The Life Is Good Festival is this weekend, and I’m so excited to attend both days! This is a one of a kind fest, that’s truly one of the most special musical events I’ve attended. ALL proceeds go to help children in need, through the Life Is Good Playmakers. Because of this focus on children, the festival is a family affair, with a kids stage and LOTS of kids activities.
Aside from the beautiful family vibe that comes through at this fest, the lineup is always ridiculous! This year Jack Johnson and Hall & Oates headline. Oh, and throw in The Roots, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Amos Lee, and Dawes for good measure! Also new this year, there will be a Coffee House stage curated by Ryan Montbleau. He’ll perform a set each day along with Dwight & Nicole, Tall Heights, Mike Doughty, Session Americana, Amber Rubarth and more!
Here are a few lesser known acts I’m really excited to see:
Lake Street Dive
The Life Is Good Festival
“I Got You”
I’ve never disliked a song from the master of feel-good, Jack Johnson, but I wouldn’t say I liked the latest single when I first heard it. It took me many a listen to really enjoy this one, but now I love it…the guitar work is beautiful and it’s somewhat impossible not to sing along. Oh, and could the music video be any more adorable? I think not:
Jack Johnson headlines the LIFE IS GOOD festival September 21st and 22nd in Canton, MA…don’t miss this fest!
Good Vibes Save Lives
Wow. This has been quite the week for me musically. Before I could even process the amazing Dr. Dog/Delta Spirit show (I’ll write about it soon!) I found myself at the Life Is Good festival at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. This is my second time attending the fest with mvyradio and I can’t quite express how FEEL GOOD it is! Every musician is chosen with positivity and good vibes in mind – this year the lineup includes Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Michael Franti, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Trombone Shorty, Eric Hutchinson, Soulive, Sara Bareilles, Allen Stone, Ryan Montbleau Band and more! The fest is family friendly with a kids stage and “chill zone”. And the most amazing part of the Life Is Good festival is that 100% of the proceeds go to help kids in need. Because of the great cause, the amazing music, and the feel good, welcoming vibe, everyone seems to have a smile on their face. This weekend’s perfect weather certainly helped too!
Today the fest is SOLD OUT, but you can watch LIVE festival coverage HERE!
And check out mvyradio’s Facebook page, for our favorite moments from the fest!
LIFE IS GOOD
*photos by Jalane Phaneuf
…and not just a billion dollar company.
Headed into the Life is good festival, I was hoping to be musically inspired…and there certainly WAS an endless amount of musical inspiration at every turn. What I didn’t expect to walk away with, was a feeling of pure joy and a new hope for humanity.
I guess you could say that Bert and John Jacobs stumbled upon a genius concept with their initial sketch of “Jake” – the goofy, smiling logo of Life is good. Perhaps there was some luck involved, but it seems clear to me that perseverance and hard work were also factors in the equation. No matter what it was that got these brothers and this company to where they are today, they’ve certainly made a name for themselves. With 4,500 retail stores in all 50 states and 30 countries, it’s safe to say they’re doing well!
With so much talk about corporate greed these days, it was such a breath of fresh air to see a company worth billions of dollars putting on such a large scale event for the greater good. 100% of the proceeds from this past weekend’s festival went to the Life is good Playmakers – a group dedicated to helping children who face life-threatening challenges. The company met their goal of raising 1 million dollars for the charity…and also spread their positive message to thousands of adults and kids who attended the festival.
Sure, Life is good is a corporation that sells a product (MANY products) with a logo and a slogan. But what their logo and slogan stand for has become so clear to me through attending this festival and through learning about the Life is good charity. It’s a message of positivity, optimism, hope, laughter, joy, music, and love. Turn off the TV and play a game. Get outside and run around. Laugh until your stomach hurts. Take your kids to see music outdoors. Give what you can to help someone else. Get together and celebrate LIFE.
I know I’m just one of many who walked away from this experience with a feeling of hope. If a sketch of a smiley face can turn into a million dollars for kids in need and immeasurable inspiration for others, then anything is possible.
Life is good
I’ve been disappointed with myself for not posting all week…I haven’t necessarily felt musically inspired these days. I know there’s plenty out there to discover, but I just don’t seem to have the drive to explore. Great music is sometimes easy to find with all the new CDs that come in to the station, but I haven’t even been compelled to sit and listen. The change of seasons has gotten to my mood a bit, and this dreary weather hasn’t helped. I’m definitely listening to music…but mostly the same few artists and songs again and again. They fit my gloomy demeanor.
I have hope that I’ll get out of this rut after a weekend FILLED with amazing music. Tomorrow I head to the Life Is Good festival, which features two days of ridiculous talent…Ray LaMontagne, The Avett Brothers, Michael Franti, Maceo Parker, Ingrid Michaelson, Martin Sexton, Levon Helm…
What’s even more exciting is the cause – 100% of proceeds from the festival go towards helping children who have it tough. This festival is truly about good music and good vibes. So I’ll join my family, friends, and co-workers in Canton, MA tomorrow to celebrate life and music…even the rain can’t spoil that.
LIFE IS GOOD LINEUP
Tune in tonight at 9pm, when I host THE HOT SEAT on mvyradio. I’ll play music from the artists performing at next weekend’s Life Is Good festival. I’ve also talked with James MacDonald, who’s the producer of the festival, and he had some wonderful background to share about the company as well as the mission of the Life Is Good playmakers. This is more than just a fun festival with a dynamite lineup…100% of festival proceeds go towards helping children in need. Great music and a great cause. Here’s my playlist for tonight:
Ray LaMontagne – “You Are The Best Thing”
Ingrid Michaelson – “Way I Am”
The Hold Steady – “Sequestered In Memphis”
The Avett Brothers – “Kick Drum Heart”
Martin Sexton – “Happy”
Levon Helm – “When I Go Away”
Robert Randolph & the Family Band – “If I Had My Way”
Raphael Saadiq – “Stone Rollin'”
Maceo Parker – “Hallelujah, I Love Her So”
Michael Franti – “Sound Of Sunshine
Dwight & Nicole – “Cry, Cry”
Ryan Montbleau Band – “Glad” [LIVE at Life Is Good]
Ingrid Michaelson – “Everybody”
TONIGHT AT 9PM!
LIFE IS GOOD FESTIVAL