The festival will be held June 7 through 10, featuring four days of concerts and activities. Begin with headliners the Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show, add concert favorites such as Hayes Carll and Mary Gauthier, and mix it all up with lots of regional and local talent.
Under the experienced leadership of Lauren Freedman Whittlesey, and the sponsorship this year of Greater Rock Fitness, the Saturday tent will include activities all day for children, as well as healthy snacks.
This year’s theme is the carnival games. Whether playing games, listening to a story, or making their own festival T-shirts, the kids have a great time, as do the adult and teen supervisors.
The festival will kick off at 33 Bridge Street. The Regional Artists Showcase this year will feature Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, Vermonters Bow Thayer and Perfect Train Wreck, and Waylon Speed, who promises to shake the very foundations of the old brick factory walls.
The first of Friday’s nine sets throughout town will be presented by Tall Heights. Come down to “The Square” to catch their act, then wander around and catch Michael Hertz, an old friend of the festival playing vocal and instrumental favorites for all to enjoy.
On Popolo’s Restaurant deck behind the Hotel Windham, catch The Break Maids and a lively, foot-tapping set. Wrapping up the open-air shows downstreet is Dan Weber, coming in from Portland, OR.
The Bellows Falls Farmers’ Market is not only the scene of two more Friday sets, but also the non profit partner for the festival.
Other open-air shows include festival veteran Phil Bosley, who will offer his own material this year, and the Crunchy Western Boys.
Moving to the Big Tent at the Everyday Inn, Friday evening’s performances include the first of the Canadian artists, Brock Zeman, along with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and Danielle Miraglia.
The Big Tent show on Saturday includes eight sets of some remarkable acts, many festival favorites.
Hot Mustard, Roger Marin Band, and Barnstar!, making a rare appearance, Melissa Ferrick, and Steel Wheels will get the afternoon off to a good start.
Red Molly returns to the festival this year, as does the ever-popular Hayes Carll.
All this leads up to the Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show taking the stage with music and stories that draw fans from around the world.
Sunday features the popular all-acoustic concert at the Rockingham Meeting House. Opening for Eaglesmith will be Mary Gauthier, a favorite at this venue.
A new feature has been added following the traditional hockey game, a “Farmers’ Rock” farewell ball at Harlow Farmstand, merchant bingo, and end-of-show announcements.
For more information visit http://vermontfestivalsllc.com or call (802) 463-9595.