Warm weather means more than just a sun tan. For music lovers worldwide, the spring and summer months mean time to head outdoors for outside music festivals. All across the world, from classical music to jazz to punk rock to country to electronica, there's a music festival for everyone. And if you love music as much as travel, why not combine both. So if you don't want to spend $150 for a ticket to Bruce Springsteen, take advantage of the less expensive music events that occur nearly everyday.
The grand daddy of summer music events, Jazz Fest in New Orleans takes place from April 22 to May 1, 2005, making the Big Easy even more attractive. This year's Jazz Fest features James Taylor, the Roots, guitarist Buddy Guy, Randy Newman, Widespread Panic, Elvis Costello and the Dave Mathews Band as headliners, with many more acts scattered across multiple smaller stages. From 11:00am to just past dusk, the music stops just in time for you to hit the bars and shake it up on Bourbon Street. Tickets for potentially the finest jazz festival in the world area available online at www.nojazzfest.com for $25. All seats are general admission. Tickets bought at the gate go up to $35.
Tanglewood, in Lenox, Massachusetts, nestled amid the forests of the Berskshire Mountains, is known for a summer filled with music. From May to September, the environs of Tanglewood hum the soft sounds of trumpets, the tympany of drums and the melodies of strings. The infamous Boston Pops take the stage on July 13, 2005 and August 14, 2005. Tony Bennet headlines the Tanglewood Jazz Festival on September 3, 2005. James Taylor will be in Tanglewood as will the Juilliard String Quartet, Garrison Keiller, the Mark Morris Dance Company, and some of the world's greatest living conductors such as Kurt Masur. For a detailed schedule, ticket prices and ordering information for what's happening this summer in the Tanglewood area -- just a few hours drive from Boston's Logan Airport--check out www.bso.org and click "Tanglewood." Ticket prices start from $16 and up. Tanglewood performances make great backdrops for picnics and blankets.
If rock 'n' roll is in your souls and you feel like listening to headbangers spank out guitar rifts and hard-core sound, the Reading Music Festival at Little Johns Farm in the United Kingdom takes place from August 26 - 28, 2005. This year's line-up promises to be one of the top ever with such musical legends as The Pixies, the Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop, Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson and Incubus. Tickets for the three-day event are going for 125€ or $162 for a three-day pass. A one-day pass goes for 60€ or $78. For a full listing of acts and information for the festival, go to www.readingfestival.com. Tickets and more information can be had found at www.virtualfestivals.com. Tracing its roots back to the 1960s, Reading is the oldest music festival in the United Kingdom. Located just 50 miles from London, Reading is an hours or an even shorter train ride from the center of London.
To look for a festival (music or otherwise) near your area, head on over to www.festivalfinder.com, an easily searchable site of events across the country and the globe.
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