Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Do You Bonnaroo?

Say what? Music festivals are quite an experience and NOT for the faint of heart.  Most of the time, they are weekend-long line ups of some of the most popular, or nostalgic acts in the business.  I've certainly attended a few in the past and I am toying with attending a portion of one in the future.  I think this UrbanMama is past her day-long, much less weekend-long concert-attending-prime.  Here are a few of the most buzzed about festivals and links to them, if you are so inclined to attend.  Who knows, you may find it as a great excuse to take a trip and explore a new city!  Now that's always fun, right?

SXSW- Austin's own South by Southwest.  This occurs in March each year.  It is a con-flux of what's happening in music, technology and film.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival- Jazz Fest highlights the rich music history and cuisine New Orleans has to offer.  I have it on great authority, from The Original Urban, that this is a great time!
Suburbia Music Festival- This one is right here in Plano, y'all, and it is the inaugural year.  It might be a great time making some memories AND history!  Fun Fact:  The House of Blues in Dallas is hosting a battle of the bands in which the winner will be added to the line-up of the Suburbia Festival.
Lollapalooza- Once a traveling show...(I know, because I attended it at the old Starplex YEARS ago People!!?!!), is now based in Chicago.  Billed as more than just a music festival, Lollapalooza takes place in Grant Park and boasts both a farmers market and gourmet offerings in addition to some FAB music!
Bonnaroo- 13 years strong, this four-day long music and arts festival is held yearly on a farm in Manchester, Tennessee.  Bonnaroo brings eco-chic to new levels with a learning garden, filtered water and a carbon shredding program for festival patrons.
Beale Street Music Festival- Is part of a larger festival, Memphis in May International which is a collection of events, including the Beale Street Music Festival. Memphis in May International Festival is also a community based organization, not-for-profit that contributes to the city's economic growth.
Austin City Limits- This festival gets its name from the PBS concert series.  The festival is hosted in Austin's own Zilker park.  Austin City Limits has a more family-friendly approach with its Kiddie Limits kidzone, complete with an instrument "petting zoo."

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