Nightcrawler: Apple Jame pairs a picnic with high-caliber acts; MTrain tour permanents derailed


The Apple Jam Roots Music Festival stems from what was once little more than a backyard picnic on a family property. On the back of the sonic spread that accompanied the annual Russell-based shindig, however, Apple has blossomed into a coveted festival stop for many a roots-music notable.

“Our goal was to create a music event where all ages could have an equal amount of fun,” explains organizer Caitlin Phelps as the 2015 installment — featuring Amy Helm and Spirit Family Reunion fresh off of Newport Folk, as well as nationally known Anders Osborne and homegrown talent including Bella’s Bartok, DPR, The Sun Parade, and The Primate Fiasco. “Fun and family shouldn’t be exclusive,” says Phelps. “People connect through music innately and that connection should be cultured and shared.”

The 2015 Apple Jam Festival will occur Aug. 21-23 at the Camp Moses Reservation in Russell. Tix range from $20 to $185, based on duration and amenities. For more information on the event or to obtain yours, kindly point your browser to

As the Apple Fest branches out with more acts and activities, the Full Tilt Boogie Music Festival — originally slated for Aug. 22 in Pownal, Vermont and boasting a bill that included ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, Blackberry Smoke, The Marshall Tucker Band and more, appears to be… all systems stop?

“Due to circumstances beyond our control and out of concern for the safety of the festival goers, we have decided to cancel the Full Tilt Boogie,” event organizers announced on Monday, Aug. 10. “While we regret this decision, it was made in the best interest of public safety. We anticipate being able to resolve this situation in the near future, but not in time for the festival.”

The statement went on to reveal that plans to have “a number of events” at the former Green Mountain Racetrack for 2016 were still moving forward. The Crawler will disseminate more information on that as news trickles out.

In other cancellation information, the recently rescheduled Meghan Trainor MTrain Tour at Mohegan Sun appears to have permanently derailed.

According to the Connecticut casino, the plug has now been pulled for the proposed make up date of Sept. 7 due to “re-aggravated damage to her vocal cord.”

“To my fans — I was being careful and taking precautions, but I have hemorrhaged my vocal cord again,” the singer added in a prepared release. “I got bronchitis and have been coughing a lot and that pushed it over the edge. Sadly, I will need to cancel the remainder of my tour and get surgery to finally fix this once and for all. I am devastated, scared and so sorry.”

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Gary Carra

Author: Gary Carra

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