A Freshgrass Kind Of Sunday

I was lucky enough to attend both full days (there is a small line-up on Friday evening which I was unable to attend) of the Freshgrass Festival in the Berkshires. Saturday was a long but fabulous day, and Sunday was no less than that.

Martha Redbone and Abigail Washburn back stage - I love their smiles!!!

Martha Redbone and Abigail Washburn back stage – I love their smiles!!!

In fact, I was more excited about Sunday’s line-up. (Click here for my review of Saturday.)

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Mind-Blowing Music at Lizard Lounge

This was the sixth time I’ve seen Club d’Elf this year at Lizard Lounge, and it was quite possibly the best – up to now! Okay, I am a bit biased because David Tronzo is a friend and whenever he appears with the band I try to attend.

David Tronzo

David Tronzo

Club d’Elf does a (mostly) bi-weekly residency at Lizard Lounge and has a devoted following.

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You Need to See Gangstagrass!

I am in love with Gangstagrass!  There, I’ve said it… This writer, who has seen a lot of bluegrass bands but never a hip-hop band, loves the hip-hop bluegrass that is Gangstagrass!

R-Son the Voice of Reason and Dolio the Sleuth

R-Son the Voice of Reason and Dolio the Sleuth

They performed to a less than sold-out, but very enthusiastic, crowd at Church of Boston on Saturday night. Read the rest of this entry

Wisewater Entertained and Enchanted

I expected the Wisewater show to be a good one at an Extended Play Session for Alternate Root TV; one of the members, Forrest O’Connor, is the son of fiddler extraordinaire Mark O’Connor. This review will not focus on that, other than to say Forrest’s apple lands right under his father’s tree yet he is a completely different musician.

Wisewater

Wisewater

Wisewater bills itself as country pop; while that is accurate, I bristle at the term ‘pop’ so I won’t use it here. Read the rest of this entry

My First Day at the Freshgrass Festival

Where do I start about a day when I heard thirteen different bands (I know, there were 14 bands that day but I ended up leaving before the headliner started)?

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Bubble Time at Joe’s Field!

As I wrote in my initial thoughts on the Freshgrass Festival, this is a well curated festival, featuring bluegrass, newgrass, psychograss, country, and everything in between. Some acts were well-known, such as Sam Bush and The Infamous Stringdusters, while others were not as well-known, like Cricket Tell The Weather and The Deedle Deedle Dees. All have the kind of talent that brought them to New England for a bluegrass festival. Read the rest of this entry

Foot-Stompin’, Loud-Hollerin’ Roots Extravaganza at Alternate Root TV

Alternate Root TV announced that roots musicians The Howlin’ Brothers will be the guest artist at an Extended Play session on Tuesday, September 30th at 7 pm. Their music offers a modern twist on old-timey music.

The Howlin' Brothers Official Poster

The Howlin’ Brothers Official Poster

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What A Voyage With Eric Harland Voyager!

Eric Harland Voyager played to a sold-out crowd at Cambridge’s Regattabar earlier this week; this is a bit unusual for mid-week shows at this venue, and is a testament to the incredible musicianship of Eric and his quintet.

Eric Harland

Eric Harland

I had not heard Eric’s music before this show and was very excited to be in the audience. Read the rest of this entry

North of Nashville Wowed

I love the name of the band North of Nashville that is based quite a bit north of Nashville in Portland, Maine. I also love the band!

North of Nashville

North of Nashville

Last Friday night, we were treated to a wonderful show by this band at an Extended Play Session for Alternate Root TV.

North of Nashville

North of Nashville

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Alternate Root TV Presents A Son Of Nashville

Alternate Root TV announced that Americana/pop duo Wisewater will be the guest artist at an Extended Play session on Friday, September 26th at 7 pm. Even though Forrest O’Connor is not based in Nashville at this time, his roots are there.

Wisewater Official Poster

Wisewater Official Poster

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Initial Musings on the Freshgrass Festival

While it’s fresh in my mind, I want to tell you a little bit about the fourth annual Freshgrass Festival, held each September in North Adams, Massachusetts at Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art). I have not had a chance to look at the 1,500 photos I took, so those will follow in my full review.

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