I love live music. I love most music. I love meeting musicians, DJs, people in the music industry, and dancing. My best times are with a hot dog in hand, dancing at an outdoor music festival.
The people, the vibrations, it’s so much fun! Travel Tuesday’s a weekly round-up of some of my best recommendations for where to go, what to do, and what to see, but this week, it’s all about the music, baby- and it’s on a Thursday, because Mountain Jam starts TONIGHT.
1. Osheaga – Montreal, Canada
I’m in love with Montreal. My friends convinced me to go to this festival they’d all been going to for years for the first time last summer, and boy, am I glad. I bought my tickets the day they went on sale last winter, and am convincing someone else to take the plunge with me.
First of all, you’d be hard pressed to get a better line-up, especially if you’re into the same kind of music that I am. It has something for everyone; a mix of rap, r & b, techno, house, indie, rock, alternative, and pop. Secondly, the festival grounds are amazing. It’s on an island in Montreal, and with the sun shining, it’s nothing like you’ve ever seen!
This year, there’s a dozen of us staying in an enormous apartment in downtown Montreal, which one of our genius friends found on Airbnb. Total cost for the weekend is a little higher, due to the fact that there is not camping on site, but it’s so worth it.
It’s an experience, being in another country, rocking out to your favorite bands, jamming at huge warehouse parties with your best friends….ah! I get giddy just thinking about it.
I can’t wait to see: Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Lumineers, Grimes, Flume, Bastille, Cypress Hill, Daughter, Oh Wonder, MØ, BØRNS, Coleman Hell, Marian Hill, Banners, Foy Vance
when: July 29-31, 2016
2. Mountain Jam – Hunter Mountain, New York
I am a spoiled, spoiled girl. When I was 18, my first gig of the summer was bartending backstage all weekend at Mountain Jam. Did it matter I didn’t know who Bob Weir or Grace Potter was when I met them? No. I’ll begin again when I see them again, at the greatest music festival there ever was.
Of course, I’m a little biased- this is in my hometown, of Hunter, New York! It’s an epic lineup of jam bands, indie, alternative rock, techno, classic jam rock, and more. It’s also where I saw Gary Clark Jr. for the first time, which has forever changed my life.
*All-time favorite musician, Gary, I love you ( and have seen you 5xs and balked when I met you backstage at Mountain Jam, don’t judge)*
The scenery is glorious- last year, I took a ride up the Sky Ride (aka ski lift) while Michael Franti & Spearhead belted out ‘ The Sound of Sunshine’ below. Did it matter that I worked the whole weekend?! No. I was happy, and love this music festival!
I can’t wait to see: Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Michael Franti & Spearhead ( in this photo!), Nahko & Medicine for the People, Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Train, Gov’t Mule, Thievery Corporation, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Love Canon, Wild Adriatic, and more.
When: this weekend! June 2-5, 2016
3. Frendly Gathering – Timber Ridge, Windham, VT
I got persuaded to go by my friend Becky, whose originally from Vermont, and knows a ton of folks involved with this festival. A friend of ours, Jack Mitrani, from the Burlington scene, is the host, alongside the FRENDS crew, of this magical, woodsy, intimate festival.
When we went, it rained a lot, but we got some sun, in time to see Nahko from Nahko and Medicine for the People perform in a crowd of about 50. Glorious. Our tent was right on the path where folks had to climb up a giant hill to set up camp, so Rebecca and I handed out shots to passing strangers or let them take a rest on our tapestry. We made a lot of friends this way. If I go again, this time, I’d attempt to drink less booze, which wasn’t a good mix with hotness, woods, and rain, for one, and eat too many vegetables- there’s a chance I’ll go this year, but it’s the weekend after a long string of events, so I’ll want to take it easy.
Twiddle playing on the lake and then marching with a parade after, as well as taking a giant yoga class with a bunch of strangers ending with a hug, were my two highlights from this festival.
Who I would see: Big Gigantic, Twiddle, Trevor Hall, Moon Hooch ( I have seen them 3xs, amazing!), Smooth Antics ( I have seen all of these bands, except Trevor Hall, and thus can vouch for them)
When: June 23-25, 2016
What’s on your list for this summer? Share in the comments!