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Sounds Local: Green River Festival 2013 lineup

A sure sign that winter is over and warm weather is on the way is the announcement of summer festivals. The Green River Festival, now in its 27th year, is one of the biggest and most anticipated events of the summer here in Franklin County. Presented by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, this year’s festival will be held on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, on the grounds of Greenfield Community College.

The announcement of the lineup of the Green River Festival is an anxiously awaited event in itself. Throughout the winter months, music fans have posted wish lists on the festival’s Facebook page and even scanned websites like Pollstar looking for hints as they wondered who would be gracing the festival’s stages this year. But now the wait is over.

Here it is the 2013 lineup for the Green River Festival:

On Saturday, July 20, the headliner will be Gogol Bordello a Gypsy-punk band known for its very theatrical, high-energy live shows. Also appearing that day will be the underground folk punk band The Devil Makes Three, ska legends The Skatalites, retro rocker JD McPherson, indie rockers Sally Ford and The Sound Outside, local singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault and Cold Satellite, folk-influenced singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves, the funky Bernie Worrell Orchestra, the folk rock sounds of The Ryan Montbleau Band. Also on Saturday, Miss Tess and The Talk Backs, Caravan of Thieves and Poor Old Shine. There will also be lots of local talent, including And The Kids, Rusty Belle, Bunk, Spanish for Hitchhiking, Bright Lines, Sun Parade and Lux Deluxe.

On Sunday, July 21, the headliner will be folk-rock singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, who is known for her powerful voice and songs like “The Story” and “Caroline.” Also appearing will be singer-songwriter and in-demand producer Buddy Miller, who will be joined by fellow singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale. Jazz-pop group Lake Street Dive, alt-country musician Todd Snider, local favorite Heather Maloney, singer-songwriter Joe Pug and African guitar group Bombino. Rounding out the day will be the hand-clapping. old-America music sounds of Spirit Family Reunion, the creole music of Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole and some fine local talent, including the Boxcar Lilies, Salvation Alley String Band and Gaslight Tinkers.

The Green River Festival is a family-friendly, alcohol-free festival and there will be three stages. As you can tell from this lineup, a very lively mix of musical genres — everything from folk to country to rock and more — will certainly keep music fans of all tastes satisfied. There will local foods, crafts, plenty of activities for kids and, of course, the hot air balloons!

Your best bet is to pick up an early-bird ticket, which is $75 for the weekend. These early-bird tickets are only available until April 15 and only at www.greenriverfestival.com or at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce office at 395 Main St. in Greenfield.

After April 15, advance tickets are $90 for the weekend and $65 per day. Tickets purchased at the gate are $75 per day. Children 12 and under are free!

If you want to park in the college’s parking lot, you will have to purchase a pass at $10 per day, at the website. Free parking will be available at the old Wedgewood Gardens, which is located at 1 Kimball Drive. Shuttles continuously run to and from the festival to this location.

Advance tickets (non-early bird) can also be purchased at World Eye Bookshop at 156 Main St. in Greenfield, at Elmer’s Store, 396 Main St. in Ashfield and at all Turn it Up! locations, including 5 Pleasant St. in Northampton.

There are also a few other local and nearby festivals that you might want to consider as the days get warmer:


Camp StrangeCreek will once again be held at Camp Kee-wanee in Greenfield, on Memorial Day weekend, May 24 through May 27. Veteran jam band Max Creek will appear, but the festival’s other namesake, Strangefolk, will not be on hand this year. There will be plenty of groove-heavy, danceable bands in the lineup, including Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Zach Deputy, Donna the Buffalo, Ryan Montbleau Band, Marco Benevento, and many, many more. The local scene will also be well represented with performances by The Alchemystics, The Rev Tor Band with Charles Neville, Orange Television, The Primate Fiasco and Tony Vacca.

There will also be plenty of activities for the kids. Advance tickets are $95 until May 13, when they increase to $110. Camping is included in the price of tickets, which can be purchased at The Wine Rack, 70 Main St. in Greenfield and the Northampton Box Office, 76 Main St. in Northampton. Visit
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Upper Valley

The Upper Valley Music Festival, presented by Sovereignty Music Service, will return for its third year on Saturday, July 27. The festival will be held at various venues in Turners Falls, all within walking distance from each other. Some venues will offer acoustic music, others electric music. The music will be provided by local musician representing all genres of music. As of this writing, the lineup has not been announced, so visit the festival’s website at www.uppervalleymusicfest.com for updates. Admission will be $15, children under 12 are free and the proceeds benefit the America Cancer Society.

Solid Sound

The Solid Sound Festival returns for the third year at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams and will take place Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23. This one-of-a-kind festival is centered around the music of festival founders Wilco, which will perform two shows over the weekend (including a Friday night all-request show) and will also feature performances by the band’s various side projects. The three-day celebration will include singer-songwriter Neko Case, indie rock heroes Yo La Tengo, the jazz trio Medeski, Martin and Wood, the low-fi band Low, local favorite Mark Mulcahy and many others. In addition, there will be comedy performances, art displays, events for children and much more. Tickets including a limited amount of single-day passes are available at www.solidsoundfestival.com. Weekend passes are $149, Friday $65, Saturday, $84, and Sunday, $65.

Sheryl Hunter is a music writer who lives in Easthampton. Her work has appeared in various regional and national magazines. You can contact her at soundslocal@yahoo.com

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