Life is good returns to Prowse Farm for 3rd annual festivalBy Mary Ann Price
The third Life is good Festival, featuring live music and a wide array of family activities, will take place this Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, at Prowse Farm in Canton. More than $1 million was raised at last year’s festival, sponsored by retailer Life is good and Superfly Presents.
Tickets for Sunday’s event, when headliner Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will take the stage for the closing show, are sold out. Tickets are still available for both adults ($65) and kids ($20) for Saturday’s shows at www.lifeisgood.com.
Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band will kick off the music at the festival when they open on the Life is good stage on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s music also includes Michael Franti and Spearhead, Eric Hutchinson, Sara Bareilles, Soul Live, and the Ryan Montbleau Band. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, ALO, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Air Traffic Controller will perform on Sunday. Kids’ bands Dan Zanes and Friends, Kidz Bop Kids, and Josh and the Jamtones will perform both days.
Children can play with colorful parachutes, hop on a trail in a burlap bag, make their own music at an instrument petting zoo, and enjoy face painting. Everyone who attends the festival can try to break the Guinness world record of spitting a watermelon seed over 68 feet, take part in the home run derby, and enjoy a laugh with Clowns without Borders.
Festival goers can purchase a tile, paint it a pre-determined color and help to create a mural of the festival’s design: a smiling face of a character named Jake and the slogan “Good Vibes Save Lives.” Or they can visit Jake’s Variety Show and take in a BMX Bike Show.
All monies that are raised through the festival will go to the Life is good Playmakers. The organization uses joyful play to help children overcome poverty, violence and illness. Festival visitors can become part of the Life is good fundraising team by donating at least $150 to Playmakers in return for a variety of gifts and access to exclusive areas at the festival.
The gates will open at 11 a.m. each day and close at 9:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.lifeisgood.com/festival.
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