LIVE: Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, 7/12/14 (Day One)

July 30th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Trombone Shorty And New Orleans Avenue

Trombone Shorty And Orleans Avenue

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

This year marked the 28th anniversary of the Green River Festival. Held in mid-July at the picturesque grounds of the Greenfield Community College – a two-hour drive from Albany – it featured more than 30 bands drawn from an array of genres worldwide.

Whereas other outdoor music events generate false hype, book predictable bands and/or cater to the lowest common denominator – the semi-coherent twentysomething who views the world through a selfie lens – the Green River Festival remains an eclectic, cordial, downright fun and affordable two-day gathering ($70 for the weekend!) that you could take your kids or grandparents to without hesitation. It is also a place of progressive ideas – throughout the site there are vendors promoting the arts, education, grass-roots causes concerning the environment (easy to use recycling bins did abound), etc. Add an eclectic choice of foods, hot air balloon rides, rock climbing walls, second-line parades, and new this year a fine selection of craft beers, and it is obvious why the festival sold out quickly.

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LIVE: The Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Day Two, 7/17/11

July 28th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
Wanda Jackson and Kevin Maul

Wanda Jackson and Kevin Maul

The first day of the Green River Festival was a blast, but Day Two promised to raise the level to new heights with line-up that included headliner Emmylou Harris, as well as also the one and only Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson.

The sun turned the fest into an almost impossible inferno of sweat for the thousands that came and wandered between the Main Stage, the Dance Tent stage and the aptly named Meltdown Stage. But no worries because the festival was complete with a hospitality tent providing large electric blower fans and plenty of water bottles for those feeling a bit faint, dehydrated or simply wiped out by the oppressive heat.

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

July 15th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
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.

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