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The Best Local Music Festivals in or Near Connecticut in 2013

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Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival: June 15-16. Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. An annual festival to celebrate the environmental movement. Pete Seeger, Son Volt, Mavis Staples, Acoustic Hot Tuna, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins, Keller Williams, Antibalas, Levon Helm's Dirt Farmer Band, and many more. Camping. $64-$200.

Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo: Sept. 7. Edgerton Park and other venues, New Haven. Live folk music and eco-friendly educational programs and activities. Lineup TBA.

Gathering of the Vibes: July 25-28. Seaside Park, Bridgeport. (203) 908-3030, Annual summer music, camping and arts festival that was created to celebrate the legacy of Grateful Dead. Phil Lesh & Friends (2 nights), The Black Crows, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Roots, Funky Meters, John Butler Trio, Galactic, Dark Star Orchestra, Blues Traveler, and many more. Camping. $42.50-$475.

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz: July 19-21. Bushnell Park, Hartford, (860) 727-0500, Hartford's downtown jazz festival with live music by local, national and international jazz musicians. Free.

Hartford Symphony Orchestra's Talcott Mountain Festival: June 28-July 27. Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows, Iron Horse Blvd, Simsbury, (860) 244-2999, Program selected by music director Carolyn Kuan. Mozart in the Moonlight (June 28), Celebrate America (July 3), Sinatra (July 12), John Williams (July 19) and the Rolling Stones (July 26).

Hot Steamed Jazz Fest: June 21-23. Essex Steam Train, 1 Railroad Ave., Essex, (800) 348-0003,

International Festival of Arts & Ideas: June 15-29. New Haven Green, New Haven. (888) ART-IDEA, Aaron Neville, Calexico & Susan Baca, String Quartet Truck, Freewheelers, Stuck Elevator, Kronos Quartet, theater, art, food, etc.

Litchfield Jazz Festival: Aug. 9-11, Goshen Fairgrounds, Goshen. (860) 361-6285, Eddie Palmeri Latin Jazz Band, Strings Attached, Christine Ebersole & Aaron Weinsten Trio, Gregory Porter, Chet Baker Project with June Bisantz, Don Braden Quartet featuring Geri Allen, Emmet Cohen Trio, Orrin Evans Trio, Vincent Herring and many more $30-$500.

Newport Folk Festival: July 26-28. Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI. The festival at which Dylan "went electric." Beck, Jim James, Feist, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Avett Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Father John Misty, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, the Lumineers, Mountain Goats, Phosphorescent, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and many more. Sold out except for Friday, $49 single day tickets.

Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival: Sun., June 29, 6-10 p.m. Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, (860) 713-3131, In partnership with Guakía, this festival features Hartford's own Ray Gonzalez and his orchestra with other local Latin jazz favorites. Free.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: July 21, 12:45 p.m. Comcast Theatre, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford, (860) 548-7370, Hard rock and metal all day. Performances by Rom Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, City in the Sea, Motionless in White and many more. $34.25-$87.95.

Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival: Aug. 10, 2 p.m. Comcast Theatre, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford, (860) 548-7370, Kind of like Mayhem Fest, but not, and with different bands. Alice in Chains, Circa Survive, Middle Class Rut, Coheed and Cambria, and Jane's Addiction play this year's tour. $24-$93.90.

SoNo Arts Celebration: Aug. 3-4. Various locations around Washington Street in South Norwalk. Musical performers, dance and theater troupes, children's entertainers, artists food and a puppet-filled street parade.

Vans Warped Tour: July 14, 11 a.m. Comcast Theatre, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford, (860) 548-7370, What the kids are or were listening to. This year features, Forever the Sickest Kids, Hawthorne Heights, Go Radio, The Early November and MC Lars. $30.50-$53.

Woodbury Reggaefest: June 30, 11 a.m. 785 Woodbury Rd., Woodbury, (203) 263-2203, New Kingston, Inner Roots, High Hopes, Todo Bien, Crucial Massive, Marley Brown, Papa Biggie.



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