FESTIVAL FEVER: Round-Up of This Weekend’s Music Festivals

June 23rd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Mountain Jam

So many festivals crammed into one weekend...

Photograph by Dan Hogan

The summer festival fever is bustin’ out all over. Big-time. Here’s a round-up of the festival scene for this weekend:

TODAY (FRIDAY, JUNE 23)

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OLD SONGS FOLK FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
4pm
Featuring “Forward into Light: The American Women’s Suffrage Movement in New York State in Song and Story,” the Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen, Tom Lewis, the Short Sisters, the Waxwing Four, the Jeremiahs, Keith Murphy, Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes, Joe Jencks & Si Kahn, John Roberts

SOLID SOUND
MASS MoCA, North Adams
6:30pm
Featuring Wilco, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Nancy & Beth, Dawn of MIDI, Alloy Orchestra, DJ Funkhauser

QWERTY FESTIVAL OF TYPE & THE LETTER ARTS
The Greenville Drive-In, Greenville
6:30pm
Featuring live music by the multi-talented Brian Dewan and a screening of the documentary, “Helvetica”

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SATURDAY (JUNE 24)

OLD SONGS FOLK FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
9am
Featuring Anne Hills, Fiesta del Norte, Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris, Archie Fisher, Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet, Alash, Pat Donohue, the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio, the Press Gang, more

FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
12noon
Featuring Chaka Khan, Jacob Collier, Jean-Luc Ponty, Cecile McLorin Salvant, The Suffers, Dave Stryker Organ Quartet, Barbara Fasano, Jack Broadbent, Shabaka & the Ancestors, the Arub Ortiz Trio

SOLID SOUND
MASS MoCA, North Adams
12noon
Featuring Wilco, Kurt Vile & the Violators, the Robert Glasper Experiment, Television, Kevin Morby, Bread & Puppet Theater, Peter Wolf, Deep Sea Diver, Big Thief, The Shaggs, Joan Shelley, Kacy & Clayton, the Jeff Parker Trio, the Alloy Orchestra, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, John Hodgman, Nick Offerman, Jim Elkington, DJ Funkhauser, Michelle Buteau, Eugene Mirman, the Show Show with Jean Grae and DJ Quelle Chris, the Story Pirates, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Max Hatt & Edda Glass, Hari Kondabolu, more

QWERTY FESTIVAL OF TYPE & THE LETTER ARTS
The Greenville Drive-In, Greenville
3:30pm
Featuring live music by the Boston Typerwriter Orchestra and a screening of the documentary, “California Typewriter.”

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SUNDAY (JUNE 25)

OLD SONGS FOLK FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
9am
Featuring Bill Spence, Roger the Jester, the Great Groove Band, Joel Eckhaus & Tim Findlen, Debra Cowan & Margaret Walters, Jamcrackers, GX3+, more

SOLID SOUND
MASS MoCA, North Adams
11:15am
Featuring Tweedy & Friends, Nels Cline Four, Quindar, the Autumn Defense, On Fillmore, Gustafer Yellowgold, Max Hatt & Edda Glass, Daniel Bachman, Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids, Mark Bittman, Andy Shauf, the Story Pirates

FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
12noon
Featuring Gipsy Kings, Maceo Parker with the Ray Chalres Orchestra, Hudson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Quinn Sullivan, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days, Blind Boy Paxton, the Noah Preminger/Jason Palmer Quartet

THE BIG HOWL FESTIVAL
Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction
3pm
Featuring Everest Rising, The Nellies, Rusticator