Friday, April 5, 2013

Green River Festival 2013

The 2013 Green River Festival returns to Greenfield, MA on July 20 and 21. This year's headliners are Gogol Bordello (Sat) and Brandi Carlile (Sun). The scheduled line-up is shown below. For more info and tickets see

See my festivals page for upcoming music festivals in New England

Saturday July 20 - Gogol Bordello, The Devil Makes Three, The Skatalites, JD MCPherson, Sally Ford & The Sound Outside, Jeffrey Foucault & Cold Satellite, Slaid Cleaves, The Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Ryan Montbleau Band, Miss Tess & The Talk Backs, Caravan Of Thieves, Poor Old Shine, And The Kids, Rusty Belle, Bunk, Spanish For Hitchhiking, Bright Lines, Sun Parade, Lux Deluxe

Sunday, July 21 - Brandi Carlile, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Lake Street Dive, Todd Snider, Heather Maloney, Joe Pug, Bombino, Spirit Family Reunion, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Boxcar Lilies, Salvation Alley String Band, Gaslight Tinkers

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Twenty Feet From Stardom at IFFBoston

"Twenty Feet From Stardom" is a documentary about the world of backup singers. Directed by Morgan Neville, it premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In the clip below, the director talks about the film.

The director says "the fact is that backup singers can blow away lead singers any day of the week, every day of the week". He specifically mentions Merry Clayton's singing on The Stones "Gimme Shelter" as possibly the greatest backup singing performance of all time.

The film screens at IFFBoston at Somerville Theatre on Sunday, Apr 28 at 3:30pm

More info at