The sprawling, 100-plus-acre sculpture park of Salem Art Works is pretty much worth the price of admission all by itself, but once a year, the SAW folks throw a big rock & roll bash with a mix of Local 518 faves and regional headliners from beyond the area code.
The seventh annual SAWFest took place earlier this month, co-sponsored by WEQX-FM and LARAC. It’s a bit off the beaten path, and let’s face it, you may have missed it simply because the weekend was super-saturated with outdoor music fests – the Grey Fox Bluegrass Fest, Bellstock, the Green River Fest, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest, the Americanarama Festival of Music and the Rosendale Street Festival, to name a few.
Salem Art Works sculpture park in Salem is hosting its seventh annual SAWFest Music Festival on Saturday (July 20). Co-sponsored by WEQX-FM and LARAC, the outdoor fest will offer a diverse musical mix, headlined by Maine’s veteran rockers the Rustic Overtones, who are currently celebrating their 20th anniversary.
Yes, we’ve already posted the official music video for Railbird’s new track, “Jump Ship” (with special guest appearances by Sean Rowe and Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel), but intrepid local music uber-fan and regular Nippertown contributor Timothy Reidy captured Railbird’s cool live performance of the song from SAWFest at the Salem Art Works in Salem earlier this month – with Barthel once again sitting in.
NAME: Anthony Fallacaro
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, vocals
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Garth Brooks’ “The Hits”! That’s Garth Brooks’ greatest hits right there – hilarious. I was five or six at the time, and my family was down in New York City. We stopped at a music store in Times Square, and I got the okay to pick out one CD for myself. I picked it because the album art looked cool. I ended up digging Garth anyways… but not Chris Gaines.
Salem Art Works, the sprawling 119 acre rural arts center in Salem, is gearing up for its sixth annual SAWFest this weekend, and you can bet that the hills will come alive with the sound of music. Just don’t expect to see Julie Andrews dancing across the grounds…
The one-day outdoor music festival is expanding this year with the addition of a second stage, which will host solo singer-songwriters.
SAWFest kicks off at 5pm on Saturday, and the music on both stages will continue into the night. But never fear – overnight camping on the arts center grounds is FREE. So come, stay late and spend the night.
Tix are available now, priced at $20; children under 12 $5.
Here’s the line-up of performers for the 2012 SAWFest:
The sixth annual SAWFest Music Festival will take place on the 119-acre grounds of the Salem Art Works in Salem on Saturday, August 18. The outdoor, rain-or-shine fest is scheduled to begin at 5pm. Food and beverages will be available throughout the fest, and free overnight camping is also available on site.
The musical line-up for this year’s SAWFest runs the gamut from rock to electronic to indie, and features the following bands:
SAWFest, the annual music festival, takes place on the grounds of the Salem Art Works in Salem on Saturday. It kicks off at 11:30am and goes all day long. It’s a rain-or-shine event, and free camping is available on site. Food and beverages will also be available throughout the fest.
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