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The Berkshires, Massachusetts

July 14, 2006


D was browsing through the concert listings for the greater Boston area and came across an entry for Sonny Landreth. The slide guitar master was playing that weekend at the Green River Festival in the Berkshires. It seemed like a great opportunity for another New England daytrip.


Green River Festival
Green River Festival.

Balloons
It all began as a balloon festival.

Filling 'em up
Filling 'em up.

Green River Festival

Somewhere along the Mohawk Trail at the foothills of the Berkshire mountains lies the town of Greenfield, Massachusetts. For the last twenty years, this area has hosted the Green River Balloon and Music Festival which attracts a solid lineup of musicians and fans from around New England. This year, an entire day featured Louisiana music as it was dedicated to supporting the Katrina Piano Fund, a charity formed to provide instruments to New Orleans musicians who lost everything during the hurricane. In addition to Sonny Landreth, the bill included the Hot Tamale Brass Band, the Iguanas, and Marcia Ball.

The weather gods smiled benevolently upon us as we walked around the festival area. In addition to a few food peddlars like the Divine Swine BBQ (they make a great hazelnut rub brisket), there were stalls selling handicrafts and other useless knickknacks. The highlight of the festival, aside from the music, was the hot air balloons. Rides were available for $225 a person, but we chose to spectate instead. They added a nice bit of color to the festivities.

Sonny Landreth
Sonny lights it up.

Still filling 'em up
Still filling 'em up.

Illumination
Illumination.

Finally taking to the air
Finally taking to the air.

Ice cream and balloons
Ice cream and balloons.

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