A wide range of contemporary American musicians, from folk, alt-country and rockabilly to garage, punk and psych-folk bands, are scheduled to perform this summer at Chesterfest, a new Americana music series presented by Chesterwood in Stockbridge, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Chesterfest will kick off at 6:30pm tonight (July 11) with singer-songwriter Mikey Sweet (returning to Chesterfest for the second year), followed by the Picky Bastards. Local sponsors of Chesterfest include Tune Street, Toole Insurance and Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club.
The concerts will be held at Chesterwood on Friday evenings, rain or shine, from tonight through August 29. Solo artists perform at 6:30pm, followed by bands at 7:30pm. The grounds open at 6pm; attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Tickets are $10 per person; children under 18 are free. A glass of Wandering Star Craft Brewery beer, made in the Berkshires, is included with adult admission. Homemade snacks from Delicious Traditions and refreshments, including beer, will be available for purchase. More info: http://chesterwood.org/chesterfest-the-new-americana-music-festival-2014/