Your guide to the 30th Green River Festival (July 8-10)




Peter Wolf
Dustbowl Revival
Charles Neville
Ola Fresca
Mariachi Flor De Toloache


Shakey Graves
Shovels & Rope
The Suffers
The Felice Brothers
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
And The Kids
Dustbowl Revival
The Soul Rebels
Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers
Anthony D’Amato
Leland Sundries
Oh Pep!
Mister G
Peter Mulvey & The Crumbling Beauties
Present Raindogs
The Alchemystics
Lux Deluxe
Hannah & Maggie
Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Lula Wiles
Sumner & Moss


Tedeschi Trucks Band
Los Lobos
North Mississippi All Stars
Birds of Chicago
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Margo Price
Sonya Kitchell
Bridget Kearney & Benjamin Lazar Davis
The Railsplitters
Upstate Rubdown
Mikey Sweet
Mal Devisa
A musical tribute to Jeff Martell



Getting In
— Full weekend (3-day) pass: $119
— Saturday and Sunday (2-day) pass: $99
— Saturday or Sunday (1-day) pass: $64.99
— Friday pass: $29.99
— 3-day pass w/ camping: $149
— 3-day pass w/ premium camping: $199
— RV pass: $99
— Parking pass: $10/day
Children under 10 get in free.
Passes cannot be shared between people.
No refunds. The festival is rain or shine.All passes are available online, and in-person (by cash or check only) at:
— The Parlor Room Box Office (Noho)
— Turn It Up! (Noho, Brattleboro, Keene)
— World Eye Bookshop (Greenfield)

Friday: Parking opens at 3 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Music from 5-11 p.m.
Saturday: Parking opens at 11 a.m. Gates open at noon. Music from 12:30-11 p.m.
Sunday: Parking opens at 11 a.m. Gates open at noon. Music from 12:30-8 p.m.

Parking passes cost $10 per vehicle per day and are sold online as well as in-person where tickets are sold. Any parking passes not sold in advance will be available for purchase at the festival. If parking passes sell out, free satellite parking will become available, and free shuttles will run to and from satellite parking throughout the day.

— Your tickets (Duh. Seriously, though.)
— Cash
— Personal ID, medical documentation
— Beach umbrella, blanket
— Small, low-backed folding chairs
— Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, bandannas
— Rain gear, extra shoes, camera
— DEET-free bug spray
— Food, drink, and refillable water bottles
— Your friend Brian, who’s always whining that he doesn’t do anything cool anymore
— Your friend Kathy, who’s always had a thing for Brian

Don’t bring:
— Pets (service animals excepted)
— Tents (on the concert grounds)
— Rolling coolers, glass containers
— Alcohol (they’ve got plenty)
— Weapons, fireworks, illegal substances
— Drones
— Motorized vehicles
— Nickleback T-shirts


Festival camping is available at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.
Camping passes include:
— Access to 40 acres of flat open camping area, with RV electric hook-ups, bathrooms, and showers, from Friday at noon until Monday at noon
— A weekend festival pass
— Parking with free shuttle buses to and from Greenfield Community College

FOOD! and more:
Meals, desserts, and beverages — including beer, wine, and cider — from local vendors.
Four hot air balloon launches.
Children’s music performers and a kids’ activity tent.
The Makers Market, featuring handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing, face painting, henna, and massage therapy.

The Bands: Advocate picks

va23-GRdustobowl-2016_2137091Voted 2013’s “Best Live Band” by LA Weekly, the eight-piece Dustbowl Revival’s 2014 album, With a Lampshade On, explores American roots in its various forms, from twangy Appalachian barn-burners like the title track to the bawdy burlesque ditty “Doubling Down on You.” They’re often a rollicking melee of brass, fiddles, and washboards, in their element playing for a rowdy crowd. Fun fact: The band befriended Dick Van Dyke and his wife Arlene, and the 89-year-old actor stars in the music video for “Never Had to Go,” dancing his heart out.


va23-GRmariachi_2152536We can’t trumpet the news of this band enough. Mariachi Flor de Toloache is New York City’s first (and, we think, only) all-female mariachi band. Founded in 2008, and named after the poisonous night flower still used as a love potion in Mexico, the Grammy-nominated group sings in Spanish and English, backed by guitars, trumpets, violins — the whole nine yards.

The rotating lineup of 13 (give or take) includes women from Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States. Girl power, plus flower power, equals some really fresh stuff, especially when the band throws in the occasional cover song. What, you’ve never heard Adele or Erykah Badu songs played on the guitarrón?

Mariachi Flor de Toloache have been on world tour for the past few years — playing to sold-out audiences in the UK, Germany, Holland, Italy, and France — as the opening act for Black Keys’ singer Dan Auerbach’s new band, The Arcs. Now they’re back, making their way around the U.S. festival circuit, front and center.


va23-GRsistersparrow-2016_2137106Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds is a bluesy rock ‘n’  roll septet with a big, brassy sound. They’re fronted by Arleigh Kincheloe, a fiery stage performer with a voice and a persona twice her size. It’s a good thing they’ll be performing outdoors at GRF, because they absolutely bring down the house during their live performances. If anyone doubts it, they should listen to “Fowl Play,” the band’s latest release and their first live album. Favorite lyric: “Mama said good things come free/ Do what you can, be what you need/ We never had much but we figured it out/ When you’ve got nothing, there’s nothing to bitch about.”


va23-GRSoulRebelsrickolivier-2016_2136834Three reasons to see The Soul Rebels:
1.)The lineup. The group consists of two trombones, two trumpets, two drummers, a sax, and a tuba. Tubas are a hallmark of deeply funky bands with good grooves — and polka.
2.) They’ve got serious cred. The Soul Rebels have collaborated with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Marilyn Manson, Kool & The Gang, Joey Bada$$, Big Freedia, Slick Rick, Rakim, Robert Glasper, Gov’t Mule, The String Cheese Incident and others, and have shared stages with Bruno Mars, Kanye West, The Allman Brothers Band, Gary Clarke Jr., John Mayer, Jack White, Dave Matthews, and Disclosure, to name a few.
3.) Your stomping feet and shaking booty will thank you.


va23-GRohpep-2016_2136852Oh Pep! is based in Australia — so you’ll hear the singers say things like “chuffed” instead of “cool” — and will be touring the States this summer. The band describes their music as “sometimes foot-stomping, somewhat heart-breaking original contemporary folk.” Their debut album, Stadium Cake, will come out later this month, but the single “Doctor, Doctor” is already getting some notice. For example, the song made it onto one of The New York Times’ Friday Playlists. Here’s some sample lyrics: “I went to the psychic and the psychic said/ He wants you too, but it’s up to you/ So, I kind of try, but I don’t succeed.”


va23-GRluxdeluxe_2152533This peppy, high-powered Northampton quintet brings a pop sensibility to their rock ‘n’ roll — recent sunny singles like “Give Me Centuries” play like Wilco tracks, and the group’s reverence for bands like NRBQ, Dr. Dog and Dire Straits shines throughout their second LP, It’s a Girl. That album sounds spontaneous and soulful, yet layered and polished in the smartest ways. The members of Lux Deluxe — three cousins and two friends — are currently on tour throughout the Northeast and Midwest. They have been playing together since 2009, and even now they’re all still in their early 20s. You might say that’s surprising, judging by their mature sound, except … what else would you expect from such well-practiced and passionate children of the Pioneer Valley music scene?


va23-GRupstateRubdown-2016_2136831Five Things You Didn’t Know About Upstate Rubdown:
1.) They’re an Americana, folk, choral, and bluegrass band headed by three women singers who are all about haunting, rocking, rollicking tones and three-part harmonies.
2.) Upstate Rubdown got its name when members were trying to think of something they all had in common. Being from upstate New York seemed to be the most obvious denominator. And the Rubdown? The band wants you to get down to the music, but it’s definitely BYOR (bring your own rub).
3.) Most of the bandmates met while attending SUNY New Paltz.
4.) The band cites its influences as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, the Wood Brothers, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Stevie Wonder.
5.) They’re dedicated to three-part harmony. “What’s that band … Mumford and Sons?” said Melanie Glenn in an interview with the Otis Mountain Festival. “Bands like that, with heavy three-part harmonies are coming back. I don’t want to say it’s a fad, but a lot of people feel connected to that. And I think that’s a big part of the festival culture as well, just getting back to your roots with an acoustic sound.”


va23-GRmal-2016_2137088It’s always good to highlight a local band, but this is no act of charity. Deja Carr, the young bassist and vocal powerhouse that is Mal Devisa, is a serious talent. She’s under 21, has performed at a TEDX conference, and was recently named by as one of 10 Massachusetts artists to watch in 2016. It’s not hard to see why. She’s bold and not afraid to experiment, drawing influences across the musical spectrum, blurring and erasing genre lines as she goes. On her latest release, Kiid, her voice is haunting and resonant, her lyrics stirring and poetic.
Favorite tracks off Kiid:
— For longing and melancholy: “Fire”
— For sweet and sentimental: “Sea of Limbs”
— For getting fired up: “FAT”


va23-GRrailsplit_2152530Where does a bluegrass band go once they’ve won Best New Band at Colorado’s RockyGrass Festival? On the road, of course. These Colorado natives play ol’ timey, granddaddy bluegrass, yes, but the group delves deep into the heart of those stylings to affirm — and push — bluegrass into new territory. We love Lauren Stovall’s guitar work and Emmylou-ish voice, Dusty Rider’s wicked banjo, Pete Sharpe’s soulful mandolin, Christine King’s fiddling, and Leslie Ziegler’s warm bed of upright bass. And, of course, all the vocal harmonies … chills! Whether The Railsplitters are reworking traditional tunes (“Salt Salt Sea”) or penning catchy modern ballads like “Tilt-A-Whirl” — “My mind is like an old Tilt-A-Whirl / It never seems to stop, not even for this girl” — they’ll be pulling into Greenfield with barely a foot on the brake. Hop on board and dance, dance, dance.

Author: Advocate Staff

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