Summer 2010 Blues & Roots Festival Rundown

By Mike Mellor
June 2010

Every year as winter tightens its cruel grip on Massachusetts, I meet new Boston transplants who curse ever moving to a harsh land of gloomy skies, bitter winds, freezing rain and black snow. My response to them is always the same:

“Just wait until May.”

Yeah, four months of the year around here suck, and the months of November and April have their brutal moments, too. But I suffer it every year without complaint because, quite honestly, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else between Memorial Day and Labor Day than right here in Massachusetts.

The weather is impeccable and the landscape is gorgeous. The roads are clear of school bus congestion and the T is virtually college-kid free. The daily grind of Red Sox baseball ties the community together. There are beaches, lakes, ponds, forests and trails for our enjoyment. Outdoor arts performances and festivals pop up across the region like brush fires.

For four months of the year we may have the best quality of life in the world, and after a particularly blustery and wet winter where we got a near-hurricane in February (that T-Model Ford played through, I might add), it is our responsibility as good timing people to live up Summer '10 to the max.

Why not plan a day trip or a weekend around one of the many New England blues and roots festivals? Why, all the information you need is just below.


4TH ANNUAL BAYOU N' BOOGIE FESTIVAL
When Dat: Memorial Day Weekend (May 29-31)
Where Dat: Rehoboth, MA
Who Dere: CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, Li'l Freddie King, more
bayounboogiefest.com


JOE'S JAZZ AND BLUES FEST
When: June 19-27
Where: All across Somerville
Who: Peter Parcek 3, Brendan Hogan, Ben Monder, many more
http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/10_joesBluesfest.htm


WESTFORD ROOTS, RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL
When: Sat June 26
Where: Westford, MA
Who: James Montgomery, Prof. Harp, The Love Dogs, more
https://westford-bluesfest.ticketleap.com/buy-tickets/music/westford-blues-fest/westford/89C37FDA-0908-48BA-9B61-D0275514E51


NORTH ATLANTIC BLUES FESTIVAL
When: Sat & Sun July 10 & 11
Where: Rockland, ME
Who: James Cotton, Keb' Mo', Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Rawls, more
www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com


GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL
When: Sat & Sun July 17 & 18
Where: Greenfield, MA
Who: Old Crow Medicine Show, Allen Toussaint, The Felice Brothers, more
www.greenriverfestival.com


24TH ANNUAL LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL
When: Fri-Sun July 23-25
Where: Lowell, MA
Who: TBA, but sure to be stellar
www.lowellfolkfestival.org/


ONSET BAY ASSOCIATION BLUES FESTIVAL
When: Sat August 7
Where: Onset, MA
Who: TBA
http://www.onsetvillage.com


WHITE MOUNTAIN BOOGIE AND BLUES FESTIVAL
When: Fri-Sun August 20-22
Where: Thornton, NH
Who: Elvin Bishop. Joe Louis Walker, Ronnie Baker Brooks, more
www.whitemountainboogie.com


9TH ANNUAL BLUES 'N' BREWS FESTIVAL
When: Sat August 21
Where: Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Westford, MA
Who: TBA
www.bluesnbrews.com


NORTH RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL
When: Sat & Sun August 21 & 22
Where: Marshfield Fairgrounds, Marshfield, MA
Who: Tommy Castro Band, Guitar Shorty, Mannish Boys, more
www.rhythmroomrecords.com/musicfestivals.php


GREEN HARBOR ROOTS AND BLUES FESTIVAL
When: Sun August 29
Where: Marshfield Fairgrounds, Marshfield, MA
Who: Chubby Carrier, Los Fabulocos, Memphis Rockabilly, more
www.rhythmroomrecords.com/musicfestivals.php


RHYTHM & ROOTS FESTIVAL
When: Sat-Mon September 3-5
Where: Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI
Who: Marcia Ball, Geoff Muldaur and the Texas Sheiks, Danny Banes Trio, more
www.rhythmandroots.com

We'll run this same list in next month's newsletter with more information as it becomes available, so check back with us, yeah?

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