Strong and Pleasant Music Festival celebrates the Western Mass music scene with multi-venue event in Downtown Northampton June 6-8th by Kara

NORTHAMPTON, MA:  The Buzz, A Honey Pot Production is proud to announce the first STRONG and Pleasant Music Festival will take place June 6th, 7th, and 8th in Downtown Northampton, MA, the heart of the Western Mass music scene.  The three day event will feature over 40 acts in multiple venues, including The Sierra Grille (home of Reanimate the Bay State), Bishop’s Lounge, The Dirty Truth, Progression Brewing Company, new venue Majestic Saloon, Le BonN’ton, and ConVino Wine Bar. Downtown Northampton businesses, ranging from boutiques to bars, breweries to restaurants, form the backdrop of this grassroots music festival which celebrates the powerful, original music scene that is Western Massachusetts. 

STRONG and Pleasant celebrates the streets in Western Mass that have been central to local original live music, Strong Avenue and Pleasant Street in Northampton MA. The festival is in the spirit of the original Northampton Music Festival, from the late 90’s, created by beloved late promoter,  Donal B. Rooke, who passed in October 2018. The weekend’s lineup is stacked with an abundance of Western Mass music and regional talent hailing from Canada, Boston, and New York, all converging in Downtown Northampton, MA.

The Buzz, A Honey Pot Production was originally born as a music fan ‘zine in 2014.  The Buzz most recently produced Local Honey Vol. 2 (2019), which was released with a showcase at Hawks and Reed in Greenfield, MA on March 30th. The compilation features 12 local area bands, including Eric Lee, Workman Song, Mad Habits, Lush Honey, Phenomena 256, Shantyman, Tidwell’s Treasure, Old Flame, Mamma’s Marmalade, Snowhaus, The Greys, and Humble Digs .  The freshman release of the series, Local Honey Vol. 1 (2016) made its debut at a music showcase gala event in the Union Station Ballroom in Northampton on February 13, 2016.  The Buzz also recently revamped their online magazine,,  which is an extension of the zine’s vision to cover the original music coming out of the 413 and beyond.   

The STRONG and Pleasant Music Festival is the natural next step in furthering the The Buzz’s mission of celebrating unsigned, independent artists coming out of the 413 area.  

Advance sale tickets are now available at at the discount advance prices of $40 for a 3-day full festival pass (thu/Fri/Sat) and $30 for a 2-day weekend pass (Fri/Sat). Single-day passes will be available day of at any of the event locations.

Thank you to our sponsor: River Valley Co-op, Eastside Grill, Fitzwilly’s Restaurant, Valley Free Radio, PRIA Music Marketing, Electric Eyes Records, Roots Renegade, and HampGrown.

Line-Up By Day

Thursday June 6
Music 7pm-1am
The Mary Jane Jones, Trailer Park, Creamery Station, RadioX, Rhythm Inc, Nate Martel, Shantyman, StompBoxTrio, Disorderly Konduct, Mark Schwaber, Don Gadi, Eva Cappelli

Friday June 7
Music 7pm-2am
The Medicinal Purpose w/Beau Sasser, LuxDeluxe, The Fawns, Lady Moon & the Eclipse, Eric Lee & Co., Tidwell’s Treasure, Workman Song, Mamma’s Marmalade, The Brood, Mad Habits, Galvanizer, Spinelli, Seth Newton, Walrus, Sweet Lightning, Jon Solo

Saturday June 8
Music 3pm-2am
Home Body, Carinae, Old Flame, Snowhaus, Bunnies, Jon Carroll, Jo Sallins, The Greys, Lush Honey, Humble Digs, Kimaya Diggs, Scott Hall, Glass Planets, Beige, DishSoap, Revenant Sea, The Embers, Ruby Lou, Mike Moore

Event Information
STRONG and Pleasant Music Festival
Northampton, MA
3 Day Full Festival Pass (Thu/Fri/Sat) $40
2 Day Weekend Pass (Fri/Sat) $30
Ticket Link
Facebook Event
Single Day Passes will be available at any of the event locations day of at the price of $10 for a Thursday Pass, $15 for a Friday Pass, or $20 for a Saturday pass.