Where You Can Catch Grammy Artists this Festival Season

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written by Danny Smith

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards recently announced winners while festival season is fully underway.  It is not unusual to see Grammy winners and nominees at festivals throughout the season.  Last year Okeechobee essentially kicked festival season off with amazing Grammy winner performances from acts like Kendrick Lamar and Skrillex.  To no surprise, there will be a plethora of Grammy worthy performances this year at numerous festivals worldwide; some artists performing at multiple festivals.

Outsiders (non-festival goers) always ask, “Why would you pay hundreds of dollars to go to a festival?” It is this simple for me.  Let’s say you pay $200 to see one particular artist at a one night concert.  If you are lucky they may have two or three other artists performing in the same night.  Assuming the artists all show up on time and do perform great shows, you still have paid $200 (plus other show expenses) for a maximum of five artists.

On the flip side, let’s say the typical three day festival is going to cost $300 (plus other expenses).  If you are really there for the music, you can easily see at least ten artists. Some of which could be your favorites or new artists you have never even thought about listening to if you were not at a festival.  High balling you spend $600 for the time of your life with friends.  However, nothing is more priceless than traveling to new territories, new music to listen to, new friends, stories for years, epic life changing experiences, and so on.

Festivals sound worth it, right? After looking at the Grammy list, I compiled a list of several winners and nominees who are currently scheduled to appear at different festivals in the US throughout the year.  Some of which I have seen before and some I look forward to seeing later this year.  I was fortunate enough to see the talented Fantastic Negrito and the amazing voice of Lalah Hathaway already this year at Sundance Film Festival!  So take a look at the list below.  Ask around to some friends who have seen (or like) the artists below or who have been to festivals.  You never know, you just may have some fun.

Beyoncé – Coachella

Twenty One Pilots – Hangout, Firefly, Bunbury

Mike Posner – Okeechobee

The Chainsmokers – Ultra, Shaky Beats

Chance The Rapper – Hangout, Boston Calling, Sasquatch!, Firefly

Anderson .Paak – Okeechobee

Bob Moses – Hangout, CRSSD, Euphoria, Lightning in a Bottle, Bottle Rock, Sasquatch!, Mysteryland, Firefly, Electric Forest, Bonanza Campout

Flume – Okeechobee, FPSF, Bonnaroo, McDowell Mountain, CRSSD, Governor’s Ball, Firefly, Electric Forest Weekend 2

Tycho – BUKU, Electric Forest Weekend 1, Sloss

Alabama Shakes – Sloss, New Orleans Jazz

Cage the Elephant – FPSF, Boston Calling, Gasparilla, Shaky Knees, Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo, Forecastle

Weezer – Hangout, Forecastle, Boston Calling, Firefly, KAABOO (1st band announced March lineup release)

Radiohead – Coachella

BJ the Chicago Kid – Essence

Ro James – Essence

Solange – FPSF, Okeechobee, Essence, Panorama

Lalah Hathaway – Essence

Schoolboy Q – Coachella, Governor’s Ball

Lil Wayne – Rolling Loud

2 Chainz – Rolling Loud

Fantastic Negrito – Shaky Knees

Rebelution – Grizzly, California Roots

Ziggy Marley – Levitate

SOJA – Okeechobee, California Roots, Mayjah Rayjah

Leon Bridges – New Orleans Jazz

OK Go – Firefly

Kendrick Lamar – Coachella, Rolling Loud

 

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