CelebStoner's 2015 Summer Festival Guide

11th Annual Mountain Jam

When: June 4-7
Where: Hunter Mountain, NY
How much: $49-$1,799
Who's playing: The Black Keys, Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters, Alabama Shakes, Gov't Mule, Grace Potter, moe., Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rebelution, Big Gigantic, Railroad Earth, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Lake Street Drive, the Wailers, Rusted Root. Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Marco Benevento, the Mother Hips, the Dharma Bums and many more.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

When: June 11-14
Where: Manchester, TN
How much: $325-$1,525
Who's playing: Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Slayer, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood, Belle & Sebastian, Hozier, the War on Drugs, Childish Gambino, Ben Folds, STS9, Gary Clark Jr., Spoon, Tears for Fears, Earth Wind & Fire, Soja, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Sturgill Simpson, Flying Lotus, Dawes and many more.

42nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival

When: June 18-21
Where: Telluride, CO
How much: sold out, except for single-day tickets on June 18 and June 21 for $70
Who's playing: Kacey Musgraves, Leftover Salmon, Janelle Monae, Sam Bush Band, John Butler Trio, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Yonder Mountain String Band, Lake Street Drive, Robert Earl Keen, Steep Canyon Rangers, Peter Rowan's Twang an' Groove, Punch Brothers and more.

Electric Daisy Carnival

When: June 19-21
Where: Las Vegas Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
How much: General admission sold out; VIP, $699
Who's playing: Moby, Bassnectar, Tiesto, Kaskade, Fatboy Slim, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Disclosure, DJ Jazzy Jeff,  Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack, Hardwell, Dmitri from Paris, Da Tweekas, Burn Unit, Alesso, John Digweed, Sasha, Cosmic Gate, Gaia, Alison Wonderland, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Graham Funke, Dosem, Freedom Fighters, Jason Bentley, Laidback Luke, Soulclap and many more.
Note: Last year, three deaths were connected to the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

22nd Annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

When: June 19-21
Where: Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Boonville, CA
How much: $60-$175
Who's playing: Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Luciano, Third World, Thievery Corporation, Max Romeo, Ken Boothe, Yellowman, Big Youth, Joseph Israel, Hempress Sativa and many more.

Electric Forest

When: June 25-28
Where: Double JJ Resort, Roxbury, MI
How much: sold out
Who's playing: String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Skrillex, Kaskade, Flume, Big Gigantic, Carl Cox, Edwin Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Galactic with Macy Gray, Lettuce, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, John Digweed, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, the Motet, Yonder Mountain String Band, Shpongle and many more.

25th Annual High Sierra Music Festival

When: July 2-5
Where: Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy, CA
How much: $23-$2,000
Who's playing: String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Galactic, The Word, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Lake Street Drive, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, the Motet, the Slip, Omaha Diner, Marco Benevento, Dan Bern and many more.

H.O.R.D.E. Festival

When: July 9
Where: DTE Energy Music Theatre
How much: $21-$74
Who's playing: Blues Traveler, 311, Big Head Todd & the Monsters

Chalice California 2015

When: July 11-12
Where: NOS Event Center, San Bernardino, CA
How much: $70-$710
Who's playing: SST9, Action Bronson, Busta Rhymes, Curren$y, the Pharcyde, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Pharaohe Monch, Madlib. People Under the Stairs, the Alchemist, Peanut Butter Wolf and more. Also features cannabis and glass judging contests.

Camp Bisco

When: July 16-18
Where: Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
How much: $185-$800
Who's playing: The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, STS9, Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights, Atmoshere, Tipper, Twiddle and many more.


When: July 17-19
Where: Waterfront Park, Louisville, KY
How much: $21-$400
Who's playing: My Morning Jacket, Sam Smith, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Cage the Elephant, the War on Drugs, Tweedy, Portugal. The Man, Sturgill Simpson, Talib Kwali, The Word, Cold Water Kids, the Gaslight Anthem, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Cherub, ZZ Ward, People Under the Stairs and many more.

31st Annual Reggae on the River

When: July 30-Aug. 2
Where: French's Camp, Piercey, CA
How much: $200-$500
Who's playing: Stephen Marley, Ghetto Youths Crew, Collie Buddz and more. 

20th Annual Gathering of the Vibes

When: July 30-Aug. 2
Where: Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT
How much: $225-$495
Who's playing: String Cheese Incident, Wilco, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Weezer, Gregg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Billy & the Kids, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Deep Banana Blackout, the Gaslight Anthem, The Word, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Zappa Plays Zappa, Dark Star Orchestra, Lettuce, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jaimo's Jasssz Band, Strangefolk, Max Creek, Doyle Bramhall II, Ryan Montbleau, Twiddle, Green Sky Bluegrass, Electron, Kung Fu, David Gans and more.  


When: July 31-Aug. 2
Where: Grant Park, Chicago, IL
How much: sold out
Who's playing: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + the Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Kaskade, Kid Cudi, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Gary Clark Jr., Cold Water Kids, Gogol Bordello, Sturgill Simpson, Delta Spirit, Shakey Graves and many more.

Outside Lands

When: Aug. 7-9
Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
How much: sold out
Who's playing: Elton John, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys, Sam Smith, Wilco, Kendrick Lamar, D'angelo and the Vanguard, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, St. Vincent, Biily Idol, Tame Impala, Slightly Stoopid, Hot Chip, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Shakey Graves, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Langhorne Slim & the Law, Benjamin Booker, Alex Booker & the Freaks: Play Dead and many more.

The Peach Music Festival

When: Aug. 13-16
Where: Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
How much: $155-$1,000
Who's playing: Willie Nelson, Gregg Allman, Santana, Bob Weir with Billy & the Kids, Warren Haynes, Jaimo's Jasssz Band, Butch Trucks, Lotus, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Old Crow Medicine Show, G Love & Special Sauce, Dark Star Orchestra, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Hardworking Americans, Keller Williams' Grateful Gospel, Dumpstaphunk, Rusted Root, Oteil & Roosevelt, Twiddle, Deep Banana Blackout, the Heavy Pets, McLovins and more. 

24th Seattle Hempfest

When: Aug. 14-16
Where: Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA
How much: donations accepted
Who's playing: tba

Phish's Magnaball

When: Aug. 21-23
Where: Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY
How much: $225
Who's playing: Phish all three days

New Hampshire Hempfest & Freedom Rally

When: Aug. 27-30
Where: Backwood Tom's Farm, Rumney, NH
How much: $50-$170
Who's playing: Twiddle, ESP - Electric Soul Pandemic, McLovins, Rustic Overtones, Zach Deputy, Lucid, the Mallett Brothers and more.

Electric Zoo

When: Sept. 4-6
Where: Randall's Island, New York, NY
How much: $239-$439
Who's playing: tba
Note: At the Electric Zoo in 2013, two people died of drug overdoses.

Burning Man

When: Aug. 30-Sept. 7
Where: Black Rock City, NV
How much: $390
Who's playing: This year's art theme is "Carnival of Mirrors." Look for DJ sets in the many neon-lit camps.

Photo by C. Taylor Crothers

3rd Annual Lockn' Festival

When: Sept. 10-13
Where: Oak Ridge Farm, Arrington, VA
How much: $200-$2,000
Who's playing: Phil Lesh & Friends, Carlos Santana, the String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters, Gov't Mule, Billy & the Kids, Umphrey's McGee, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Galactic, Little Feat, the Doobie Brothers, Hot Tuna, Melvin Seals & JGB, the Doobies Incident, North Mississippi Allstars, Slightly Stoopid, Soulive, Fishbone, Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue, Steve Earl & the Dukes, Chuck Leavell, Keller Williams's Grateful Gospel, Anders Osborne, Moonalice, the Jayhawks and more.

Catskills Chill Music Festival

When: Sept. 18-20
Where: Camp Minglewood, Hancock, NY
How much: $140-$165
Who's playing: Lotus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Lettuce, the Motet, Particle, Electron, George Porter Jr. & the Runnin' Pardners, the Nth Power and more.


When: Sept. 25-27
Where: Chattahoochee Hills, GA
How much: $357
Who's playing: Tiestro, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Big Gigantic, Nardwell, Paul van Dyk, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Flux Pavilion, Get Real, Adventure Club and many more to be announced.

Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival

When: Oct. 16-18
Where: Mulberry Mountain, Ozark, AR
How much: $148-$554
Who's playing: tba

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