The Frendly Gathering in Windham rests atop the local music marquee this week. And you can turn here for more on that chummy three-day shindig. But in news that should surprise exactly no one, Frendly ain’t the only cool music fest happing in the Green Mountains this weekend. Because music festivals are happening in Vermont every weekend from now until Labor Day. Normally, this would be the part of the column where I take local promoters aside and ask them share a Google calendar so that great fests aren’t all stacked up on the same weekends. Thing is, there are only so many days in Vermont’s brief summer season. And having an abundance of fun options to choose from is a good problem to have. So, let’s dig in, shall we?
We start in Montpelier with the debut of a brand-new event, the Eat More Kale Festival, at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier on Saturday, June 25. Spearheaded by Bo Muller-Moore — aka “the Eat More Kale Guy” — andcHalogen Media Works‘ Justin Hoy, EMK is a family-friendly celebration of local music, arts and community. And also kale.
As one might expect, the lineup is fittingly locavore. Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band take top billing. They’ll be joined by funksters Gang of Thieves, Hayley Jane & the Primates, roots-soul duo Dwight & Nicole, the Aerolites, Binger and rocksteady favorites Steady Betty, among many others. EMK also touts some solid hometown talent, including Montpelier acts Casio Bastard, songwriter Abby Jenne, garage rockers Lake Superior and hip-hop duo Boomslang.
No word yet if the corporate trolls at Chick-fil-A have filed a frivolous and evilsuit against the Eat More Kale Festival for copyright infringement on its “Eat Mor Chikin” slogan. But we’ll stay on that story and break news as events warrant. In the meantime, check out emkfest.org for more details.