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2018 Green River Festival lineup announced

  • Lucy Dacus will perform at the Green River Festival on Saturday, July 14.

  • James Hunter Six will perform at the Green River Festival on Sunday, July 15. Contributed photo



For the Recorder
Thursday, March 08, 2018

If you have been holding off purchasing your tickets to the Green River Festival until you knew the entire lineup, well, the wait is over.

Last month, Signature Sounds of Northampton, who present the festival each year, revealed four of the headlining acts that would play at the 2018 event. In case you missed it, they are Josh Ritter and his band on Friday, Dr. Dog and Michael Franti & Spearhead on Saturday, and Old Crow Medicine Show on Sunday.

Now they’ve rolled out the entire lineup of the three-day festival,which will be held July 13 to 15 at Greenfield Community College.

Of course, everything you’ve come to expect from the Green River Festival — the food, the arts and crafts, lots of children’s activities and the hot air balloons — will be on hand this year. But that’s the icing on the cake. What most of us are really interested in is the music. As with previous years, this year’s festival will feature acts representing a wide range of genres and will be a mix of returning favorites, fresh-out-of-the-gate newcomers and some local acts.

You can look forward to hearing folk/country artist Robert Earl Keen, up-and-coming indie singer Lucy Dacus, and afrobeat star Femi Kuti and his band Positive Force. The festival welcomes back rhythm and soul singer James Hunter, as well as Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux. Acclaimed bluegrass guitarist Molly Tuttle and the sweet voices of I’m With Her make their debut this year, while our local scene will be represented by bands like Bella’s Bartok and Trailer Park with Samirah Evans.

The full lineup is as follows:

Friday, July 13:

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Birds of Chicago, Las Cafeteras and Orquesta E! Macabeo.

Saturday, July 14:

Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dr. Dog, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Deer Tick, Lucy Dacus, Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, Marco Benevento, Birds of Chicago, Magna Carda, The Mammals, Yes Darling, Bella’s Bartok, Big Mean Sound Machine, The Revelers.

Sunday, July 15:

Old Crow Medicine Show, I’m With Her, Robert Earl Keen, Ana Tijoux, James Hunter Six, Ballroom Thieves, Chuck Prophet, Molly Tuttle, The Brother Brothers and Trailer Park with Samirah Evans.

More acts will be added in the months ahead. Early bird ticket pricing ends at 11:55 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.

A three-day weekend pass is $109.99, $149.99 with a camping pass.

Single-day tickets are $34 on Friday, $64.99 on Saturday and $59.99 on Sunday.

Passes to park in the Greenfield Community College lot are $10 per day. Nearby free parking will also be available.

Tickets can be purchased at www.greenriverfestival.com or at 32 Masonic St. in Northampton. Box office hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m.