Uplift for Cornucopia
Uplift Music Festival: All-day concert in Oak Park to feature local blues, funk, reggae bands
All Good Feel Good, a collective of local musicians, will be onstage at the Uplift Music Festival Saturday in Greenfield.
Josh Blair and the Ghost Dinner Band will appear at Saturday's Uplift Music Festival at Oak Park in Greenfield.
Last year, more than 700 people attended the first Uplift Music Festival at Oak Park in Greenfield. The festival, organized by several workers at Harlow’s Restaurant in Peterborough, raised more than $7,000 that was used toward renovations at the popular pub, a venue where many of the Uplift groups have played.
This Saturday, one of those bands, Roots of Creation, will headline the second Uplift festival, also at Oak Park. The band’s drummer, Mike Chadinha, who also works at Harlow’s, is one of the organizers of both last year’s and this year’s festivals.
“It all just started with a couple of us trying to think of a way to help Harlow’s,” Chadinha said on Monday. “It was a real success and we realized we could do this annually, and use it to benefit someone different each year.”
This year, the festival proceeds will go to the Cornucopia Project, the Peterborough-based organization that works with children to spread awareness of healthy food, often through hands-on experiences in the Cornucopia’s gardens in Hancock and at local schools.
“All of us who run Uplift and work at Harlow’s are believers in organic gardening and eating healthy food,” Chadinha said. “We talked to people we know, and Cornucopia seemed like a good fit.”
The festival will be held at Oak Park from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., with bands performing on two stages. In addition to Roots of Creation, the lineup includes the Todd Biggins Band, Ghost Dinner Band, The Youngest Sun, Ol’ Factory, All Good Feel Good Collective, Hug the Dog, Murphy’s Blues, Peterborough Jug Stompers and Reed Hayes.
“It’s really a very diverse group.” Chadinha said. “We have a ska-reggae band, a funk jam band. Most of them are local. The Todd Biggins Band is guys who were formerly in Welcome to Florida. Ol’ Factory is a side project by a bunch of local guys who will be doing ’60s and ’70s funk and rock. And we have to have a blues band, so we lined up Murphy’s Blues.”
He said the variety will make for a show that’s suitable for fans of all ages and all types of music.
“It’s really all over the place — nothing offensive,” Chadinha promised. “It’s a great place to network with all these great musicians. That’s always the fun thing for me.”
Chadinha said Roots of Creation will debut a new song, called “Uplift the People,” as part of their set.
“It’s a reggae rock song with a very catchy hook and danceable groove,” Chadinha said.
The family based event will include a kid’s village, with a couple of bounce houses for entertainment and a tent where Cornucopia will be doing gardening activities with children.
Many craft vendors will be displaying and selling their work and food will be available.
Advance tickets for the festival are $15 and can be purchased at Harlow’s in Peterborough or online at upliftmusicfest.org. Tickets at the gate are $20; $5 for children ages 6 to 12; and free for younger children.
“Last year, I was thinking we’d have 300 people, 500 at best,” Chadinha said. “It was much more than we expected. We’re hoping for the same this year. We try to keep the ticket price low, to keep it accessible for everybody. Raising money is important, but having fun is the goal.”
Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 233 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.