Bonnaroo Scoop (Literally)

Ben & Jerry’s is clearly playing favorites in terms of summer music festivals this year, as the company just unveiled a signature Bonnaroo flavor.

Apparently they also think that if it were edible, this arts and music fest would taste like “light coffee and malt ice cream with whiskey caramel swirls and english toffee pieces.”

Now, I’ve never been so I can’t judge, but the above description isn’t exactly what first jumps to mind when I think of a days long music festival. Although the aptly named “Bonnaroo Buzz” does seem somewhat appropriate…


About to Pop: A Summer 2010 Entertainment Guide, Vol. 1

Ahh, the joys of summer.

Sunshine, ice cream and air conditioning to combat the heat from said sunshine.  What more could you ask for?  Some summer entertainment, of course.  Whether you’re working this summer, taking classes or just lounging around being a bum, you’re going to need some movies, music and/or outdoor music festivals to make your days a little better and brighter.

I present to you the first in a series of posts that will serve as your guide to everything pop culture for the steamy summer months of 2010.

First up?

Music festivals.

Movement 2010

Location: Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI

Dates: May 29-31

Scene: The Detroit Electronic Musical Festival is a three day long techno fest chock full of beats and after parties

Featuring: Plastikman, Inner City, Model 500

Tickets: Click here for weekend three-day passes, VIP tickets and single day passes

Sasquatch! Music Festival 2010

Location: Gorge Amphitheater, George, WA

Dates: May 29-31

Scene: Emphasis on singer-songwriters, indie bands

Featuring: Vampire Weekend, Laura Marling, Kid Cudi, She & Him

Tickets: Single day, three day passes and camping passes can be purchased here

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Location: Great Stage Park, Manchester, TN

Dates: June 11-14

Scene: Everything from indie to hip hop to electronica and bluegrass

Featuring: The Dead Weather, Norah Jones, Mayer Hawthorne, The Temper Trap

Tickets: General admission, VIP tickets and total access exclusives here

Summerfest 2010

Location: Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, WI

Dates: June 24-July 4

Scene: The most family friendly of them all, Summerfest includes music, fireworks and shopping

Featuring: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Carrie Underwood

Tickets: Get gate admission tickets here

Pitchfork Music Festival

Location: Union Park, Chicago, IL

Dates: July 16-18

Scene: Indie, hip hop, jazz, experimental

Featuring: Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem, Beach House, Neon Indian, Surfer Blood

Tickets: Single day passes available here

Lollapalooza 2010

Location: Grant Park, Chicago, IL

Dates: August 6-8

Scene: Alternative, hip hop, punk

Featuring: Lady Gaga, Phoenix, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys

Tickets: General admission three day pass, VIP pass and travel packages on sale here

Check back in the next few weeks for a rundown of summer films and album releases!

Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights added to Bonnaroo Lineup

While the lineup for Bonnaroo 2010 was unveiled throughout the day on Feb. 9, performers are still being added to the list.

The latest?  Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, an amazing band from Dallas, Texas.  I’m not sure how to classify their music…the sound is totally raw, it’s a little bit bluesy rock, a little bit soul, and they’ve got the look of a modern day Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The band’s first album, “Hot Trottin'” debuted in 2007 and they’re expected to release another one at some point this year.

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Bonnaroo, be sure to check these guys out.  (Also, be sure to take me with you!)

For now, I’ll leave you with this video:

If you like their sound, check out some of their other songs, “Gypsy Woman,” “She Wears a Smile” and “Time for Love.”

Bonnaroo runs June 10 to 13 in Manchester, Tennessee.  To buy tickets, click here.