The last contract was dropped in the mail this morning, completing the booking process for this year’s bands at LakeFest. Heading in to my fourth season with the Festival I am constantly amazed at all the great bands we are discovering for the first time. With only two returning acts, the majority of bands will be making their Festival debut. Check out the complete schedule of free music here and let us know what local acts you are diggin’ on.
Lots of great ticketed music this year as well, particularly looking forward to soul legend Bettye LaVette at the Smith Theatre on June 21. Bettye came up during the golden age of soul music in the 1960s and is currently experiencing an career resurgence do in no small part to her Kennedy Center Honors and Obama Inauguration performances. Even if you aren’t familiar with Bettye, you might know a lot of tunes off her new album, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook which features stunning new takes on tunes by the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and many more.