THE BEST SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS
Marley Brant, author of Join Together, Forty Years of the Rock Music Festival, offers her top picks
Bethel Woods, N.Y.
With artists like Jefferson Starship, this Aug. 15 rock show is “a throwback to the original Woodstock of 1969,” Brant says. bethelwoodscenter.org
Taking place Aug. 28-30 in Golden Gate Park, this festival “is a mix,” with acts ranging from Pearl Jam to Black Eyed Peas to Tom Jones. sfoutsidelands.com
VANS WARPED TOUR
This event’s mellow vibe means “one way or another you’ll be involved in it,” whether you’re moshing or debating music, Brant says. warpedtour.com
Chicago Brant says that at this family-friendly fest (Aug. 7-9), “Kids can get temporary tattoos, or their hair punked, or hang out at the School of Rock.” lollapalooza.com
What’s Your Favorite Music Festival?
“The reggae festival at the Greek Theatre in L.A.—that’s usually the best.”
“I’ve gone to Coachella every year since the first year, and every year it’s fun and a great time.”
“Music in the Hole. It’s classical music in Jackson Hole with fireworks, outside under the Teton mountains. It’s amazing.”