Friday Five #7- Summer Music Festivals

May 10 2013

by Emily Laborde Hines

Previously published at

Five summer music festivals I want to check out…

5. Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival– Clarksdale MS

sunflower blues fest

After countless hours of research on the Delta Blues for my thesis last year, I am dying to visit this area of Mississippi and hear its famous sound. Supposed to be one of the best!

4. Aiken Bluegrass Festival- Aiken, SC

aiken bluegrass

I saw Larry Keel recently in Athens and it reminded me how much I love seeing live bluegrass music. This one if happening this weekend so I definitely won’t make it but I will in the future!

4. The Hangout Music Festival- Gulf Shores, AL

hangout fest

Music fest on the beach…yes please! The lineup is pretty awesome too. Check it out!

3. AthFest- Athens, GA


Hard not to love a music and arts fest happening down the street from where you live! And all the proceeds go towards a worthy cause… The AthFest Music Festival is a fundraiser produced by local nonprofit AthFest Educates. The money we earn is used to fulfill our mission statement: AthFest Educates inspires, engages, and educates the youth and adults of Athens in music and arts by providing sustained funding for programs and initiatives through events that showcase the community’s talent.

1. Forecastle Festival– Louisville, KY

forecastle fest

I know this isn’t a new festival but new to me… With names like these on their lineup it is no surprise that it was named as on of the top festivals of 2012 by Rolling Stone Magazine. The Black Keys and the Alabama Shakes on the same night in the same city- SOLD!

Have a great weekend y’all!


Emily Laborde Hines View More Blog Posts from this Author

Emily Hines is a Georgia girl now living in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and two black labs. She is a freelance writer and digital media manager hooked on cruising back roads, craft beer, and snapping photos of old buidings. Follow along with my United States travels at Em's on the Road.

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