Today two fantastic mostly local music festivals were announced in the Boston suburbs. Both have plenty of If It's Too Loud... approved artists and are highly recommended.
Brite Lites Music Festival
Night Shift Brewing, Everett, MA
Happening just over two weeks from now is the second edition of the Brite Lites Music Festival at Night Shift Brewing in Everett, MA. Headlining the day's festivities are longtime blog favorite Weakened Friends. Far from just being a showcase of 90's inspired indie rock, the festival also features the folk/Americana stylings of The Wolff Sisters and two "how are they not international megastars?" Boston hip hop artists Cliff Notez and Oompa. Oompa in particular is ridiculous live, so make sure you get there early enough to catch her. There are also a few artists we're not familiar with, but what's a festival without a few discoveries? Speaking of getting there early, the event is free before 11:00 am, and $10 at the door after 1:00. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.
The Town and The City Festival
Various venues, Lowell, MA
This one is four months away, so there's a bit more time to plan. When they announced the first The Town and The City Festival last year, I assumed it would be a one and done event. It didn't seem like the kind of festival that could survive that far outside of Boston. I'm thrilled to be proven wrong. Designed to "... present a diverse mix of performers to celebrate the spirit of Lowell Native Jack Kerouac as well as the city he was born in," the second edition will feature performances from Boston indie rock legends Buffalo Tom, the current greatest songwriter in Boston Carissa Johnson, the folk/Americana of Julie Rhodes, Honeysuckle, and Twisted Pine, Dutch Rebelle (yet another Boston hip hop artist right on the verge of breaking out, our new favorite "... summery, angsty, alt-rock with punk influence and catchy choruses" artist Mint Green, whatever Powerslut does, and more! For more information on, check out the festival's website.