With Parks and Recreation’s Unity Concert right around the corner, featuring appearances by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy (!!!), I began thinking about all the music festivals I’ve gritted my way through, standing in the heat for six hours to see my favorite band (and the worst band ever with neverending horrible guitar solos — not sure what I was thinking there), or trekking through fields of mud to make it from one stage to another in under 15 minutes. It’s worth it (sometimes). Here are some fictional music festivals I would’ve bought an overpriced ticket from some creepy dude on Craigslist for.
Pennyfarthing Music Festival from The Mindy Project, “Music Festival”
Of course Danny’s favorite band is the National, but, really, who wouldn’t want brooding men in natty suits playing during your fake proposal to your pretend same-sex lover?
Lolla-Pa-Foods-A Festival from Bob’s Burgers’ “Food Truckin’”
Music? Good. Food? Also good. Battling food trucks? GREAT. Every festival should end in a riot, just to keep it fresh. I have Tabitha’s Johansson’s “Oil Spill” stuck in my head constantly.
Chef Aid from South Park, “Chef Aid”
Four little mischievous naive boys hold a benefit concert with Elton John, DMX, and the Clash’s Joe Strummer so that their far-too-worldly school cafeteria cook can win a lawsuit against Alanis Morissette. Just your typical day in South Park. Plus, there’s Cartman’s adorable German dance.
Hullabalooza from The Simpsons, “Homerpalooza”
Back when Sonic Youth was still in love (sigh) and the Smashing Pumpkins were still big and smiling politely, Hullabalooza had something the others didn’t: a freak show. Also, Peter Frampton’s giant pig, though that thing’s long-gone now.
Blunderbuss from Portlandia, “Blunderbuss”
Music festivals that take over entire cities can be fun (she says while covering SXSW), but they can be annoying when you’re running around from one place to another (she screams while covering SXSW). I would’ve taken the bus to Alaska to see Sparkle Pony, only if I had my own pony, too. This one features another appearance by Colin Meloy (who wasn’t typecast at all as a musician on The Office).
Nadia Chaudhury thinks Mouse Rat should reunite at the Unity Concert with a surprise appearance/reveal by Duke Silver