Thursday, May 31, 2007

Concerts of the week

Here in the Northeast, the festival season gets underway in earnest this week, and next week there's a virtual explosion of music.

The Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival
May 31 - June 3
Preston, CT

In its 30th year, this popular festival continues to prove the timeless attraction of this old time music. This year, the schedule is chockablock with exciting young string bands like the Greencards, Cadillac Sky, the Infamous Stringdusters and Chris Thile's Nickel Creek offshoot, How to Grow a Band. In addition there are great acts like the Dry Branch Fire Squad, Rhonda Vincent (that's her in the photo above) and the Gibson Brothers. A good place to fill your ears with grass.

Mike Arnone's Crawfish Fest
June 2-3
Sussex Fairgrounds, Augusta NJ

Truth be known, Mike Arnone shared his jambalaya secrets with me. This man can cook, and he has good taste in music too. This is the first weekend in three (next week it's Blast from the Bayou at Strawberry Park, the week following week it's the Great Connecticut Cajun/Zydeco Music and Arts Festival in Moodus) of great Louisiana music within driving distance. This year Mike brings Dr. John, Geno Delafose, the Pine Leaf Boys, Sonny Landreth, Cowboy Mouth and more to his adopted home in the Northeast.

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