A Guide to Summer Festival Fun

Kate Koenig, Arts Editor

   This summer, the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown will be host to a series of concerts of some rather big-name acts: Cake, Death Cab for Cutie, Lyle Lovett (formerly of The Band), Wilco and Darius Rucker (formerly of Hootie and the Blowfish). Needless to say, this is some exciting news for those who live in the area or are motivated to take a road trip to Cooperstown this summer. But what other music events will be going on? Here’s a helpful reference with info on those events and more:

Upstate NY Region
• Dark Star Orchestra – May 13. Oneonta Theatre. Oneonta, NY.
• Jimkata w/ Samurai Pizza Cats & Shasta Flock – May 18. Oneonta Theatre. Oneonta, NY.
• Mountain Jam – May 31 to June 3. Hunter Mountain, NY. Featuring Steve Winwood, Gov’t Mule, The Roots, Ben Folds Five, and more.
• Cake – June 15. Brewery Ommegang. Cooperstown, NY.
• Cooperstown Music Festival – July 8 to Aug. 24. Cooperstown, NY. The Festival’s 4th season features a mix of top classical and jazz artists.
• Camp Bisco Eleven – July 12 to 14. Indian Lookout Country Club. Mariaville, NY. Featuring the Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Crystal Castles, Skrillex and more.
• Death Cab for Cutie – July 21. Brewery Ommegang.
• Lyle Lovett (formerly of The Band) – July 27. Brewery Ommegang.
• Wilco – July 28. Brewery Ommegang.

Tri-State Area
• Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival – May 6. Hoboken, NJ. Featuring over 300 artists, sculptors, photographers and crafts people with 3 stages of live performance.
• Spring Camp Jam in the Pines – May 17 to 19. Old Cedar Campground. Monroeville, NJ. An all-weekend festival hosting national, regional and local acts, with a wide array of talent in many styles of music. They offer camping facilities in the South Jersey farmlands.
• Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest – June 1 to 3. The Sussex County Fairgrounds. Frankford, NJ. New Orleans style music, food and Camping Festival.
• Gathering of the Vibes – July 19 to 22. Seaside Park. Bridgeport, CT. Featuring Primus, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby, Zappa Plays Zappa, The Avett Brothers and more.

• Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – June 7 to 10. Manchester, Tennessee. This year featuring Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beach Boys, The Shins, Skrillex, and more.
• All Good Music Festival & Campout – July 19 to 22. Legend Valley. Thornville, OH. The Allman Brothers, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Flaming Lips, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby, Dark Star Orchestra, and more.

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