Seventh Uplift Music Festival in Greenfield Saturday

  • Vapors of Morphine Photo by Paul Janovitz—

  • Adam and the Flood perform at the 2016 Uplift Music Festival. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Party of the Sun Courtesy photo—

  • Dub Apocalypse Courtesy photo—

  • Hug the Dog performs at the 2016 Uplift Music Festival Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, July 27, 2018 11:24AM

Seven years in, the Uplift Music Festival shows no signs of slowing down. This year’s incarnation, set for Saturday, July 28 at Oak Park in Greenfield, boasts the same combination of local music and larger regional acts that the festival has become known for.

Co-organizer Mike Chadinha has helped put together another eclectic lineup that offers everything from funk to reggae to rock and hip-hop.

“To have a one-day festival where you can have all this variation — that’s a big part of it,” Chadinha said.

This year’s biggest addition is a bit of a change of pace, as Vapors of Morphine is at the top of the bill. The band is made up of the surviving members of Morphine, the legendary Boston band.

“They’re just amazing and original,” Chadinha said. “To me it’s kind of crazy, to have a band that was that big in the ‘90s.”

This year marks the first Uplift without a Youngest Sun performance, but between the funked-out Varsity Material and the stripped-down Party of the Sun, you can see just about all of them in action anyway.

Hug the Dog comes off a mini-hiatus for a rare show; Dub Apocalypse brings their deep dub stylings; Joe Sambo will play with a reggae influence; Winterland performs the music of the Grateful Dead and local “rap-a-billy” stars Adam and the Flood close out the night.

As always, proceeds from Uplift go to benefit a local charity; this year, it’s Monadnock At Home, a non-profit which helps area seniors continue living and thriving without moving into nursing homes or assisted living facilities. It’s a cause that’s often overlooked, Chadinha said, but it’s an important one.

For tickets and more information, visit upliftmusicfest.org.