Tweed River Music Festival is less a showcase for bands and more a celebration of everything great music embodies: the deeply personal link between artist and fan, the spirit of community and cooperation, and yes, the magical atmosphere of a great show in an indescribable setting. After taking a breather in 2014, this year's music and arts camping festival the sixth overall arrives this summer revitalized, reimagined and packed with incredible performers. Of course, loyal patrons will still find a boutique festival offering an experience that major music festivals simply cannot achieve.
Set on a bucolic swath of land nestled between the Green and Northfield Mountains in the Mad River Valley in Waitsfield, VT, the 2015 Tweed River Music Festival will host more than 30 acts, including staples such as B ow Thayer, Tim Gearan, Andrea Gillis, White Dynomite a nd T he Curtis Mayflower, while also welcoming B loodshot Records r ecording artist L ydia Loveless, Vermont natives W aylon Speed, A lligator Records recording artist (and Boston native) J esse Dee. Other great musical acts include J oe Fletcher, JP Harris and The Wrong Reasons, Caitlin Canty and A NTI Records recording artist C hristopher Paul Stelling.
From woodfired pizza to Heady Topper IPA, Tweed will also offer the finest in food trucks and handmade crafts, along with a worldclass beer and wine garden. A familyfriendly event, there are performances specifically designated for children like the N o Strings Marionette and P uppetree, as well as a variety of games and activities throughout the grounds.
EVENT: Tweed River Music Festival 2015
WHAT: More than 30+ bands at a weekend music and arts camping festival WHEN: July 31Aug. 2, 2015
WHERE: 3337 Main Street Waitsfield, VT PRICE: $160 for fullweekend camping passes; individual day passes also available. Free for children under 12 FULL INFORMATION: tweedrivermusicfestival.com
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Founded in 2009 by musicians Bow Thayer and Jeremy Moses Curtis, Tweed River Music Festival has grown from a backyard 4th of July party into a summer festival that showcases the rich musical scene in greater New England as well as nationally signed touring acts. Past lineups have included notable artists such as Booker T, Dopapod and Caravan of Thieves. Even a fulllength documentary movie has been made in the name of Tweed!
Curtis and Thayer have decades of experience playing some of the biggest music festivals in both America and abroad and have witnessed the everchanging landscape of the music industry first hand. Along with their fellow members in Tweed River Productions LLC, they have taken those observations and distilled them into an atmosphere that caters both to fans and musicians and their families, as well. “ When the division between the fans and musicians is removed and the two can exist together as a true community, an experience is created for both that is like no other,” C urtis says. This is the magic of which you will hear every Tweed fan speak.
While spirits and energy run high, the threeday event has an uncanny ability to maintain safety for all, through the cooperation of organizers, volunteers and attendees. Thayer says: “ People take pride in having an event that they truly feel a part of and have a hand in creating. It really fosters the ability to keep peace on site and allows the festival to be all it can be.”
Tickets, lineups and full information can be found at tweedrivermusicfestival.com ***
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