Full Green River Festival lineup announced

  • The Record Company, a Grammy-nominated rock band out of Los Angeles that recently wrapped up a tour opening for Bob Seger, is set to take the stage at the 2019 Green River Festival. Contributed photo/Jen Rosenstein

  • Three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo, a native of the West African country of Benin, is one of the performers set to take the stage at the 2019 Green River Festival. Contributed photo


For the Recorder
Published: 3/7/2019 6:00:28 AM

Earlier in the year, Green River Festival organizers teased out a few of the acts that will be playing at this year’s festival on July 12 to 14 at Greenfield Community College. But there’s no mystery anymore; the full lineup has just been announced.

Presented by Signature Sounds, the three-day festival, which is celebrating its 33rd anniversary this year, will welcome more than 30 acts playing on four stages. In addition to a whole lot of fine music, the festival offers great food, crafts, fun activities for children and, of course, its signature hot air balloons.

Thanks to some national press from publications like the New York Times and Rolling Stone, word is out that the Green River Festival is one of the best festivals around. So let’s talk about what makes it so special — the music.

Previously announced acts include First Aid Kit, The Wood Brothers, The Devil Makes Three and Rhiannon Giddens. Joining them are a host of other musicians representing rock, blues, country, soul, Americana and more.

Three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo is one of the artists that will take the stage. Kidjo, a native of the West African country of Benin, is a major artist in international music with 13 albums to her credit. She has covered everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Carlos Santana and collaborated with the likes of Questlove, Dave Matthews and the Kronos Quartet. Her most recent project is a cover of Talking Heads’ classic album “Remain in Light.”

Also joining the lineup is The Record Company, a Grammy-nominated rock band out of Los Angeles that’s known for its gritty slide guitar, fuzzed-out bass and driving drums. The band just wrapped up a successful tour opening for Bob Seger.

If you were at the Green River Festival in 2016, you were probably blown away by the eight-piece soul outfit from Houston called The Suffers. The Suffers was such a hit that the group was invited back this year to play their “Gulf Coast soul.” The band’s varied influences make it much more than just a retro-soul band.

And if you want to talk about a must-see live band, the rockers Low Cut Connie from Philadelphia might be one of the greatest onstage bands working today. Led by piano playing singer Adam Weiner, a dynamic front man who will surely win over new fans at this year’s festival, Low Cut Connie is guaranteed to have the crowd dancing on the lawn. So will Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Alums of the jam band scene, vocalist and saxophone player Denson and his group will bring some much needed funk and soul to the festival.

While these are some of the headlining talents, you can also look forward to returning acts like the “queen of the minor key” Eilen Jewell, upbeat Bhanja band Red Baraat, and the lively Americana music of Upstate (formerly Upstate Rubdown.) Samantha Fish, Mipso, Lakou Mizik, Cedric Burnside, Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward, Session Americana and Ali McGuirk, LADAMA, The East Pointers, and Sean McConnell will also be on hand.

The festival organizers have always taken advantage of the great pool of talent we have in the Pioneer Valley, and this year they welcome The Suitcase Junket, Heather Maloney, Parsonsfield, Philip B. Price, The Gaslight Tinkers, Mamma’s Marmalade and The Stone Coyotes.

Tickets are $119.99 for the three-day weekend, $49.99 for just Friday, $69.99 for Saturday and $64.99 for Sunday. Children ages 10 and under are admitted for free.

A three-day pass with camping is $169.99, or guests can opt to add-on camping to their ticket prices for one night at $34.99 or for the weekend at $69.99. An RV pass is $120.00.

On-site parking passes are $10 per day, per car. A free shuttle from a nearby lot will also be available.

Purchase your tickets and parking passes, or view special hotel packages, at greenriverfestival.com. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 413-341-3317 or in person at 32 Masonic St. in Northampton. Box office hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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