Beyond The Fest

The Lowell Folk Festival weekend is not only a great time to experience the music and food that are an official part of the festival, it also presents an excellent opportunity to hear local performers, drink locally crafted beer and spirits and to eat food prepared by Lowell’s finest chefs.

Eddy Dyer kicks it all off with a solo acoustic show Thursday night at the Hynes Tavern at 467 Gorham Street. He will be performing his first and last albums. If you’re the type of person who has no problem dancing to both The Clash and The Grateful Dead then stop by, raise a pint and get ready for the weekend to follow.

On Friday, Cobblestones will begin hosting three nights of live music, starting with FREEVOLT, who play an eclectic mix of reggae, funk and roots rock. The restaurant’s annual reggae jam commences on Saturday at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the regular brunch is suspended, but fear not – at 4 p.m., the afterglow party begins with Hal Holiday and friends. Local favorites such as Navigation Brewery, Klin Spirits and Mill City Grows will be featured.

UnchARTed, the pizzeria, art gallery and music space, will host a Friday evening show featuring multiple bands, a 6 p.m. start time and no cover. Too young to hit the bars? No problem – the show is all ages. On Saturday evening, the venue features Jen Kearney and D-Tension. MVM readers will be familiar with both these acts, but might not know this marks D-Tension’s 22nd straight year performing at the festival. If you show up thirty minutes early, you might just get the chance to hear him spinning the music of a certain dearly departed and much loved purple-loving musical icon. Music begins at 9 p.m. Uncharted will be servicing slices, cold beer and wine.

Not enough? Join in with the ghosts of Edgar Allan Poe and Jack Kerouac for Worthenfest on July 29-31. Bands include Arlen, The Only Things and The Big Sway. When you step outside The Worthen, Lowell’s oldest tavern, you might witness a living time capsule, as the years roll back, and you catch glimmers of the city’s historic past.


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