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Fun at Boston Folk and the Vibes

Erin McKeown and Chris Smither
Erin McKeown and Chris Smither at Boston Folk Fest.

A couple of weeks ago, I spent some time at the Boston Folk Festival, a great event on the campus of UMass/Boston. It was nice to see acts I’d never heard before: Patty Larkin, Chris Smither, Catie Curtis, Antje Duvekot, among them. And it was great to see the likes of Erin McKeown, Lori McKenna, and Mark Erelli again. This year they decided on a round format for the acts, meaning groups of three were onstage at once taking turns singing. While it was fun to see some of the interaction between the musicians, it seemed to take some of the momentum out of the performers as they had to wait their turn to play. Anyway, it was a gorgeous day to be outside and hear music. More photos here.

Keller Williams and Bob Weir
Keller Williams and Bob Weir at Gathering of the Vibes.

Also, about a month ago, I spent three days of music, camping, and cavorting with post-Grateful Deadheads at the Gathering of Vibes festival in Bridgeport, Conn. I’ll be writing about it in the next issue of my magazine, due in early October. If you want to see the pics, click here.

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