The Black Keys, Built to Spill to Headline Moe.Down Festival

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Alexandra Valenti

The annual Labor Day music festival known as moe.down, named after the popular jam band who started it in 2000, will feature performances by The Black Keys, who just headlined California's massive Coachella, and Built to Spill, in addition to sets by the gathering's founders.

Typically held in Turin, New York at local ski area Snow Ridge, this year -- the fest's thirteenth -- the location moves to Mohawk, New York's Gelston Castle Estate from September 3 through 5. The three-day event draws more than 10,000 people who also have the option to camp. 

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Known for its laid back vibe and great music against a scenic setting, previous fests have featured the likes of Flaming Lips, Cake, The Roots, Method Man and Redman, The Wailers and Ani DiFranco, among others. With two stages, bands never overlap so that "patrons never miss a beat," says a press release announcing the lineup, which also includes Tortoise, Ryan Montbleau Band and The Brew.

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With the band about to celebrate its 20th anniversary, moe. will release Smash Hits, Volume 1 on its own Fatboy Records label this June. In January 2013, they'll set sail on the 11th Jam Cruise topping the bill alongside Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, Galactic, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force and Col. Bruce Hampton. 

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