I would not have known the Brooklyn Folk Festival existed were it not for the publicist. I might have known if I lived in New York, but I do not. I am grateful to that publicist because I was introduced to some fine people – musicians, a writer, and a filmmaker – who enriched my life.
This three-day festival celebrated its ninth year with a large diverse crowd, ranging from families with babies to older people who lived through the folk revival movement of the 1950s and 1960s.The musicians were as diverse as the audience; there was an 11-year old girl playing a mean banjo and there was Jim Kweskin who was part of the folk revival movement.
Another personal and crowd favorite returns to the Lowell Summer Music Series and I am excited that he will appear for the third time on Friday, August 18th! I cannot see Buddy Guy too often and if you have not yet seen this living legend, make it a point to be at Boarding House Park this night.
I have had the privilege to see Dan Whitener, the terrific banjo player with hip-hop bluegrass band Gangstagrass as well as with the newgrass band Man About a Horse, a number of times (only with Gangstagrass) and thoroughly enjoy his style and versatility. I am thrilled to review his new solo album, Crossover.
Bruce Hornsby has delivered three excellent performances at the Lowell Summer Music Series and I am excited that he will appear for the fourth time on Thursday, August 31st! He is a consistently fine performer and you should take this opportunity to see him again if you have seen him in the past and if you have not, you should see him for your first time at a venue he enjoys!
Although there are still three concerts remaining to be announced, the Lowell Summer Music Series has set the price for the season pass and it is now for sale!
What a deal it is! The average price of the shows is $44 but with a season pass it is under $29. The pass is priced at $488 and is available here.
Join me for my 11th consecutive year as a season pass holder. This year’s lineup is spectacular!
It has been several years since Ryan Montbleau has appeared at the Lowell Summer Music Series but I am delighted that he and his band will return on Saturday, July 22nd! I have seen him a number of times since then and, regardless of whether he is solo or with a band, he always delivers a terrific show!