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This is a list of jam band music festivals. This list may have some overlap with list of historic rock festivals and list of reggae festivals. Jam bands are musical groups who relate to a unique fan culture that began in the 1960s with Grateful Dead (see deadheads), and continued with The Allman Brothers Band, which had lengthy jams at concerts. The performances of these bands typically feature extended musical improvisation ("jams") over rhythmic grooves and chord patterns, and long sets of music that can often cross genre boundaries.[1]

List of jam band festivals
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General Information
Related genresPsychedelic rock, electronic, folk rock, blues rock, jazz fusion, psychedelic rock, southern rock, progressive rock, acid jazz, hip hop, hard rock, and bluegrass
LocationUnited States (origin), worldwide
Related eventsCategory:Jam band festivals, list of music festivals, free festival, rock festival, electronic music festival, reggae festival
Related topicsDeadhead, hippie

While the seminal group Grateful Dead are categorized as psychedelic rock,[2] by the 1990s the term "jam band" was being used for groups playing a variety of rock-related genres, and jam band festival lineups could include blues, country music, folk music, and funk. Today the term even includes some groups completely outside rock, such as those playing world music, electronic music, progressive bluegrass, and jazz fusion.[1] A unique feature of the jam band scene is bands allowing fan taping or digital recording of live concerts.


List of festivalsEdit

United StatesEdit

Festival name City/venue State Debut Remarks
10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes Minnesota 2003 Defunct
All Good Music Festival Thornville Ohio 1997 Defunct
Beardfest Hammonton New Jersey 2012
Berkeley Shakedown Street Festival Berkeley California 2014 Defunct
Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester Tennessee 2002
Camp Bisco Scranton Pennsylvania 1999
Disc Jam Stephentown New York 2014
Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance Trumansburg New York 1991
Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport Connecticut 1996 Defunct
Grateville Dead Fest Louisville Kentucky 2015
Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores Alabama 2010
High Sierra Music Festival Quincy California 1991
Hookahville Kirkersville Ohio 1994
Jam Cruise Fort Lauderdale Florida 2004
Langerado Fort Lauderdale Florida 2003 Defunct
Lockn' Festival Arrington Virginia 2013
moe.down Turin New York 2000
Mountain Jam Hunter Mountain New York 2004
The Peach Music Festival Scranton Pennsylvania 2012
Rothbury Music Festival Rothbury Michigan 2008
Schwagstock Shannon County Missouri 1992 Defunct
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe Illinois 2001
Summer Jam at Watkins Glen Watkins Glenn New York 1973 Defunct, one-off event
Summer Meltdown Darrington Washington 2000
Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride Colorado 1973
Vegoose Las Vegas Nevada 2005 Defunct
Wanee Festival Live Oak Florida 2005
Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival Ozark Arkansas 2004 Defunct
Wormtown Music Festival Greenfield Massachusetts 1999

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "What is a jam band?". Archived from the original on 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2007-02-02.
  2. ^ The Grateful Dead Britannica Online, Retrieved 17 September 2007

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