Festival At The Farm Organizer James Macdonald On Creating A Lasting Legacy In A Truly Special Location

first_imgThe second annual Festival at the Farm is once again set to take place on Prowse Farm in Canton, MA on September 16th and 17th, boasting a lineup that features an eclectic mix of in-demand artists like Lettuce, The Wood Brothers, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Martin Sexton, The Marcus King Band, Brett Dennen, Ryan Montbleau, Kat Wright, and many more. The event also has focused on curating a local, homegrown feel in a family-friendly environment, enlisting local businesses, farmers, and food and craft beer vendors to get involved.As the event continues to draw closer, we were able to chat with event organizer and producer James Macdonald of Six Chair Productions about Festival at the Farm, the past endeavors at Prowse Farm that led to this festival incarnation, and how he has made it his mission to work with the local community to create a festival that has the neighborhood vibe while also appealing to an larger audience.Live For Live Music: Have any of the artists on this year’s bill have played the festival before?James Macdonald: Yes, in fact we have a handful of artists who have played at Prowse Farm going back to the days when I was the Festival Director for the Life Is Good Festival. Artists making a return trip to the farm are Martin Sexton, the Wood Brothers, Brett Dennen, Ryan Montbleau, Kat Wright, Dwight and Nicole, Session Americana and Josh and the Jamtones doing the kids’ thing. Between Life Is Good Festival and last year’s Festival at the Farm, we’ve created a nice little family bond and the artists really seem to enjoy the location and vibe.L4LM: Can you tell us a little about the history of Festival at the Farm?JM: The festival began last summer, but I have been producing events at the site going back to 2010. As the festival director of the Life is Good Festival (2010-2013), I worked to create a special event for the Boston-area at this really special location. Fast forward to 2016, the Life is Good Festival was no longer…but I felt the site was just too beautiful and convenient to not continue producing a similarly-minded music festival. So in an effort to continue bringing people back to the Farm for live music, I created Festival at the Farm. Second time’s a charm?…L4LM: It seems organizers, artists, and fans alike have developed a connection to this venue. How was the Prowse Farm location originally chosen?JM: There are very few places in the Boston area that are as convenient and beautiful in direct proximity to the city. We’re less than 20 minutes away and we found the site in 2009 in an effort to expand the Life is Good Festival. Six festivals at the farm later…we really feel like we have a beautiful home in an amazing place to see music. There’s a 685 foot cliff directly behind the stages and a beautiful green lawn. There’s just something magical about seeing music in a place that inspires you.L4LM: This year boasts a particularly solid lineup of acts from across the musical spectrum. Which sets are you most excited to see?JM: As the event’s producer I feel a special sense of excitement about all of the acts, but I’m especially looking forward to my friends Ryan Montbleau and Kat Wright. I’m also proud of the fact that we can represent the Boston music scene so well with so many bands from the area. For me, it’s just about seeing these bands discover this beautiful location and vibe. And, of course, there’s a lot of fun seeing the little kids rock out to Josh and The Jamtones.L4LM: Outside of the music, the fest features some really great local food and craft beer options. How important is it to work with the local community in building a successful event?JM: This event is really all about community. It’s independently owned, in fact it’s sort of a “start-up” story in and of itself. So the local farmers and restaurants on site share a kinship what we are trying to do – we have all brought great ideas out to the community and I am so proud to partner with local businesses that believe in their own mission.L4LM: Tell us a little about the vendors and sponsors Festival at the Farm works with.JM: The festival wouldn’t be possible without our friends at Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs. People thought it was a little crazy when I told them that we had developed such a great partnership. Usually music festivals focus heavily on a different type of partner. Pete and Gerry’s are an incredible business, supporting local farmers throughout New England, standing up for organic and humane farming practices. I truly am inspired by the things they have done and the things they believe in. Yes, I am gushing about an egg company, but they are the type of business this world needs.L4LM: Not every music festival is entirely family friendly. To what extent did creating an environment for families with children factor into your overall concept and goals for Festival at the Farm?JM: Music festivals just get lumped into this idea that it’s all about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll …or that they are the exclusive domain of teenagers and twenty-somethings. But it’s important to me that my own daughter gets to experience the joy and camaraderie a music festival delivers. I think it’s important to other people, too. Those are our people and we want them to join us. Going back to my life in the good ol’ festival days, I realized that there’s just absolutely nothing that will bring a smile to your face quicker than a five-year-old rocking out at a music festival. So, I just wanted to create a space where mom and dad could maybe have a beer and catch one of their favorite bands while the little ones go bananas and have fun in their own way. Music festivals are for everybody and I enjoy working hard to bring that concept to life.L4LM: There is something to be said about the natural beauty of New England in the Fall. Was the choice to put on an event in early autumn something that was decided on from the start?JM: It’s all about the weather. You just can’t beat New England in the late summer/early fall. Plus, I’m too busy going to all the other amazing summertime New England music to throw my own event [laughs].L4LM: Thanks so much for your time, James. Best of luck this year!Enter to win a free pair of tickets to the upcoming Festival at the Farm below:Single-day tickets are $45, with two-days going for $75. Kids under 5 are free, while tickets for children 6-12 are $15 (single-day) and $20 (two-day). There is a special VIP option that includes a special dinner served by Commonwealth Cambridge chef/owner Nookie Postal. Tickets for Festival at the Farm are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For additional information and event updates, join the Facebook Event page.If you are traveling from the Boston area, leave your keys at home! The festival has teamed up with Skedaddle to provide an easy group transportation option to the festival. Buses leave from South Street in Boston, and back. Snag your seat on a route! Use promo code FARM10 for $10 off your seat! Purchase a spot on the bus here!Festival At The Farm 2017 LineupLettuceThe Wood BrothersBrett DennenLee Fields & The ExpressionsMartin SextonRyan MontbleauThe Marcus King BandSession AmericanaThe Ballroom ThievesKat WrightDwight and NicoleTwisted PineJulie RhodesMatthew Stubbs and the AntiguasLuxDeluxeSean McConnellJosh and the Jamtones[cover photo courtesy of Owen S. Jordan]last_img read more

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Airtel Adds Over 10 Lakh More Subscribers Than Reliance Jio in August: TRAI

first_imgtrai august TRAI August DataVodafone Idea lost many subscribers in AugustPhoto Credit: TRAIWhen compared to its performance in July, Airtel also saw a decline in subscriber additions from 32.60 lakhs to 28.99 lakhs in the month of August. However, it is significantly more than Jio’s performance in August. To be precise, Airtel added 10.35 lakh more subscribers than Jio in this month.- Advertisement – Vi (Vodafone Idea) lost about 12.28 lakh subscribers, a lot less than the 37.26 lakh subscribers lost in the month of July. BSNL made a modest gain of 2.14 lakh subscribers in the month of August. Airtel saw a monthly growth rate of 0.91 percent in wireless subscribers, whereas Jio lagged behind with a growth rate of 0.47 percent. According to TRAI, Kolkata and Himachal Pradesh regions showed maximum growth of 1.13 percent in its wireless subscriber base during the month of August.Coming to broadband, TRAI report reveals that BSNL stood at 78.5 lakh subscribers at the end of August. Bharti Airtel came in second with 25.3 lakh subscribers, Atria Convergence followed with 17 lakh subscribers, and Jio sat with 12.5 lakh subscribers. In the wireless broadband category, Jio was at the top with 40.267 crores subscribers, Airtel was at 15.465 crore subscribers, Vi (Vodafone Idea) was at 11.991 crore subscribers, and BSNL was at 159 lakh subscribers.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – Airtel managed to add more subscribers than Jio in the month of August 2020, the latest report from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) suggests. Airtel added 28.99 lakh subscribers, whereas Jio remained significantly behind with 18.64 lakh subscriber additions. Vi (Vodafone Idea) continued to lose subscribers with a decline of 12.28 lakh in the month of August. Reliance Jio enjoyed the largest share in the wireless telecom market with 35.08 percent market share and Airtel came in second with 28.12 percent market share.TRAI’s latest report for the month ending August 31 revealed that total wireless subscribers increased from 114.418 crores at the end of July to 114.792 crores at the end of August, thereby registering a monthly growth rate of 0.33 percent. Reliance Jio’s subscriber additions significantly reduced in August, when compared to July, and it went down from 35.54 lakhs to 18.64 lakhs, respectively.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Late Silva goal extends City’s winning run to 13 games

first_img(REUTERS) – David Silva scored a late goal as runaway leaders Manchester City won their 13th successive Premier League game and restored their eight-point lead with a 2-1 victory against West Ham United on Sunday.Silva converted Kevin de Bruyne’s brilliant pass from close range in the 83rd minute as City maintained their blistering form this season.Nicolas Otamendi had converted substitute Gabriel Jesus’s cross in the 57th minute to equalise after defender Angelo Ogbonna had headed West Ham into the most unlikely lead at the end of a first half in which the hosts dominated.In winning their 13th successive Premier League match, City equalled the record held by both Arsenal and Chelsea.“It was difficult, teams seem to come here and get every man behind the ball, not interested in anything but parking the bus,” City midfielder Fabian Delph told Sky Sports.”But we have players like David Silva in the team, so we knew if we kept going we’d get our chances. We knew we had to be patient, we came out flying in the second half, we tried to explain to the boys we still had time and then we started to relax a bit more and found those spaces.“We want to win the derby but we are taking it each game at a time.”After rivals United beat Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday to cut their lead to five points, City needed to win against relegation-threatened West Ham to restore their comfortable lead ahead of next weekend’s trip to Old Trafford.As expected, City dominated possession but the mass ranks of West Ham defenders frustrated their array of attacking players and disrupted the rhythm of their intricate, threaded passes.urprisingly, it was West Ham who came closest to opening the scoring when Michail Antonio stretched to fire a close-range volley over the top.Not until the 26th minute did goalkeeper Adrian make his first meaningful save, pushing Silva’s deflected shot over the crossbar.Manuel Lanzini drew a save from Ederson 10 minutes later before out-of-sorts City failed to deal with a corner — as they did in last weekend’s victory at Huddersfield Town — with Ogbonna’s downward header evading Ederson.Otamendi restored parity shortly after the break but, until Silva’s late intervention, it appeared that City’s search for a winner would prove fruitless.Jesus, Leroy Sane, de Bruyne, Silva and Raheem Sterling all went close as the Hammers defended superbly in their most impressive performance under manager David Moyes.City have not lost a game since April, and face second-place United next Sunday. West Ham, who have won only twice all season, sit 19th — three points behind West Bromwich Albion in 17th.last_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Badgers hit the road for top-10 battle with conference rival North Dakota

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team is coming off a very successful weekend, and, in what will be the third consecutive top-10 clash for the Badgers in just over a week, No. 9 North Dakota (10-6-2, 6-4-2 WCHA) is set to host No. 1 Wisconsin in a two-game series Friday and Saturday.Wisconsin made a statement last weekend with their victory against border rival No. 3 Minnesota.The Badgers swept the series for the first time in six years and held the Gophers, who have the highest scoring offense in the country, to only three goals in the whole series.Passing the halfway mark in the season after Nov. 4’s win, the Badgers are sitting atop the USCHO poll with a perfect record of 18-0-0.But if the top-ranked Badgers want to remain undefeated, they will have to put the celebrations after last weekend’s performance in the rear view window.They must do so quickly, as the hungry North Dakota team will be awaiting their arrival in Grand Forks this weekend.Recently, the Badgers have been dominant against UND, and Wisconsin is coming into this series having beaten North Dakota in their previous four matchups.But as the Badgers prepare, they may find themselves battling more than just their opponents on the ice this week.This series will be the last that the Badgers will play before taking their holiday break, and they will not return to the ice until January.Since the two-game road series falls between the an emotional, yet draining sweep over rival Minnesota and UW’s upcoming final exams week, managing off-the-rink distractions could prove key for success.These two programs last met during the WCHA conference tournament last season, where UW sent the Fighting Hawks packing after a decisive 4-1 victory.Even though this was only eight months ago, North Dakota has made significant changes since then. Come Friday, they will be returning with not only a new roster, but even a new mascot.One stellar matchup to look for this weekend is between North Dakota’s leading scorer, junior forward Amy Menke and Wisconsin’s star goaltender, Ann-Renée Desbiens.The first puck drops 7 p.m. Friday and then again 4 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more

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