Music festivals that you will not want to miss

By Rebekah Deponte | Staff Writer |

Coachella and Stagecoach are the most famous Southern California music festivals, but there are several other multi-day music events that happen under the radar every year.

Doheny Blues Festival is exactly what it sounds like and will be held in Dana Point, Calif. on May 21-22.

The lineup includes blues, rock, and soul artists Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aaron Neville, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, along with several others.

Doheny Blues Fest also has microbrew tastings, a wine lounge, and an international food court for spectators to take advantage of in-between sets.

San Bernardino’s Lost Highway Festival, which consists of music and motorcycle shows, will be on July 23.

Lost Highway’s music performers fall under the country and rock genres including artists like Brantley Gilbert, Social Distortion, Justin Moore, and Eagles of Death Metal.

Motorcycle stunt shows, freestyle motocross shows, and a motorcycle marketplace are just a few things to check out at Lost Highway other than the music.

HARD Summer is a rave that will be taking place July 30-31 in Pomona.

This event featured artists like The Weeknd, Jack Ü, Dillon Francis, and Chromeo headlining last year’s event. The 2016 setlist has not been announced, but the hottest DJs and EDM artists will most likely be in attendance.

The theme for this year’s HARD Summer is #RIPTHEINTERNET, so the only way to receive information about the event is to fax the company and so far there is no news if anyone has heard back via fax.

FYF Fest, which is up there with Coachella and Stagecoach in popularity, is on the weekend of Aug. 27-28 in Los Angeles.

If you are a fan of rock, singer-songwriters, and electronic music, you might be interested in FYF Fest.

Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Peter Bjorn and John, LCD Soundsystem, and Father John Misty are just a few artists that will perform FYF 2016.

FYF is a great event to find new artists to add to your summer playlist and is probably the closest one can get to Coachella without those Coachella prices.

Ohana Dana Point is kicking off its first year with heavy hitters Eddie Vedder, Lana del Rey, Elvis Costello, and several other artists.

Ohana Fest also takes place Aug. 27-28 in Dana Point.

Portions of proceeds from Ohana will be donated to the San Onofre Parks Foundation, which works to develop, preserve, and enhance California’s coastal parks.

Other exhibits are promised, but have not yet been announced. These exhibits will most likely be food, drink, and art related.

KAABOO Del Mar is described as being the ultimate mix experience and will take place in San Diego, Sept. 16-18.

KAABOO is a laid back event that combines music, comedy, food, drinks, art and leisure.

Their 2016 lineup consists of Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Goo Goo Dolls, Gavin DeGraw and many others.

This is the event for acoustic lovers as well as comedy lovers. Comedians Garfunkel & Oates, David Cross and several cast members from “Silicon Valley” are just a few names on the list of comedy performances for KAABOO 2016.

Sundown Music Festival is the ultimate beach and music festival in Huntington Beach, Sept. 17-18.

While it might sound like an acoustic, singer-songwriter event, Sun Down is actually an event of DJs and electronic music.

This year’s lineup has not been released, but last year’s Sun Down featured artists Don Diablo, Erick Morillo, and many other DJs.

Spectators can expect great sets from some of their favorite DJs as well as two days full of inflatable water slides and other rides. (Think backyard summer barbecue, but amplified to semi-rave status.)

CRSSD Fest is another San Diego event that happened in March, but CRSSD Fest 2017 is projected to be on Mar. 4-5.

CRSSD brings some of the most popular DJs on the scene to their three beach front stages.

Artists that performed CRSSD 2016 include Odesza, Chet Faker, Hi-Lo, Tycho, and more.

CRSSD 2017 is expected to be even bigger than 2016’s event, so get hyped and start planning for it.

People travel from different countries to go to Coachella, but it is important to remember that Southern California has a lot of other pretty cool music festivals that are not only cheaper, but also feature music genres other than EDM and Indie.

If you are looking for some cool events this summer, definitely check out one of these festivals.

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