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Listen to This! It’s Time for Summer Music Festivals

If you’re a music fan, there’s no better time to indulge your passion than in the summer when there are so many music festivals across the country to enjoy. Whether you love rock, country, jazz, folk or another genre, you’re sure to find a festival that delivers all the sounds you crave. Here’s a sampling of a few of them:

Telluride Bluegrass Festival  Guitar in Trees

Telluride, CO
June 16-19

Now in its 43rd year, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival draws musicians and “Festivarians” from around the world to this beautiful mountain town to enjoy four days of “music, mountains and magic” in the breathtaking setting of a box canyon. This year’s lineup includes Ryan Adams, Neil Finn, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Sam Bush Band, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, the Telluride House band and many more.

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Merryland Music Fest 

Columbia, MD
July 9-10

The Merryland Music Fest will feature two days and nights of music at a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, the Merriweather Post Pavilion, as well as a second stage and interactive area in Symphony Woods featuring local artisans, philanthropic organizations and crowd performers. The lineup for 2016 includes The String Cheese Incident, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Grace Potter and many others.

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Country Jam 

Eau Claire, WI
July 21-22

Billed as “a country music extravaganza that draws visitors from all over the map,” Country Jam has scheduled an all-star lineup that includes, among others, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, The Band Perry and Thomas Rhett. A variety of ticket options are available, ranging from general admission to VIP packages.

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Oregon Jamboree 

Sweet Home, OR
July 29-31

This country music event promises two stages, 22 shows and “one sweet weekend.” The star-studded lineup will include Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Randy Houser, Old Dominion and Aaron Lewis. Ticket options include access to the “Sweet Spot,” a special standing room-only area right in front of the stage.

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Flood City Music Festival Guitar

Johnstown, PA
August 4-7

This festival is a celebration of American roots music and it attracts thousands of fans to Johnstown, PA the first weekend of August each year. The event is held on four stages at Peoples National Gas Park, and this year’s performers include rocker Grace Potter, Charles Bradley (dubbed “The Screaming Eagle of Soul”) & His Extraordinaires, the New Orleans rock hybrid group The Revivalists, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, The Record Company and others.

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Hinterland Music Festival 

St. Charles, IA
August 5-6

One definition of hinterland is “a rural area near a city,” and this two-day festival will be held just outside Des Moines at the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles. The lineup will feature Willie Nelson, Ran LaMontagne, Grace Potter, Cold War Kids and Lake Street Dive among many others. Ticket options range from general admission to a VIP package, and kiddos 12 and under are admitted free in the general admission area with a paying adult.

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