May 23, 2013

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With the weather warming, it's time to get out your shorts, tropical shirts and sandals, grab some sunscreen, a water bottle and a cool hat and head out to the myriad of music festivals coming to the region.

CMA Music Festival


June 6-9

Even though the name changed years ago, to the country music faithful, this is still a “fan fair” where you can meet the biggest names in the biz up close and personal. Oh, and while they're there, they can check out a show or two. Or ten.

Website: cmaworld .com

Pulse Picks

June 6 – Zac Brown Band

Proof that you can wear something other than a cowboy hat and be successful.

June 7 – Randy Travis

From the tabloids to the big tent.

June 8 – Kelly Clarkson

No, we're not being sarcastic, she's really that good.

June 9 – The Band Perry

Some mighty good musical genes in the Perry family tree.

Riverbend Festival

Chattanooga Riverfront

June 7-15

A Chattanooga tradition since 1982 (and a near guarantee for the start of hot summer weather), Riverbend continues to dominate the riverfront with an eclectic collection of big names, hip bands, and a wide variety of “never head of ’em but they sound interesting” musical acts. Among the headliners are CeeLo Green, Dierks Bentley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jake Owen and Gavin DeGraw. One price, one pin, nine nights of entertainment. The best bang for the musical buck in the region.

Website: riverbendfestival .com

Pulse Picks

June 7 – Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Country-edged jazz fusion insrumentals. No, really.

June 8 – Hot Club of Cowtown

How can you not like a Western Swing band that has toured Azerbaijan?

June 9 – 10,000 Maniacs

You may have 10,000 problems, but the Manaics ain't one of 'em.

June 12 – Pyschedelic Furs

Go. Just go. You'll thank us afterwards.

June 13 – Monophonics

What happens when you combine pyschedelia and soul.

June 14 – Drew Sterchi & Blues Tribe

Blues guitar the way it was meant to be played.

June 15 – Steel Pulse

Jamaican reggae by way of Birmingham. The one in England.

Weird Bass Music Festival

Pelham, TN

June 7-10

Camp out at Taylor Road Farm for an extended weekend of the best in dubstep, drum & bass, and trap. Just be sure to be bring plenty of water and a hefty supply of glowsticks.

Website: weirdmusicfest .com


Manchester, TN

June 13-16

A nice little gathering of a few tens of thousands of music fans in the farm country of Midde Tennessee. You may have heard of it. They also have invited some relatively familiar names, like Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Nas, Bjork, Wilco, ZZ Top, even Wu-Tang Clan. Oh, and another several dozen other acts and comedians. Yes, comedians. Bob Sagat, Daniel Tosh, Ed Helms, Davis Cross, Maria Bamford, to name a few. Just remember that if you plan to drive, you might want to leave a bit on Tuesday.

Website: bonnaroo .com

Pulse Picks

June 13 – Father John Misty

It's amazing how much he looks and sounds like J Tillman. Eerie, in fact.

June 14 – Glen Hansard

The only way Hansard could be more Irish is if Guinness poured from his navel.

June 15 – “Weird Al” Yankovic

Follow him on Twitter. Now. Trust us.

June 16 – David Byrne & St. Vincent

Ever wonder what the Talking Heads would have sound like as a brass band?

Forecastle Fest

Louisville, KY

July 12-14

At the intersection of music, art and activism , one will find the Forescastle Fest just a few hours up the road and across the border into Kentucky, along Lousiville's Waterfront Park. Combining local, regional and national acts, outdoor recreation and environmental activism, Forecastle has fast become on the “must attend” festivals of the year. And if you're lucky, you might even see a horse or two on your drive up.



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