Festival season is here. Michael Franti, Del McCoury, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Son Volt kick off a string of spring festivals in a few weeks at the Old Settler’s Music Festival. With its intimate setting, lack of crowds and campgrounds where the music doesn’t stop, the long-running roots music event might be the festival for people who don’t like festivals. Fred Eaglesmith, Leftover Salmon, Bob Schneider and more perform over four days (April 18-21) at the Salt Lick Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood.
The Austin Psych Fest, now in its sixth year, will follow in the footsteps of Old Settler’s and offer camping this year as it moves to Carson Creek Ranch in Southeast Austin. That should please fans gathered to see Billy Gibbons’ pre-ZZ Top band the Moving Sidewalks, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Os Mutantes, Tinariwen, Roky Erickson and festival organizers the Black Angels (April 26-28).
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