|As festival season draws nearer, Murfreesboro is a great place to be as it is in driving distance to several musical festivals.
Bonnaroo gets the entire buzz as it well deserves, but Rites of Spring, Beale Street Music Festival and Forecastle Festival offer great choices for the music fan as well.
Taking place on Alumni Lawn at Vanderbilt University, this year’s Rites of Spring festival will be held April 20-21.
Claiming top spots this year are rapper Wiz Khalifa along with MUTEMATH. Sleigh Bells, which recently released its latest album, “Reign of Terror,” will be on the bill as will the funk/soul outfit of Fitz and the Tantrums.
Other Nashville-based artists, which include Wick-It the Instigator, Caitlin Rose, Chancellor Warhol and Beaker Street Blues Band, will perform during the weekend among other acts.
For more information, visit vanderbilt.edu/ros.
Beale Street Music Festival
The Beale Street Music Festival kicks off on May 4-6 in Tom Lee Park in Memphis.
Part of the Memphis in May month-long celebration, this year’s lineup is no doubt one of the best this festival has ever seen, and it holds down a modest price tag of $75 for three days.
Jane’s Addiction, My Morning Jacket, Primus, Girl Talk, Al Green, Alison Krauss & Union Station will all be part of this year’s festivities.
With a mix that crosses all genres, it would be a little sacrilegious if Memphis had a festival with no rhythm and blues. Not to worry, Herbie Hancock, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Gary Clark Jr, North Mississippi Allstars, Johnny Winter, Robert Randolph and “The Killer” Jerry Lee Lewis will be on hand too.
For the complete lineup and ticket information, visit the bealestreetmusicfestival.com.
For its 10th anniversary, Forecastle has pulled out all the stops with a lineup that is pleasing to all.
Taking place over the weekend of July 13-15 in Lousville, Ky., none other than hometown heroes My Morning Jacket will headline on Saturday night along with Wilco and Bassnectar on the other nights.
The festival also enlisted some talent from the midstate with The Features, Wick-It the Instigator and JEFF the Brotherhood.
Louisville is typically a quiet town, but on this weekend Girl Talk, Galactic, Dr. Dog and Charles Bradley will help wake it up.
The festival grounds are located on Waterfront Park and Louisville has other points of interest like Bardstown Road, where you can take a break for a while and stroll through different shops and eateries.
For more information, visit forecastlefest.com.