Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember.
I'm Barbara Klein. This week on our program, we talk about summer music festivals
in the United States.
(MUSIC: "Heavy Things")
That was "Heavy Things" by Phish. The newly
reunited band is one of the groups to perform this year at the Bonnaroo Music
and Arts Festival.
The festival takes place on a farm about
one hundred kilometers from Nashville, Tennessee. This is the eighth year. The
four-day event has movies and comedy in addition to music.
This year's music lineup at Bonnaroo also includes the
Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails and TV on the Radio. Plus, Bela Fleck, Lucinda
Williams, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is June eleventh
to the fourteenth. Then, four days later, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival
brings American musical traditions to the high mountains of Colorado. The festival
has four days of concerts, music workshops and songwriting contests.
year's performers include Elvis Costello, David Byrne and the Yonder Mountain
String Band. Here is the Yonder Mountain String Band at the thirtieth
anniversary of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival six years ago. The song is
called "Too Late Now."
(MUSIC: "TOO LATE NOW")
Another summer music festival in Colorado is Blues
Under the Bridge. It will take place July twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth in the
city of Colorado Springs. Performers this year include the Fabulous
Thunderbirds and Bettye LaVette.
LaVette sang in January at the inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial
for Barack Obama. The soul singer has
been performing since the nineteen sixties.
Here, from her two thousand seven album "The Scene
of the Crime," is the song "Choices."
Fans of classical music have their own outdoor summer
festivals. The Midsummer Mozart Festival is July sixteenth to the twenty-sixth
in San Francisco, California. This is the thirty-fifth anniversary.
Among the artists this year is flutist Maria Tamburrino,
pianist Seymour Lipkin and French horn player David Sprung.
now is the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra, with conductor George Cleve and
pianist Jeremy Menuhin. The work is Mozart's Piano Concerto Number 13 in C
CONCERTO NUMBER 13")
From the eighteenth century and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
we fast-forward to alternative rock, hip-hop and punk. These can all be found at
the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Illinois.
Farrell, lead singer for Jane's Addiction, started Lollapalooza in nineteen
ninety-one. At first, the show traveled across North America and was meant to
be the band's final tour. But since then, Lollapalooza has taken place every
year except for a five-year break.
will run from August seventh to the ninth. The bands this year include the Decemberists
and the Killers, as well as new acts like the Virgins and White Lies. Also on
the lineup is a reunited Jane's Addiction. Here from the best of Jane's
Addiction is "Summertime Rolls."
(MUSIC: "SUMMERTIME ROLLS")
The first outdoor jazz festival in the United States took
place fifty-five years ago in Newport, Rhode Island. Over the years, the
Newport Jazz Festival presented greats like Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and
But in March, producer George Wein announced that the company that sponsored the festival was no longer able
to because of the recession.
he promised to save the show for this year at least. He renamed it George Wein's
Jazz Festival 55. The festival is planned from August seventh to the ninth with
performers including Etta James, Branford Marsalis, Tony Bennett and Mos
We leave you with another
act coming to Newport this summer. Here is the Dave Brubeck Quartet with their
signature piece, "Take Five."
(MUSIC: "TAKE FIVE")
Our program was written
by Nancy Steinbach and produced by Caty Weaver. I'm Barbara Klein.
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