New England Americana Festival takes over Church

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The New England Americana Festival kicks off tonight at Church for the first of three consecutive nights featuring the area’s best Americana/alt-country acts. Now in its fourth year, the festival formerly known as the Alt Country Extravaganza, has expanded to 3 nights to accommodate more than 30 bands. This year’s lineup features bands that draw from American folk music’s deep heritage in unique ways, often blurring lines between country, rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass, and other styles.

Kingsly Flood, a new group that has quickly impressed crowds across the city over the past year, will headline Thursday night. 2008 WBCN Rumble champions Girls, Guns & Glory highlight Friday’s show alongside Highway Ghosts. Saturday’s show is topped by Three Day Threshold and also features Jimmy Ryan and Hayride (featuring local roots icons Duke Levine, Billy Beard, and Andrew Mazzone) and festival hosts Autumn Hollow.

Admission for each of the 21+ shows is $10 and 3-day passes are available for $20. Proceeds from ticket sales will help raise funds for the Coalition for Courage, which supports children in sub-Saharan Africa. Festival sponsors include Narragansett Beer and

2010 New England Americana Festival Schedule

Thursday, February 25

11:30 – Kingsley Flood
10:50 – Movers and Shakers
10:10 – Bean Pickers Union
9:30  – Brown Bird
8:50  – Bryan Pero and the Tired Horses
8:10  – Odessa Rose
7:30  – Jeff Bird and the Dirty Finch
6:50  – The Accident that Led Me to the World

Friday, February 26

12:15 – Highway Ghosts
11:10 – Girls, Guns, and Glory
10:30 – Coyote Kolb
9:50  – The Rationales
9:10  – Golden West Motor Lodge
8:30  – John Colvert
7:50  – Route .44
7:10  – They Will Hate Us

Saturday, February 27

12:10 – Three Day Threshold
11:10 – Jimmy Ryan and Hayride!
10:20 – Autumn Hollow
9:30  – Sam Reid and the Riot Act
8:45  – Big East
8:00  – That Old Feelin
7:20  – Bees Knees
6:30  – Dave Sammarco Band


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