The festival before the festival

  • Trailer Park Plays the Pre-Fest Fest at the Energy Park in Greenfield on Thursday night kicking off the weekend of live music in Greenfield. July 12, 2017. Staff FILE Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 7/11/2019 8:30:09 AM

Before the Green River Festival’s headliners take the main stage Friday evening, three local bands will step onto a slightly smaller stage on Thursday at the Pre-Fest Fest at Greenfield’s Energy Park.

The Pre-Fest Fest is hosted annually by The Progress for Partnership, a nonprofit that promotes downtown Greenfield. The event was first held by the organization two years ago in 2017. There is no charge for admission and food from vendors including Bart’s Ice Cream, Crooked Stick Popsicles, Rise Above Bakery, Magpie Pizza and The Kiwanis Club will be available at cost. Local breweries including The People’s Pint, Arisan Beverage Coop, Brick and Feather Brewery and Black Birch Brewery, will also be on hand.

For those camping at the Franklin County Fairgrounds over the weekend’s duration, a trolley service will shuttle festival goers on Thursday back-and-forth to downtown Greenfield.

Doors to the Pre-Fest Fest will open at 5 p.m.

An hour later, Ona Canoa, a Shelburne-based trio comprised of Chelsie Field (baritone ukulele and vocals), Eliza Hollister (flute and vocals) and Tess Burdick (guitar and vocals) will perform folksy songs featuring three-part harmonies. Following that performance, Mamma’s Marmalade, a newgrass band from Northampton, will take the stage. According to a press statement, Mamma’s Marmalade puts a fresh take on conventional bluegrass music.

Closing out the evening, Old Flame, also from Northampton, performs gritty rock with raspy vocals. Emma Ayres sings lead vocals. Sam Perry, Ken Birchall, Hannah Rose and Nate Mondschein are also in the group. The band recently released its first debut-length album, “Young And In Debt.”

Just down the street at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center, indie pop icons Deerhoof, Blank Spell and Western Mass. punks Carinae, Hot Dirt and Tundrastomper will put on a pre-festival concert at 8 p.m.

Downtown performances will wrap up Thursday by 9:30 p.m., giving way to the Green River Festival, which will be held Friday through Sunday at Greenfield Community College.

Andy Castillo can be reached at

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