much different than my typical festival experiences incorporating more rock, bluegrass and funk. It’ll be my 5th time seeing Umphrey’s McGee and they’re playing 5 sets! I’m dying to see John Butler Trio, The Floozies and Griz. Finally, I’ll “Fly Like An Eagle” with Steve Miller Band.
Electric Forest Festival (June 25th-28th)
Formerly known as Rothbury Festival, Electric Forest is my great escape. The festival features The String Cheese Incident and electronic heavyweights, BASSNECTOR and Skrillex. While I must see Russ Liquid again, I don’t have a set schedule. I’m most excited to discover new music and secret sets, find good company, and admire the festival sprites, art displays and light shows as I weave in and out of the forest.
July 13th The Jamaican Queens will be at the Frequency. They are an experimental electronic pop/rock band and I expect they will put on a good show. Also Summerfest has some good shows this year. I am going to try to see Kendrick Lamar and The Flaming Lips there for sure!