Friday, August 23, 2013

Show you need to know about: Black Prairie to the 10th Annual Festival on the Green

Every so often a really great event comes along that you all should be aware of those just so happens to be coming to Mansfield, CT on September 22nd, put on by the fine folks at the Mansfield Downtown Partnership. It's a wonderful thing for folks to do things like this for their community, so be sure to check out the press release below and try and make it out for this! 

The Mansfield Downtown Partnership is pleased to welcome Black Prairie to the 10th Annual Festival on the Green. Black Prairie plays a brand of Americana that defies easy categorization, cross-pollinating a number of different styles while exposing the venerable, forgotten roots of folk and bluegrass. This talented ensemble is pulled together from different corners of Portland, Oregon’s rich music scene and, while the high profile of each musician in the band - which includes three-fifths of the Decemberists - ensures a certain amount of attention, it’s clear that Black Prairie are in it for purely musical reasons. The band cultivates an almost classical approach to composition, with songs containing multiple movements that ebb and flow in a way that differs greatly from traditional pop or bluegrass structure.

Black Prairie will take to the Festival on the Green stage following a full summer schedule that includes stops at Bonarroo, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and Newport Folk Fest. Their performance will begin at 2:30 pm.

The Festival on the Green will be Sunday, September 22 from noon to 4:00 pm in front of E. O. Smith High School (1235 Storrs Road, Mansfield, CT 06268). If it rains, the event will be held inside the school. In addition to the performance by Black Prairie, the event will feature the Celebrate Mansfield Parade at noon; children’s games and crafts; a Juried Art Show; food booths by local restaurants; and more! 

The Festival on the Green is free and open to the public. For more information about the 10TH Annual Festival on the Green, visit or call the Partnership office (860.429.2740).


Black Prairie also played at Newport Folk (one of my obvious favorite festivals based on recent posts,  right?) Check out their set below and be sure to get out to this great event…even if you aren’t in the direct area, it’s well worth the hike!

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