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Five standouts in a bounty of music fests

From Seattle to Austin to St. Louis, music fans willing to travel have plenty of options.

By TIMOTHY FINN
The Kansas City Star

The nation’s music festival calender is full from early August through the end of the year. Musicfestivaljunkies .com lists almost 100 festivals scheduled from Aug. 2 to Dec. 3. Here are just five of them, including one a few hours away on the east side of Missouri.

•  Lollapalooza: Aug. 3-5, Grant Park, Chicago: Festival founder Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction moved the festival to one locale in 2005. In Grant Park, it has expanded from two days to three and has become a destination festival for some of music’s biggest acts. This year’s headliners include Jack White, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Sigur Ros, the Black Keys, M83, the reunited At the Drive-In, the Shins, Passion Pit, Florence and the Machine, Franz Ferdinand, the Walkmen and the Afghan Whigs.

•  Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, Aug. 10-12, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: Founded in 2008, this festival has featured an array of heavyweights from the worlds of pop, rock, electronica, folk and other genres. Among previous headliners: Radiohead, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Pearl Jam. This year’s lineup will include Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, Beck, Sigur Ros and Norah Jones.

•  LouFest, Aug. 25-26, Forest Park, St. Louis: This two-day festival is now in its third year. Previous headliners have included Jeff Tweedy, Broken Social Scene, She & Him, TV on the Radio and the Hold Steady. This year’s lineup includes the Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, Dinosaur Jr., Dr. Dog, Son Volt, Dawes and Cults. A two-day pass is $70; one-day passes are $40.

Bumbpershoot, Sept. 1-3, Seattle Center, Seattle: Now in its 41st year, Bumbershoot is more than just a music festival. It also has film, dance, theater, comedy and visual arts. This year’s music lineup is about as diverse as it gets. Performers will include Jane’s Addiction, Tony Bennett, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Skrillex, the Vaselines, Wanda Jackson & the Dusty 45s, the Jayhawks and M83.

•  Austin City Limits Festival, Oct. 12-14, Zilker Park, Austin, Texas: The ACL Festival, founded in 2002, has evolved from a two-day event featuring 60 acts to one of the largest and most popular outdoor festivals in the world, one that sells out almost instantly. This year, about 130 acts will perform, including Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Jack White, Esperanza Spalding, the Civil Wars, Iggy & the Stooges, the Roots, the Avett Brothers, the Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Steve Earle and Florence and the Machine.

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