Summer’s Only Just Getting Started!

 In Community, Live Music

With the always-huge Green River Festival happening last weekend, you may be thinking it’s time to hunker down for the heat of August and just start planning your back-to-school shopping strategy.

Au contraire, mon ami.

The next six weeks are full of excellent musical options for all musical tastes. And none of these are more than 90 minutes from the South Hadley-Holyoke-Chicopee metro area!

Now through July 27

Lyra Music Festival

Smith College, Northampton
Varies by day; $100 for event pass
http://lyramusic.org/

Lyra is a classical festival, workshops, a competition, and a benefit all rolled into one over three weeks in July each year. Held at Smith College, Lyra brings students and professionals together for learning and performance.

July 19-21

Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz

Bushnell Park, Hartford
Free
https://www.hartfordjazz.org/

For over 25 years, the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz has been bringing world-class jazz performers to the area. Set in beautiful Bushnell Park, it’s a must-see on the annual calendar.

August 2-4

Bang on a Can’s LOUD Weekend

Mass MOCA, North Adams
$70-$95
https://massmoca.org/event/loud-weekend/

The Bang on a Can All-Stars bring a cast of thousands to MassMOCA’s amazing space for a whole weekend of “a fully loaded eclectic super-mix of minimal, experimental and electronic music.” Whoa.

August 10-11

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

Court Square, Springfield
Free
https://springfieldjazzfest.com/

This will be the sixth year of “the city’s signature cultural event…a powerful expression of civic pride, uniting our region’s diverse cultural communities through music, art, and revelry.”

August 23-25

Celebrate Holyoke!

Heritage State Park, Holyoke
Free
https://www.celebrateholyokemass.com

An eclectic mix of music, food, crafts, and art that celebrates everything great about Holyoke and the area.

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