September 28, 2007

In preparation for Josh Ritter

Can't wait for next week. First, I'm on vacation and that's always a cause to celebrate. But also, on Thursday and Friday we'll be visiting with family -- the Josh Ritter family. He's performing two shows at the Somerville Theatre, which means we'll be seeing many of our extended "family" as well as bringing our kids to see the show on Friday. In preparation for the occasion, here is a full Josh concert from Amsterdam, just a few weeks ago. Enjoy and get psyched!

September 25, 2007

Boston Folk Festival

A couple of weeks ago, I spent some time at the Boston Folk Festival, a great event on the campus of UMass/Boston. It was nice to see acts I'd never heard before: Patty Larkin, Chris Smither, Catie Curtis, Antje Duvekot, among them. And it was great to see the likes of Erin McKeown, Lori McKenna, and Mark Erelli again. This year they decided on a round format for the acts, meaning groups of three were onstage at once taking turns singing. While it was fun to see some of the interaction between the musicians, it seemed to take some of the momentum out of the performers as they had to wait their turn to play. Anyway, it was a gorgeous day to be outside and hear music. More photos here.

Also, about a month ago, I spent three days of music, camping, and cavorting with post-Grateful Deadheads at the Gathering of Vibes festival in Bridgeport, Conn. I'll be writing about it in the next issue of my magazine, due in early October. If you want to see the pics, click here.