Monday, August 31, 2015

The Summer Send-Off: September's Best Music Festivals

Summer will soon be drawing to a close, but don't put those lawn chairs and beach bags away just yet – there are still plenty of fantastic music festivals to look forward to! Here are our picks for the best, most music-filled ways to say farewell to summer 2015:

UtopiaFest (9/4/2015 – 9/6/2015) in Utopia, Texas
While the name may stem from the physical location of the festival, it does also denote a celebratory state of mind – and with good reason. This annual event will feature multiple stages and incredible live music in a truly spectacular location: in a natural amphitheater amid 1,000 acres of West Texas Hill Country landscape between Garner State Park and Lost Maples. Here, amid the sprawling splendor of Four Sisters Ranch, attendees may enjoy the sounds of Explosions in the Sky, Leftover Salmon, Man Man, Valerie June, and more.

Fashion Meets Music Festival (9/5/2015 – 9/6/2015) in Columbus Ohio,
If you share a love for music and fashion, you'd do well to get yourself to this much-anticipated event. More than a fashion show and more than a concert, it combines of the best of many different events. Meanwhile, multiple performances by nearly every artist in the lineup (which includes AWOLNATION, St. Vincent, ZZ Ward, Young The Giant, Ludacris, Milo Greene and so many more) provides an unrivaled music festival experience.

Hopscotch Music Festival (9/10/2015 – 9/12/2015) in Raleigh, North Carolina
Returning once again to the heart of Downtown Raleigh, this annual event promises to be bigger than ever before. It will showcase more than 450 bands and welcome 60,000 music fans from around the Raleigh area to such prestigious music venues as the Kennedy Theater, Neptune's Parlous, and The Pour House Music Hall. Headliners include Tycho, TV on the Radio, Dwight Yoakam and many, many more.

LouFest (9/12/2015 – 9/13/2015) in St. Louis, Missouri
This is one event that locals wait all year long for. The 2015 lineup features heavy-hitters like Billy Idol, Hozier, Umphrey's McGee, The Avett Brothers, Young The Giant, Misterwives... The list goes on and on. And between performances, guests may explore such attractions as the Nosh Pit (a collection of premier food vendors from around the St. Louis area selling everything from turkey legs to funnel cakes) and the souvenir-filled Market Square. There is sure to be something for everyone.

RiotFest (9/11/2015 – 9/13/2015) in Chicago, Illinois
One of late-summer's most famous music festivals, this one has become a long-standing institution. And while its reputation certainly proceeds it, the event is sure to impress with its variety of live performances, vendors, and sheer size. This year's lineup includes such world-renowned acts as Babes in Toyland, Cypress Hill, Billy Idol, De La Soul, Flogging Molly, Jimmy Cliff, Kongos, Iggy Pop and more. If you're in the Chicago area, you don't want to miss this.

Festival Palomino (9/19/2015) in Shakopee, Minnesota
This one-day-only event packs a lot into a short amount of time. There will be food and drink vendors (including a cash bar) and multiple VIP areas – and while you may be distracted by the food trucks and fun, you'll undoubtedly be reminded that you're there for the music. Sounds will be provided by Trampled By Turtles, Dr. Dog, Lydia Loveless, Calexico, Shakey Graves, and other notable and up-and-coming American acts.

AmericanaFest (9/16/2015 – 9/19/2015) in Nashville, Tennessee
See how Nashville says goodbye to summer at this lively, Americana-filled event. The 2015 lineup features Loretta Lynn, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, Valerie June, Nikki Lane, and many other stars from around the American music scene. Meanwhile, when you're not rocking out to the live tunes, you may attend the conference side of the event that works to gather thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals over panel discussions, workshops and networking.

KAABOO (9/18/2015 – 9/20/2015) in San Diego, California
This inaugural music festival is ready to hit the ground running, with a seemingly never-ending musical lineup and list of events. Get ready to enjoy performances by the likes of Girl Talk, Foster the People, Dirty Heads, No Doubt, The Killers, The Roots and more while sampling gourmet cuisine by renowned chefs and perusing incredible art displays. The impressive stand-up comedy tent will prove reason enough to go, and the location – at the beautiful Del Mar Racetrack on the shores of the Pacific – could not be more perfect.

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (9/18/2015 – 9/20/2015) in Telluride, Colorado
If you've never been to this picturesque ski town in the summer, now might be your time to go. The three-day celebration offers a great introduction to the local culture and scenic beauty, as well as the best in microbrews and live music. Drink your fill of handcrafted ales and pilsners while admiring 13,000-foot mountain peaks and the musical stylings of ZZ Top, Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, Gregg Allman, Taf Mahal Trio, Anders Osborne and many more.

Pilgrimage Music Festival (9/26/2015 – 9/27/2015) in Franklin, Tennessee
Each year music lovers flock from around the country to the picturesque town of Franklin to dance, make new friends and enjoy a dazzling concert display. This year's lineup is as impressive as you would expect: It features Iron & Wine, Jimmy Cliff, Weezer, Saint Motel, The Decemberists, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow,Wilco, and Steven Tyler, just to name a new. You also won't want to miss the adjacent Bazaar, an incredible marketplace for regional artists and designers. From artisan guitar picks to unique jewelry to handcrafted wine and spirits, this market is packed with eye-catching souvenirs and wearables.

Didn't see what you're looking for? Maybe one of these September music festivals will do the trick:

Electric Zoo (9/4/2015 – 9/6/2015) in New York, New York
North Coast Music Festival (9/4/2015 – 9/6/2015) in Chicago, Illinois
Nocturnal Wonderland (9/4/2015 – 9/6/2015) in San Bernardino, California
Backwoods Camping & Music Festival (9/4/2015 – 9/6/2015) in Stroud, Oklahoma
Bumbershoot (9/5/2015 – 9/7/2015) in Seattle, Washington
Dancefestopia (9/11/2015 – 9/13/2015) in Kansas City, Missouri
Lockn' Music Festival (9/10/2015 – 9/13/2015) in Arrington, Virginia
Grand Point North (9/12/2015 – 9/13/2015) in Burlington, Vermont
Phases of the Moon (9/17/2015 – 9/20/2015) in Ozark, Arkansas
TBD Fest (9/18/2015 – 9/20/2015) in Sacramento, California
Catskill Chill (9/18/2015 – 9/20/2015) in Hancock, New York
Symbiosis Gathering (9/17/2015 – 9/20/2015) in Oakdale, California
CampFest (9/18/2015 – 9/20/2015) in Mountain City, Georgia
Landmark Music Festival (9/26/2015 – 9/27/2015) in Washington, D.C.
Midpoint Music Festival (9/25/2015 – 9/27/2015) in Cincinnati, Ohio
Pygmalion Music Festival (9/23/2015 – 9/27/2015) in Champaign, Illinois
Roots n Blues n BBQ Festival (9/25/2015 – 9/27/2015) in Columbia, Missouri

For more information and updates from the American music industry, keep checking back with us here at HillTop Records – and have a wonderful September!

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Songs of Summer

Whether summer's come fast and furious or remained at a steady boil, one thing's for sure: No matter where in the country you are, you're feeling the heat.

Along with loose clothing, warm nights and the occasional sunburn, one thing characterizes these final days of summer: the soundtrack. It's made up of the greatest hits of the summer, oftentimes catchy tunes that recall days spent on the beach and easily get stuck on repeat in your head. With each new summer comes a new handful of chart-topping songs – songs that will, even years after those sunburns have faded away, remind you of this exact moment in time.

Taylor Swift, Walk the Moon, The Weekend, Nicki Minaj and a few others have definitely dominated the pop airwaves this summer – but we don't yet know which of their songs will withstand the test of time, and remain the unofficial song of summer 2015 for years to come. We do, however, know which summer songs of yore have done just that. Here are but a few:

"Summer in the City," Lovin' Spoonful
Released on the 4th of July in 1966, this song hit the Number 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 a month later – and stayed there for three consecutive weeks. It still remains a favorite for its frenetic pace and the way it's able to incorporate actual city noises – car corns, jackhammers – without losing its jazzy, Gershwin-esque style.

"Vacation," The Go-Go's
The eponymous album that featured this hit song was released in June, 1982 – and it wound up being one of the highest charting singles ever recorded by the all-female rock band. It encompassed all of the fun of the surf rock genre, and was also the first known cassette single. On top of all that, the accompanying music video became as famous as the song; a still from the shoot, which showed the girls waterskiing, was used for the album cover.

"Dancing in the Street," Martha and the Vandellas
This seasonal tune didn't just celebrate the summer of 1964; it introduced Martha and the Vandellas to the world – and became known as one of Motown's signature songs. The loose, easy tune invites listeners to sway and dance, while the lyrics describe the quintessential warm-weather gathering: a summertime block party.

"Cruel Summer," Bananarama
It's unusual for an overtly summer song to take on a dark theme, but this one managed to do so when it was released in June of 1983. Ignore the lyrics and all you'll have is a catchy, synth-pop tune; listen to the words, however, and you'll hear the oppressive heat of summer being compared to the emotional torture of wanting someone you can't have.

"California Girls," The Beach Boys
You can't really talk about summer songs without mentioning The Beach Boys, can you? This song in particular – released in the middle of summer, 1965 – perfectly showcases the band's signature sound, while at the same time elevating the girls in Brian Wilson's home state to icon status. If you're on the West Coast, this song is a summertime staple.

"School's Out," Alice Cooper
At an early age, we're taught that summertime equals freedom – and even decades after we've stepped foot in a classroom, we automatically associate this time of year with having more flexibility and fun. This song, released at the end of the school year in 1972, instantly became the anthem for restless students across the country. It was Alice Cooper's first major hit single, made famous a second time by the 1993 film Dazed and Confused.

Without a doubt, these classic songs deserve a spot on your summertime soundtrack. Play them loud and celebrate these final days of the season. And for more information, news and updates from the American music scene, be sure to keep checking back with us here at HillTop Records.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Summer's Not Over Yet: The Best Music Festivals in August

Summer might be winding down, but the summer festival season is still going strong. Celebrate the final weeks of long days, warm nights and al fresco entertainment at one of these wonderful August music festivals:

Guitar Town (8/7/2015 – 8/9/2015) in Copper Mountain, Colorado
For three full days this month, the world's best guitarists descend on a picturesque Colorado mountain town to come together over a shared love of music. Now in its 11th year, Guitar Town keeps getting bigger and better – and this year, there will be something for everyone. Attendees may enjoy guitar and songwriting workshops, special activities for children – and, of course, plenty of live music (by the likes of Joe Satriani, Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan.)

Main Street Music Festival (8/7/2015 – 8/8/2015) in Albertville, Alabama
With free admission and a BYO chair policy, this fun-filled music festival could not be easier to attend – and with everything from two main stages to local arts and crafts vendors, there are plenty of reasons to. Come and enjoy a fantastic live music lineup, activities for children, delicious food and drink – and the lively company of approximately 30,000 friends and neighbors.

Long Beach Jazz Festival (8/7/2015 – 8/9/2015) in Long Beach, California
One of Southern California's premiere music events, this annual jazz festival is also one of the best in the country. Three summer days are scheduled full of music, with this year's lineup featuring Jeff Bradshaw, Earl Klugh, Brian Culbertson, Stephanie Mills, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Poncho Sanchez, and many, many more. Attendees may also enjoy luxury cabanas, food and drink, a must-see Health and Wellness Pavilion, and other attractions in a beautiful location.

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (8/7/2015 – 8/9/2015) in San Francisco, California
Looking for something to do in Northern California instead? Head to the City by the Bay to enjoy local food, wine and beer, art, stand-up comedy, and more live music than you'll know what to do with. Like in years past, this lineup is impressive; headliners include Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, St. Vincent, Billy Idol, Ben Harper, Milky Chance, Cold War Kids, and more.

Great Lakes Folk Festival (8/7/2015 – 8/9/2015) in East Lansing, Michigan
Billed as a "celebration of culture, tradition and community", this annual event serves to bring the Great Lakes area together for a weekend of Americana and global traditions. The award-winning festival, produced by the MSU Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program, is full of incredible live music – but it also offers so much more. Enjoy unique demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, kids' activities, and a one-of-a-kind mix of music and dance all in one welcoming place.

Rockin' the Rivers (8/7/2015 – 8/9/2015) in Three Forks, Montana
True to its name, Rockin' the Rivers offers live music right on the scenic waterfront. Your ticket will give you access to the festival's campgrounds, food and drink vendors, sponsor booths, and a fantastic lineup of world-class rock music. Over three days you will be able to hear the sounds of Dee Snider, Quiet Riot, Blue Tattoo, Theory, Skid Row, Puddle of Mudd, Little River Band, WAR, Chuck Negron, Whiskey River and more while celebrating with like-minded music fans.

Long Island Bluegrass Festival (8/15/2015) in Copiague, New York
Held from noon to 7 p.m. on August 15, this is one jam-packed day that people wait all year round for. Head to the Great South Bay and beautiful Tanner Park to hear live music by the Gibson Brothers, Compton & Newberry, Millers Crossing, Cricket Tell the Weather, and more. Remember to bring your own lawn chair – and the kids, as children ages 7 and under get in free! Parking is complimentary, and there is no alcohol served at this family-friendly event.

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival (8/14/2015) in Honolulu, Hawaii
If you're planning a trip to Waikiki this month, definitely try to make it to this one-of-a-kind festival. It's an annual celebration of all things slack key guitar, with an emphasis on the art form's rich history. There will be informational and educational seminars, sponsor presentations and, of course, a dazzling display of live music by the best in the business, including Waipuna, Danny Carvalho, George Kuo, Glen Smith and others.

Bean Blossom Blues Festival (8/27/2015 – 8/29/2015) in Bean Blossom, Indiana
Now in its 17th year, the Bean Blossom Blues Festival continues to grow – and remains one of America's most beloved blues festivals. This year's lineup features Omar Coleman, Danielle Nicole Band, Jason Ricci, Tas Cru and other major touring acts. Meanwhile, there will be a guitar seminar, beer samplings, the Hoosier Thunder Run, organized jam sessions, a harmonica contest, and other events to enjoy between (or during) shows.

Hot August Blues Festival (8/28/2015 – 8/29/2015) in Hardin, Kentucky
Don't hide from the August heat; revel in it! This outdoor music festival invites you to do just that while enjoying lively performances by Two Years Wasted, River Towne Alley Cats, 2 Miles Back Band, The King Bees, Mark Robinson Band, Adam & The H-Bombs, Eric Steckel, and other wonderful acts. Now 25 years strong, you can bet these festival organizers know what they're doing – and it shows.

Didn't see what you're looking for? Don't worry, there are dozens of other music festivals happening across the country this August. For example:

Soulfest (8/6/2015 – 8/8/2015) in Gilford, New Hampshire
HeavenFest (8/7/2015 – 8/8/2015) in Morrison, Colorado
Litchfield Jazz Festival (8/7/2015 – 8/9/2015) in Goshen, Connecticut
North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival (8/13/2015 – 8/15/2015) in Marion, North Carolina
Parma Music Festival (8/14/2015 – 8/16/2015) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Summer Music Fest (8/13/2015 – 8/22/2015) in Frankenmuth, Michigan
Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival (8/15/2015) in Morristown, New Jersey
Hillberry Bluegrass Festival (8/20/2015 – 8/23/2015) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Easterns Bayside Blues and Wine Festival (8/22/2015) in Essex, Maryland
Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival (8/22/2015) in Lafayette, Indiana
River Roots Live Music Fest & Ribfest (8/28/2015 – 8/29/2015) in Davenport, Iowa
Foothills Music Festival (8/29/2015) in Bangor, California
– Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival (8/28/2015 – 8/30/2015) in Santa Fe, New Mexico

For more information on music festivals and events near you, visit – and keep checking back with us here at HillTop Records, as we bring you the latest news and updates from the American music industry!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Great American Songwriters: Michael Masser

On July 9, 2015, we lost an incredible American songwriter, composer and producer whom you may have never heard of: Michael Masser, born in 1941 in Chicago, became a stockbroker after attending the University of Illinois College of Law – but eventually left that career to pursue his true calling, and subsequently leave an indelible mark on the music industry.

At the age of 32, after honing his songwriting skills, Masser got his big break. He co-wrote (with Ron Miller) and produced the song "Touch Me in the Morning" which was recorded by Diana Ross – and which became a Number One smash hit. He immediately followed that success with the chart-topping "Theme from 'Mahogany' (Do You Know Where You're Going To?)" that landed him and lyricist Gerry Goffin an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

That moment may have felt like the peak of stardom, however, Masser's star still had a long way to climb. While producing Teddy Pendergrass' album "Love Language", he met and took a liking to a promising – yet still unknown – young singer, who sang the album's duet "Hold Me" with Teddy. Her name was Whitney Houston, and Masser had a hunch that she would be a success – so much so, that he wrote a number of songs for her to record. Three of those became Number One hits from her first two albums: "The Greatest Love of All", "Saving All My Love" and "Didn't We Almost Have it All". Masser's knack for composing sweeping melodies and writing super-romantic lyrics (yes, you'll see some patterns there) combined with Whitney Houston's phenomenal voice proved to be a match made in music history.

The incredible success that followed catapulted both Whitney and Masser, with the latter going on to write and produce hit after hit after hit. His credits include "Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You" (sung by Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson), "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You" (George Benson and Glen Medeiros), "If Ever You're In My Arms Again" (Peabo Bryson), "Nobody Wants To Be Alone" (Crystal Gayle), "Last Time I Saw Him" (Dottie West and Diana Ross), "First You Have to Say You Love Me" (Neil Diamond), "Miss You Like Crazy" (Natalie Cole), "It's My Turn" (Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross), "All At Once" (Whitney Houston), and "Someone That I Used To Love" (Barbra Streisand).

While it could be said that Masser's career was comprised of a series of chance meetings and sheer luck, his talent was undeniable. With Whitney Houston, he created a surefire recipe for success – it combined distinctive electric-piano tones and certain syllables (just think of all those "ahhhh" sounds) that flattered the singer's voice and propelled it powerfully above the delicate keys – and while he was never able to replicate this sort of success with any other artist, he didn't need to. Together, the two made a sort of magic that just doesn't seem to happen much anymore.

In 2002, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to Michael Masser and in 2007, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Can you believe that he first went to law school and worked as a stockbroker? It just goes to show that the road to success can take many twists and turns before it turns in the right direction, and that no two stories are ever the same.

For more stories, profiles, updates and news from the American music industry, be sure to keep following us here at HillTop Records.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Forget the Fireworks. Here are July’s Best Music Festivals.

Summer is in full swing, and with it the 2015 festival season – so no matter where in the country you are, consider it high time to enjoy some music-filled fun in the sun!

Here are our picks for the best music festivals happening this July:

Highberry Music Festival (7/2/2015 – 7/5/2015) in Ozark, Arkansas
Celebrate the 4th of July and the peak of the summer season with this laid-back but lively festival at the Byrds Adventure Center. The venue alone makes the event worth attending – it has beautiful campgrounds on 800 acres of land, full of majestic walking trails and spectacular vistas. Amid the Ozarks' scenic splendor, festival attendees may enjoy live performances by the likes of Railroad Earth, Earphunk The Schwag, The Grateful Dead Experience, and other great jam and tribute bands. Both single-day tickets and full weekend passes are available.

West Michigan Wine & Jazz Festival (7/2/2015 – 7/5/2015) in Montague, Michigan
Prefer to welcome summer over chilled glasses of Pinot Grigio? This elegant yet accessible jazz festival is for you. Along with three full days of live music by Checkers Morton, Xavier Davis Trio and more, this event will offer evening happy hours and dinners at various venues throughout Montague as well as a delicious jazz brunch on Sunday. Additionally, special theme nights will pair chocolate, wine and gourmet cheese while guests enjoy the smooth sounds of local jazz groups.

40th Annual 111th Street Stickball Music Festival (7/5/2015) in New York, New York
For a music festival to stick around for forty years, it has to be good – right? Well, this one is. While a highlight is definitely the annual stickball competition, which pits the country's best teams against one another in a classic street version of baseball, there will also be plenty for music lovers to enjoy. The main stage will host live performances covering everything from Latin salsa to R&B to soul, while organized games and vendors round out the wide range of offerings.

Newport Music Festival (7/10/2015 – 7/26/2015) in Newport, Rhode Island
Since 1969, this event has grown to become one that residents of Newport and the surrounding area wait all year long for. It offers the unique chance to listen to acclaimed chamber music in the famous Newport Mansions, as local millionaires lend their massive Neo-Classical and Baroque-style summer homes to a cultural cause. This year presents over 65 classical concerts in incredible ballroom and on perfectly manicured lawns, while other international artists play in impressive venues like The Great Hall of The Breakers. If you love chamber music or architecture or just a great party, you won't want to miss this event.

Sun Valley Music Festival (7/11/2015) in Alexandria, Kentucky
Free for children under age 12 and undoubtedly family-friendly, this is one festival that you can bring the whole brood to! It will be held at A.J. Jolly Park and will feature live bluegrass by Hickory Robot, the Comet Bluegrass Allstars, the Rail Splitters Empty Bottle String Band and other popular acts as attendees include tasty food items, ice-cold drinks (including beer) and vendors selling crafts and gifts. There will also be activities for children, and onsite camping for those looking to make a full weekend out of it.

Illinois Chamber Music Festival (7/12/2015 – 8/1/2015) in Bloomington, Illinois
Strings, piano, winds and harp are ready to come together at Illinois Wesleyan University to celebrate thirteen years of superior chamber music education. The program is designed for young musicians who wish to participate in intensive chamber music training, and the festival is a great way to see what these talented and enterprising young adults have been up to. Set up as a summer concert series, the festival offers 12 performances by faculty and students as well as guest artists from around the area. Best of all, each show is free and open to the public.

JulyFest Art & Music Festival (7/18/2015 – 7/19/2015) in Mentone, Alabama
First launched in 2012, this festival keeps getting bigger and better every year. The 2015 lineup includes David Lusk, Chris Hale, Elisha Tatum, Jess McClendon, and other fantastic acts including a headliner Saturday night performance by the Donna Hopkins Band. Attendees can expect to enjoy a delightful mix of blues, rock, roots and Americana music as well as booths showcasing the works of about 50 talented local artists and craftspeople.

13th Annual Edgewood Arts & Music Festival (7/24/2015 – 7/26/2015) in Edgewood, New Mexico
Brought to you by Wildlife West, this annual music festival features the best in local bluegrass, Western swing, Irish, singer/songwriter and other acoustic genres. The covered amphitheater and indoor venue provides plenty of comfortable seating, and you may also get up to tour the various workshops, contests, open jams and events taking place throughout the festival. Additionally, you are welcome to explore the zoo and other park features as you listen to musical Americana.

GnawBrew Beer Art and Music Festival (7/25/2015 – 7/26/2015) in Nashville, Indiana
By combining three of Nashville's favorite pastimes, this festival manages to offer something for everyone. It's just as much of an art and music festival as it is a beer fest, making this a truly one-of-a-kind event. Enjoy sampling and mingling with home-brewers and winemakers as you peruse booths filled with incredible art and listen to live music in the heart of Brown County. Don't want to leave at the end of the day? Don't! There will be onsite camping available, and festivities are sure to last until the wee hours.

31st Annual Reggae on the River (7/30/2015 – 8/2/2015) in Garberville, California
If you're a reggae fan, then you probably already know about this event – as it's officially the longest running reggae festival in the United States! Set on the banks of the majestic Eel River, it always delivers the best in reggae and world music to the hills of Humboldt County and attendees from across the country. This year's lineup includes Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Cham, Fortunate Youth, Tarrus Riley & Blak Soil, and a long list of other notable acts. Meanwhile, there will be over 60 vendors and on-profit booths, the ever-lively KidLandia, onsite camping, and more.

Didn't see what you're looking for? Try one of these great events happening in July:

– 25th Annual High Sierra Music Festival (7/2/2015 – 7/5/2015) in Quincy, California
4th of July Fireworks & Austin Symphony Orchestra (7/4/2015) in Austin, Texas
KC RiverFest (7/4/2015) in Kansas City, Missouri
Rock the Springs (7/4/2015) in Silver Springs, Florida
New Bedford Folk Festival (7/4/2015 – 7/5/2015) in New Bedford, Massachusetts
4th Annual Island Reggae Festival (7/4/2015 – 7/5/2015) in San Jose, California
New Hampshire Music Festival (7/7/2015 – 8/6/2015) in Plymouth, New Hampshire
Square Roots (7/10/2015 – 7/12/2015) in Chicago, Illinois
Equip The Sword Christian Music Festival (7/11/2015) in Inwood, West Virginia
Music in the Mountains 29th Festival Season (7/12/2015 – 8/2/2015) in Durango, Colorado
Frogtown Hollow Jam (7/17/2015 – 7/18/2015) in Columbus, Georgia
RiverFest (7/17/2015 – 7/18/2015) in Bellevue, Nebraska
Jazz and Rib Fest (7/17/2015 – 7/19/2015) in Columbus, Ohio
NelsoNucka Country Music Festival (7/18/2015 – 7/19/2015) in Nelson, Nebraska
Tullahoma Country Music Festival (7/24/2015 – 7/26/2015) in Tullahoma, Tennessee

For more information on fun festivals near you, visit – and be sure to keep following us here at HillTop Records as we bring you the latest news and updates from the American music industry!