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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). www.bbcrawfest.com.

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

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

COLISEUM CRAWFISH FESTIVAL. April 20-23, April 27-30. Country. Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi. $10. www.mscoastcoliseum.com/crawfish_fest_06.htm.

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

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

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

REDBUD BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. April 13-16. Bluegrass. Saxapahaw. www.redbudfestival.4t.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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). www.aandabluegrass.com.

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

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

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

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

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

DOWNTOWN BLUES & ART FESTIVAL. Oct. 5-7. Blues. Downtown Rock Hill. www.southfest.com/southcarolina.shtml.

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

RALPH STANLEY FESTIVAL. May 25-27. Big bluegrass names. Hills of Home Park, Coeburn. www.drralphstanley.com/events/festival/index.shtml.

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

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

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

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