The arrival of June, increasing heat, and commencement here at UMass Boston all add up to one thing for me: It’s the start of the festival season!
New England is blessed with a wonderfully wide range of summer music festivala. Some of them focus on a single musical genera. The Mystic Seaport’s annual Sea Music Festival is really kind of self explanatory. The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, as well as many others in the region, focus on this most American of musical styles. Fans of contemporary folk singer/songwriters flock to the Falcon Ridge Festival year after year. Looking for more traditional styles, look no further than the Old Songs festival just over the border in New York State.
The Lowell Folk Festival and the American Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine, both offshoots of the National Folk Festival, feature a panoply of the music of our countries immigrant cultures. Some festival, however, are rather more eclectic in nature.
The New Bedford Folk Festival (formerly Summerfest) covers the waterfront, so to speak. From very traditional and Celtic to blues, bluegrass, guitar virtuosos, and many well known performing songwriters as well. For a preview of this year’s New Bedford festival, tune to Acoustic Sunrise on Sunday Morning, June 23rd when Alan and Helene Korolenko, Artistic Directors of the festival will be my guests. We’ll be previewing the festival with music by as many of the artists as we can fit in. And don’t forget to look for the WUMB table at the festival, plus, I’ll be the large guy with the white beard hosting the Whaling Museum stage this year.
You can also look for WUMB at the venerable Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. It is one of the most prestigious festivals of any kind in the country and we are pleased to be associated with it again this year.
While it’s is not exactly a music festival you’ll also see WUMB at selected performance in the Lowell Summer Music series. And you can expect to find information on the free music series we are doing during the month of August in conjunction with the Berklee College of Music here on the website shortly.
All and all, it looks to be a great summer of music, I hope you get out and enjoy some.