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Escape to New York

Escape to New York is a party like no other. With top-notch musical acts, installations and escape-ny-festivalperformance art, and high-end camping, the 3-day music festival is running from August 5 - 7, 2011 on the Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton, New York.

The Shinnecock Tribe has lived in Eastern Long Island for thousands of years. A friendship between Rocco Gardener and tribe member Eric Douglas laid the groundwork for the Festival. Together, they decided to host a concert on the Reservation's main Pow Wow Ground.

When Rocco met Freddie Fellowes, creator of England's Secret Garden Party, their objective became getting the unique party to the Reservation. Escape to New York is the first event of its kind in the US.

Over 90 musical acts will perform on 4 stages throughout the weekend event. Headliners include:escape-to-ny-patti-smith

  • Patti Smith
  • Best Coast
  • Chairlift
  • The Postelles
  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  • Psychadelic Furs
  • White Rabbits
  • Graffiti6
  • of Montreal
  • The Jolly Boys
  • Reptar
  • Tiger Love

In addition to the musical talent, Escape to New York is bringing other forms of art to the forefront of the festival scene. Event producers Mark Winkel and Kevin Balktick were key players in transforming the Reservation into an engaging fantasy land. Festival-goers will be entertained by a plethora of different artists.

The MP3 Experiment by Improve Everywhere is a public event where participants download an MP3 to their mobile device. In the same location at a predetermined time, everybody presses Play and follows the instructions. Participants have a blast as the rest of the crowd tries to figure out what is going on.

Other performances and art installations include:

  • Gregory Skolozdra's Moon Flowers
  • Juliette Campbell's Shanghai Mermaid
  • Phillip Gulley's I Love to
  • Aaron Taylor Kuffner's The Gamelatron
  • Anakin Koenig's Cuddlefish

There will also be a series of lectures on unconventional scientific topics during the entire weekend.

Joining the artists and performers are culinary craftsmen Silkstone, known for The Fat Radish on the Lower East Side in New York City. There will be 12 New York-based restaurants at the Festival, such as Luke's Lobster and Brinkley's.

Best Beverages is curating the drinking experience for the event and have developed a cocktail menu featuring local, in-season produce for four bars on the site.

On Sunday, festival-goers are attempting to break the record for the world's largest brunch.

This luxury-laden festival doesn't stop there. There is high-class, glamorous camping, or "Glamping" for those who wish to stay overnight in style. Choose from several styles of accommodations and enjoy working showers and restrooms, shuttles to and from the main stage, and all the accouterments you would expect from a five-star resort, including Bell Boys. Attendees can also opt to camp the old-fashioned way or stay in a hotel.

Escape to New York trailblazers are encouraged to leave all preconceptions at the gate and let imaginations run wild.

For more information, visit

Escape to New York
August 5 - 7, 2011

Seaside Park
Shinnecock Reservation
Southampton, New York

NOFO Rock & Folk Fest 2011

The second annual NOFO Rock and Folk Fest takes place July 30 - 31, 2011 in the fields at nofo-NAtlasPeconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue, Long Island, New York.

NOFO‛s emphasis is on supporting local musicians, as it also welcomes world-famous acts.

"What makes us so unique is we're the only festival that really embraces the essence of the East End, North and South Fork," says Josh Horton, the fest's co-producer.

"We're the only festival that . . . embraces great music along with showcasing and making available locally grown produce and other items that are specific to the East End."

This festival is also very family friendly.

"When we created this festival, we wanted it to be someplace that you would feel comfortable to bring children and walk around," says Jim Silver, the general manager of Peconic Bay Winery. "The grounds are very gorgeous, and it's wide open space, so they can have fun."

The festivities kick off Saturday morning with Fam Jam, featuring Grammy-nominee Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could.

The rest of the lineup includes:nofo-CCody

Saturday, July 30

  • Elvin Bishop
  • John Sebastian
  • Commander Cody
  • Lance Lopez
  • Miles to Dayton
  • Sunrise Skyline
  • Who Dat Loungers
  • Jennie Arnau

Sunday, July 31

  • Foghat
  • Corky Laing & The Memory Thieves
  • Gordon Gano (of The Violent Femmes) & The Ryans (of The Bogmen)
  • John Eddienofo-LSharks
  • Jon DiVello Band
  • Nancy Atlas
  • Brian Ritchey
  • The Lone Sharks

In addition to the Fam Jam, NoFo will have hula hooping, Frisbee and arts and crafts set up to keep kids entertained.

For more information, go to

NOFO Rock and Folk Fest
July 30 - 31, 2011

Peconic Bay Winery
31320 Main Road
Cutchogue, Long Island
New York

Newport Folk Festival 2011

The 52nd annual Newport Folk Festival is taking place July 30 - 31, 2011 at Fnmf-Tshirtort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.

Started in 1959 as a counterpart to the Newport Jazz Festival, The Newport Folk Festival features music ranging from folk, blues, country, bluegrass and folk rock to alternative country, indie folk and folk punk.

The Newport Folk Festival has served true musical omnivores that crave innovation yet appreciate tradition. This year‛s Festival continues to build on its historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music’s most venerable names.

This year‛s Festival also introduces The First Annual Newport Folk Backstage Benefit BBQ on Saturday, July 30. The Low Anthem will be performing along with fellow Rhode Islander John McCauley of Deer Tick and Middle Brother, plus surprise guests.

Read more: Newport Folk Festival 2011

Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival 2011

The 16th annual Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival runs July 21 – 24, 2011, at Seaside gvm-ECostelloPark in Bridgeport, Connecticut. With four days of music and over 50 artists, Vibes is expecting 45,000 total attendees, of whom 15,000 will be camping overnight.

Headliners include:

  • Jane's Addiction
  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters
  • Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir
  • John Butler Trio
  • Tedeschi Truck Band
  • Big Gigantic
  • moe

and many more.

Read more: Gathering of the Vibes Music...

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