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The Life is good festival 2013 ~ Sat., Sept. 21 & Sun., Sept. 22

Life is good Festival 2013
Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22
Prowse Farm, Canton, MA – Rt 93 (Rt 128) at exit 2B
(15 minutes from downtown Boston)
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It’s that time of year again for the “feel good and do good” Life is good Festival. I had the great pleasure of going to one of these two years ago, and was greatly impressed at the smooth organization, family-friendly events and easy-going nature, exceptional line-up of performers and the awesome fundraising efforts for a noble charity, the Life is good Kids Foundation. They help children who have been traumatized by abuse, domestic violence, neglect, natural disasters and poverty. Through purposeful play, they give these children back their childhood, which is crucial to social and emotional health and well-being.

With music, arts & crafts, games & demonstrations, a variety show, nature show, storytellers and — new this year — a coffeehouse with acoustic performances, the Life is good Festival is an amazing two days of fun for music lovers and families alike.

The musical lineup includes Jack Johnson, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Amos Lee, Trampled by Turtles, Dawes, Ryan Montbleau and many more. See their website for a full list of musicians. This year, the new Life is good Coffee House is an intimate atmosphere which will feature the new line of Life is good coffee and a stellar musical line-up curated by Ryan Montbleau (see schedule below). The Coffee House celebrates the launch of the new Life is good coffee, which is UTZ Certified, promoting sustainable farming and support for farmers and their families.

Saturday, September 21: Lori McKenna (1:30 – 2:20) | Vance Gilbert (2:35 – 3:25) | Ryan Montbleau (3:40 – 4:30) | Nathan Moore (4:45 – 5:35) | Stephane Wrembel (5:50 – 6:45) | Mike Doughty (9:15 – 10:00)

Sunday, September 22: Tall Heights (1:30 – 2:20) | Caravan of Thieves (2:35 – 3:25) | Ryan Montbleau (3:40 – 4:30) | Zach Gill (4:45 – 5:35) | Amber Rubarth (5:50 – 6:45) | Session Americana (9:15 – 10:00)

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My Top 10 Shows of 2010

Some of my favorite concert moments - Walter Sickert (& the Army of Broken Toys), Iggy Pop (and The Stooges), Sarah Negahdari (of The Happy Hollows) and Evelyn Evelyn

Some of my favorite concert moments - Walter Sickert (& the Army of Broken Toys), Iggy Pop (and The Stooges), Sarah Negahdari (of The Happy Hollows) and Evelyn Evelyn

While I didn’t get out nearly as much as I would have liked in this crazy year, what I did see was pretty wonderful. New Year’s Resolution: See More Live Shows! Here’s my top ten list, in chronological order.

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Review: Dawes and friends at the Royale ~ November 6

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

It was a gorgeous evening of music with Dawes, Vetiver, and Peter Wolf Crier at the Royale. A musically complimentary and excellent lineup, and Dawes seems to just be getting better and better as time goes on. The new songs they performed from their upcoming album sound incredible. See my full review on Ryan’s Smashing Life.

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Dawes, Vetiver & Peter Wolf Crier @ the Royale on Saturday

Dawes (photo by Matt Jacoby), Vetiver (photo by Alissa Anderson), and Peter Wolf Crier (photo by Stacy Schwartz)

Dawes (photo by Matt Jacoby), Vetiver (photo by Alissa Anderson), and Peter Wolf Crier (photo by Stacy Schwartz)

A warm, gentle breeze should be blowing into chilly Boston on Saturday night (11/6), when Los Angeles band Dawes comes to town, along with Vetiver and Peter Wolf Crier, to the Royale. Expect some really fine introspective indie folk with lovely harmonies. It should be a nice, mellow and relaxing evening. more…

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Dawes, Corey Chisel & The Wandering Sons, and Jason Boesel at Great Scott, Allston – February 20, 2010

Dawes at Great Scott

Dawes at Great Scott

I can’t think of a nicer way to reward oneself for making it this far through a cold and nasty winter than heartfelt heartland Americana and a warm blast of California sunshine. What an inspired triple bill – Jason Boesel (part of a recent Laurel Canyon musical resurgence along with his friends from Dawes), plus Corey Chisel & the Wandering Sons, who hail from Appleton, Wisconsin, but share their love for upfront, honest and unpretentious lyrics, warm and sincere harmonies and soulful alt-country melodies. A beautiful evening of music that felt like a big, warm hug.

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Show Preview: Dawes, Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons, and Jason Boesel (Team Love) ~ Great Scott, Allston ~ Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010

Dawes (photo by Matt Jacoby)

Dawes (photo by Matt Jacoby)

Dawes, Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons, and Jason Boesel (Team Love) at Great Scott, Allston, Saturday, February 20
(21+ show; 9pm)

Some really heartwarming, lovely music here. Dawes – Taylor Goldsmith (vocals, guitar), his brother Griffin Goldsmith (drums, vocals), Wylie Gelber (bass), and Alex Casnoff (piano, vocals) – came out of Taylor and Wylie’s earlier band Simon Dawes. This newer incarnation marks a growing musical sophistication and maturing songwriting style.

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