Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Concerts of the Week

Michael Fracasso
July 23, Buttonwood Tree
Middletown CT

This is one I'm producing as a benefit for Gilead Community Services in Middletown. Fracasso, as they say, is a musician's musician. In Austin where he lives, he hangs with Patty Griffin, Eliza Gilkyson and Charlie Sexton. He's got a voice that's reminiscent of Buddy Holly (though he says his chief inspiration was Connecticut's own Gene Pitney), and he writes a mean song. To see a performance, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Green River Festival
July 19-21, Greenfield Community College
Greenfield MA

Jim Olsen, the chief booker for this event, has a great ear. This year the wonderful Eilen Jewell and the spirited string music of Crooked Still kick off the festivities in a free on-the-green in Greenfield show. Friday night it's Louisiana music with Terrance Simien and the Subdudes and on Saturday, it's Erin McKeown, Neko Case, Buddy Guy, Southern Culture on the Skids, James Hunter and Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
July 19-22, Rothvoss Farm
Ancramdale NY

The grandaddy of all New England bluegrass festivals, this one features a lot of the new buzz bands of bluegrass - new young things lighting fire to the grass. Featured are the Duhks, Uncle Earl, the Sparrow Quartet, the Infamous Stringdusters, the Red Stick Ramblers, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice, Crooked Still, the Greencards, Marty Stuart and perhaps one of the last performances by Nickel Creek.

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