Newport Folk in August (in Rhode Island!): Pete Seeger, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, Avett Brothers, Billy Bragg, Mavis Staples, Tom Morello, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Ben Kweller, the Low Anthem, Brett Dennen, Tift Merritt, Tao Rodriguez Seeger, Langhorne Slim
Ellnora Guitar Festival (Formerly "Wall-to-Wall") in September:
Jerry Douglas um, yeah, free.
Dan Zanes (this is the wacky Disney channel guy. We'll likely pull Seth out of school to see him)
Brazil Guitar Duo
Alex de Grassi
Natalia Zuckerman (a great slide player)
Jake Hertzog (jazz guitarist)
Richard Julian (this dude sits at the corner of about 4 genres)
Jim Campilongo (two words: TeleCaster. :) this guy deserves two links<--this one is a fender commercial, but it's the best 8 minute amp commercial I've ever watched.)
I'll likely be going to a few of the other less-free shows too:
Bill Frisell (playing here with Jerry D himself)
Keb' Mo' (blues!)
The National (baritones away)
And if that weren't enough
Pygmalion Music Festival is one short week after Ellnora. I'll spare you the billion links. But it will be a third Iron & Wine show in 6 months for me, as well as a chance to see my favorite and much blogged about My Brightest Diamond. Joe Pug is also a rising interest.
I'm having a spoiled music year. Let's just pretend it's my thirtieth birthday year and not my 31st, then it might seem more deserved. :) Happy listening!