Last weekend, the whole family headed west to Greenfield where we joined Susan’s cousins Bill & Kathleen for the Green River Festival. Susan and I last attended this festival in 2003 and always intended to go back, because it is nice festival in a lovely setting. Seeing a festival with kids is a big change as one goes from parking a blanket in front of the stage to listen intently to music, to running around with kids and maybe hearing a good band in the background.
Nevertheless, we did enjoy some great sets by the following artists:
- Polaris, the band who provided the soundtrack to one of the best tv shows of the 1990s, The Adventures of Pete and Pete.
- The Milk Carton Kids, a folk-pop duo in suits whose harmonies are reminiscent of the Everley Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel.
- An amazing set by the versatile Booker T. Jones who played not only his own tunes like “Green Onions” but great covers of songs made famous by other artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to Prince.
- Finished off the night with the bombastic tUnE-yArDs. Kay danced and collected high fives from passersby.
The other great thing about the Green River Festival is that it has balloon rides. At dusk, we took the kids down for a close-up view of the balloons as they were filled up with fans, heated up with a burner, and launched into the sky.
We spent the rest of the weekend at Kathleen and Bill’s house in Vermont where we played in the West River.
This great video shows the highlights of Saturday at the festival:
And this video gives one a virtual ride in a hot air balloon!