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Festivals Not to Miss: But Not Too Far From Home

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For this year’s summer music festival guide, we are keeping our picks within a three-hour drive.  That way you won’t have to waste too much money on gas or turn into an angry Clark W. Griswold. Three of these festivals are here in the Rogue Valley, which means you can even sleep in your own bed. . . if you want to. (But aren’t festivals more fun when you don’t; winky-face emoticon!)

Apple Jam in Applegate

Most of us know about Apple Jam, but this year they are celebrating their tenth anniversary. It’s right here in our own backyard so the kids won’t have a chance to ask, ‘are we there yet?’ There are too many bands to list, but every day’s lineup is packed with great music. Friday May 18 features 100 Watt Mind, Scott Pemberton, and World’s Finest. Saturday May 19 features Slow Corpse, Polyrhythmics, and Andy Frasco & The U.N. Sunday May 20 features Brother Angus, The Brothers Reed, and The Moves Collective. Weekend passes are $150, Friday Day Pass: $80, Saturday Day Pass: $80, Sunday Day Pass: $40. Camping and Parking are included in the ticket price, and children under 12 are free. AppleJamMusicFestival.com

Boatnik in Grants Pass

Not exactly a music festival, but they are celebrating their sixtieth year—and L.A. glam-band Warrant (of “Cherry Pie” fame) is playing on Fri,, May 25 at Riverside Park. Lead singer Jani Lane (who passed away in 2011) was replaced by Robert Mason in 2008. Mason was the former singer for Dokken guitarist George Lynch’s band, Lynch Mob. Mason also sang backing vocals for Ozzy Osbourne during his 1995, Retirement Sucks Tour. There’s isn’t a better rock n’ roll credential then being hand-picked by Ozzy. And don’t forget to stick around after the concert for a fireworks show. Tickets are $35 General Admission (gates open at 6 pm). $30 Pre-Sale Tickets are available at all Lil’ Pantry Locations. boatnik.com

4 Peaks Music Festival in Bend

Bend is an ideal place to camp out and listen to some of the best touring bands in the country. Located on picturesque Stevenson Ranch, the 4 Peaks Music Festival runS from Thu., June 21-Sun., June 24; and has plenty of activities and nightlife that everyone can enjoy. Kidlandia is kid favorite, as well this year’s lineup features Nahko And Medicine For The People, Greensky Bluegrass, North Mississippi Allstars, Mother Hips, and at least a dozen other great bands. Regular Tickets: $200. RV Pass: $150. Young Adult Ticket: $70. Vehicle Impact Fee: $20 per vehicle (please carpool). Day Parking: $5, pay at the gates. 4PeaksMusic.com

Newberry Music and Art Festival in La Pine

The sixth annual Newberry Music festival in La Pine, Oregon (Fri., July 27-Sun., July 29) is special because not only because it features great music and camping, it is also a charity that benefits the Oregon National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Located on a beautiful property, across from the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, this is an ideal event for those wanting to avoid typical summer festival crowds. This year’s festival features Pimps of Joytime, Shook Twins, HoneyHoney, and Five Alarm Funk; just to name a few. Space is limited, so the Newberry Festival is more like a private party than your average festival. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy tickets, or you may not make the invite list. $150 for the weekend. Tent camping is free with a three-day event ticket. Kids under 13 free. RV tickets available for an additional fee, but tickets are limited. Newberryevent.com

West Coast Country Music Festival at the Green Springs Inn

Less than an hour from Ashland, so you can get off work on Friday and enjoy some great Americana music the same night. You can also stay at the Green Springs Inn or camp at the Hyatt Lake Resort, if you want to have some extra outdoor fun. Pe-party doors open at 5pm on Fri., August 10 and 11am on Sat., August 11. This year’s lineup features Zach Bryson and the Meat Rack, Miss Lonely Hearts, Halden Wofford And The Hi Beams, and Intuitive Compass. Tickets $30: Advance. $40 at the door. Kids under 14 Free. Weekend Passes $50 Advance and $80 at the door. VIP Tickets are also available. Advance Tickets can be purchased from: eventbrite.com

 

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