Posted by: Mark Nielsen | May 9, 2011

Music Fests- IL/Nat’l: Spring-Fall 2011


Brian "Head" Welch -formerly (?) of Korn, appearing at Cornerstone 2011

This is mostly posted for my own future reference. Nevertheless, enjoy! Hope to see you … somewhere out there (as Feivel Mousekowitz once sang).

Not sure which if any of these events I will attend, but I am resolved to make it the best live music summer ever for me personally.

I find lately that I really need the emotional/spiritual pick-me-up of seeing thoughtful, talented people doing what they do best. Plus I like to dance (despite sucking at it, probably), and these shows/fests are also just great ways to meet cool people. Beats the heck out of staying in every weekend and watching tv reruns. Not always as costly as you think, either.

Note that I’m already registered and paid for the full 4-day Wild Goose Festival (featuring T-Bone Burnett and Michelle Shocked… festival mott0: Music. Art. Faith. Justice… pick any order you prefer…). That one is slated for June 23-26 in a gorgeous spot just a bit south of Durham, NC. All the cool kids will be there. So come on down to North Carolina next month!  [More on this important, and first-ever, “Emerging Church” festival, coming up here in another post later this week…]

Sorry about the randomness below of dates and musical genres… I was just cutting and pasting some of the venues and dates for my favored artists and styles (Americana/folk, Chicago-roots, power-pop, blues, singer-songwriter, world music).

Any chance I’ll see some of y’all at any of these mostly regional Midwest events? Note especially the first one on the list, as my personal pals in Modern Conversation’s second date –Aug. 20– is my birthday, SOOOO… I may be cooking up a big lakefront cafe partay, with great music as the backdrop/centerpiece.

Or does anyone wanna recommend something below that you’ve been to in the past, or something else I have missed?     – MaRk

We’re in the lineup at The Waterfront Cafe for July 1st and August 20th. It’s going to be a great summer!


Jun 10 – Jun 12, 2011 Chicago Blues Festival Chicago, IL
Jun 11 – Jun 18, 2011 Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival Bean Blossom, IN


Cornerstone! – June 30 – July 3 – click here for bands slated to appear:

Jun 30 – Jul 10, 2011 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

Jul 8 – Jul 10, 2011 Blissfest – Cross Village, MI
Jul 15 – Jul 17, 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago, IL
Aug 2011 No Depression Festival Redmond, WA
Aug 2011 River Roots Live Music Fest Davenport, IA
Sep 16 – Sep 18, 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, TX

Oct 12 – Oct 15, 2011 Americana Music Conference Nashville, TN
Oct 2011 Shakori Hills GrassRoots Fest of Music & Dance – Silk Hope NC
Oct 20 – Oct 23, 2011 Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) -Black Mountain, NC

Dec 2011 Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival [???] – Chicago, IL
July 30-31 – Newport FOlk Fest
feat Elvis Costello, Justin Townes Earle, Carolina Chocolate Drops, etc
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2011 Lowell Folk Festival
July 29-31, 2011
Downtown Lowell, Massachusetts

The National Folk Festival [ ]
September 2-4, 2011 – Nashville, TN    (Labor Day wknd)

Possible joint effort before the Wild Goose Festival:

North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27607 — Latitude: 35° 48′ 36″ N , Longitude: -78° 42′ 19.8″ W
Email:  – business:(919) 839-6262
On June 18, celebrated Cajun band BeauSoleil.
— — —
June 2-5 feat Ben Harper, Umphreys McGee, etc
Ozark, AR, $169+
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Yonder Mtn String Band\
05.27.2011 Chillicothe, IL  [ Where?!? – central IL, about 2.5 hours SW of Chicago, or 20 miles N of Peoria… ]
Summer Camp Festival
$180 full 5/25-27 weekend fest also features Avett Bros, Bela Fleck & Flectones (with Evanston friend Howard Levy rejoining them finally!), Umphreys McGee, Widespread Panic, etc

— also YM StringBand at Lake Superior
07.06.2011 Bayfield, WI Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

also other notables at Chatauqua:
John Prine AUg 20 and 21,

Bela Fleck on Aug 4,

Dar Williams Aug 18

Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer
Friday, July 22, 7:30

Tickets: $48/$44/$30 A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” Earle is set to release I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive on April 26th via New West Records.


Rickie Lee Jones: Old School, Saturday, July 30 2011 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $55/$48/$35
Rickie Lee Jones is indisputably one of the most talented and acclaimed singer-songwriters of our time. Over a career spanning three decades of incredible musical output, her ability to cross and blend the genres of folk, rock, jazz, soul, spoken word and pop has proven to be unsurpassed. Since her chart topping and Grammy winning debut in 1979 she has consistently broken new ground while a multitude of artists follow in her wake. -ALL of the debut album and Pirates (2nde album) to be performed back to back with full orchestra.


OR closer to home for  RLJones on prior days:

The Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI – $35

FRIDAY, July 29
Door Community Auditorium – Fish Creek, WI

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3 dates to see  great KC-based blues band Trampled Under Foot:
08/18/11  Missouri State Fair
Sedalia, MO

TUF, With Kenny Wayne Shepherd

08/19/11River Roots Live Festival
Davenport, IA

09/02/11 Hot Springs Blues Festival
Hot Springs, AR

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Various dates (No. Carolina mountains…) :

Phipps Old General Store

2419 Silas Creek Rd.
Lansing, NC 28643
Latitude: 36° 30′ 16.2″ N, Longitude: -81° 26′ 55.32″ W

Business:(336) 384-2382
Description — Restored general store. Our Friday Night Music Jam draws folks from miles around. Mountain string music from 7-11pm. Admission: free but donations are welcome for upkeep. Free coffee, snacks available. Local arts and crafts also on display and for sale

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