GHFGratitude Harvest Festival. Possibly the most aptly named event I’ve come across in awhile. It’s a music festival, with a focus in local and sustainable farming, and music based in soulful funk.  It will take place in the beautiful fields of Round the Bend Farm in South Dartmouth, MA on September 7th, 2013, with music running from noon to 2am.

It’s really awesome to see a small one day fest still have so much culture and purpose. 50% of proceeds will go to benefit SEMAP (Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership), and 100% of the festival’s silent auction will also go to SEMAP. For more on SEMAP click here.

While the festival is only one day, they are gracious enough to allow camping for a fee, as the music going late and they don’t want people to drive home afterwards (how kind). Plus it keeps the festival vibe even though it’s one day. More than 20 acts will play over the course of the day, on four stages, with activities ranging from hiking, rock climbing, yoga, beach bus, and a local food bazaar.

Music:

Dumstaphunk. Headlining the festival, and fresh off their new album Dirty Words, Ivan Neville’s group is making waves far past the boundaries of their New Orleans roots.

 

Nigel Hall Band. Playing with Lettuce and Warren Haynes Band amongst many others, Nigel is rapidly making a name for himself with numerous other festival appearances across the country this summer. His personality truly seeps through into the music, and he makes for a fun show every time.



The Nth Power. This supergroup is made up of Nigel Hall, Nikki Glaspie (drummer/vocalist for Dumpstaphunk),  Nick Cassarino (Guitar/Vocalist for Lifted Crew),  Nate Edgar (bassist for John Brown’s Body) and N’Weedie Braimah (keeping with the “n” thing). This group is quite possibly the most soulful group to appear in recent memory. Keep an eye for for these guys.

 

Otis Grove. These guys are true improvisation artists. Their Facebook page lists their interests as, “playing some funky jams,” and having played over 500 shows, they do it well. Having and organ/leslie tricked out by guitarist Tyler Drabick (he owns an organ repair shop) is just enough to put this group over the edge as one of the most engrossing live acts in Boston.

 

If that still isn’t enough to sell you on these $50 tickets, here is a list of the rest of the acts performing:

Lifted Crew – Jennifer Hartswick – Nephrok! Allstars – Rebecca Correia – Akashic Record – Bass Wave – Dynasty Electric – Putnam Murdock – Common Ground – The Little Compton Band – Richard James – Funktapuss – Goosepimp Orchestra – Tem Blessed – The Bag Men – Charlie Cover – Omega Sounds (WUMD) – Pop Into the Mist.

For more info visit http://gratitudeharvestfestival.com/