Homegrown Music Festivals

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August 14, 2016

The Monadnock region hosts many music festivals, for all genres of music, at many different locations.  Big or small, you have a chance to hear bands  – favorites or new – with a scenic backdrop that offers a multi-sensory experience.  One type of venue in this area is backyards, where you get to combine a party scene with a festival atmosphere.

Kennedy Drive at BudBQ

Kennedy Drive, hosts of the fourth annual BudBQ music festival

One such event was the Bud BQ4 – hosted this past weekend in Marlborough by the band Kennedy Drive.  Five bands performed from 4:30 past midnight. In spite of nearly non-stop downpours and thunderstorms, the crowd was enthusiastic, friendly, and both bands and music lovers were able to stay dry thanks to tents provided by Sean King Rentals.

Six feet Above at Bud BBQ 4

Six Feet Above started off the festival

This is the fourth year of the Bud BQ. My friend Monique described the festival as a “musical gift to the community”, an apt description. Admission was free, food was provided, and all that was asked of attendees was pick up the trash and keep a good attitude.  Easy enough!

Silence the Individual at BudBQ 4

Silence the Individual

The line-up included various sub-genres of rock bands (hard /alt/ indie) all from the greater Keene region: Six Feet Above, Silence the Individual, The  High VUltAge Project, Kennedy Drive and Hug the Dog.  For next year, the fifth annual festival, organizers are looking into a larger venue to expand the festival with many bands.  Stay tuned…

The High VUltage Project

The High VUltage Project
As the rains kept coming down, the crowd got bigger

A couple of other festivals are coming up this month that you could check out. Next Sunday, August 21, Leslie Vogel and Fred Simmons invite you to their yard for the seventh annual Folksoul Festival.  This family friendly event’s line-up for this year is The Ensemble for a New Planet; the Acoustic Bahgoostyx; the Folksoul Ensemble; Bayou X; the Tara Greenblatt Band; Low Lily; and Tattoo.  Suggested donation is $10; $5 for children over 5 years, students, and seniors.  There is homemade food available for purchase or bring your own picnic.  The music starts at 10:30 and goes until about 6:30.

The following weekend, on August 27, Old Guy Metal Music Festival happens at Granite Gorge ski area, a lovely setting for summer music.  The bands performing are local hard rock/metal bands, what “used to be called metal; the music they call metal now is a little more extreme,” explains co-organizer Dennis Lowe. The line-up continues to grow; right now Humdinger & The Bucksnort, Scuzzy Yeti, Therium, and Most Heavy Stone are confirmed. Admission is $10 and food and beverage are available for purchase at the lounge.The fun begins at 2:00.


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