Had the pleasure of attending the Green River Festival in Greenfield, Massachusetts this past weekend. Now in its 28th year, the festival combines the feeling of extended family holiday, a day at the beach and a neighborhood block party --- if a lot of great musicians happen to live in your neighborhood. It manages to be low key with high energy and to promote things like engaged community, renewable energy and progressive political causes without asphyxiating you with its self-righteousness.
There is usually a lot of acoustic/folk and Americana at the festival as well as some headliners who mix up the sound. There are also always musicians you haven't heard of, but should. One of the most popular "new" acts this year was the Chilean musician, innovator, songwriter Ana Tijoux.