Lovin’ Lowell Time

June 25th, 2009 by Harrumpher Leave a reply »

Even if you have never done the Spinners or the northernmost Beer Works, the last weekend of July, every July, screams for a visit to Lowell. It’s a pony I’ve been riding annually for over 20 years. The Lowell Folk Festival is a Massachusetts must.


  • It’s free, the nation’s largest free music festival.
  • It’s diverse, blues, bluegrass, zydeco, world, jazz, gospel and a broad range of folk from various cultures.
  • It’s generous, two full days of music spread over a three-day weekend.
  • It’s convenient, easy to get to and park at for anyone in Eastern Massachusetts and not bad for the rest of the state and neighboring ones.
  • You can drive, bike if you’re close or ambitious enough, and take the train from North Station in Beantown.
  • It’s self-paced, with lots of good food and drink in and around the festival locations.

sistermarie.jpgThe problem we have had is schedule conflicts, when more than one act we want to see performs simultaneously. We can usually fudge that too, as most singles and groups do their thing more than once during the festival.

You’re not going to know some of the entertainers. That is a key advantage. We never return without a new favorite and generally with a CD to prove it.  Over the decades, we first heard some amazing artists here first.

At almost all the stages, you are on top of the performer. This is no Tweeter Center alpine climb to the squinting rows and inaudible bleachers.

People tell me about this time of year when I ask that they never go to Lowell. That’s dumb enough, with the music series that is pretty damned cheap (like Spinners seats), plus the restaurants.  It’s lazy and just plain stupid to miss the folk festival. It’s close, intense, pleasurable…and free.

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One Response

  1. The Eclectic Cleric says:

    you will love it; please attendi if you can!

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