the real LOWELL folk festival
however, despite the incredible array of talent from all over north america and the world that's going to be here in a week's time, the lowell folk festival really isn't a LOWELL folk festival at all, since it coincidentally excludes local lowell musicians from its many stages and venues while it gives those stages to everyone from everywhere else. and that's too bad, because, if you're out like i am over the course of the rest of the year that the folk festival isn't taking over our town, the quality of music here is right up there with the best anywhere, and it really deserves wider audience.
your local restaurant, bar, nightclub, social club and coffee shop owners, (including in no particular order brew'd awakenings, the worthen house, cobblestones, savanna palace, voices rock club, caffe paradiso, blue shamrock, blue taleh, old court, SAC club, dharma buns, brewery exchange, garcia brogans, centro, major's pub, village smokehouse, etc.), in cooperation with local promoters (like dee tension and joe graham), in addition to the intrepid folks who continually decline to take named credit for the summary web site, (despite absolutely deserving hearty appreciation for it), have brought us the next best thing--the compendium that you can usefully regard as the lowell folk festival after dark.
go to the site to see the lineup--it's incredible. from carl johnson's opening set at brew'd awakenings on friday afternoon at 4, to his closing set at the worthen house on sunday evening after 7, (there is not a better bookend for this, and if you've ever seen carl play, you know it), the weekend is JAM PACKED with incredible local lowell musicians who you are able to see, in most cases, all year long. and the best part is, after you see them this coming festival weekend, you'll know why i do what i do every week of the year.
music is the connection between people, and it's the most compelling art form there is. (name another that will literally make people get up and dance). celebrate it. come to the lowell festival. and stay for the lowell folk festival after dark. you are going to be ecstatic that you did.
edited to add: thanks for the web wizardry (and at the risk of outing folks to the LFF folks who always get so squirrely about the LFF brand, even while they're trading off the city name like champs) to jay moore, who gets big props from me for getting all the information put across so clearly and beautifully. (if you need some web-work, jay's your guy!) and thanks to jen burgett for getting the whole project of finding the venues and the bands and listing all the details going and over the top. (if you need some promo work, jen's your gal!)
anyone else i'm missing? all credit is deserved, so get yours!