Coming back for its 31st consecutive year, Green River Festival will make its anticipated return next month to Greenfield, Massachusetts this summer, on the weekend of July 14-16.
Presented by Signature Sounds, Green River has always been able to amass a hefty lineup of names, and this year they boast a truly amazing collection of acts, spread across four different stages. Friday night will be headlined by Grammy-winning, Cuban and rockabilly infused band The Mavericks, while Saturday night will get down with Lake Street Dive, who’s combination of supreme songwriting and live abilities have skyrocketed them over the last couple years into the musical stratosphere. Finally, closing out the festival on Sunday night will be none other than Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, one of the most improvisationally exciting jambands today.
Being situated in the upper Mass region, Green River does right to host its fair share of great bluegrass and Americana acts. Along with premier jamgrass group The Infamous Stringdusters, the festival will host acts like sensational duos like Mandolin Orange, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, and world touring artists like The Sweetback Sisters, Pokey LaFarge, and others.
The festival hits a cool spread of other genres, from funk to indie rock, with sets from legends like The Funky Meters and Big Sam’s Funky Nation, as well as breakout artists such as Houndmouth, Darlingside, Chicano Batman, and more. Also this year, the festival will be debuting the Next Wave Stage, which on Friday night will feature five up-and-coming, 18-and-under music acts from Western Massachusetts.
The New York Times listed Green River as one of the “50 Essential Summer Music Festivals,” and while the stacked lineup helps, there’s a lot that goes into that: a family-friendly, peaceful atmosphere; an array of vendors providing some of the best local crafts, food, beer and wine; dance tents, hot air balloon rides, kids activities and plenty more.
For more info and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website at https://www.greenriverfestival.com
Written by Miles Hurley
Photograph courtesy of JD Cohen