Get ready to head to Devens, MA! The old army fort town will be the host of the first Nines Festival on Willard Field August 10th from 1-11PM. Parking is free, and kids under ten get in free, accompanied by an adult.
A collaborative effort by 3 River Arts and Great Northeast Productions, the Nines Festival promises a diverse line-up suitable for all ages including music, comedy, art installations and interactive exhibits of local, national and emerging artists. Food and crafts will be for sale on site.
Notable indie-rocker national acts like, Austin’s Explosions In the Sky touring with Nine Inch Nails, and Boston’s own Air Traffic Controller will be there, as well as Shuggie Otis the well known R&B guitarist. San Diego’s Delta Spirit will be mixing it up with their own brand of roots, blues and country, and DJ Kid Koala will create some unique sounds with his turntables. With three stages going, plus a comedy tent, there is sure to be something to suit everyone.
For more info about the event:
General ticket purchase: Ticketmaster, The Nines Festival or call 800-653-8000.
VIP ticket purchase: Gets you much swag and goodness, in fact you’ll be on cloud nine, for details scroll to the bottom of the page.
Air Traffic Controller’s Dave Munro announced they would start their set off with a little number called “Test, 1,2.” Apparently a song they do for sound check when they don’t get one. Casey Sullivan, a recording artist in her own right, plays a mean Hoffner style bass, the instrument favored by Paul McCartney. They soon kicked it into “Pick Me Up” off of their latest, Nordo. Following it up with a brilliant Munro and Sullivan duet on “Anyway.” Another off Nordo was about a dream Munro had. “Magic.” Jangly and discordant, it’s loaded up with heavy bass and angular guitar. They needed to start the song again since Munro said they partied too hard the night before. Munro talked about the CD they recorded and how this time Alison Shipton was having to represent for the whole warehouse of people that usually accompanied “Blame.” When they recorded they had a forty piece band from BU. Munro and Casey readied the audience to participate with the sing along “Hurry Hurry,” and kids ran to the front to dance, even in the record heat.
Munro gave a shout out to Ted Cutler, the founder of Outside the Box Festival for this crazy idea, adding that this might be the coolest thing Boston has ever had. Munro changed to a white Fender electric and Steve Scott when not playing lead guitar or keyboard took up Sullivan’s bass while she played mandolin. Alison Shipton delivered an elegant violin solo, on “Ready or Not,” and before launching into “Foot of the Bed” Shipton said Munro got married last Saturday. Munro teased “yeah, to Alison.” To which she replied “Musta been another dream.” Munro switched back to acoustic and Scott back to piano for another few songs. They plugged “You Know Me” in current rotation on WERS. Their last song was off the new CD “Nordo” called “Bad Axe, MI” another story telling number about a band from Bad Axe Michigan. This highlighted everyone’s talents with a fast kick-ass fiddle solo, killer drums by Richie Munro and flourishing guitar. The Munro brothers facing each other, Dave finalized the set with a rock and roll jump on stage. Catch them this summer around Boston.