The Stage at FESTIVE promises to be the perfect compliment to the artisanal marketplace and eatery. It’s a place to enjoy creative vibes and connect with community. Shimmy with a partner, take a load off on our custom wood plank benches, or sink deeply into one of our lounge bean bags to enjoy live acoustic music and spoken word from local artists across a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Check out a featured usable product on display to compliment the Stage furnishings – Denim and Fabric Ottomans made from shredded denim and recycled fabric by CRISPINA (Booth A3)
Tyra Nurmi is singer-songwriter and performer in the Berkshires. She has taken advantage of musical opportunities starting at an early age by singing in her church, participating in the chorus high school and singing in competitions. Although singing has always been apart of her life, she has cultivated a true passion for writing lyrics in the last few years. She has utilized technology to record and mix her vocals with instrumentals using computer software. Although her genre has varied between an R&B and alternative sound, she describes her newer music as an indie soul with an influence of R&B. She is currently working on her new album “Bold Survivor” and recording with an independent label: Three Libra Records in the Igniter Recording Studio with Danny Nadeau and Lawrence Botto. She plans to move to Boston next year to study music therapy and pursue her dreams as a solo artist. She hopes to one day have her own jazz band with whom she can travel and perform.
With a fresh take on traditional American music, Northampton, MA-based newgrass band Mamma’s Marmalade transforms the conventional bluegrass experience into a raucus barnyard party that refuses to let you sit. Since their formation in 2014, the five piece string band has been fusing diverse musical backgrounds into a sound that bursts at the seams with energy, exuding a pure joy for creating music. Offering a fresh narrative to traditional acoustic music, Mamma’s Marmalade provides a window to the future of bluegrass while keeping the flavor of Americana and Rock n’ Roll alive. Experimenting with songs from classic hitmakers such as The Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix, these scrappy musicians weave technical ability and a rowdy spirit to create a sound laced with a touch of mischief. The band’s high energy shows belie a universal spirit that compels fans to dance and revel in the love of authentic music.
Double Diamond is the latest musical collaboration between Berkshires’ Sarah McNair and Karl Mullen, formerly of indie folk favorite Wandering Rocks. This bluegrass duo will make the hills shimmy and shake as they pluck their way through some classic rollicking tunes. (Fresh Grass, 2013)
Hailing from Williamstown, Mass., Jimmy Bergin (viola), Ted Gilley (bass) and Bill Wootters (keyboard) will kick off our HEIRLOOM festival with gypsy jazz standards and hefty dose of local flavor.
Celebrating its first decade, Ramblin Jug Stompers play 78 rpm Music for the 21st century.The popular Albany NY jug band “Stomperizes” every song it touches, pulling the beat back to “ramblin speed” and adding comic flourishes, sharp musicianship and Spike Jones-like looniness to each tune it plays—whether from the songbag of Roger Miller, The Memphis Jug Band, Louis Armstrong or Doc Watson.The quartet traces its roots directly to the legendary Star Spangled Washboard Band and early MTV stars Blotto, and echoes those groups’ unique, brilliant combination of hot playing and tongue-in-cheek humor.The Washboard Band’s Flying Fish debut, Collectors Item, received a rare four and a half star rating from All Music Guide, and Blotto’s “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard” and “Metalhead” remain eternal 80s classics.Ramblin Jug Stompers are represented with two albums, the live set Crooked Songs, recorded at the legendary Caffe Lena, and the studio disc Hobo Nickel. The all-star combo is also featured, with its funky American string band take of Uncle Dave Macon’s “Old Plank Road,” on the compilation “Jugs Across America.”
Common Folk Creator Connor Kelly is a visual artist and musician in his senior year at Drury High School. “Common Folk people are some of most kind and generous I’ve ever met. I became a member of Common Folk many months ago, and my experience has been great. Because of the collective, I recently my performed at Bright Ideas Brewing as part of Common Folk’s “Tuesday Tunes.” Common Folk, to me, is a place where you can put all worries behind you and just be you. Common Folk lets him be an artist without questioning his or her work. It is such a free environment and the motivation to create fills the air.”
Quincy Band is a six piece band based out of North Adams combining the styles of five songwriters to offer listeners original music.
Stage programming is free with your entry!