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More worth the drive: Hangout Music Festival or Savannah Music Festival?

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Sure, Ultra and Wanee are coming up. But if you're really looking for a big-time pop music festival, you've got to leave the Sunshine State.

But just barely.

Two of the Southeast's most interesting music fests lie just beyond Florida's borders: The Savannah Music Festival from March 24-April 9 in Savannah, Ga.; and the Hangout Music Festival from May 20-22 in Gulf Shores, Ala. Among the acts scheduled to appear: Foo Fighters (above), Paul Simon, the Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and more.

Of the two, Hangout is the more traditional summer music fest, with A-list headliners of all genres. But Savannah continues to draw interesting names in an interesting setting, with an eclectic array of artists and workshops from around the world. Think Tropical Heatwave, but with a bigger budget, and spread out over two weeks.

Savannah is about 6 hours from Tampa. Gulf Shores is about 8-1/2. Which of these festivals do you think is more worth the drive?

Savannah Music Festival (March 24-April 9)
The gist: A city-wide showcase of everything from folk to classical to pop to African rhythms. Music education plays a big role in many of the showcases.
Headliners: The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Citizen Cope, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Bela Fleck, Allen Toussaint, James Hunter, Maceo Parker, the Flatlanders, Junior Brown.
Tickets: Vary from show to show. Click here to purchase.

Hangout Music Festival (May 20-22)
The gist: Fun-loving party-jam festival (mostly; there is some hard rock and electronic music).
Headliners: Paul Simon, Foo Fighters, Widespread Panic, Flaming Lips, the Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Cee-Lo Green, Primus, Ween, G. Love and Special Sauce, Amos Lee, Girl Talk, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Matisyahu, Drive-By Truckers, Slightly Stoopid, Medeski Martin and Wood, Warren Haynes Band, Pretty Lights.
Tickets: Three-day admission tickets are on sale now starting at $174. Click here to purchase. -- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.

[Last modified: Friday, February 4, 2011 12:17pm]

    

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