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2018 Chicken
Save the Date - October 6th
Old 78 Farm Fall Festival in Warwick, MA

WARWICK, MA: The 9th Annual Old 78 Farm Fall Festival will take place this year on October 6th at the Old 78 Farm at 823 Orange Road in the small "Right to Farm Community" of Warwick, MA. This family-friendly event brings the feel of a large music festival, like the Green River Festival, Solid Sound Festival, or Boston Calling, to a small town in the Massachusetts hills of the North Quabbin. Just as you’d expect, this event features craft vendors, amazing food, and award-winning local - and nationally-known musical acts to delight festival-goers of all ages. This year’s lineup features six bands making their Old 78 debut as well as some familiar favorites. RSVP to the Facebook event, and buy your advance tickets- just $10!

2017 ChickenThe owner of the property is also a music booking agent whose company, Simon Says Booking & Publicity, is in the neighboring town of Orange. In the past, we’ve had bands such as The Alchemystics, Bella’s Bartok, The Mary Jane Jones, Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute), Roots of Creation, and more grace the stage - and the list keeps growing. This year we have SIX new bands: blues-rocker siblings Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, female-fronted reggae jam band Long Arm Rex, rock-pop Western Mass mainstay Colorway, soulful trio the Medicinal Purpose, "blues-grassicana" outfit August First, and psychedelic indie rock group Old Flame. Old 78 vets returning to the farm include “JAMericana” group rice: an American Band, Berkshire reggae rockers Woody & the Rebel Alliance, and soul-bluesman Dave Keller performing a solo set.

A little about our new acts: Jocelyn & Chris Arndt hail from the Albany area and pack a wallop of searing vocals and shredding blues guitar - think Janis Joplin meets Jack White. Winter of 2018 saw them make their debut on the Billboard AAA Top 40 chart lasting six weeks for their single, Red Stops Traffic. Long Arm Rex, from Boston, recently made their StrangeCreek debut and turned heads as a reggae band with a dynamic female vocalist in Caroline Crawford. Colorway describes itself as “a 21st century power trio with pop songs on the brain and guitar rock in its heart,” a staple of the Western Mass music scene. The Medicinal Purpose, also from Western Mass, brings together musical prowess and the gruff-yet-soulful vocal delivery of its frontman Brother Sal Maffettone. August First, out of the greater Worcester area, blends bluegrass and rock n’ roll in an old school acoustic setting. Old Flame, from Northampton MA, describes itself as “a machine of resistance,” seamlessly bringing together psychedelic rock with indie pop sensibilities.

2015 ChickenThe three acts who have played Old 78 before are no slouches either: rice: an American Band is a seven-piece from Western Mass that brings together rock, jams, and even some prog and funk thrown in there for good measure. Hailing from the woods of Adams MA, Woody & the Rebel Alliance promise (and deliver) "rock, reggae, and revolution" and have been a part of the festival the last several years. And last but certainly not least, soul-bluesman Dave Keller of his eponymous band will perform a solo set. Keller played the inaugural Old 78 Festival and its organizers are thrilled to see his return to the farm.

The Old 78 Farm Fall Festival is proud of its commitment to the local community. Many of the craft vendors live in or around Warwick selling things such as handmade crystal-wrapped jewelry, recycled/reclaimed clothing, recycled glass candle holders, hula hoops, and other handcrafted gifts. If you come during the day, you and the family will see Pixie Belle the Clown, with facepainting and balloon art to amuse the many children who join in the day’s festivities. This year, we are adding a fun activity with the presence of The Coloring Club from Northampton who will be providing a coloring activity area fun for children and adults alike. In the evening, the two stages on the property light up to showcase music meant to keep you up and dancing late into the night.

2016 ChickenOur loyal festival friends come year after year, not just for the music, but to enjoy the food that is primarily grown on the property or from local farmers and made on property into a variety of culinary delights. The menu will include all of the flavors that folks have come to expect from Old 78 including squash soup, sausage sandwiches, quick breads, and hand-cut french fries. Don’t forget to buy a jar of dilly beans or relish, because the canned goods WILL sell out. Championship barbeque returns in the form of the I'm a Hog for Que, Baby BBQ team, who have been delighting hungry festivarians for years with their pulled pork and other favorites. And who could resist Grandma Lynn's pies - made from scratch, of course!

The Old 78 festival organizers are always looking for volunteers from now until the festival ends: pre-festival set up (getting the grounds ready), day of the event (front gate, parking, etc.), and cleanup. Volunteers will have the opportunity to attend the festival free of charge. Email or call the farm if you are interested in being part of this grassroots event. Save the date, and come out and enjoy a day of music and good company!

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Stop into Simon Says Booking at 131 W Main St #208, Orange, MA during business hours (M-F 10am-5pm). Children 12 and under are free. There is free parking on site, and gates open at 11am. Music starts at noon and plays continuously until 11pm. (Please, no pets. This is a working farm and we do not want to compromise the health and safety of our animals. Thank you.)

We are happy to announce the return of the OIC (Orange Innovation Center), and Montague Webworks as our valued sponsors for this year’s festival. We are excited to welcome Steele Lighting & Production and Berkshire Brewing Company as brand new sponsors this year! We would also like to recognize the North Quabbin Trail Association for their volunteerism over the last few years. We are always looking for sponsors for our festival, please email or call the farm if you are interested in more information and a sponsorship package.

This year’s festival is supported in part by grants from the Athol, Orange, and New Salem Cultural Councils, three local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Old 78 Farm Fall Festival
October 6 2018
823 Orange Rd, Warwick, MA
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