Sounds Local: Green River Festival lineup
Recorder file photo/Beth Reynolds
The Green River Festival returns for two days of live music on Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13. Pictured, dancers from a previous festival.
During the past few weeks, there has been a lot of teasing going on as Signature Sounds, the organizer of this year’s Green River Festival, has been announcing the lineup of this year’s festival ... one artist at a time.
Well, the waiting is over and we now have the entire lineup, or I should say the entire lineup so far as the festival organizers have let us know. It seems that there are a few more acts still to be announced.
I think you will find a lot more musical diversity this year. The inclusion of slightly more cutting-edge artists like Lucius, The Debo Band and Ana Tijoux will bring some new and different styles to the mix. There is also a nice selection of acts such as Trombone Shorty and James Hunter, who are known for their outstanding live shows. You will also find a strong New Orleans flavor to this year’s festival, as four of the acts hail from the Big Easy. On the downside, there are only a few local musicians announced so far, but perhaps that will change as more slots are filled.
And before I roll out the entire list of performers, I will mention that the festival will feature an expanded assortment of local food vendors and the Makers Market Craft Village, which will feature crafts and jewelry from local artists. There will also be activities for the kids and, of course, hot air balloons! For the first time, the Green River Festival will sell beer and wine provided by local brewers the Berkshire Brewing Co. of South Deerfield.
So here is the list of musicians scheduled, so far, to perform at festival, which will be held on the grounds of Greenfield Community College on Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13.
On Saturday, July 12, look for Norah Jones, who will be setting aside her jazzy piano music and taking the stage with her new band Puss ‘N’ Boots, a country-Americana-rockabilly group that also features Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper. Also on Saturday are two artists we have already told you about: the funk and brass sounds of New Orleans’ Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and the indie-pop vocal group Lucius. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, one of New Orleans’ most famous brass bands, will be on hand to have the crowd dancing away.
British soul man and festival alum James Hunter and his band are also guaranteed to have everyone grooving. Also in Saturday’s lineup is the contemporary soul music of Lady, the toots band Poor Old Shine, the acoustic country-rock trio The Lone Bellow and The Shinolas Revue, which features Chris Collingwood from Fountains of Wayne, Syd Straw and Freedy Johnston playing their own material and covers. Also featured will be The Debo Band, an 11-piece ensemble from Boston rooted in Ethiopian psychedelic jazz, and, from Nashville, the country sounds of Paul Burch and the WPA Ballclub.
The local indie-folk rockers And The Kids and the genre-blurring Gaslight Tinkers also perform Saturday.
On Sunday, July 13, on the Main Stage, you will find Phil Alvin and Dave Alvin of the Blasters back together again after 30 years of not touring together. This is a rare treat and one not to be missed. The duo will be backed by the Guilty Ones.
Then there is the aforementioned Ana Tijoux, a French-Chilean songwriter who is a sensation in Latin America and whose music embraces both jazz and hip-hop sounds. (That’s right, a touch of hip-hop this year!) Also from New Orleans will be the much buzzed-about folk-blues band Hurray for the Riff Raff. Rounding out the lineup is Trampled by Turtles with its hyped up take on bluegrass as well as another festival alum, the always excellent singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and his Royal City Band.
Moving on, it’s yet another band from New Orleans, the Americana group The Iguanas and the bluegrass outfit Barnstar! The Deadly Gentlemen, a string band from Boston that features banjo player Greg Liszt (formerly of Crooked Still), are in the lineup, along with local musician Heather Maloney, who will be joined by the indie-folk band Darlingside. Maloney and Darlingside just released an EP last month called “Woodstock” and recently sold out a series of shows at The Parlor Room in Northampton. The Gaslight Tinkers will also perform on Sunday.
It looks to be an excellent lineup and the good news is that you can still purchase early-bird tickets up until April 25. The early bird prices are $59.99 for a weekend pass. (Early-bird single-day tickets are not available). Early-bird tickets can only be purchased at www.greenriverfestival.com, charged by phone at 877-987-6487 or you can go to the Signature Sounds office at 32 Masonic St. in Northampton. (Use the back door.)
After April 25, tickets will cost $74.99 for a weekend pass and $49.99 for single-day pass for Saturday and $34.99 for Sunday. Children 10 and under are free.
Prices are reduced 25 percent from last year.
This year, there will also be single-day passes for students with ID for $20. This covers both high school and college students. They will be available after April 25 at the Greenfield Community College Book store or at the Signature Sounds/Parlor Room office in Northampton. They will be sold at the gate.
After April 25, tickets will be available at World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St., Greenfield; Signature Sounds/The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton; and at all Turn it UP! locations.
Tickets at the gate will be $60 for Saturday and $50 for Sunday. Parking in the lots at Greenfield Community College is $10 per day. Parking passes will go on sale May 1 and can be purchased at the website or at the Signature Sounds office. Passes will be sold at the gate if available, but will be cash only. If needed, more parking will be available in a lot located at nearby 1 Kimball Drive with free continuous shuttle service provided.
The return of The Stone Coyotes and Lake Street Dive
Mark the date of Saturday, June 7, down on your calendar as there are a couple of shows happening on that day that you won’t want to miss. I know a lot of people were not able to get their hands on tickets when The Stone Coyotes played The Parlor Room in Northampton last January. That show was such a success the Greenfield-based trio will return to the Parlor Room on June 7 at 8 p.m.. The show is billed as an electric/acoustic evening, so get your tickets now! They are $14 in advance and available at www.parlorroommusic.com.
And talking about sold out shows, when Signature Sounds recording artists Lake Street Dive recently played the Academy of Music in Northampton a couple of weeks ago. That show, like every other date on the band’s recent U.S. tour, was standing room only. The jazzy pop quartet, which many of us have seen playing local places like The Rendezvous over the years, is red hot. It has appeared on “The Late Show with David Lettermen” and “The Colbert Report.” Rolling Stone magazine recently labeled it the “best new band of the year.” Lake Street Dive will return to the area when it performs at the Institute of Musical Arts in Goshen on Saturday, June 7, at 3 p.m. This show — a fundraiser for the institute — will be held on the lawn, so it will be festival seating. It is a rain-or-shine event. Tickets are $40. Only 400 tickets will be sold, so get yours now at www.ima.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org