HFStival draws West, Jett

April 04, 2006|By RASHOD OLLISON | RASHOD OLLISON,SUN REPORTER

From Kanye West to Cypress Hill to Joan Jett, the 17th annual HFStival promises to crackle with energy from some of the biggest names in pop over three-plus decades. Nearly 60 artists - some established, some burgeoning - will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion, a new home for the all-day music event, which takes place May 27-28.

The headlining acts on Saturday include multi-Grammy winner West and Jewish rap-reggae sensation Matisyahu, rap-rock collective Cypress Hill and the Las Vegas pop-punk band Panic! at the Disco. The next day, the main stage will feature '90s alternative pop-rock band Counting Crows, famed New York garage rock revivalists the Strokes, alternative rock outfit Dashboard Confessional, the '80s new wave band the Fixx as well as Jett.

As with previous HFStivals, there will be live performances on three stages, including the "Locals Only Stage," a showcase for emerging talent from the Baltimore/D.C. area.

Doors will open each day at 10 a.m. and the first performance begins at 11. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at all area Ticketmaster outlets and the Merriweather Post Pavilion box office. Previously, HFStival was held at M&T Bank Stadium and other venues in and around the Washington area.

Rashod Ollison

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