The Flaming Lips

Nelsonville, a tiny Southeastern Ohio town I once knew as nothing more than the last major landmark on my way to Athens, has been hosting an annual music festival since 2005. What began as a cute little one-day party in Nelsonville's Downtown Historic Arts District has evolved into a three-day throwdown featuring several of music's heaviest hitters.

Consider the headliners for this year's Nelsonville Music Festival, now situated at Hocking College's Robbins Crossing: The Flaming Lips. George Jones. Neko Case. The rest of the lineup is yet to be announced, but you might as well mark off May 13-15 on your calendars now. The drive's not much more than an hour, and three-day passes cost just $60.

Nelsonville Music Festival