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Music lovers have options near and far

Man Overboard performs during the Vans Warped Tour 2015 in Atlanta. The closest the Warped Tour comes to Centre County this year is a July stop in Scranton.
Man Overboard performs during the Vans Warped Tour 2015 in Atlanta. The closest the Warped Tour comes to Centre County this year is a July stop in Scranton. The Associated Press, file

If you’re a music lover and don’t want to travel too far from home, you’re in luck.

All you have to do is jump on Interstate 80 and head east to Scranton.

When your 2-hour and 20-minute drive is complete, you will arrive at Montage Mountain.

It will host the Warped Tour on July 11 with bands such as Reel Big Fish, Sum 41 and Yellowcard.

Three days later, Camp Bisco gets underway from July 14-16. A month later, the Peach Music Festival takes center stage Aug. 11-14.

Maybe you don’t stay for the Peach Music Festival. Well, head south on either Interstate 380 or Interstate 476 to Musikfest in Bethlehem.

The festival runs from Aug. 5-14. There you can see rock band Boston (Aug. 9) or country group Lady Antebellum (Aug. 13).

If you like following the Warped Tour, travel down Interstate 99 to U.S. Route 22 west and head to First Niagara Pavilion. It is located in Burgettstown just past Pittsburgh and near the Pennsylvania-Ohio border.

The Warped Tour makes a stop there July 15.

You can continue your trek one hour and 15 minutes southwest toward Belmont, Ohio. There you will reach the Jamboree in the Hills.

The Jamboree is a big country music festival from July 14-17. There you will get to see rising stars such as Brantley Gilbert, Colt Ford and Jake Owen. There will also be longtimers Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley. Taking you back to country roots are Neal McCoy, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the Gatlin Brothers.

Maybe you like the beach with your music. Head south down Interstate 95 or take a plane to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

There you again can indulge in more country music at the Carolina Country Music Fest, June 10-12. Festival attendees can catch a glimpse of several artists who have made trips to Happy Valley, the most recent being A Thousand Horses.

Perhaps the Smoky Mountains are on your vacation list this summer. You could travel a little farther south toward Chattanooga, Tenn. Halfway between Chattanooga and Nashville is Manchester. The Great Stage Park in Manchester hosts Bonnaroo from June 9-12.

There, attendees can see a great mix of music genres. They can see bands such as Pearl Jam and Third Eye Blind or even soloists such as Sam Hunt and Ellie Goulding, and who could forget the pair of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Bonnaroo has had legends such as Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and Elton John on the stage.

On your way back to State College from Bonnaroo, make a stop at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware, the home of the Firefly Festival, which runs from June 16-19. Much like Bonnaroo, attendees will get a diverse mix of music.

They can catch a glimpse of Mumford & Sons, Blink 182, Ludacris and Fetty Wap. Also, Earth, Wind & Fire can send you on a soul train back to the 1970s and ’80s.

Nate Cobler: 814-231-4609, @ncoblercdt

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