These late summer music festivals will keep you rocking and dancing plus it is Carnival time in the Caribbean!
Mount Cinnamon Resort's "Go Carnival" Package
Grenada, West Indies August 13-14
Steel pan music rings out throughout Grenada during Carnival when the island comes alive with colorfully-costumed celebrants enjoying all the dance and good cuisine that the season brings. The Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club at Grand Anse Beach is offering a special Go Carnival package that gives guests an opportunity to party with locals and get thoroughly immersed in Carnival. For $350 a night you'll get a suite for four people and your own costume to wear during the two-day event, including at the J'ouvert and Pretty Mas parades. The package also includes entrance to a pre-party, entrance to the resort's own celebration and an after-Carnival massage.
St. Barth Jam Musik Festival
August 15 – 18, St. Barths
St. Barthelemy, the popular Caribbean getaway commonly referred to as St. Barths or St. Barts is ready to cut loose with its annual St. Barth Jam Musik Festival. The island's own Sakyo will headline the first day of the party and groups from throughout the Caribbean will also perform, including Jamaican reggae mainstays Inner Circle, Destra Garcia from Trinidad & Tobago, Haitian act Emeline Michele, Guadeloupe-based Soft and Como Antes and La Bande a Pipo, both from Martinique. France's Morik is also on the bill as is a collective known as Artiste de la Guadeloupe.
August 17/18, Council Bluffs, Iowa/Somerset, Wisconsin
This festival is a little unusual in that it takes place in two different places with the Friday, August 17 show happening in Council Bluffs and the Saturday, August 18 finale going down in Somerset, Wisconsin which is just over the border from greater Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Slipknot curates and headlines the line-up which will also feature Lamb of God, Deftones, Machine Head, Serj Tankian, Cannibal Corpse, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Urge, Prong and Gojira. Fire breathers and "nightmarish creatures on stilts" will also add to the fun. www.knotfest.com
Suwannee Valley Flood Jam
August 17 – 18, Live Oak, Florida
This past June Tropical Storm Debby made a mess out of several Florida counties, affecting 10,000 people and forcing 1,500 families out of their homes. This event to be held at the Suwannee Music Park is a relief effort for these folks and will feature performances from Peter Rowan, The Lee Boys, Jamie Davis, the Swingin' Johnsons, the Heavy Pets, Donna the Buffalo, the Legendary JC's, the Funky Seeds, DJ Triclops, Vlad the Inhaler, C-Minus and about a dozen others. www.musicliveshere.com
Vermont Reggae Festival's Fountain of Stars
August 17 – 18, Rochester, New Hampshire
Despite the name, the Vermont Reggae Festival actually takes place in New Hampshire. The "fountain of stars" scheduled to perform includes 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, Umar Bin Hassan, Yami Bolo, Lambsbread, King Ujah, Thunder Body, Alex Marley, Kevin Kinsella, Jah Cutta, Mosaic Foundation and more. www.vermontreggaefestival.com