StrangeCreek 2017 lineup
StrangeCreek 2017 lineup

StrangeCreek Campout, a music and camping festival, returns to Camp Kee-Wanee in Greenfield, MA May 26-29, for a 15th consecutive year at the summer camp. To submit a review or story for consideration hit us at [email protected] Check out the Live Music News and Facebook page for updates and announcements. From the YouTube channel of Nicole Bevans: This year’s headliners include exciting new (to StrangeCreek) headliners Badfish: A Tribute To Sublime and The Eric Krasno Band, who will join returning mainstays Max Creek, Ryan Montbleau, and Zach Deputy, as well as The Machine, Pink Talking Fish and over 70 other bands on multiple stages over three days and three nights, along with food and craft vendors, family activities, a community bonfire, and roaming musicians. Eric Krasno is the guitar virtuoso and co-founder of Soulive and Lettuce but his prowess doesn’t stop there. He’s worked as producer and songwriter for many acts such as Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, 50 Cent, Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. New England-based Badfish is the premier tribute to Sublime: they’re a cut above other tribute bands in that they have replicated Sublime’s very essence. By developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts, Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. From the YouTube channel of Badfish: “We’re getting a lot of great feedback on this year’s lineup and it looks like it will be a very festive gathering indeed,” says Wormtown founder Mark Blanchette. “It looks like we’re going to celebrate 15 years of StrangeCreek with a whole lot of friends this year.” Now in their 46th year, venerable jamband icons Max Creek have been small, big, regionally-huge, medium, and any other size one can think of; they’ve never graced the cover of Rolling Stone, but you’d be hard pressed to find a music fan in the Northeast that hadn’t heard of them. A number of Western Massachusetts bands are regular participants in the festival, including local sensations Bella’s Bartok, the Alchemystics, DPR, Beau Sasser Trio, The Rev Tor Band, Steal Your Peach Band, Hayley Jane and the Primates, rice: an American band, and bluegrass pickers Appalachian Still. Llama Lasagne, a rotating collective of Pioneer Valley musicians who concoct thematic concerts featuring a mix of musicians from local bands are putting on a special “theme” set for the third straight year. Drawing from a repertoire of traditional tunes, original material, and covers, Appalachian Still combines traditional music of Appalachians with many “modern” influences like The Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Grateful Dead, Norman Blake, and The Avett Brothers. Performing hundreds of shows a year has helped Washington, DC’s gypsy punk brass band Black Masala hone their sound, while injecting it with a healthy dose of funk, soul and eclectic grooves. Black Masala is all about having fun! Fresh off a “Best Live Act” nomination at the 2017 New England Music Awards, Bella’s Bartok will be playing two sets over the weekend. Described as “about as much fun as you can have with your pants on” (Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues), this 6-piece circus punk powerhouse is not to be missed.

Hayley Jane and the Primates at StrangeCreek 2016
Hayley Jane and the Primates‘ songs blend clever, over-the-top lyrics with vaudevillian-style storytelling. The band’s on-stage energy, skilled musicianship and theatrics will take you over a landscape of emotion and leave you wanting more. A veritable “who’s who” of musicians in the Valley, Llama Lasagne comes together occasionally throughout a calendar year to perform songs based around a common theme. Drawing talent from Western Mass-based bands like the Alchemystics, Fat Bradley, Lux Deluxe, Outer Stylie, Ras Spectiv, Rusty Belle, and more, these sporadic concerts often benefit local charities that fit the theme of the evening. With such an eclectic bunch with an ever-rotating, it’s hard not to be impressed with the sheer amount of talent onstage at any given moment. And as the name suggests, Llama Lasagne is all about humor – “It’s hilarious!” From the YouTube channel of Kelly D Interweaving the classic jams of the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers, the Steal Your Peach Band is the newest crossover tribute on the scene.  The all-star collective is a cross-section of the best of the Northeast jamband world, featuring top-notch musicianship and a refreshing twist on the jam scene‘s two favorite bands. But hey, don’t take our word for it- go see for yourself! Though early entry is available on Thursday for an additional fee, gates formally open on 9am on Friday the 26th; campgrounds clear by noon on Monday the 29th. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; kids 15 and under are free. Camp Kee-Wanee is an inclusive summer day camp with an emphasis on the arts. Wormtown’s music festivals provide a key source of funding for the camp’s summer programming; the camp has been home to Wormtown’s StrangeCreek Campout and their fall show, Wormtown Music Festival, since 2003. Here’s the link to the 2017 StrangeCreek schedule.  Ticketing:

Weekend: $145 until 5/24, then $160 at the gate.

Early entry on Thursday: $30 *can ONLY be purchased at the front gate (cash ONLY), requires weekend festival pass, gate opens 3pm- INCLUDES AN EXTRA NIGHT OF MUSIC!

Sunday day passes: $60 *can ONLY be purchased at the front gate (cash ONLY), entry starts at 9am, includes Sunday night camping

Additional event details, as well as rules, directions, and a list of ticket outlets, are available at To submit a review or story for consideration hit us at [email protected] Check out the Live Music News and Facebook page for updates and announcements.