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2012 Summer Music Guide: Hottest Festivals

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By Michael ShillingSpecial to MSN Music It's hot out, and you like music. Aren't you lucky: The...
CBGB Festival New York July 5-8 | $69/$429 Honoring the past while shaping the future, the CBGB...
Chicago Blues Festival Chicago June 8-10 | Free It's fitting that the most eminent annual collection...
Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, Colo. June 21-24 | Sold out Known for its fantastic skiing,...
Montreal Jazz Festival Montreal June 28-July 7 | Prices vary by act/show Now in its 33rd year, the...
Wanderlust Copper, Colo. July 5-8 | Prices vary/up to $475 A combination of music, meditation and...
Summerfest Milwaukee June 27-July 1, July 3-8 | Prices vary by act/show According to Guinness World...
Essence Music Festival New Orleans July 5-8 | $50-$300 per day Named after the magazine of the same...
Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago July 13-15 | $45 per day Are you sick of feeling like "alternative...
Forecastle Festival Louisville, Ky. July 13-15 | $100-$350 The first version of Forecastle, in 2002,...
Newport Folk Festival Newport, R.I. July 28-29 | $45 (for Wilco); otherwise, sold out Of all the...
Newport Jazz Festival Newport, R.I. Aug. 3-5 | $40-$135 For jazzheads of all ages and stylistic...
Lollapalooza Chicago Aug. 3-5 | Sold out The granddaddy of alterna-music festivals, Lollapalooza is...
Hard Summer Los Angeles Aug. 3-4 | $119-$250 The premier techno/electronica/alterna-rock...
Outside Lands San Francisco Aug. 10-12 | $225-$495 (less expensive tickets sold out) Located in the...
Electric Zoo Randall's Island, N.Y. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 | $299-$1,199 If you'd like to get in shape this...
Made in America Festival Philadelphia Sept. 1-2 | $135-$899 Brought to you by the good people at...
Bumbershoot Seattle Sept. 1-3 | $40-$475 Now over 30 years old, Bumbershoot has long since gone from...
Hopscotch Raleigh, N.C. Sept. 6-8 | $55-$110 Put on by local newspaper The Independent Weekly, the...
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