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3rd annual JP Music Festival set for Sept. 7; performers unveiled

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  July 26, 2013 05:17 PM

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At the inaugural JP Music Festival in 2011, about 1,000 spectators attended to watch artists, including Violent Femmes frontman Gordon Gano, who joined festival organizer Rick Berlin and the Nickel & Dime Band onstage for a few songs. Gano’s sister is a longtime JP resident.

The third annual JP Music Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 from noon to 7 p.m. The free festival at Pinebank field will have two stages with continuous music played by more than 20 artists and bands.

The yearly event, which started in 2011, features musicians who either live or work in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. The festival’s mascot and logo is a legendary albino squirrel that once scurried around Jamaica Pond.

“Coming into our third year is exciting because the word has gotten out around Boston about the festival, so we’re expecting a bigger crowd and people staying all day long. I’m confident this will be our best festival yet,” Shamus Moynihan, a co-founder and producer of the festival, said in a statement.

The festival’s music is “as diverse as Jamaica Plain itself,” organizers said. Genres this year include Afrobeat, Americana, Baroque, country, dance, folk, gospel, hip hop, jazz, opera, pop, rock, ska, and soul.

There will also be activities for children, food trucks and carts, shaded areas, water for dogs, bicycle racks and artist and festival merchandise for sale.

Top sponsors include the “premier sponsor” The Galway House, the “stage sponsor” Tres Gatos, and “major sponsor” JP Seafood Café.

“We wouldn’t be able to produce the festival without the continued support of The Galway House and our new sponsors Tres Gatos and JP Seafood Café,” said a statement from Rick Berlin a festival co-founder and producer. “Their generous donations truly help bring the JP Music Festival to life.”

The festival is also backed by donations collected at fundraisers held throughout the year, including: “The Smell the Love” Valentine’s-themed concert in February at The Midway Café; “Art for Music” silent auction in April at James’s Gate and “Boston Does Boston,” with covers of Boston artists by Boston musicians, in May at The Midway Café.

This year’s lineup will include the following performers:

Afro D All Starz – website | video
Merrie Amsterburg – website | video
Rick Berlin with the Nickel and Dime Band – website | video
Bethel A.M.E. Church Choir – website
Coyote Kolb – website | video
Allison Francis – website | video
Mike Greensteen and The Big Squirrels on the Shelf – website
The Grownup Noise – website | video
Hobo Chili – website | video
Jesse & The Hogg Brothers – website | video
Lars Vegas – website | video
Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One – website | video
The Long Woods – website
Lowman – website
The Macrotones – website | video
Kim Mayo – website | video
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library – website | video
Red Dog – website | video
Streight Angular – website | video
Peter Sykes – website | video
Tallahassee – website | video
What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? – website | video

For more details, visit the festival’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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