Music Park: Jack Johnson @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 6/11/17

Jack Johnson at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD 6/11/17
Jack Johnson performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 11, 2017. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)

Jack Johnson Radiates Chill on a Hot June Night

The accordion. That’s right — the box-shaped instrument used by everyone from The Who and R.E.M. to Arcade Fire and Gogol Bordello is something you wouldn’t normally associate with the folk rock singer-songwriter Jack Johnson. A Cole Clark acoustic guitar? Definitely. A Pepe Romero Jr. ukulele? Sure. He’s even auctioned a few off for the Kōkua Hawai’i Foundation he co-founded with his wife Kim in 2003 to support environmental education in schools all over the Aloha State. But a squeeze box?

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Music Park: Firefly Music Festival Pt. 3 of 3 (Dover, DE — 6/18/17)

Muse-Firefly-04-061817 Muse perform at Firefly Music Festival on Sunday, June 18, 2017. (Photo courtesy Live at Firefly/Firefly Music Festival)

Sunday was a big day at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, capped by a stunning headline show by English art rock trio Muse to close out the entire festival.

While we were there, I took the time to catch two other favorite acts for a third day of reporting on performances at Firefly 2017, by all measures a smashing success enjoyed by 90,000 people who poured into The Woodlands to watch more than 125 concerts over four days.

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Don’t Miss: Red Wing Roots Music Festival @ Natural Chimneys Park (Mt. Solon, VA), 7/14-7/16/17

Red Wing Roots Music Festival II - July 11,12& 13, 2014
The Steel Wheels will headline Red Wing Roots Music Festival (Photo by Chester Simpson)

Black Bear Productions will present the Red Wing Roots Music Festival in Natural Chimneys Park in Mt. Solon, Virginia, on July 14-16, 2017. Tickets for one day or all three days are available.

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Music Park: Firefly Music Festival Pt. 2 of 3 (Dover, DE — 6/17/17)

Firefly-Celebration-061717 Celebrants at Firefly on Saturday, June 17 (Photo courtesy Firefly Music Festival/Live at Firefly)

My second day at Firefly Music Festival exposed me to acts both familiar and new as I spent the afternoon treading along well-manicured paths from stage to stage on Saturday, June 17 to investigate the likes of Sunflower Bean, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Capitol Cities — three acts that quite captured the diversity of the artists performing at Firefly this year!

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