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

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