1. NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

1/9

WHEN: April 24–May 3
WHERE: New Orleans
BIG GUNS: Neil Young (pictured), Wilco, Kings of Leon
BEN HARPER SEZ: "This and the Voodoo festival are great for the same reason: You're enjoying American music in the city where it was born. The setting demands inspiration."

2. NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

2/9

WHEN: April 24–May 3
WHERE: New Orleans
BIG GUNS: Neil Young (pictured), Wilco, Kings of Leon
BEN HARPER SEZ: "This and the Voodoo festival are great for the same reason: You're enjoying American music in the city where it was born. The setting demands inspiration."

3. THE BAMBOOZLE

3/9

WHEN: May 2–3
WHERE: East Rutherford, NJ
BIG GUNS: No Doubt (pictured), Fall Out Boy, Rise Against
BEN HARPER SEZ: "I always wanted to play this kind of festival. I'm not scared of a punk audience. I'd welcome the challenge."

4. SASQUATCH!

4/9

WHEN: May 23–25
WHERE: Quincy, WA
BIG GUNS: Nine Inch Nails (pictured), Jane's Addiction, TV on the Radio
BEN HARPER SEZ:"I played there once with the Flaming Lips were playing on the other stage. Lips fans weren't too happy about that."

5. WAKARUSA

5/9

WHEN: June 4–7
WHERE: Ozark, AR
BIG GUNS: The Black Crowes, Gov't Mule (pictured), Matisyahu
BEN HARPER SEZ: "The Black Crowes have the power to destroy you. They're American rock at its finest."

6. BONNAROO

6/9

WHEN: June 11–14
WHERE: Manchester, TN
BIG GUNS: Bruce Springsteen (pictured), Phish, Beastie Boys
BEN HARPER SEZ: "I played 'Good Times, Bad Times' with John Paul Jones there. It still feels surreal. You go to Bonnaroo for those kind of mash-ups."

7. 80/35

7/9

WHEN: July 3–4
WHERE: Des Moines, IA
BIG GUNS: Public Enemy (pictured), Relentless7
BEN HARPER SEZ: "This is a new festival, but I've played Des Moines a bunch. They know how to get it on in Iowa."

8. LOLLAPALOOZA

8/9

WHEN: August 7–9
WHERE: Chicago
BIG GUNS: Jane's Addiction (pictured), Depeche Mode, Beastie Boys
BEN HARPER SEZ: "We all owe Perry Farrell. Think about all the festivals now. It wasn't like that before he started Lollapalooza."

9. AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

9/9

WHEN: October 2–4
WHERE: Austin, TX
BIG GUNS: TBA
BEN HARPER SEZ: "La Zona Rosa, man. See a show there, then eat some Mexican."