List of jam band music festivals

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List of jam band festivals
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General Information
Related genres Psychedelic rock, electronic, folk rock, blues rock, jazz fusion, psychedelic rock, southern rock, progressive rock, acid jazz, hip hop, hard rock, and bluegrass
Location United States (origin), worldwide
Related events Category:Jam band festivals, list of music festivals, free festival, rock festival, electronic music festival, reggae festival
Related topics Deadhead, hippie

This is a list of jam band music festivals. This list may have some overlap with list of historic rock festivals and list of reggae festivals. Jam bands are musical groups who relate to a unique fan culture that began in the 1960s with Grateful Dead (see deadheads), and continued with The Allman Brothers Band, which had lengthy jams at concerts. The performances of these bands typically feature extended musical improvisation ("jams") over rhythmic grooves and chord patterns, and long sets of music that can often cross genre boundaries.[1]

While the seminal group Grateful Dead are categorized as psychedelic rock,[2] by the 1990s the term "jam band" was being used for groups playing a variety of rock-related genres, and jam band festival lineups could include blues, country music, folk music, and funk. Today the term even includes some groups completely outside of rock, such as those playing world music, electronic music, progressive bluegrass, and jazz fusion.[1] A unique feature of the jam band scene is bands allowing the fan taping or digital recording of live concerts.

List of festivals[edit]

United States[edit]

Festival name City/venue State Debut Remarks
August Jam 1974
10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes Minnesota 2003
All Good Music Festival Thornville Ohio 1997
Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester Tennessee 2002
Camp Bisco Scranton Pennsylvania 1999
Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance Trumansburg New York 1991
Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport Connecticut 1996
Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores Alabama 2010
High Sierra Music Festival Quincy California 1991
Hookahville Kirkersville Ohio
Jam Cruise Fort Lauderdale Florida
Langerado Fort Lauderdale Florida
Lockn' Festival Arrington Virginia
Mile of Music Appleton Wisconsin 2013
moe.down Turin New York
Mountain Jam Hunter Mountain New York
Rothbury Music Festival Rothbury Michigan
Schwagstock Shannon County Missouri
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival Silk Hope North Carolina
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe Illinois
Summer Jam at Watkins Glen Watkins Glenn New York 1973
Summer Meltdown Darrington Washington
Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride Colorado 1973
Vegoose Las Vegas Nevada
Wanee Festival Live Oak Florida 2005
Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival Ozark Arkansas 2004


Festival name City/venue Province Debut Remarks
Vibe for Philo Dublin Leinster 1987

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  1. ^ a b "What is a jam band?". Archived from the original on 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2007-02-02. 
  2. ^ The Grateful Dead Britannica Online, Retrieved 17 September 2007

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