Put on Your Dancing Shoes for Chesterfest, Fridays in July and August!
Chesterfest, a new Americana music festival, held at Chesterwood on Friday evenings from July 11 through August 29, features a great selection of contemporary American music, from folk, bluegrass and country to rock, garage bands, psych-folk and punk. Solo artists perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by bands at 7:30 p.m. Bring your friends and family, lawn chairs or blanket, and pack a picnic for memorable music nights at Chesterwood! The grounds open at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $10 per person; children under 18 are free. A glass of Wandering Star Craft Brewery beer, made in the Berkshires, is included with adult admission. Homemade snacks from Delicious Traditions and refreshments, including beer, are available for purchase. Buy tickets online or purchase at the door.
6:30 p.m.: Mikey Sweet. 7:30 p.m.: The Picky Bastards
6:30 p.m.: Emily Mure. 7:30 p.m.: The Pistolwhips
6:30 p.m.: Niall Connolly. 7:30 p.m.: The Junk Rumblers
6:30 p.m.: Jeb Barry. 7:30 p.m.: Doug Tuttle
6:30 p.m.: Moot Davis for both sets
6:30 p.m.: Bruce Mandel. 7:30 p.m.: The Frontmen
6:30 p.m.: Liz and Jim Beloff. 7:30 p.m.: The Rambling Kind
6:30 p.m.: Alex Smith. 7:30 p.m.: Sunlea
About the Musicians
Mikey Sweet, July 11, 6:30 p.m.
Returning to Chesterfest this year is Mikey Sweet, a singer-songwriter, who grew up in Western Massachusetts. At the age of 15 he quit school and hit the road, picking up a guitar and learning to sing, he says, on sidewalks, subways, and interstate on-ramps. “Life is just a collection of stories, and we might as well make them our own,” Sweet said.
The Picky Bastards, July 11, 7:30 p.m.
A bluegrass-centric band led by Chris Merenda on vocals and banjo. A staple of the Berkshires music scene, Chris has performed with The Wheel, The Mammals and Arlo Guthrie.
Emily Mure, July 18, 6:30 p.m.
Another encore performer this year at Chesterfest, Emily Mure, with the help of award winning musicians of both classical and folk backgrounds, has composed an album of “unpretentious, straight-and-true songwriting that draws from contemporary folk, acoustic country and intimate chamber pop” (Direct Current Music).
The Pistolwhips, July 18, 7:30 p.m.
Making their Chesterfest debut, The Pistolwhips are Albany, New York’s, finest purveyors of garage rock. Get ready for some high-energy rock and roll!
Niall Connolly, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
Reminiscent of the sounds of a young Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Wilco, Irish-born and Brooklyn-based Niall Connolly is considered one of the most vibrant, poignant and authentic indie folk artist in New York City.
“Deeply Passionate. Engaging songs that are very much in the vein of early Dylan and showcase the strength of his voice and the potency of his words.” (The Irish Independent)
The Junk Rumblers, July 25, 7:30 p.m.
From New Brunswick, New Jersey, The Junk Rumblers combine vintage ‘50s rockabilly with a danceable, modern psycho-attack. Infectious vocals drive this quartet with campy B -movie swank.
Jeb Barry, August 1, 6:30 p.m.
Barry, who lives in Adams, Mass., has written over 3,500 songs that roam through all styles of music and was named a ‘Songwriter to Watch’ by the Nashville Songwriters Association. He is the lead singer/songwriter in the “hard dirt” Americana group, Pawn Shop Saints, which features edgy, bluegrass-types of songs.
Doug Tuttle, August 1, 7:30 p.m.
In his widely acclaimed 2014 debut solo album, “Tuttle deftly forges a sound that is all his, weaving nebulous jams into masterfully crafted pop gems…While ‘Forget the Days’ is reminiscent of the best Rick Wright Pink Floyd tune, ’‘Turn this Love’ is perhaps the cornerstone of the record; practically pouring out of the speakers. At once hazy and yearning, the tune builds upon melodic organ drones & splashing cymbal crashes before turning into an extended jam that you wish would go on forever.” (Spin)
Moot Davis, August 8, 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
“If Keith Richards, Raul Malo and Dwight Yoakam had a love child, it would be Moot Davis.” (Country Standard Time)
“Moot Davis is primed to be the leader in the new insurgent country music scene.” (Entertainment Today)
Davis has taken the country music world by storm. His fourth album, “Goin’ In Hot” was released in 2014 to continued critical praise. Davis has more than 20 film and television placements, including the Oscar-winning film “Crash” and the horror-hit “The Hills Have Eyes”.
Bruce Mandel, August 15, 6:30 p.m.
“Reminiscent of the singer/songwriters who penned the soundtrack of the ’60s and ’70s, Bruce Mandel brews up a coffeehouse sound that’s espresso rich in inspiration and experience. As a vocalist, Bruce comes across as smooth, comfortable and quite likable. As songwriter, he’s a storyteller.” (Singer & Musician Magazine) http://www.brucemandel.com
The Frontmen, August 15, 7:30 p.m.
Berkshire-based band The Frontmen, composed of Luke Germain (guitar, songwriter), John Hartcorn (bass), Dan Karp (guitar), and Dana Delarosa (drums), play an eclectic mix of original and classic rock music. https://www.facebook.com/thefrontmenberkshires/
Liz and Jim Beloff, August 22, 6:30 p.m.
The Beloff’s company, Flea Market Music, publishes the world-renowned Jumpin’ Jim’s series of ukulele songbooks. This series includes The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs For Better Living and The Daily Ukulele: Leap Year Edition, the largest ukulele songbooks ever published. They regularly perform together, including ukulele tours of Japan and Australia. http://www.reverbnation.com/lizandjimbeloff
The Rambling Kind, August 22, 7:30 p.m.
The Rambling Kind, based in the Pioneer Valley, play a diverse and unique variety of original songs, bluegrass standards, and rocking fiddle tunes. With strong harmonies, skilled instrumentals, and a repertoire as tall as their mandolin player, The Rambling Kind explores new directions for acoustic music while remaining loyal to their bluegrass roots. http://www.reverbnation.com/theramblingkind
Alex Smith, August 29, 6:30 p.m.
“Alex personifies the next generation of Adirondack singer-songwriters.”(Chris Shaw, Adirondack Folk Legend)
Smith grew up in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and has been immersed in folk tradition from a very young age. Promoting a sense of pride in the traditions of one’s culture while at the same time speaking about the issues presented in modern times is the backbone of Smith’s music. He tours and records extensively, both solo and with his band The Mountain Sound.
Sunlea, August 29, 7:30 p.m.
SUNLEA emerged on the Central Massachusetts jamband scene as a beacon of beer drinking light. The music was contagious with soaring guitar solos, smooth percussive grooves and high engery performances. Musical style: Rock / Psychedelic / Jam Band. For more information: http://www.reverbnation.com/sunlea
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