Ah, Harvard Square. Home of the tourist, the future billionaire, seemingly endless dining options, and a lot of other cool shit, to say the least. But never before has it been home to the country cousin of a mini SXSW-meets-Newport Folk.
That is, until the New England Americana Festival rolled into town.
Held last year at Church, the festival will instead be invading Cambridge this Thursday through Saturday. Now with over 50 local acts, it’s inevitably expanding the way any successful music celebration should.
“We’re taking a big step by moving this to five venues and spreading it over three nights,” said Sam Morgolis, an organizer and participant in the event, as his Americana jam band Comanchero returns to play the festival.
“It allows us to include a lot more acts from the Americana community across New England.”
The first two days will hold ground with acts like Dennis Brennan Band, Three Day Threshold, and WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble-winner Bow Thayer & The Perfect Trainwreck, all in a place that’s perhaps unexpected: OBERON.
“We knew that the festival had outgrown its previous spaces and OBERON is a great central place in the heart of Harvard Square,” explained Morgolis.
“It is a really cool space and not one known for having music events. It’s an opportunity to create awareness within the community that it’s a really great space.”
NEW ENGLAND AMERICANA FESTIVAL 2012
THU 9.13.12-SAT 9.15.12
2 ARROW ST.
TIMES VARY/$15 SINGLE DAY/ $35 THREE-DAY PASS