Summer 2010 Music Festival Guide

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Can’t get enough music this summer? Check out our list below with some of this year’s must-see music festivals. From Iowa to New York, New Orleans to Maine, the 2010 summer festivals feature acts for all music enthusiasts.

Nateva Music and Camping Festival
Oxford, Maine
July 2 – 4
Why you should go: The festival will feature Furthur, Drive By Truckers and Jakob Dylan
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80/35 Music Festival 2010

Des Moines, Iowa
July 3 – 4
Why you should go: The 2010 lineup will feature Spoon, Modest Mouse and Dawes
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All Good Music Festival and Campout
Masontown, West Virginia
July 8-11
Why you should go: The four days of music and camping will include performances from  Keller Williams, Travelin’ McCourys and Widespread Panic
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Pitchfork Music Festival
Chicago, Illinois
July 16-18
Why you should go: Check out Pavement and Modest Mouse as well as the Pitchfork Music Festival’s first ever comedy stage on Friday, July 16.
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Green River Festival
Greenfield, Massachusetts
July 17-18
Why you should go: Catch the 2010 lineup, which features Old Crowe Medicine Show, The Felice Brothers, Sarah Guthrie and Green River Festival’s first ever 93.9 The River’s Meltdown Kids’ Stage.
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Siren Music Festival
Brooklyn, New York
July 17, noon-9pm
Why you should go: Don’t miss sets from Matt and Kim, Surfer Blood and Ted Leo
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XPoNential Music Festival
Camden, New Jersey
July 16-18
Why you should go: Don’t miss The Walkmen, Rosanne Cash and Yo La Tengo
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FloydFest 9
Floyd, Virginia
July 22-25
Why you should go: Make sure to see Levon Helm and Tift Merritt
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HullabaLOU Music Festival
Louisville, Kentucky
July 23 -25
Why you should go: Big country names mingle with rockers, R&B legends and jam bands at legendary racetrack, Churchill Downs
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Gathering of the Vibes
Bridgeport, Connecticut
July 29-August 1
Why you should go: You will get to see Damian Marley & Nas, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
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George Wein’s Folk Festival
Newport, Rhode Island
July 30 – August 1
Why you should go: Catch The Punch Brothers and Calexico
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Chicago, Illinois
August 6-8
Why you should go: The 2010 lineup will include B.o.B., The Strokes and Lady Gaga
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Solid Sound Festival
North Adams, Massachusetts
August 13-15
Why you should go: Solid Sound Festival, curated by Wilco, will make its debut this year and will include performances by Jeff Tweedy (solo), Outrageous Cherry and Wilco.
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Mile High Music Festival
Denver, Colorado
August 14-15
Why you should go: Performances by Jack Johnson, Phoenix, Keane, Weezer and much more.
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Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
San Francisco, California
August 14-15
Why you should go: Don’t miss Kings of Leon, The Strokes and My Morning Jacket
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No Depression Festival
Redmond, Washington
August 21
Why you should go: This year’s lineup will include the Swell Season, Lucinda Williams and Cave Singers
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ATP New York
Monticello, New York
September 3-5
Why you should go: Make sure to check out Sonic Youth, Avi Buffalo and the White Hills
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Seattle, Washington
September 4-6
Why you should go:  This year’s lineup includes Bob Dylan, the Decemberists and Mary J. Blige
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Life Is Good Festival
Canton, Massachusetts
September 11-12
Why you should go: Check out Jason Mraz, Ben Harper and Guster
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BONUS: Even more festivals to light up your Fall

Matador at 21
Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: October 1 – 3
Why you should go: Matador Records will celebrate its 21st birthday in Vegas with a music festival including performances from Ya Lo Tengo, Spoon and Harlem

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
San Francisco, California
October 1-3
Why you should go: See classics Earl Scruggs,  Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and Emmylou Harris
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Austin City Limits Music Festival
Austin, Texas
October 8-10
Why you should go: A diverse lineup including The Eagles, Muse, Phish, The Strokes, M.I.A. and Flamings Lips
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CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival
New York, New York
October 19-23
Why you should go: The festival includes more than 1200 artists and takes place in more than 75 New York City nightclubs and theaters.
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Voodoo Experience
New Orleans, Louisiana
October 29-31
Why you should go: See acts including Drake, Interpol and Ozzy Osbourne
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