Pistoia Summer – Blues Festival
The festival runs from July 1st to 24th at Pistoia’s Piazza Duomo, a mere 40 minutes from the center of Florence by car. The festival is kicked off by British hipster-folk rockers Mumford & Sons. Though the band’s latest music tends towards more traditional rock, they will undoubtedly invoke their epic banjo-laced shout-along anthems that made them famous. Counting Crows plays on July 3rd, unleashing their infectious brand of melodic rock-music, whose hits in the mid-90s like Mr. Jones often required invasive surgery to remove from one’s brain. Ireland’s Hozier plays on July 7th, whose lion-like riffs steeped in Catholic conflict are perfect for Italy. Passenger plays on July 15th, while July 17th is reserved for Italian Blues Night.