By Jonathan Curiel
Now in its 78th year, the Stern Grove Festival is the antidote to packed music festivals like Coachella and Outside Lands that can cost hundreds of dollars and, occasionally, one’s sanity. Stern Grove is always free. Its acoustics are always good. And the setting? Amid trees that climb forever, the summer series is always inspiring (and usually foggy).
Unlike Coachella, Outside Lands and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Stern Grove is stretched out over two months — every Sunday from June 14 through August 16. So music-goers get to prolong their engagement with the headliners, who this summer offer a little bit of everything, including hip-hop, classical, Latin, ’70s rock, and modern folk-rock influenced by world music.