The first round of artists performing at the 2006 Music Festival has been announced. My own emphasis added…

The Adored, Annie, , Belle and Sebastian, The BellRays, , , The Boy Least Likely To, The Brokedown, , , , , Clor, Jason Collett, , Cuff the Duke, Cullum, , Death In Vegas, Death Vessel, Dengue Fever, , Die! Die! Die!, Dirty Pretty Things, Jorge Drexler, Dr. Spock, , The Earlies, & the Bunnymen, , The Eighteenth Day Of May, , Empire Dogs, Erase Errata, Faker, , Forward Russia, Giant Sand, , , , Headphones, The Hellacopters, Clarence Frogman Henry, , , Kalas, k-os, Sharron Kraus & Christian Kiefer, , , Los De Abajo, Luminous Orange, Barbara Lynn, , Magnolia Electric Company, Serena Maneesh, , The Morning After , The Most Serene , , My Summer as a Salvation Soldier, Neon Blonde, Nickel Creek, No things, , , , The Plimsouls, Robert Pollard, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, , , and his Fabulous Superlatives, Tarantula A.D., , Towers of , , , Tom Verlaine, , , , .

You know what strikes me about this list? I’ve heard of less than half of the bands on it.

I’m not going to let that phase me, considering that it will probably mean good things for my music collection in 2006. I’m sure a couple of bands on this list will be all the rage next year on all the music blogs. That’s my prediction, and I think it’s a safe one.