A Summer Full of Music! Music Festivals Around the Midwest
It's summertime, and for many, that means hitting the road with friends and family to see your favorite artists in concert! Whether near or far, there are definitely places to go and people to see this summer. Thanks to the festival gurus at Music Festival Junkies, here's a quick list of some of the summer music festivals YOU might want to check out.
Burlington, IA (June 16-21)
This Iowa week of music and fun seems just small enough to be a great time for locals and just big enough to attract some A-list entertainment. The event features two stages and has been drawing crowds from far and near since 1963. With this year's headliners including Three Days Grace, 38 Special, The Band Perry, and the Red Rocker himself, Sammy Hagar, a good time full of good beer and great music with great friends is just an hour or so away! For more information, check out the Steamboat Days website.
Kansas City, MO (May 30)
This one-day Kansas City hard rock mosh-fest looks like the ideal summer show if you're a rock music fan. Headlining acts for this summer include Rob Zombie, Papa Roach, and Halestorm. For a look at some high points of the festival's past years, check out the official website.
Chicago, IL (July 17-19)
Pitchfork Music Festival has celebrated new and emerging musicians for ten years at Union Park in Chicago. Being in the middle of July, there is still ample time to prepare AND get tickets ahead of time. Acts for this tenth year will include Wilco, Chance the Rapper, and Chvrches. For more info, and to secure your tickets, check out Pitchfork's main website.
Maryland Heights, MO (July 27)
This Missouri stop on this national rock/pop festival will be letting loose some of today's hot new bands and acts on the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (formerly the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater). Asking Alexandria, August Burns Red, and Black Veil Brides, along with ninety-one other fantastic acts will pack the multitudes of stages here. For ticket info, check out the Van's Warped Tour website.
Chicago, IL (July 31-Aug 2)
There aren't many people into popular music these days who have not at least heard of Lollapalooza. "Lolla" has always featured the best of the best in pop and rock music. The festival's lineup is chock-full of A-list bands and Grammy Award winning acts. However, the headliners for the three-day party are Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Florence & the Machine. For all the show info, and to see what ticket packages are available, look to the Lollapalooza website.
St. Louis, MO (Sept. 12-13)
To close out the summer, LouFest brings two days of good times, St. Louis culture, and great music by both regional and national acts. The Festival features bands and acts anywhere from funk to rock to soul. LouFest also features a food court of foods from different St. Louis neighborhoods; definitely a hometown festival. This year's acts include The Avett Brothers, Hozier, and Ludacris. Check out the LouFest website for more information!