The Lowell Festival Foundation is a non-profit that promotes and enriches cultural life in Greater Lowell through musical, social, and educational programming. Every summer they produce the Lowell Folk Festival and the Lowell Summer Music Series.
These events have significant positive effects on the local economy, the quality of life for residents of Greater Lowell and beyond, and support the City of Lowell’s reputation as a center for arts and culture.
For three decades, generous supporters have helped to sustain these events and Treasure the Traditions. New in 2017, the two programs have joined forces and the fundraiser will benefit both events. Will you join them?
Suggested Donation: $50 includes hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, entertainment, silent auction, & raffles.
To purchase tickets, click on the logo below, and thank you!
[Boston, MA – February 21, 2017] “It’s been a busy and rich quarter century for the creative youth development East Boston nonprofit ZUMIX. Founded in 1991, its leaders set out to empower youth through music to make strong positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world. At the 25 year mark, ZUMIX celebrates many milestones including serving over 10,000 youth and becoming the “second home” for many; winning the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2011, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama; expanding into its 3-floor Firehouse location which houses its many types of music instruction, a state of the art recording studio and an all ages live concert venue; and in September 2016, after 10 years of streaming its youth radio station online, launched 94.9 ZUMIX Radio, a community radio station. Further, last year Boston Landmark’s Orchestra commissioned Grammy-nominated composer Gonzalo Grau to work with ZUMIX students over 8 months, culminating with a live concert performance on Boston’s Hatch Shell.
On Friday I was privileged to be in the audience at the Regent Theatre for a fundraiser for Folk New England (FNE), an organization dedicated to preserving the music and the ephemera of the folk revival movement in New England. The size of the audience was smaller than the organization and artists deserved, but hopefully the great enthusiasm made up for it.
The evening started with brief welcome speeches by Betsy Siggins, founding director of FNE and Brian Quinn, Executive Director of FNE.
On Friday, June 5, 2015, Patty Larkin, a favorite musician of many in the Boston area, will headline a concert at The Regent Theatre in Arlington (click here for tickets) to raise funds for the important organization, Folk New England. Also on the bill are Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, as well as Tumbling Bones.
I had the opportunity to speak with Betsy Siggins, the founder and director of Folk New England – what an incredible experience! I was not familiar with Betsy but I should have been. She has been a fixture, albeit behind the scenes to a great extent, on the ‘folk revival’ scene in Cambridge, Washington (DC), and New York for 50+ years. She has been interested in the world of folk music since her childhood, and has many stories to tell.