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14 Essential Summer Festivals And Concerts, As Chosen By NPR Music Stations

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Tame Impala performs during Pitchfork at Union Park on July 20, 2018 in Chicago.
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Tame Impala performs during Pitchfork at Union Park on July 20, 2018 in Chicago.

If you're looking for some of the best possible music-festival experiences this summer, look no further. Below you'll find a list of some of the festivals, concerts and other performances that our NPR member stations don't want you to miss. Whether it's pop, jazz, punk or the latest in Latin music, there's a live event to fit every taste, suitable for any summer road trip, day trip or weekend getaway. It's a great way to discover new music or experience some of your favorite headliners in person. —Maya Eaglin


June

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Date: June 12

City: Brooklyn, New York

Station: WFUV

Lineup:

  • The National
  • Courtney Barnett

(additional New York concerts here)


Tosco Music Party's FabFest

Date: June 15-16

City: Charlotte, North Carolina

Station: WFAE

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Lineup:

  • Peter Asher
  • The Cyrkle
  • Beatlesque

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Date: June 19-22

City: Wilmington, Delaware

Station: WRTI 90.1

Lineup:

  • Branford Marsalis
  • Norman Brown
  • Lindsey Webster
  • Nestor Torres

Summerfest

Date: June 26-July 7

City: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Station: 88NINE Radio

Lineup:

  • Bon Iver
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Jason Aldean
  • Billie Eilish

Rock The Garden Festival

Date: June 29

City: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Station: 89.3 The Current

Lineup:

  • The National
  • Courtney Barnett
  • X
  • Heart Bones
  • Bad Bad Hats

July

Nuevofest

Date: July 14

City: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Station: WXPN

Lineup:

  • The Beachers
  • Silvina Moreno
  • Stefa

Pitchfork Music Festival

Date: July 19-21

City: Chicago, Illinois

Station: 88NINE

Lineup:

  • HAIM
  • Mavis Staples
  • Pusha-T
  • Earl Sweatshirt

Montclair Jazz Festival

Date: July 26-August 10

City: Newark, New Jersey

Station: WGBO

Lineup:

  • Bettye LaVette
  • Eddie Palmieri
  • Mark Whitfield
  • S. Epatha Merkerson

This concert will stream live through video webcast.


Underground Music Showcase

Date: July 26-28

City: Denver, Colorado

Station: Open Air 102.3

Lineup:

  • Honne
  • Black Mountain
  • Chicano Batman
  • Tuxedo

XPoNential Music Festival

Date: July 26-28

City: Camden, New Jersey

Station: WXPN

Lineup:

  • Hozier
  • Japanese Breakfast
  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters

This concert will stream live through video webcast.


August

Lollapalooza

Date: August 1-4

City: Chicago, Illinois

Station: 88Nine Radio

Lineup:

  • The Strokes
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Childish Gambino
  • Ariana Grande

LOCKN' Music Festival

Date: August 22-25

City: Arlington, Virginia

Station: WNRN

Lineup:

  • Joe Russo's Almost Dead
  • Trey Anastasio Band
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band

Los Dells

Date: August 31-September 1

City: Mauston, Wisconsin

Station: 88NINE Radio

Lineup:

Coming soon


September

Hopscotch Music Festival

Date: September 5-7

City: Raleigh, North Carolina

Station: WUNC

Lineup:

  • Sleater-Kinney
  • James Blake
  • Jenny Lewis
  • CHVRCHES
  • Phantogram

This concert will stream live through video webcast.

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