By BRIAN BINGAMAN
Get some bang for your concert buck with the musical buffet that is the summer festival circuit.
◆ The River Roots Music Festival noon to 11 p.m. May 17 at Snipes Farm, 890 W. Bridge St., Morrisville, features MiZ, Flux Capacitor, Karmic Repair Company, The Wallace Brothers Band, Kicking Down Doors, Bobby Beatcut and Brandon Broderick. Advance tickets are $20, $25 at the gate, additional $5 for camping. Call (215) 295-1560.
◆ After six years, Jam on the River returns May 25 to the River Stage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, off of Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia. Performers begin at 2 p.m. and include Lotus, Griz, Papadosio, Conspirator, Zoogma and Grimace Federation. Tickets are $53.50. Call (800) 745-3000 and check www.jamontheriver.com.
◆ Wired 96.5 presents Wired Fest with Calvin Harris, Diplo, Iggy Azalea and more at 7 p.m. May 30 at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. Tickets are $70. Call (800) 745-3000.
◆ Goodtimes Getdown features three days and nights of camping and music to benefit Autism awareness from May 30 to June 1 at Sandy Valley Campground in White Haven. Featured along with musical entertainment are workshops, crafting, and more. Tickets are $50 in advance, $70 after May 25. Check holdmyticket.com/event/165485.
◆ The seventh annual Roots Picnic features The Roots, Snoop Dogg, The War on Drugs, a DJ set by Biz Markie, and more, all starting at 1 p.m. May 31 at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, off of Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia. Tickets are $64. Check www.rootspicnic.com.
◆ Gates open at 5 p.m. June 13 and 11 a.m. June 14 for XFest at the Country Creek Winery, 133 Cressman Road, Salford Township. The lineup includes Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Hogmaw, Whiskeyhickon Boys, Rollin’ and Tumblin’, Slo-Mo and Hoagy, April Mae & the June Bugs, Jersey Corn Pickers, Justin Leigh Walters, Blackrue and the Miles Thompson Band. All-festival tickets are $55 in advance, $60 at the gate. Children’s all-festival tickets are $25. Day tickets for Friday or Saturday are $30 in advance, $35 at the gate, $15 for children, free to children under 11. Call (215) 723-6516 or go to www.xfsmusic.org.
◆ Opple Topple Festival is June 13-15 at Winding Brook Farm, 3014 Bristol Road, Warrington, with the Dirk Quinn Band, Catallus, Pure Jerry, James Lauchman Trio, Big Daddy & the Fender Benders and more. Tickets are $55. Go to www.oppletopplefest.com.
◆ The Firefly Music Festival happens June 19-22 at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, Del. On the bill are Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Beck, The Lumineers, Ziggy Marley, Arctic Monkeys, Third Eye Blind, Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant, Iron and Wine, and more. Check the lineup for the day you want to go at www.fireflyfestival.com because one-day passes are $249, with proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
◆ WMGK’s Let Freedom Rock Fest features Foreigner, Styx and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder at 6 p.m. July 3 at the Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. Tickets range from $27-$128.25. See www.ticketmaster.com.
◆ The 2014 Warped Tour includes Bowling For Soup, Yellowcard, Cute Is What We Aim For, Every Time I Die, Less Than Jake, Saves the Day, The Maine, and many more. Doors open at 11 a.m. July 9 at the Toyota Pavilion, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton (general admission tickets $46); and on July 11 at the Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. (general admission tickets $49.50). www.vanswarpedtour.com will tell you what you need to know.
◆ The Luna Light Music & Arts Festival happens July 11-13 at Hex Hollow Farm, 60 Bull Road, Barto. The extensive jam band lineup features Keller Williams, The Heavy Pets, Vibratek and more. Tickets are $122.32 or $211.99 for VIP tickets. Call (610) 845-2787 or visit www.lunalightfestival.com.
◆ WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival features Band of Horses, The Hold Steady, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, The Districts and more July 25-27 in Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center, both in Camden, N.J. Gates will open at 5 p.m. July 25 and 11:30 a.m. July 26-27. The Kids Corner area in the Children’s Garden at Wiggins Park will be open 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 26-27. For ticket price options, check out http://xpn.org/xponential-music-festival.
◆ The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival turns up the volume at 1 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. Among the bands will be Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count featuring Ice T, Trivium, Ill Nino and more. Tickets range from $40.25-$97.30. Full details are at www.rockstarmayhemfest.com.
◆ Headliner concerts at Musikfest Aug. 1-10 in Bethlehem include Weezer, Jason Derulo, Steely Dan, ZZ Top, The Avett Brothers, The Moody Blues, Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson and Keith Urban. Get more information at www.musikfest.org.
◆ The 53rd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival brings national acts and emerging artists to seven different stages Aug. 15-17 on the grounds of the Old Pool Farm, Salford Station and Clemmers Mill roads, Upper Salford. The lineup includes Old Crow Medicine Show, Tommy Emmanuel, Natalie MacMaster, Janis Ian, Loudon Wainwright III, Shemekia Copeland, Tempest, Dave Fry, Jefferson Berry and The Urban Acoustic Coalition, John Flynn, Josh White Jr., Mutlu, SONiA and many more. For ticketing options and to keep up to date, go to www.folkfest.org.
◆ Allentown Fair’s 2014 concert lineup Aug. 25-Sept. 1 has The Fresh Beat Band, Hunter Hayes, Tim McGraw, Pitbull, Motley Crue and Lady Antebellum. The Allentown Fairgrounds are at 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown. See www.allentownfairpa.org.
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By BRIAN BINGAMAN