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 lights it up.
Still filling 'em up.