Fall Foliage Foliage Festival promises fun jams, stunning views | Entertainment

MARLBORO – For fans of jam bands and the Grateful Dead, the Fall Foliage Festival is billed as an event that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the local music and landscape.

Zach Yakaitis, founder of Rivers High Entertainment and organizer of the festival, considers it a fun way for artists to play together and enjoy the view from Hogback Mountain. “I’m lucky to have such talented friends,” he said.

The festival takes place at Beer Naked Brewery in Marlboro on October 1 and 2. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. on October 1 and the day pass grants access until 10:00 p.m., then people will camp and participate in other events such as a drum circle and acoustic jams. The following morning, participants will be served a complimentary breakfast. They can participate in a morning yoga session and then a guided hike, where an acoustic music set will take place in the woods.

Tickets are $50 for the day pass, $70 for the day pass and yoga, and $115 for the VIP package which includes all activities. They can be purchased at eventbrite.com and at the door.

Yakaitis said he loves music and events. Before moving to Vermont, he was part of Sofar Sounds in Boston.

“We do pop-up shows in totally different locations,” he said. “It was three acts each time and the vibe was that you as a viewer didn’t know what to expect when you came to the shows, and we were just taking these different spaces and transforming them and creating an event that was really cool for the evening. It was a really intentional thing. People came to listen to music.

Yakaitis said he also enjoys promoting his friends and helping people who are passionate about music like him. This is exactly what Rivers High Entertainment aims to do.

After going to Beer Naked Brewery for a few years now and watching the view from Hogback Mountain earlier on a ski trip to Mount Snow from Boston, Yakaitis saw it as the perfect location to hold a beer-related event. foliage season. He quit his job in sales during the COVID-19 pandemic to pursue music more thoroughly and ended up getting gigs for himself and his friends at the brewery. He also found support from his employers at West River Provisions in Jamaica, who bought him a public address system and set up a payment plan. They also booked him and friends to star in their summer musical series.

Once Yakaitis had the sound equipment, he became more involved in the local music scene. He played at Bee Well Homestead in Jamaica and brought friends from outside the area to perform at local venues. He tried to organize a foliage festival last year in Beer Naked, but it didn’t work out.

In the meantime, Yakaitis teamed up with another Jamaican musician, Sky Alan, to form Throwin Stones. They will play with a full band at the festival from 3-5 p.m. They have played the New American Grill in Londonderry and Pizza Stone VT in Chester among others.

Austen Fairbanks from Peru, who goes by the name DJ The Evernow, will start the festival and play between sets. Primo, a New England duo with Yakaitis’ brother and cousin, is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Kale, a five-piece jam band from New Paltz, NY, will come at 5:30 p.m., followed by Unqualified, a group of young Deadheads living in Jamaica. The final act is a “super jam” featuring members of each band. Terrence Kenning will give yoga classes. Vendors will also be set up.

Rivers High Entertainment also has a concert series, “Live from Jamaica Town Hall”, underway. On Tuesday, Yakaitis will perform with Fairbanks. On October 4, Rachel Rhodanz will dance with a full band supporting her. On October 18, Throwin Stones are scheduled to play.

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