Win Tickets to The Nines Festival!

Nines_960x357v2-660x245Wanna see Dr. Dog, Explosions in the Sky, Delta Spirit, Shuggie Otis, Kid Koala, K. Flay and tons more great bands and art exhibits on August 10 in Devens, MA? Look no further. Performer’s got the hookup. Simply enter a comment below for your chance to score a free pair of tix to the festival. One lucky winner will be selected on Friday, July 26, 2013. Good luck, and have fun!

We recently got to chat with one of the organizers, Adam Lewis, all about the festivities.  Here’s what he had to say…

What was the genesis for the festival?

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The genesis came from 3Rivers Arts.  3Rivers is built on the nearly four-decade legacy of the former Groton Center for the Arts. 3Rivers Arts, an Ayer, MA-based non-profit regional arts organization, has the stated mission of “engaging the humanities for artful living in central Massachusetts by connecting artists with audiences in a variety of creative forms and expressions” through quality arts education and events. They approached us, Great Northeast Productions, Inc.  [because of our] history producing large-scale festivals, including the seminal Phish Millennium show in the Florida Everglades, Lemmonwheel, Clifford Ball, Great Went, It, etc – which provided a blueprint for many of the large festivals today.

What’s your booking process like? How can non-headlining, independent artists get involved?

We made a commitment in the beginning that we would extend an opportunity to regionally-based performers and to emerging artists, wherever they are from.  Local, regional, signed or unsigned – we were open to it all.  We are partnering with Sonicbids to also allow for artists to apply to perform at the festival.  We want this festival to provide opportunities to regional and national acts – and to help nurture developing artists.

What sets the Nines apart from other summer festivals?

I don’t think that there are any that are supporting emerging and independent artists the way the Nines is.  Boston Calling and Life is Good are not focused on that.  Our slogan is Music, Art, Discovery.  There are aspects to The Nines that are not covered by other festivals: art, quality crafts, comedy and a non-profit angle in the future.

Will this be a one-off event or are there plans to make this an annual fest?

There are plans for a 2-day and hopefully 3-day event in the future.  We would like to expand the hours, stages and number of artists over time.  This is a boutique festival; we’re not trying to be something for 75,000 people. It’s about community and creating something special.

Why did you select this location for the festival?

This is where 3Rivers Arts was invited to consider as a site, because Devens is in a transition from a quasi-town and former military base to a town – so it has these tremendous assets including large and beautiful athletic fields that lend themselves to large scale multi-art venues.  This is a fantastic location that is only 35 miles from downtown Boston and is easily accessible and directly off Route 2.  It’s a short ride from Worcester and Southern NH – even Providence and Northampton.  The area has so much natural beauty and so much to offer in terms of hotels, inns, bed & breakfasts and other activities like hiking, camping, and more – yet it is still all so close to Boston.  There are a lot of folks that live in the 495 area that find that going into Boston is a major event.  This serves them greatly with an option to see national touring artists.

What part of the event are you most looking forward to?

Really looking forward to the reaction of the audience to this wonderful experience and setting.  This is in the country. It’s the breadbasket of New England. To experience this event on grass and not on concrete, like other festivals – I think folks will love the acres and acres of nature and will love seeing the bands in that setting.  If the weather is good and the sun is setting behind the stage while the bands play, what could be better than that?

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  1. Brigitte Gil

    July 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Looking forward to having this festival in MA. Great music acts and beautiful scenery. What more can you ask for in a music festival! 🙂

  2. Andrew Richard

    July 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    convenient location for those who live in central mass!

  3. Jaimie Nadeau

    July 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Hey y’all! I’m dying to go to the Nines Festival. I live in Maine and I have tons of friends who want to go, too. This would be absolutely amazing and could top my Bonnaroo experiences. I hope I win.

  4. Julie Garland

    July 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    This is my top concert destination this summer. I can’t wait! I would love to win free tickets!

  5. Erik

    July 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    would love to catch Explosions & Matt Pond PA! Def checking out this festival.

  6. Vibhor Sharma

    July 23, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Great read. Dope interview

  7. Hilary Gibbons

    July 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I sure hope I “Get Lucky”

  8. Eugenie

    July 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    This sounds like a great festival combining music and art. I would love to attend.

  9. Courtney Leigh Allen

    July 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Can’t wait to see EITS play a killer set under the stars!

  10. John Stefanik

    July 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Shuggie Otis is a legend, and I cannot believe you booked him. I have to see this!

  11. Tyler Wakstein

    July 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I love the fact that there are festivals popping up everywhere! This is going to be a good one.

  12. Jeff

    July 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Sounds interesting.

  13. Nina

    July 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    me me! pick me!

  14. Elizabeth Kos

    July 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Just heard about this festi! What a great lineup! Very excited 🙂

  15. Adam

    July 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Great Lineup!

  16. Sheila

    July 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    This is a very exciting festival the likes of haven’t been seen in many years, since the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals were held at Festival field and artists and music lovers made the pilgrimage to R.I. for the sole purpose of sharing and supporting creativity and commitment to the arts.

  17. Sheila

    July 23, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Bringing life to Central Ma

  18. Howell

    July 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    This is my kind of festival – music, art, nature.

  19. Dennis

    July 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Using a former military base as venue for a concert is like turning swords into ploughshares. Very cool. I can’t wait to see Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys!

  20. Heather

    July 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I live right in Ayer, and I am SO excited to have his amazing festival coming to town. This are has so much promise, so much untapped potential, and this kind of community celebration of arts and music is EXACTLY what we need around here. Thank you!!

    • Heather

      July 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm


  21. erica kregling

    July 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Pick me pick me!!! (but good luck to everyone else)

    I would love to see Delta Spirit live again, and buy local art. Can’t wait!

  22. Vanessa Roberto

    July 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I love that this is a festival so close to home. I really hope I can win these because I absolutely adore Walk of the Earth and Explosions is the sky is beyond amazing. I would love to check out the other artists as well and hopefully find more music to fall in love with. 😀

  23. Jordan

    July 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    This festival sounds awesome!

  24. Luke Ryan

    July 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Festival looks amazing! I want to go.

  25. Fred

    July 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Such a solid line-up! I was consider driving up to Bangor to see dr dog but then saw this line up with explosions, and delta spirit and was sold. Plus I wouldn’t mind seeing kid koala in his sweet koala suit!

  26. Michael

    July 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    What a great, diverse, lineup. I would love to see Kid Koala and Dr. Dog at the same show!

  27. Kyle Kelcourse

    July 23, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Dying to see explosions in the sky!

  28. tara greco

    July 23, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I would love to take my son to this festival!

  29. Dan French

    July 24, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Heard about this festival on the river 92.5! Explosions in the sky, Dr. Dog, Delta Spirit and more how did I miss this?! More than excited to go to this festival. Combining great music while showcasing local art and comedy sounds like a summer day dream.

  30. Kate

    July 24, 2013 at 3:08 am

    I have a dear friend who showed me the ropes of songwriting and sharing my art when we met following the completion of his unfortunate extended ‘vacation’ at Fort Devens’ ‘summer camp’ about 6 years ago. I would love to surprise him with a trip to the Nines Festival, not only because we admire Delta Spirit and Dr. Dog and share a profound love for live music, but also because being at Devens would be a full circle experience for him. A healing one, me thinks. Thanks.

  31. Tina

    July 24, 2013 at 4:11 am

    This looks like a great festival. And right down the street, on Roger’s field, is the Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance (BUDA) ultimate frisbee tournament! Stop by if you want to see what Ultimate is all about on your way to the Nines

  32. Shelby Pierce

    July 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Ill be there either way! Can’t wait!

  33. Dan Tanner

    July 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Tix for this event are too pricey. Only band I’d want to her would be Shugie’s. Will attend only if I win the tix.

  34. Dan Tanner

    July 24, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Whoops: Typo. “here”, not “her”.

    • Benjamin Ricci

      July 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      Lol – I think you actually meant “hear.”

  35. Amanda Surprenant

    July 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Pretty please pick me! 🙂 Explosions never plays in Mass & I would love to see them!!!

  36. Julianna Sears

    July 24, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Holy moly- so much good music playing at The Nines! Holy shnikies! Dr. Dog AND Kid Koala- this will seriously be a sensory overload! Can’t wait to spin and jump and scream and shout and wiggle and get funky and fresh and weird! Call the Dr.-because I will be exploding in the sky with koalas! Weeee! 🙂

  37. Manuela Polla

    July 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I can’t believe all these great bands are in one place! I would love to see them all!

  38. Jackie

    July 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Really looking forward to delta spirit and dr dog!!! What an awesome venue!!

  39. Elijah

    July 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    This is so close to where I grew up!! Fingers crossed!

  40. Stephanie Gomes

    July 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    New England finally has an amazing summer music festival with CURRENT talented artists. I am a musician myself and there is nothing better than being OUTSIDE enjoying nature and music simultaneously! Thank you to PERFORMER magazine and THE NINES FESTIVAL for this chance and I hope to one day be a featured artist in one of your articles 🙂


  41. matthew

    July 25, 2013 at 3:41 am

    good location. I live in central mass. should be a fun event!

  42. Vanessa Schofield

    July 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Amazing festival lineup! This is going to be phenomenal! 🙂

  43. Kevin

    July 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    K-Flay will be soooo much fun!

  44. Meghan Quigley

    July 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Explosions in the Sky changed my life years ago and would like to see them again plus, experience the Nines Festival. I’ve heard nothing but fantabulous stories about the festival. I’ve had no Summer fun, unemployment, and this would just make my Summer be amazing! Cheers!

  45. Betty

    July 26, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Great lineup! Glad to see it at a great location in MA! Looking forward to seeing Walk Off The Earth

  46. Rene

    July 26, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Want to see Walk Off The Earth! Great place for this. Love to be outside enjoying great music.

  47. Betty

    July 26, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Awesome lineup! Nothing better than listening to some great music outside.

  48. shahin

    July 26, 2013 at 7:00 am

    This festival has a super warm feel to It… from everything I have read. the lineup is quite inspired… I would Love It If some bands jammed… Like kid koala with delta spirit… Or delta spirit backing shuggie otis. one could dream.

  49. Greg Taylor

    July 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    So excited for this festie!

  50. Chad

    July 26, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Hope this festival goes on for years to come!

  51. Deirdre Massaro

    July 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    This is such a great lineup for a music festival. I’ve seen Dr. Dog before and they were incredible live.

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