Old 78 Farm Fall Festival
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October 6: The festival is almost here and preparations are nearly completed. Thanks to an amazing crew and volunteers, the 9th Old 78 Farm Fall festival will be bigger and better than ever. Tickets are still available at our facebook event page for the advanced price of $10, a $5 savings over the gate price. This is a rain or shine event, so feel free to come with rain gear, including your easy up, and celebrate with us.
The 9th Annual Old 78 Farm Fall Festival will take place this year on October 6th at the Old 78 Farm at 823 Orange Road in the small "Right to Farm Community" of Warwick, MA. This family-friendly event brings the feel of a large music festival to a small town in the Massachusetts hills of the North Quabbin. Just as you'd expect, this event features craft vendors, amazing food, and award-winning local and nationally-known musical acts to delight everyone.
The Old 78 Farm Fall Festival is also proud of its commitment to the local community. Many of the craft vendors live in or around Warwick selling things such as handmade crystal-wrapped jewelry, recycled/reclaimed clothing, recycled glass candle holders, hula hoops, and other hand-crafted gifts. For the first time, we will be welcoming The Coloring Club from Northampton. During the day, Pixie Belle the Clown will be on hand to amuse the many children who join in the day's festivities with face painting and balloon creations. In the evening, the stage lights up to showcase music meant to keep you up and dancing late into the night.
Our loyal festival friends have come to expect food that is primarily grown on the property or from local farmers, including barbecue by championship team I'm a Hog for Q, Baby. There will also be amazing dishes from the Old 78 kitchen including squash soup, chili, quick breads, and hand-cut french fries. Don't forget to buy a jar of dilly beans, pickled beets or relish, because the canned goods sell out fast! And who could resist Grandma Lynn's pies, baked from scratch!
What about the music? This year's line-up features more first time bands than ever, and a few return performances. Greenfield's Colorway will make their debut, as will bluegrass band, August First. Also from Greenfield, blues and rock stylists, The Medicinal Purpose, will be making their first trip to Old 78. Award winning blues and soul artist, Dave Keller from Montpelier, Vermont will be returning for the first time since the inaugural Old 78 so many years ago with an energetic solo set. Rebel Alliance (MA) will arrive with their reggae rock jams for the fourth year in a row, and rice - An American Band (MA), the truly home grown band coming directly from Old 78 Farm itself will also make their fourth appearance. Also gracing our stages for the first time will be Northampton's Old Flame. Billboard AAA Top 40 Artists, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, will bring their full band. For the first time, Long Arm Rex from Boston, will appear. They won the Pioneer Valley Battle of the Band competition for Strangecreek Campout, and their sound encompasses elements of rock, jam, and reggae.
In the past, other bands such as Bella's Bartok, Outer Stylie, Adam Ezra Group, Secret Sage, The Mary Jane Jones, Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute), Roots of Creation, Way Up South, Rhythm Inc., Llama Lasagne, DeadBeat (Grateful Dead tribute), and After Fab (Beatles tribute) have graced the stage, and the list keeps growing.
RICE - AN AMERICAN BAND
rice - an American Band was born in the summer of 2014 and has been evolving ever since. Featuring a revolving cast of players from around the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, the band concentrates on original music while sprinkling in various eclectic covers.
JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT
Devastatingly powerful vocals and retro-rock guitar, with lyrics that run the gamut from vulnerable to all-out venomous, siblings Jocelyn & Chris Arndt are creating a new generation of authentic album rock. The brother and sister duo perform at venues and festivals coast to coast, backed by a killer band and non-stop, full-throttle stage presence. They create live shows that are unforgettable. "In the last year Jocelyn & Chris have released an album which featured the single Red Stops Traffic. That song reached the Billboard AAA Top 40 for several weeks, and the video has over 100K views. Their current Album, "Go," held the #2 position on the Relix Jamband Top 30 for three consecutive months. The band played the Strangecreek and Mountain Jam festivals before embarking on their most ambitious nationwide summer tour.
LONG ARM REX
Long Arm Rex is a female-fronted reggae-jam band based out of Boston, MA that focuses heavily on the groove, incorporating elements of dub, psychedelic rock, pop and ska. Since hatching from its shell in 2014, this 5-piece powerhouse has continuously made it their mission to bring you a unique, rexified spin on modern reggae.
Combining the best of rock, reggae, improvisational jam and a whole host of other musical genres, Rebel Alliance is sure to surprise and please - wherever you see them. With musical backgrounds and tastes that are quite broad, each member of The Reb (as they are called by "in the know" persons) has much to bring to the party, and much to add to the song.
Old Flame is a machine of resistance. Born in the Western MA DIY scene, the indie-rock band spins grit and honey-rasp vocals into a psychedelic post-punk nostalgia with an afterglow of raw blues. Since forming in 2017, Old Flame has been nominated by The Deli Magazine as "New England Artist of the Month" and released "Wolf In The Heather" EP. The album documents the rise of the Trump presidency, and was lauded by The Valley Advocate for its "acid-tongued lyrics that rail against corporate capitalism and capture the spirit of proto-punk in a bottle; a rollicking anarchistic flair for damning it all to hell." In the words of 'Ear To The Ground Music': "Love this sound, retro and brand new all at the same time. Tows the line of vintage & psych rock. Addictively good." Old Flame recently completed a cross country tour to Red Gorilla Music Festival in Austin, TX, and released their second EP, "Hush Money," which debuted at The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA, on March 27th.
THE MEDICINAL PURPOSE
The Medicinal Purpose is a sound and a feeling born of a singular devotion to create and capture emotions through the blues, soul, and rock and roll. Brother Sal (guitars, lead vocals), Chris Ball (bass, vocals) and Jimmy Robitaille (drums,vocals) write and record their material together as a unit. All veterans of studio and stage, the band puts on a powerful, unique, real performance every single night - never leaving audiences unfulfilled.
Dave Keller is one of the finest soul and blues men of his generation. His CDs have earned him national acclaim from the media (USA Today, Downbeat, Living Blues) and legendary musicians (Taj Mahal, Ronnie Earl), plus enough awards and nominations to fill a good-sized trophy case. Dave Keller’s devotion to his art is mirrored in the devotion of his ever-widening community of fans. "Everywhere I go, I see people who are hungry for connection. For something real. I think I give them that."
August First began as a shared dream between Nicole D'Amico, lead vocals/ukulele, and Rick Schiffman, lead guitarist/vocals. The two had spent the past 2 yrs playing in Boston-based band, Root Nine, and started their musical journey by collaborating on a song. Both have a deep love and passion for music of Jerry Garcia but not wanting to limit themselves to a specific genre, style, or even the artist himself, they decided to create this passion project towards the end of 2015. In summer of 2016, Nicole ran into her friends, Steve Lavalle and Brian Young at a Dead and Co. The three of them grew up spending time together and seeing live music together. Steve expressed interest in wanting to play more music and Nicole extended the invitation to come play with her and Rick. By Fall of 2016, Brian jumped on the mandolin, and the harmonies naturally followed suit. Bassist, Dan Crea came on board early 2017. His sound was an instant fit, and the 'Blues Grassicana' sound, grounded in traditional songs, originals, bluegrass, blues, classic rock, and blended with sweet harmonies that defines August First, came to life.
Hailing from Northampton, Mass and exuding the progressive, energetic and rootsy/indie leanings of the Pioneer Valley (home of And The Kids, The Sun Parade and Sebadoh) Colorway has put out two full length albums of finessed rock and roll (the latest release mastered by engineering god, Bob Ludwig). The band strive to make every live show a new experience where revelatory moments aren't sacrificed for the sake of a cookie cutter set devoid of rough edges. Bandleader/ vocalist/guitarist F. Alex Johnson gobbles up every inch of real estate on his guitar neck while bassist Matt Clegg and drummer, Riley Godleski, hold down the fort with equal parts grace and ferocity.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 D.O.S. Children under 12 are free. Gates open at 11am and music starts at noon and plays continuously until 11pm. Please, no pets. This is a working farm, and we do not want to compromise the health and safety of our animals. Thank you.
The Old 78 festival organizers are always looking for volunteers from now until the festival ends; pre-festival set up (getting the grounds ready), day of the event (front gate, security, etc.), and clean up. Volunteers will have the opportunity to attend the festival free of charge. Email or call the farm if you are interested in being part of this grassroots event. Save the date, and come out and enjoy a day of music and good company!
We are happy to announce the return of OIC (Orange Innovation Center), Montague Webworks, and the towns of Athol, New Salem, and Orange as valued sponsors for this year's festival. We are welcoming some some new sponsors this year, Berkshire Brewing Company and SLAP (Steele Lighting & Production). We are always looking for sponsors for our festival; please email or call the farm if you are interested in a sponsorship package.
This year's festival is supported in part by grants from the Athol, Orange, Petersham, and New Salem Cultural Councils, four local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Old 78 Farm Fall Festival
October 6, 2018
823 Orange Rd, Warwick , MA
Old 78 Farm