Green River Festival Announces Preliminary 2024 Lineup
Featuring Cake, Fleet Foxes, Gregory Alan Isakov, Joy Oladokun & More
Franklin County Fairgrounds | Greenfield, MA | June 21, 22, 23, 2024
Limited Specially-Priced 3-Day Passes On Sale at greenriverfestival.com
Green River Festival has announced the first acts on its 2024 lineup: headliners Cake, Fleet Foxes, and Gregory Alan Isakov will be joined by Joy Oladokun, Mdou Moctar, DakhaBrakha, S.G. Goodman, Margo Cilker, Oh He Dead, and Lola Kirke across three stages over the three days of the festival. The festival returns to Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield, MA on June 21, 22, and 23 for its 38th year.
A limited amount of specially-priced 3-Day Passes are on sale now at greenriverfestival.com. The full artist lineup will be announced in early 2024 at which time single day tickets, parking passes, camping passes and VIP add-ons will also be available for purchase.
Named one of “fifty essential summer music festivals” by The New York Times, Green River Festival is Western Massachusetts’ signature summer event. The festival is a spectacular celebration of music and community: a world-class lineup of over 30 acts on three stages, the best in local food, beer and wine, handmade juried crafts at The Makers Market, a wide array of kid’s activities, and camping. NPR recently wrote, “The Green River Festival lineup gets more legendary by the year.”
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CAKE‘s adherence to their original guiding principles has only grown stronger. Originally formed as a somewhat antagonistic answer to grunge, CAKE’s democratic processes, defiant self-reliance, and lucid yet ever-inventive music has made them a nation-state unto themselves, with no evident peers in sound or perspective. CAKE truly issues forth a sound and vision unlike any other band. They are currently at work on their ninth album due for release in 2024.
Fleet Foxes is an American indie folk band from Seattle, WA. Led by lead singer-songwriter Robin Pecknold, the band released their fourth critically acclaimed album Shore in the fall of 2020. Shore earned the band their second Grammy nomination (Best Alternative Music Album), and sweeping praise (MOJO five stars, Rolling Stone four stars, Pitchfork fifth consecutive Best New Music) with Rolling Stone calling the album “…the most immediately rewarding Fleet Foxes record since their brilliant 2008 debut.”
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now calling Colorado home, horticulturist/musician Gregor
One of music’s most unique and vulnerable voices, Joy Oladokun is in the midst of a landmark year following the release of her acclaimed new album, Proof of Life. Across its thirteen tracks — including collaborations with Chris Stapleton, Noah Kahan, Manchester Orchestra, Mt. Joy and Maxo Kream — Joy celebrates the simple pleasures of being alive, while also giving voice to some of life’s most complex experiences. Of the album, The New York Times proclaims, “her songs are conversational and confessional, and her hooky but profound melodies turn her lyrics into mantras,” while the Associated Press declares, “one of the most appealing artists working in the music scene these days.” A singular artist, Joy continues to forge her own path, sharing the unique perspective gained from living in today’s world as a black, queer person and first-generation child of Nigerian immigrants.
Mdou Moctar is a prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter who boldly reforges contemporary Saharan music and “rock music“ by melding Eddie Van Halen pyrotechnics, full-blast noise and guitar shredding, field recordings, drums rhythms, poetic meditations on love, religion, women’s rights, inequality and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers to rip a new hole in the sky.
DakhaBrakha is a world music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band DakhaBrakha, create a world of unexpected new music. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, and Ukrainian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. “The group mixes everything from punk-pop to traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures, often with the close harmonies usually associated with Balkan music. But it’s really the live shows that take DakhaBrakha beyond mere curiosity to utter brilliance.” — NPR
When Kentucky native and Americana Music Award Winner for Emerging Act of the Year S.G. Goodman released her debut album, Old Time Feeling, she was rightly coined an “untamed rock n roll truth-teller” by Rolling Stone. The roots-inflected rock n’ roll record saw Goodman lending her gritty, haunting vocals to narrate the dual perspectives of her upbringing as the daughter of a crop farmer, and a queer woman coming out in a rural town. On her new album Teeth Marks, she picks up the threads of Old Time Feeling, but where her critically acclaimed, Jim James-produced debut zeroed in on the South, reframing misconceptions in slough water-soaked tones, her latest album pulses with downtown Velvet Underground electricity, shifting its focus inward – though never losing Goodman’s searing and universal point of view. Teeth Marks is what you might get if Flannery O’Connor and Lou Reed went on a road trip.
Margo Cilker‘s sophomore album, Valley of Heart’s Delight, refers to a place she can’t return: California’s Santa Clara Valley, as it was known before the orchards were paved over and became more famous for Silicon than apricots. In this 11-song follow-up to 2021’s critically acclaimed Pohorylle, family and nature intertwine as guiding motifs, at once precious and endangered, beautiful and exhausting. Cilker and Pohorylle producer Sera Cahoone brought most of that record’s highly-acclaimed crew (studio players for The Decemberists, Band Of Horses, and Beirut) back to the studio with additional contributions from acclaimed Northwest traditionalist Caleb Klauder. Valley of Heart’s Delight, Cilker’s second record on Portland, Oregon label Fluff & Gravy Records, follows a year busily reaping the fruits of Pohorylle’s success, with festival appearances at Pickathon, Treefort, and End Of The Road, and tours supporting American Aquarium, Hayes Carll, Drive-By Truckers, and Joshua Ray Walker.
DC-based band Oh He Dead was founded in 2015 by singer CJ Johnson and singer/guitarist Andy Valenti. Eight years and a global pandemic later, the now five-piece group includes lead guitarist Alex Salser, Adam Ashforth on drums, and Piano (yes that’s her real name) Whitman on keys. The close-knit crew is known for putting on a hell of a live show as Johnson “maneuvers her powerful voice — a combination of Stevie Nicks and Tracy Chapman” (Kojo Nnamdi) in rhythm with the band’s “sublime instrumentation” (NPR) and “infectious and soulful sound” (Washington Post). Oh He Dead’s second album, Pretty, will be out on September 15th.
Lola Kirke has played many roles as an actress (“Mozart in the Jungle,” “Gone Girl,” “Winning Time”), but as a musician her sights have always been set squarely on Country. After relocating from Los Angeles to Nashville in 2020, Kirke devoted herself to honing the craft she’d come to admire so deeply in artists like The Judds, The Pistol Annies, and Dolly Parton. Shortly thereafter, she released her critically acclaimed sophomore LP “Lady For Sale” on the much respected Third Man Records in 2022, and played sold out shows with the likes of Jenny Lewis, and Margo Price. Her new EP “Curious Country” was produced by Elle King and the first single “All My Exes Live in LA” features First Aid Kit.