Thursday, May 14, 2015

This Year's Prescott Park Arts Festival is Pretty Ridiculous

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down (Photo by Ken Sears)
Located in Portsmouth, NH, Prescott Park is this absolutely beautiful and scenic public park right on the river. While just about every public park in America will have weekly music, it's usually the local marching band or jazz ensemble, mostly for senior citizens and families with small children. Prescott Park Arts Festival put on amazing shows every year with a TON of If It's Too Loud... approved artists. I've only made it up there once for a Carolina Chocolate Drops show in 2013, but it hasn't worked out. This year I'm planning to make the trek a bunch. One of the best parts is the cost. They get a lot of acts that I'd normally be priced out of (you know, the $50+ range), but they only ask for a suggested donation around $10. Sure, you can cruise right in without paying anything, but you really should to keep this alive. You can see their full schedule here, with more to be added. This is a list of shows that will be most relevant to our readers:

June 17: Neko Case with Jennifer O'Connor
July 1: Yonder Mountain String Band
July 8: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
July 12: Milk Carton Kids
July 15: Steve Earle & the Dukes
July 24: The Devil Makes Three
July 29: Trampled By Turtles

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