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Festival Crush: Tweed River Music Festival

August 5, 2011


We’re reposting this one as a reminder. This is going to be a total thing and it’s just a week away!

Summer is finally here! What better way to celebrate than by spending a weekend filled with beautiful scenery, campfires, and of course good music! Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck will be proudly presenting the third annual Tweed River Music Festival on August 12, 13, and 14 in Stockbridge, VT, and folks are invited to a weekend of camping and relaxation alongside exceptional performers. It’s pretty much the perfect family-friendly get-away.

Artists set to perform include the legendary Booker T. Jones, Singer-Songwriter extraordinaires Jeffrey Foucault, Peter Mulvey and Tim Gearan to name a few. Heavy Rock veterans Roadsaw and recent Rumble contenders Mellow Bravo will all be commanding the stage amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Green Mountains.

Children under 12 are free with an adult pass and artists and patrons are encouraged to bring the kids. Weekend passes including camping are priced at $80 per person. Day passes can be purchased for $40. All information regarding the festival can be found here. Space is limited to 1500, so get your tickets now! This is one festival you don’t want to miss!

Fortunately, we were able to grab a quick interview with musician and organizer, Jeremy Curtis! Here is a glance at our conversation about the Tweed River Music Festival:

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Boston Band Crush: How did the Tweed River Music Festival come together in the very beginning?
Jeremy Curtis: Well technically the festival started 3 years ago, but it really grew from a yearly “party/celebration” that we would throw in VT at either Bow Thayer’s house or Jeff Berlin’s house. The parties were great and seemed to always fall on or around the 4th of July. There was always music and a slew of musicians with families in tow with a real loose and fun vibe. We started to realize that the amount of folks showing up every year was growing and we basically decided why not try to take it a step further and not tax our hosts property so hard. So the first Tweed was born with our friends donating their time on a makeshift stage. It rained all weekend and everyone there including the “staff” thought it was a complete utopian success.

BBC: What factors lead to choosing Stockbridge, VT as the location?
JC: The folks that make up the Tweed LLC are based in Gaysville/Stockbridge VT (except me but I grew up in VT and am familiar with the area). We got together and scouted a few locations but we all kept coming back to a place in common which was a place called Annabelle’s that had closed down years ago. It was in a great spot which is the intersection of routes 100 and 107 and just looked ripe for a happening. It had tons of room and had a river flowing behind it. It is set right in a valley and just screams VT in the summer!

BBC: How did you become involved with the festival?
JC: Bow Thayer and I have been involved with each other playing music for close to 20 years. Our families are tight and well WE are family. The musical community in Boston is very close knit and parties have just always been centered around music and that community. When the parties were getting bigger the fellas in Perfect Trainwreck were the ones taking care of logistics and whatnot. That’s really how we all gravitated towards the creation of Tweed. As I am the one still based in Boston, I guess I stayed a little more tuned into what was happening musically down here and basically stepped up to the task of booking the bands. We all have our own responsibilities concerning the fest and that’s the only way the millions of tasks get done.

BBC: Bands will be traveling from all over to perform at the festival. Can we expect to see many Boston based bands in the artist lineup?
JC: Hells Yeah! Roadsaw, Banditas, Mellow Bravo, Andrea Gillis Band, Elastic Waste Band, Tim Gearan Band, Township, Session Americana. All the music booked stems from the idea that we are all connected somehow. We have either played together worked together or come highly recommended. The Tweed family tree is ever growing.

BBC: If you could use only one word to describe Tweed River Music Festival, what would that word be?
JC: That’s a tough one…liberating?

BBC: What was the turnout like for past festivals, and what do you anticipate for this year’s festival?
JC: It’s steadily increased over the past 2 years. I think the first year we had 500 people. Last year we had 1000 at the peak…this year we are expecting 1200-1500 folks or I should say we are ready to accommodate 1500. Capping it at 1500 this year. I would love to see that happen.

BBC: I read that the musicians are donating their time for this festival. What are your thoughts on this?
JC: My thoughts on that are they are not exactly “donating” their time. All the artists are being compensated. If our budget was much larger and was of the corporate sponsor nature the band fees would be much more generous if I had anything to do with it. But being that we are a small grassroots operation, I would say the bands will each make equal to or if not more than they would playing the usual gig in town. The money is only part of the pay really. We take pride in making sure the bands are fed very well, lubricated to any degree they see fit and we rope all the artists off together to camp. So the hang and vibe is way better than most gigs going. We are musicians first so we treat the artists as we would want to be treated.

BBC: What kind of access will fans have to the artists? Will there be any CD signings or kumbayas by the campfire?
JC: The access is only limited to how much the artists themselves wish to be secluded from the fans. It is a very community based affair and we encourage everyone to hang out together but we do have the artist section roped off and you will need a pass or be accompanied by an artist themselves to be back there. We ask that patrons respect the privacy of the musicians. More often than not we all congregate around the campfire after the stage music shuts down (at 1am) and pass a bottle and or guitar and sing songs. Let me make this clear though: NO drum circles!!! We can’t stand them and we will shut it down. There will be a merch tent and I’m sure the musicians will be happy to sign stuff if you ask.

BBC: Do you have any advice for the first-time camper?
JC: Buy a ticket. Bring camping supplies (bathing suit, towels, sun block, tents, sleeping bags) Bring your own alcohol, beer, refreshments. Make friends with the people immediately around you. Clean up after yourself. Buy some merch and support the artists. Most importantly be yourself and enjoy yourself. For the price of admission we are charging you are getting some great value and I can promise you will see some of the best music going in a truly beautiful part of the world. Oh yeah and take Monday off! You don’t want to miss Booker T headlining on Sunday night!!!

The Line-up:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12:
11:30pm BEG, SCREAM AND SHOUT
10:00pm ROADSAW
8:30pm WAYLON SPEED
7:15pm ELASTIC WASTE BAND (FEATURING MEMBERS OF MORPHINE)
6:00pm BANDITAS
4:30pm MELLOW BRAVO
3:00pm THE LISA PARADE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13:
11:30pm BOW THAYER AND PERFECT TRAINWRECK
10:00pm TIM GEARAN AND HIS BAND
8:30pm ANDREA GILLIS BAND
7:15pm JEH KALU
6:00pm MMOSS
4:30pm TOWNSHIP
3:15pm APOLLO RUN
2:00pm JEFFREY FOUCAULT AND COLD SATELLITE
1:45pm DUB APOCALYPSE
12:30pm JIM GILMOUR
11:15pm CRUNCHY WESTERN BOYS

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14:
8:30pm BOOKER T
7:00pm ROOTS COLLIDER
5:00pm PETER MULVEY AND THE SKINNY MILLIONAIRES
3:45pm SESSION AMERICANA
2:30pm ANDY FRIEDMAN
1:15pm HOLY PLOW
12:00pm JEN CHAPIN
11:00am ERIC ROYER AND GUITAR MACHINE
10:00am RICK REDINGTON AND THE LUV

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http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F17060685&g=1&color=959595&show_comments=trueBooker T. Jones – Down in Memphis by tweedrivermusicfestival

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One Comment
  1. It's a blast and don't fell like you need to cook all your meals the vendors food is very tasty and you won't miss the music cooking! Lots of cross pollination with artists sitting in with one another also for one of a kind set of music.

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