Sunday, June 16, 2013

Nines Festival Preview

Explosions in the Sky
Central Massachusetts used to be a great area for live music. The Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg used to host bands like Nirvana, Fugazi, House of Pain, Cypress Hill, Soundgarden, etc., there was the Worcester New Aud, shows at the Centrum, and the Fitchburg Municipal Airport even hosted a Warped Tour before it decided to go all Live Nation shed circuit. But, the last show at the Wallace Civic Center was in 1997 (if memory serves me correctly) and the Warped Tour was in 2006. I couldn’t even tell you what the last concert at the DCU Center was. This is where the Nines Festival comes in.

Delta Spirit
The 1st ever Nines Festival is happening in Devens, MA on August 10th. It’s a multistage, multi-arts festival featuring one of the best and most diverse line ups around this summer. You have the post-punk of Explosions in the Sky, neo-psychedelic Dr. Dog, Newport Folk Festival veterans Delta Spirit, Walk Off the Earth (best known for their 5 people on 1 guitar cover of Gotye), blues and funk veteran Shuggie Otis, turntable master Kid Koala, and singer-songwriter Matt Pond with more to come. If that’s not enough, there’s also a comedy tent curated by The Comedy Studio and hosted by Rick Jenkins, to say nothing of the visual artists that will be featured as well. They are also accepting submissions from local musicians to be part of the festival. This is really a welcome change from how homogenous and genre specific most festivals have become. All of this will be set on the 20 acre Willard Field.
Kid Koala

Don’t forget to check out the Nines Festival website and Facebook pages for updates, tickets, and band submission form if you’re interested in performing. If It’s Too Loud… will be covering the festival, so stay tuned here for updates, as well.

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