Summer’s Only Just Getting Started!
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
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.
Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz
Bushnell Park, Hartford
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.
Bang on a Can’s LOUD Weekend
Mass MOCA, North Adams
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.
Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival
Court Square, Springfield
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.”
Heritage State Park, Holyoke
An eclectic mix of music, food, crafts, and art that celebrates everything great about Holyoke and the area.