Sites & Sounds: Early Spring Music Festivals

03/14/2013
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Spring time is here and it's time to head out to music festivals. This week antiMusic Travel Editor Kevin Wierzbicki tells us about Mondomusica New York, Reno Fest 2013 Bluegrass Festival, Hard Miami Pool Party and more.

Mondomusica New York
March 15 – 17, New York City

Mondomusica New York is the world’s leading exhibition of handcrafted stringed instruments and will host premier violin makers and luthiers from all over the world, international music instrument dealers, music professionals and enthusiasts. There’ll also be concerts, displays of rare ancient instruments, master classes and even a roundtable on violins as an alternate investment. Mondomusica New York takes place at the Altman Building at the Metropolitan Pavilion. www.mondomusicanewyork.com

Reno Fest 2013 Bluegrass Festival
March 22 – 24, Hartsville, South Carolina

This event honors South Carolina’s bluegrass legend Don Reno and headliners this year are the Claire Lynch Band, Balsam Range, Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition, Gerald Anderson & Friends and the Hinson Girls who were the winners of the event’s 2012 band contest. Festival goers can also see this year’s band contest featuring Cabin Creek, Highway 60, Most Wanted Bluegrass, Samantha Casey and the Bluegrass Jam, South 79 and others. Hartsville is located about 25 miles from Florence, South Carolina. www.renofest.com - www.darlingtoncounty.org

Hard Miami Pool Party
March 22, Miami, Florida

It’s a fun-in-the-sun electronic dance music party as Hard Miami Pool Party returns to Miami’s Raleigh Hotel in chic South Beach. Heating things up will be Felix Da House Cat, Skream, Baauer, Just Blaze, Clockwork, Alex Metric, Destructo, Surkin, Oliver, Para One, Kill Frenzy, Jesse Rose, Light Year, Gina Turner and Samo Soundboy. The party starts at noon and goes till 10 P.M. www.hardfest.com

McDowell Mountain Music Fest
March 22 – 24, Phoenix, Arizona

This festival has moved around the Phoenix metropolitan area over the years; this time out it takes place at the Margaret T. Hance Park in the city’s downtown. Scheduled to appear are Balkan Beat Box, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Shins, Deer Tick, Iration, the Roots, Yonder Mountain String Band, Les Claypool’s Duo de Tango, Umphrey’s McGee, Kongos, Banana Gun, JGB Band, Dr. Dog and many others. www.mmmf.com

Maverick Music Festival
March 23, San Antonio, Texas

This is a brand new event put together by Gary Clark Jr., who will headline the festival. On hand to open for Gary will be the Toadies, Girl in a Coma, Arum Rae and Henry + the Invisibles. There will also be daytime entertainment from local musicians and those shows will be free. www.maverickmusicfestival.com

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