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Saturday, July 24, 2021

6 NE Music Celebrates Gas Only A Tank Away

Don’t have the energy, inclination or cash to get on an airplane and fly to one of those concerts that’s as big as a city? We got you Here are six New England celebrations you can achieve with a tank of gas.

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Somerville; 24 July

Miles from Boston: 1


If you’re still looking for your first concert in more than a year, how about a one-day outdoor festival to celebrate the return of live music to Somerville’s new venue at Boynton Yards? Yes! So glad you’re down for it. Local food, local beer, rock ‘n’ roll from Shallow Pool including local bands, the Lady Pills and a dozen other artists.

Quincy-based band Shallow Pool. photo courtesy artist management

Green River Festival

Greenfield; August 27-29

Miles from Boston: 122


This has become our Coachella, because, wait, it’s better than Coachella. Skip all those mega-fests and check out a lineup that makes aesthetic sense and still gets thrilled by pairing national names with worthy locals. A cross section of 2021 talent at Green River: Dear Tick, Twisted Pine, John Battist, Valerie June, Annie DiFranco, Ali McGuirk, Rebirth Brass Band, Chris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault.

Ali McGuirk. Photo by Ben Collins, Courtesy Artist

Rhythm and Roots Festival

Charlestown, RI; September 3-5

Miles from Boston: 90


From Creole to Cajun, it has it all. what you want more? OK, how about folk, funk and rock? Hosted by Our Neighbors to the South, this little jam kicks back with a set of Donna the Buffalo, John Hyatt, local piano expert Veronica Lewis, Ward Hayden and the Outliers, and another score.

Veronica Lewis. photo courtesy artist management

Drublic. in punk

Worcester; September 25

Miles from Boston: 47

The people at NOFX dig punk rock and good beer. They are guessing that many of you feel the same way. Punk, ska, hardcore, and craft beer come together in this one-day party that includes Mighty Mighty Bosstone, Pennywise, Get Dead, and more.


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North Adams; September 24-26

Miles from Boston: 145


The 10th Anniversary Bluegrass Fest at the MASS MoCA hosts traditionalists and innovators (Dispatch, Sarah Jaros, Bella Fleck, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue…) on four stages across the museum’s 16-acre campus. Other cool things include FreshScore (a silent film with original live music), Freshgrass commissions and world premieres, and equipment and industry workshops.

Trombone Shorty. promotional release

Town and the City Festival

Lovell; October 22-23

Miles from Boston: 30


I think it was Jack Kerouac who said, “Why can’t we have a rager in our hometown with young and great acts like Avolfo, Robin Lane, Senseless Optimism, Tim Hall and load and load more?” OK, I made it. But I didn’t make it: Lowell’s motto is “art is the slave of human good,” and this celebration meets it. Celebrate Kerouac, art and music at event spaces, bars, cafes and galleries throughout the city.

Band Evolfo. Photo by Will Fifordi, Courtesy Band Management

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