Join Musica Franklin for our Third Annual Fun Fest, an afternoon of music, hands-on activities, and general merriment! Explore our instrument petting zoo, make your own paper marbling bookmark, play
Join Musica Franklin for our Third Annual Fun Fest, an afternoon of music, hands-on activities, and general merriment! Explore our instrument petting zoo, make your own paper marbling bookmark, play with giant bubbles, and listen to some fabulous music, all free! Musica Franklin students, Viva Quetzal, and The Gaslight Tinkers will play a diverse selection of joyful music.
This year we’ve partnered with River Culture to hold the festival at Peskeomskut Park in Turners Falls. Both social distancing circles and open seating will be available–bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Unvaccinated folks are asked to wear masks, and all are asked to wear masks within 6 feet of our activity tables, regardless of vaccine status.
Schedule of Events
1:00-5:00—Gates open, arts & crafts activities open
1:30-2:10—Musica Franklin students perform
2:15-5:00—Instrument Petting Zoo open
3:30-4:10—The Gaslight Tinkers
Rain Date July 18
About Viva Quetzal:
Viva Quetzal’s Afro-Andean fusion is rooted in the folk traditions of Chili and Peru, but the band also incorporates elements of rock, jazz and world beat. The 7-member band creates beautiful, high-spirited music that appeals to audiences of all ages.
“…A sampling of all the diverse musical traditions that exist in the Americas and beyond… melodious rhythms with an exuberant, non-stop level of energy… Viva Quetzal’s brand of music is more than eclectic or rhythmic, it’s spiritual, it’s all cultures existing as one. That’s universal music!”
-Rafael Charres, Cashbox Magazine (NYC)
About The Gaslight Tinkers:
Afrobeat, Caribbean, breakbeat, funk, and Latin grooves meet traditional Northern Fiddle. It’s the future of the music of the past. The Gaslight Tinkers’ blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Since its formation in 2012 the band has lit up the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Caribbean, headlining clubs, dances, and major festivals. The Gaslight Tinkers’ shows are packed with delightful surprises, elated crowds, and exuberant musicianship.
“Music that consistently fizzes and pops with unexpected textures and turns.”
-The Valley Advocate
Musica Franklin is grateful for sponsorship that makes this event possible from River Culture, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Franklin First Credit Union, and Greenfield Savings Bank.
For a full listing of summer events in Montague and the Turners Falls Cultural District visit www.riverculture.org
(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm