Festival Roundup

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In case you don’t know, the time is now to start planning your live music year ahead. I’ve got a separate post on that coming, but in the meantime, here are a few festivals that you should give another look to. They’re updating their info like crazy…

Smilefest 2006 – June 2-4, 2006, Lake Toxaway, NC
Keller Williams, Larry Keel, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sam Bush, Everyone Orchestra, Hot Buttered Rum, Dubconscious, Seepeoples, Ralph Roddenbery, and Pnuma Trio rockin’ at $70 early-bird prices (w/ extra charge for “vehicle” camping).

Rites of Spring – April 21-22, 2006, Nashville, TN
Ben Folds, Blue Merle, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Cary Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Hopsing Project, Hot Buttered Rum, My Morning Jacket, and Old Union rockin’ $40 for the entire weekend.

Noise Pop 2006
The lineup has been added to and now includes Brothers Past, Britt Daniel (Spoon), and Sam Prekop & Archer Prewitt (The Sea & Cake) among others. Check out the full lineup here.

Green Apple Music Festival
Is it announced? Or not? Or will it be today? Blog chatter surrounds…

Joshua Tree Music Festival
Kinky, Particle, New Monsoon, Lotus, Moonshine Still, Thomas Mapfumo & Blacks Unlimited, Kaki King, Breakestra, Akoya Afrobeat, Chris Berry & Panjea fea. Michael Kang (String Cheese), Kan’Nal, Toubab Krewe, Groundation, Spam All Stars, Al Howard & the K23 Orchestra, the Axis Bros. fea. Wally Ingram & Mighty Dave, Brett Dennen, Samantha Stollenwerck, Tom Freund, Corinne West, Tim Easton, Alma Melodiosa, Giant Bear, Neulander, the Thrift Store All Stars & Mojow & the Vibration Army. Love it.