Thursday, June 17, 2010

New England Americana Festival

Hey all, big news for the city's Americana scene! John Colvert and Noel Coakley have been hard at work on putting together another New England Americana Festival, and now the dates and bands are set. Expect guests, news updates and more here on Citywide Blackout, and keep an eye out for yours truly, Max Bowen at the show. Plus, I've got free tickets to give away, just shoot me an e-mail at

New England Americana Comes to the Hard Rock!

That's right folks, after a 3 night, sold out festival at Church of Boston ( back in February, the New England Americana Community ( will return for a Summer Series at the Hard Rock Cafe in the heart of Boston. This time, 18 acts from around New England will comprise 3 nights of performances, headlined by local legends, Jimmy Ryan and Hayride! and Dennis Brennan. We are also teaming up with Narragansett Beer to provide inexpensive tickets and great drink specials.

June 24
Jimmy Ryan and Hayride (w/ Mark Spencer from SonVolt / Blood Oranges)
Sam Reid and the Riot Act
Eric Robertson & Boston Boys
The Whiskey Boys
Jeff Conley

July 29
Chris O’Brien
Autumn Hollow Band
Jeff Byrd and Dirty Finch
Brendan Hogan
The Thin Heir
Jenee Halstead
Bees Knees
David Sammarco

August 26
Dennis Brennan
Tripping Lily
Kingsley Flood
John Colvert
Highway Ghosts
Tickets are only $10!

Back in February, 34 New England based acts came together for 3 sold out nights at Church ( down in the Fenway area of Boston. With out a dime behind us, our goal was to put on a local, grassroots festival to give like minded artists and fans the opportunity to mingle in effort to try to reignite a musical community that has been somewhat dormant (in our opinion) for a number of years now. We'll I'm happy to say that it's working. Almost all of the acts are teaming up for shows of their own, sitting in on one another's recordings and sets, and supporting each other by going to shows and spreading the love to their fans and supporters.

Our goal is to continue building the community, energy, and camaraderie throughout the year and beyond. To do this, New England Americana will be presenting shows all around New England with the focus on each local community, reflecting the Greater Boston area's rapidly growing roots music scene. This Summer's lineup at the Hard Rock Cafe features bands that draw from American music's deep heritage in unique ways, often blurring lines between country, rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass, and other styles.

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