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    The Town and the City Festival Lineup Announced

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    New acts, Daily Lineups, and Venues announced for 2nd Annual The Town and The City Festival October 18-19 2019

    Over dozen new acts have been added to the extensive list of performers for The Town and The City Festival taking place in Lowell, Massachusetts on Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th, 2019.

    And The Kids, Ariel Strasser, Arty Slang, Bradley Copper Kettle & Friends, Chris Brokaw & Thalia Zedek, Corner Soul, Eddie Japan, Eddy Dyer, Grace Givertz, Kat Wright, Lady Pills, The Old Rochelle and The Rationales join a schedule that now features more than 50 locally-based and national touring acts. Daily schedules and venue information can now be found at thetownandthecityfestival.com.  Additional shows and acts will be announced later in August.

    Named after the novel The Town and the City, the first major work published by Jack Kerouac, the two-day music and arts festival is set to take place in event spaces, bars, cafes, and galleries throughout downtown Lowell.  Designed as a walkable festival, one ticket will provide access to dozens of shows across downtown Lowell.

    Venues for the 2019 festival will include The Luna Theater, Christ Church United, Gallery Z, Donahue Family Academic Arts Center (at Middlesex Community College,) UTEC, and the Parker Gallery at the Whistler House Museum of Art, which will host all ages admitted performances.  Other participating venues include Zorba Music Hall, Warp & Weft, The Old Court, and The Worthen House Cafe, which will host 21+ admitted shows.  One additional venue will be announced soon.

    Artists previously announced include Avanti Nagral, Babydriver, Bob Schneider, Brooke Annibale, Buffalo Tom, Carissa Johnson, Circus Trees, Cold Chocolate, Darlingside, Dori Freeman, Dutch ReBelle, Fairgrounds, Floor Hockey, Frank Morey Band, Genie Santiago, Hech Rymes, Honeysuckle, Jazzmyn Red, Jeffrey Foucault, Jonah Tolchin, Julie Rhodes, Lily Black, Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys, Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections, Marcela Cruz, Michaela Anne, Mint Green, New Aura, Powerslut, Ryan Montbleau, Sons Lunaris, Squires of Soul, The Burning Hell, The Luna Collective featuring Mark Zaleski, The Mallett Brothers Band, The Only Humans, The Only Things, Tucker Antell Group, and Twisted Pine.  Additional acts are expected to be added to the lineup soon.

    The Town and The City Festival is produced by Porter Productions in association with the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The festival is also made possible by a number of generous grants and sponsorships from many including the Lowell Cultural Council, Vinyl Destination, Washington Savings Bank, Wicked Weed Brewing, and Virtue Cider.

    “In 2019  The Town and The City Festival is already exceeding expectations, with a stellar line-up of artists that extends the brand of Lowell as a destination for live music,” said festival producer, Chris Porter, a Lowell native. “We believe The Town and City Festival will bring visitors to the city and in doing so, showcase so much of what Lowell has to offer. We are greatly looking forward to an amazing weekend!”

    A limited number of $40 Early Bird Weekend passes are available through Sunday, August 11th. at thetownandthecityfestival.com.  Regularly priced Weekend Passes are $55 in advance and $60 once the festival begins. $42 Single Day Passes go on sale on Monday as well as a limited amount of individual show tickets.

    About Porter Productions 
    Chris Porter has over 30 years of experience in the concert industry. Over 20 years of that experience has been focused on programming and producing festivals and special events. Some notable events include Bumbershoot (Seattle, WA), the LoDo Music Festival (Denver, CO), The Nines Festival (Ft. Devens, MA), and the Macefield Music Festival (Seattle, WA).  After working on Bumbershoot for 18 years, in 2015 Porter fully focused on his own company, Porter Productions, which offers talent buying, booking management, consulting, and production coordination for various events and venues in the United States.  Porter currently oversees the booking at ONCE Somerville in Somerville, MA  as well as a number of festival projects including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (San Francisco, CA), WERS’ Wicked Good Festival (Boston, MA), South Lake Union Block Party (Seattle, WA) and The Town and The City Festival (Lowell, MA).

    October 18

    Christ Church United
    6:30pm Doors
    Dori Freeman
    Jeffrey Foucault
    Ryan Montbleau
    $23 adv/$27 dos

    Zorba Music Hall
    8:30pm Doors
    Julie Rhodes
    Bob Schneider
    $20 adv/$25 dos

    The Worthen Café
    8:30pm
    Babydriver
    The Only Humans
    Mint Green
    PowerSlut
    $6 adv/$8 dos

    Warp & Weft
    9pm Door Charge Starts
    Frank Morey Band
    The Mallett Brothers Band
    $13 adv/$17 dos

    Gallery Z
    Doors at 6:30pm
    Eddy Dyer
    Jonah Tolchin
    Chris Brokaw & Thalia Zedek
    $12 adv/$16 dos

    UTEC
    7pm Doors
    Avanti Nagral
    Hech Rhymes
    Genie Santiago
    Jazzmyn Red
    Dutch ReBelle
    $10 adv/$14 dos

    Venue TBD
    7:00pm Doors
    Lily Black
    Circus Trees
    The Only Things
    Fairgrounds
    $6/$8

    The Old Court
    8:00pm Doors
    Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections
    Marcela Cruz
    Eddie Japan
    Party Bois
    $10 adv/$13 dos

    The Luna Theater
    7:30pm
    Tucker Antell Group
    The Luna Collective with Mark Zaleski
    $10 adv/$14 dos

    Academic Arts Center
    6:30pm Doors
    Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys
    Bradley Copper Kettle & Friends
    Michaela Anne
    Pernice Brothers
    $16 adv/$20 dos

    October 19

    Christ Church United
    Doors 7pm
    Twisted Pine
    Honeysuckle
    Darlingside
    $20 adv/$25 dos

    Zorba Music Hall
    8:30pm
    And The Kids
    Buffalo Tom
    $23 adv/$28 dos

    Warp & Weft
    9:00 Door Charge
    Squires of Soul
    Kat Wright
    $13 adv/$17 dos

    Gallery Z
    7pm Doors
    Grace Givertz
    Cold Chocolate
    Muddy Ruckus
    $10 adv/$14 dos

    The Old Court
    7:30pm
    The Rationales
    New Aura
    Sons Lunaris
    Corner Soul
    $8 adv/$10 dos

    The Worthen Café
    8pm Doors
    Arty Slang
    The Burning Hell
    Floor Hockey
    Lady Pills
    $6/$8

    Parker Gallery at the Whistler House Museum of Art
    Ariel Strasser
    Carissa Johnson
    Brooke Annibale
    $7 adv/$10 day of show