Life is good fest carries on for another year, hammering down the nail and being the new quintessential end-of-summer party. They achieve a similar celebratory vibe to a summer wedding, with ankle-bitin’ youngsters and micro-brew sipping parents mixing in flawlessly with indie-junkies and college-aged fans. The event radiates the most positivity through and through. Here is just a small sample of things that, in one way or another, conjured up blissful feelings:
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
The San Francisco art-poppers were the perfect choice to mix up the festival’s sound and give it a bit of alt cred in the process. Thao is a joyous spirit and a supreme talent, holding her own on a number of instruments and making the smiling crowd wiggle throughout.
Bearded fellas rocking Life is good shirts and Crocs while passionately fist-pumping to a Dawes folk-pop ballad? Dads were easily the quiet MVPs of the day.
A conversation with 6-year-old Joshua discussing his favorite set
Me: What did you think of Yo Gabba Gabba?
Joshua: Yo Gabba Gabba was BEAST!
Me: How so?
Joshua: There are monsters in the band.
Me: Good point.
Lake Street Dive
A jazzy collective that was trained locally at the Boston Conservatory, Lake Street Dive was an unexpected handful of soul that translated well with both the under-10 crowd and the elder folks of the audience.
Life is good Coffee House
The tiny stage housed acoustic sets from Ryan Montbleau, Mike Doughty, Nathan Moore, and many others. Grins filled the room as more curious festivalgoers sipped brews and discovered new music.
Such an amazing year for a group that exudes posi-vibes in all of their work. A cover of Mike Snow’s “Animal” and their own latest hit “Sail Into the Sun” got the day started off with an extra pep in its step.
The Roots pulling together a set upon arrival
Late-night staples and legendary crew The Roots almost didn’t make the festival at all. They literally pulled their guitars from their cases and started playing when they reached the festival grounds. Considering the abrupt start, they couldn’t have won the crowd over any more.
Bert and John
The founders of Life is good were the ultimate hosts. They strolled the grounds the entire time, shaking hands, being semi-fanboys, and making their positivity contagious the entire time. They successfully fed folks healthy doses of optimism all day without being overly cheesy, which is harder than they make it look.
Daryl Hall & John Oates
It’s easy to forget how many hits these fellas had until you see them live. Let’s just say a jammed-out version of “I Can’t Go For That” led to a solid number of bold dance steps that, if recreated elsewhere, would be a dangerous move.
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