Klezperanto kicks off Barbes in the Woods Festival Aug. 17

Klezperanto kicks off Barbes in the Woods Festival Aug. 17

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1:00 pm until 11:00 pm
The Bartlett Farm, 27 Center St., Montague, MA

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Klezperanto opens first ever Barbes in the Woods, where Brooklyn visits the (413)!

We're thrilled to be the starting band for this brand-new music festival celebrating the legendary NYC music club in the beauty of Western MA.

Discount ticket code here, valid though Aug. 11th

In a somewhat magical turn of events, The Bartlett Farm is becoming Barbès for a day. On August 17 Montague is in for a musical bacchanal unlike anything the little town has ever seen, with global dance grooves from around the world and back, courtesy of Laudable Productions along with Olivier Conan, founder of Chicha Libre and co-owner of the famous music club, Barbès. This first year lineup includes a lot of the folks who made Barbes what it is: Slavic Soul Party, Stephane Wrembel, Combo Chimbita, Big Lazy, and Anbessa Orchestra; as well as other Brooklyn wonders like the great Antibalas (celebrating their 20th afrobeat anniversary!), Underground System, Alsarah & the Nubatones; and some local friends: Klezperanto and the Berkshire Bateria. We can't wait to see you there!

The Bartlett Farm may be the Valley's most exquisite location for a festival with its wide-open meadows, winding river banks, and enchanting walnut grove. It’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream come to life, situated just around the corner from the Montague Book Mill. Yep, that's only 10 minutes off I91 and 20 minutes from Northampton.

Food trucks, craft breweries, pop-up theater performances, art installations, and a scavenger hunt that unfolds as you wander the idyllic twelve twelve-acre farm. The festival is wonderfully kid-friendly and everyone is welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, umbrellas, and games to play in the field.

The inaugural lineup is a veritable buffet of musical flavors from around the world: Afrobeat, Balkan brass, psychedelic cumbia, Ethiopian groove, Afropop, gypsy swing, jazz/blues twang, klezmer, Brazilian samba, and yet harder-to-define sounds as well. What stands out is how significant some of the acts have been in their particular genres:

  • Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra (celebrating their 20th anniversary) is credited with reviving afrobeat in the US and even around the world.
  • Slavic Soul Party has arguably advanced the cause of Balkan brass more than any other ensemble in the US.
  • Stephane Wrembel is the essential "manouche" gypsy swing guitarist on this side of the Atlantic.

    Here's one party you don't want to miss. Get your tickets today!