Lifestyle Wanderlust the July/August 2020 issue

Stay, Eat, Do: Festing in Place

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By Carrie Williamson Posted on July 9, 2020

Austin, Texas


Music >> Stream concerts by Texas bands, singer/songwriters, and country and folk performers and instrumentalists at Austin360 Livestream List.
Fest food >> Whole smoked Texas brisket and jalapeno and cheddar smoked sausage from Terry Black’s Barbecue, smoked ribs from Micklethwait Craft Meats, and cherry, Dutchy’s apple and sweet Texas pecan tiny pies from Tiny Pies.
Pencil it in >> Austin City Limits Music Festival is scheduled for Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-11, 2020, at Zilker Park, although the lineup hasn’t been announced yet. Among the headliners who have played previous ACL festivals are The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters.

Chicago, Illinois


Music >> Recognizing that the music industry has moved to #DoStuffAtHome, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is partnering with Do312 to highlight local music venues and musicians that are now sharing “Music in the Key of Chicago” on virtual platforms.
Fest food >> Deep-dish pizzas from Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Vienna Beef’s Chicago-style hot dog kits, and “Chicago’s finest” cheesecakes from Eli’s Cheesecake Company.
Pencil it in >> A diverse lineup of soul, R&B, gospel, rock and hip-hop acts celebrate the blues’ past, present and future at the Chicago Blues Festival each year. The 37th Annual Chicago Blues Festival scheduled for June 5-7, 2020, was called off, but pencil it in for June 2021.

Chicago-style deep dish pizza

Memphis, Tennessee


Music >> Check out the Memphis Flyer music blog, “The Flow,” for a listing of live-streamed music events each week.
Fest food >> Central BBQ ribs and pulled pork, Pete & Sam’s famous pork-barbecue pizza, and pecan pie from Muddy’s Bake Shop.
Pencil it in >> The Beale Street Music Festival features big names representing a broad spectrum of musical genres as well as Memphis artists. This year’s festival has been rescheduled for April 30 – May 2, 2021 in Tom Lee Park.

Nashville, Tennessee


Music >> Nashville Scene’s “Nashville Livestream Roundup” has weekly listings of local musicians streaming concerts.
Fest food >> Peg Leg Porker’s dry-rub ribs and pulled pork, The Loveless Cafe’s Southern mac n’ cheese, and Prince’s hot chicken.
Pencil it in >> The CMA Music Fest, which has been drawing fans from around the world for 48 years to hear Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and other country music greats, has been rescheduled for June 10-13, 2021.

New Orleans, Louisiana


Music >> You could stream whatever is playing on WWOZ ( to hear everything from traditional jazz to DJ Soul Sister’s popular “Soul Power” show, but if you’re looking for a specific artist or band, check out the “Weekly Stream” at OffBeat magazine (known as the Jazz Fest Bible at fest time) to find livestreams for New Orleans and Louisiana musicians.
Fest food >> Muffulettas from Central Grocery, roast beef poor boys from Parkway Bakery & Tavern, and turtle soup and garlic bread from Commander’s Palace.
Pencil it in >> Headliners like Bruce Springsteen, as well as New Orleans’ finest jazz, blues, funk, folk and rock acts, perform on 12 stages over the two weekends of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which has been rescheduled for April 22-May 2, 2021.

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