SouthSounds may be the earliest Southeast festival in the 2015 season, but music fans throughout the region may also be gearing up for Hangout Fest, Shaky Knees, Bonnaroo, Wakarusa and the grandfather of them all, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Each year, Jazz Fest brings some of the world’s biggest names to the Big Easy for two consecutive weekends in April and May. Jazz Fest 2015 has already generated a buzz with a lineup that has left many counting the days until the first note.

Notable acts scheduled to perform on the first weekend include Keith Urban, Jimmy Cliff, Hozier, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimmie Vaughn & the Tilt-A-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton, Wilco, The Who, Ryan Adams, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band and many more.

The second weekend includes performances from No Doubt, Chicago, Galactic feat. Macy Gray, Elton John, Jerry Lee Lewis, T.I., Aaron Neville, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lenny Kravitz, Steve Winwood, The O’Jays and Buddy Guy.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

‘Roo lineup packed
Up the road in Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo provides a vibe reminiscent of Woodstock, where thousands gather in green pastures to spend a weekend camping and indulging in some of the biggest names on the road. Typically, the music there starts late Thursday night and doesn’t stop until Sunday’s big headliner plays their encore. Bonnaroo is truly a one-of-a-kind music event that all festival-goers should experience at least once in their lives.

This year’s lineup includes Billy Joel, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Florence & the Machine, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, Tears for Fears and so many jams and comedians it will be a challenge for even seasoned festival veterans to schedule every act accordingly.

Tickets are on sale now through the Bonnaroo website and the festival is scheduled June 11-14.

Island funk

Bring your own sweat bands, Super Funk Fantasy is an exercise in time travel.

Bring your own sweat bands, Super Funk Fantasy is an exercise in time travel.

Super Funk Fantasy has established a reputation for providing an ‘80s music review that is energized by the wonders of modern technology and an electrifying stage show. Over the years, the group has established a loyal fan base within the Azalea City and still keeps the crowd pumped with every performance. On Sunday, April 12 at 4 p.m., Super Funk Fantasy will invade Dauphin Island at Islanders Restaurant. Those in attendance should expect all their ‘80s favorites delivered with impeccable showmanship.