36 musicians in 17 regional bands play original classical and pop, jazz originals and standards, country and folk, classical and pizzicato cello, rock, groove, & funk. Donate once and wear your purple sticker with pride!
Walk or bike from parlors to patios in downtown Montague Center to hear a fabulous musical lineup:
John Lentz & Friends
John keeps alive the blues-based vocal tradition of American jazz music. NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan said, “I really dig your voice, man!” He is joined by well-known musicians Bill Winslow (piano) and Michael Suter (bass). [House A]
Joe's songwriting is melodic and often moody, and his guitar playing starts to tell a story even before he starts to sing the first lyric. [House A]
Orkestar Banitsa Trio
Orkestar Banitsa Trio performs traditional dance music from the Balkans—Bulgaria, Macedonaia, Serbia, Greece—in many styles on clarinet, accordion, percussion, and vocals. They are Becky Ashenden, Addie Rose Holland, and Gawain Thomas. [House B]
Louise is “like listening to Patty Griffin and Susan Tedeschi at the same time. Highlight of the 30A Songwriter Festival." - Central Square Records, Seaside Florida. [House B]
Hear solo original (13 albums worth) rock & roll from an old guy with a beat-up guitar (1965 Silvertone electric). Ray's tunes follow no trend while keeping an upward slide on the songwriting scale. [House B]
World Eaters play polyrhythmic psych-punk with horns. Where punk, psych & metal meet cumbia, Afro, taqsim, free-jazz, and more. Members of Shokazoba, Vimana, and Holy Vex. [House C]
Vimana translates the current state of politics, crises, and unrest into an instrumental melodic context that weaves into militant psychedelic rock, astral jazz, Asian funk, and a little something else. They are Brian Rodrigues, Bruce Todd, and Leo Hwang. [House C]
The True Jacqueline
They are sometimes melodic, sometimes noisy, but always LOUD! Kate (bass), Noah (guitar), and Brian (drums) will rock you with their noise-pop originals. [House C]
The frost heaves and hales.
Sinuous and/or serrated, shaken, stirred, eclectic rock that rolls. Also, their lyrics don't suck... or as the Daily Hampshire Gazette put it: "Lines pop out as though in 3D." [House C]
One Part Luck
Love, the devil, God and home, wrapped in sweet harmony, delivered with humor and heart. John and Peg bring original songs, backed by guitar, bass, banjo, harmonica and ukulele. Old timey, but not! [House D]
Pat & Tex LaMountain
Pat & Tex are “upbeat and rhythmic, inspirational and catchy.” In addition to their originals, Pat & Tex perform American standards, swing tunes, folk, rock, jazz, bluegrass, gospel, and country classics. [House D]
A one-man-band formerly know as Born Petrified, BB Leowolf is a down-home rock-and-roll player who plays too many things at once. [House D]
They are Mark Fraser (cello), Norman Bolter (trombone), and Matthew Duncan (piano/accordion). Fraser is a founding member of the Adaskin String Trio. Bolter is a founding member of the Empire Brass. Duncan hasn’t founded anything, but he’s very happy to be included. Their eclectic program will include original compositions as well as arrangements from the classical reperatoire. [House E]
Gary & Amanda (father and daughter) have played music together since Amanda was a young child. Gary is an exceptional jazz pianist, and Amanda sings along on their favorite standards from the 30s and 40s, as well as some more contemporary tunes. [House E]
Blu-Groove plays instrumental arrangements of blues, jazz, funk, and soul tunes featuring the improvisation, groove, and spontaneity of the jam band and soul jazz movements. [House E]
Michael performs new classical compositions and arrangements for sevens string banjar. He has recorded for the PBS series American Experience, independent documentaries, and numerous CD projects. Nix designed the banjar, a modern seven-string banjo that combines elements of five-string banjo and classical guitar. [House F]
Stephen sings and plays mostly original compositions on cello and guitar. His groove-driven music is made possible by a strumming approach he calls “Flying Pizzicato.” The results are contrapuntal, multi-voiced textures that have been described as being both easy and impossible at the same time. [House F]
Rain or shine! (If it rains, venues move indoors.)
Ticket cost? It's up to you -- the musicians receive all profits from the festival, so we encourage donations of $10-$15 for this day of music & camaraderie.
Map and schedule at www.MONTAGUEMUSIC.org
Pick up a map or schedule at the Montague Common Hall the day of the festival; 34 Main Street.