Festival Fever: The Green River Festival, 7/16-17/11

Emmy Lou Harris and Toots and the Maytals
Emmylou Harris and Toots and the Maytals

The Green River Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend, and they’re doin’ it up big with a whale of a two-fest musical party.

Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Toots & the Maytals, NRBQ, Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bees, the Old 97’s

Yes, the musical line-up is mind-boggling, but there’s plenty of other activities going on, too, including hot air balloon shows (both days), a giant puppet parade (5:10pm on Saturday), food, crafts, dancing and a wide array of kids activities.

It all takes place on the campus of Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, Mass. Tix at the gate are $55 per day. But you have until 10pm tonight to buy advance tix – $65 for both days, or $45 per day.

Here’s the schedule for Saturday on the Main Stage:
1pm: Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers
2pm: Terry Adams’ new NRBQ
3pm: Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
4:10pm: The Carolina Chocolate Drops
5:30pm: The Old 97’s
6:55pm: Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bees
8:30pm: Toots & the Maytals

And that’s just on the Main Stage. There are two other stages jam-packed with great music all day long, too. Bands like Bella’s Bartok, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Rubblebucket, Locos Por Juana and lots more.

Then on Sunday, the Main Stage schedule looks like this:
12:30pm: The Two Man Gentleman Band
12:55pm: Patty Larkin
1:40pm: The Pine Leaf Boys
2:40pm: Wanda Jackson
3:45pm: Eilen Jewell
5pm: JJ Grey & MoFro
6:25pm: Emmylou Harris

And the other stages on Sunday keep the music pumpin’ with Grupo Fantasma, Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, Sacred Shakers and Alchemystics, to name just a few.


The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 14-17
Canalfest @ Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction, July 16, FREE
SAWFest @ Salem Art Works, Salem, July 16
Troy Pig Out @ Riverfont Park, Troy, July 16-17, FREE
Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, July 16-17
The Big Up @ Sunnyview Farm, Ghent, July 28-30
Bluestock Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, August 26-28
Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17-18, FREE

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