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The Bests of the Fests

From Alabama to Virginia, music festivals abound


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BREAUX BRIDGE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. First weekend of May. Cajun/Zydeco. Parc Hardy, Breaux Bridge. $5-$10 (daily), or $15 (three-day pass).

MUDBUG MADNESS. Memorial Day weekend. Cajun, Zydeco. Festival Plaza, Shreveport. $3-$5.

SATCHMO SUMMERFEST. Aug. 3-6. Jazz. Old U.S. Mint, French Quarter, New Orleans. Free.

COLISEUM CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. April 20-23, April 27-30. Country. Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi. $10.

MISSISSIPPI DELTA BLUES & HERITAGE FESTIVAL. Sept. 15-17. Blues. Delta Blues Festival Park, Greenville. $15-$20.

SUNFLOWER RIVER BLUES AND GOSPEL FESTIVAL. Aug. 11-13. Blues, gospel. Civic Auditorium, Clarksdale.

TUPELO ELVIS FESTIVAL. June 2-4. Rock. Tupelo Fairgrounds, Tupelo.

REDBUD BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. April 13-16. Bluegrass. Saxapahaw.

SHAKORI HILLS GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL. April 20-23. Jam, roots, jazz. Shakori Hills, Silk Hope. $15-$30 (daily), $65 (four-day pass).

MAYFEST. May 12-13. Roots, bluegrass, jam. Smith Mountain Acoustic Revival Theatre, Connelly Springs. $17-$20.

LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL. May 12-14, Oct. 20-22. Roots, R&B, country, world beat. Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. June 15-17. Bluegrass. Happy Holiday Campground, Cherokee. $30-$35 (daily), $75-$85 (three-day pass).

CARNAVAL CAROLINA. June 18. Largest Hispanic festival on the East Coast. Metrolina Expo, Charlotte.

APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL. July 1-29. Roots, jazz, bluegrass, classical. Appalachian State University, Boone.

MUSICFEST 'N SUGAR GROVE. July 14-15. Bluegrass, blues, old-time, Americana. Historic Cove Creek School Grounds, Boone.

CHEROKEE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. Aug. 17-19. Top-notch bluegrass including Ralph Stanley, the Del McCoury Band, Rhonda Vincent. Happy Holiday Campground, Cherokee. $30-$35 (daily), $75-$85 (three-day pass).

INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL. Sept. 24. Indigenous music from 30-plus countries. Downtown Fayetteville. Free.

RHOLETTER'S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. April 27-29. Bluegrass. Apple Valley Music Park, Long Creek. $8-$15 (daily), $30 (three-day pass).

RIVERTOWN JAZZ & ARTS FESTIVAL. May 6. Jazz, blues. Downtown Conway. Free.

AIKEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. May 12-13. Bluegrass, roots. Downtown Aiken.

ALBINO SKUNK BLUEGRASS. Oct. 6-7. Bluegrass, roots, jazz. Private property outside Greer. $16-$30 (daily), $40 (two-day pass).

DOWNTOWN BLUES & ART FESTIVAL. Oct. 5-7. Blues. Downtown Rock Hill.

RIVERBEND FESTIVAL. June 9-17. Country, roots, R&B. Downtown Chattanooga. $27-$36 per concert.

RALPH STANLEY FESTIVAL. May 25-27. Big bluegrass names. Hills of Home Park, Coeburn.

VIRGINIA BLUES & JAZZ FESTIVAL. June 9-10. Carla Cook, Buckwheat Zydeco, Corey Harris. Garth Newel Music Center, Warm Springs.

NORFOLK JAZZ FESTIVAL. July 14-15. Jazz. Two Point Park, Norfolk.

BLUES AT THE BEACH. Sept. 15-17. Local, regional and national blues artists. Beachstreet Palladium, Virginia Beach.

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