Solarfest: Electrifying Music, Family Fun and Sustainability

Solarfest: Electrifying Music, Family Fun and Sustainability

Solarfest: Electrifying Music, Family Fun and Sustainability

The sun sets at Solarfest.

The sun sets at Solarfest.

Solarfest, New England’s longest running solar-powered music festival and sustainability conference, showcases an astonishing program of world-class music and entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18 to 20, at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, Vt. For 20 years, SolarFest has hosted huge talent, and nationally touring artists have been delighted that their music is amplified and lit by solar energy. Break of Reality, a heavy-metal cello band, closes Saturday night’s concerts. Nantucket-based Entrain returns with its drums and infectious rhythms, shifting seamlessly among rock, blues, calypso, ska, zydeco, jazz and funk. Artists appearing at SolarFest for the first time include Lukas Nelson, who has been touring non-stop for three years with his band Promise of the Real; the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band and the Black Crowes; Waylon Speed and the West African-influenced polyrhythmic grooves of Barika; Bow Thayer; Eastbound Jesus; reggae groove artist Sleepy Wonder and Geometric Echoes, featuring members of Thievery Corp; and crowd favorites SolarFest House Band and Soule Monde. The opening Friday act of the festival is Keeghan Nolan, a northern Vermonter who has been snapped up by Nashville, is riding a tide of acclaim on her songwriting acumen and heartfelt delivery.

For families, there’s storytelling, a world champion juggler, Puppet Pageantry, clown Rick Davis, old time music making with the Bogstompers, dontra dance and Theater-In-The-Woods, featuring original plays by children’s book author Frank Asch presented by a talented troupe of actors. Saturday night is the Art Bonfire, a 20-year-old tradition, which invites spectators to witness and celebrate the conflagration of a wood sculpture into flames. Visit solarfest.org for tickets and information.

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