Summer is pretty much here and that can only mean one thing! Well, actually, it means a lot of things BUT, in the world of music, it means something very special: summer music festival season is here! We picked the top 5 festivals from across the country that are guaranteed to be a fun time. Is anyone down for a road trip?!
Let’s begin with the most obvious choice: the Latin Alternative Music Conference! The event spans four days in Remezcla’s backyard and there are TONS of artists from the Latin Alternative world. Lila Down,s Torreblanca, Los Rakas, Julieta Venegas…you get the picture! We’re also giving away TWO LAMC badges to one lucky winner. Come out and dance with us!
The annual festival in Chicago isn’t as Latino-centric as its younger Chilean brother but, then again, it’s just as fun. Anyone in town or with plans to check it out shouldn’t miss Astro who, funnily enough, are from Chile and are the Alt. Latino standout in a sea of indie, pop and rock bands.
Hard Summer 2013
There’s going to be more computing power over two days at L.A. State Historic Park this summer than at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider when Hard Summer comes to town. Portuguese techno-kuduro outfit Buraka Som Sistema, Brazilian DJ duo Mixhell (featuring former Sepultura dummer Iggor Cavalera), and LA’s favorite San Diego-bred chilango The Gaslamp Killer form part of the two-day lineup. The festival will also host a few smaller parties across the country. Check out their website for more info on those dates and artists.
H20 Music Festival
This is the only festival of its kind that will host La Santa Cecilia as headliners along with A Tribe Called Quest. Is there something for everyone? You bet! The current lineup also includes Prince Royce, Big Boi and Roberto Tapia with much more to be announced soon. Currently, only dates for the LA festival have been announced but keep an eye out for festival dates in Dallas as well.
Who here besides me remembers when this festival was a tiny affair in Echo Park that mainly featured local and unsigned artists even included a curse word in its title? The little festival that “could” totally “did” and now they have guys like Devendra Banhart performing at what is now a two-day festival at L.A. State Historic Park.