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Summer music fests aim to please all
Healdsburg Jazz opens season of diverse genres, styles in North Bay

From the sprawling 40,000-strong carnivals to the more intimate single-day affairs, this summer's music festival season is shaping up to be one of the most diverse in years.

In a few weeks, adoring jazz fans will make the annual pilgrimage to Healdsburg. Country fans choose all summer from Martina McBride, Kix Brooks and Florida Georgia Line. Boomers relive their yesterdays with Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson and B.B. King. And the indie rock crowd gets to hang with the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, Vampire Weekend and The National.

Before you load up on festival apps, blankets and sunscreen, here's the Top 10 summer list:

1. Healdsburg Jazz Festival

When: May 31-June 9

A two-day tribute to Charlie Haden anchors this annual jazz convergence, along with Charles Lloyd, Fred Hersch Trio, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Marcus Shelby and many more.

Tip: Don't miss the Lloyd documentary "Arrows into Infinity" at 11 a.m. June 8, not only for the film but also for the following Q&A with the director and Lloyd.

Tickets: $20-$75. Info: www.healdsburgjazzfestival.org.

2. Stern Grove

When: June 16-Aug. 18

In its 76th season, this annual San Francisco free park series stands alone as a gift to the people. There is nothing else like it in the Bay Area -- in artistic range or price. Highlights this year include: Deltron 3030, featuring Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala (July 7), Shuggie Otis (Aug. 4), Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs (June 16), Kronos Quartet (July 14) and performances by San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet.

Tip: Roll the dice and enter the Picnic Table Lottery to score six picnic table seats at a show. Entries are chosen at random at: www.sterngrove.org/home/2013-season/picnic-table-lottery2013.

Tickets: FREE. Info: www.sterngrove.org.

3. Sonoma-Marin Fair

When: June 19-23

Country is king at this homespun Petaluma haybale fest as Kix Brooks and "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Kellie Pickler take the stage. Throw in a little Southern rock courtesy of the Marshall Tucker Band and 1980's hits (and red leather pants?) from Loverboy, and you've got the perfect soundtrack to too much cotton candy and dizzying rides.

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