Another Year of Harvest Jazz and Blues Starts

Harvest Officially Kicks Off 2017


Harvest Jazz and Blues officially kicked-off the 2017 season. Jam-band, Earthbound performed an awesome free show at the Bud Light Blues Tent for the annual free-show launch of the festival. New Brunswick’s top export in​ ​Matt​ ​Andersen​ ​&​ ​the​ ​Bona​ ​Fide, and Muddy​ ​Magnolias​, who topped Yahoo!’s Top 10 Best New Acts of 2016 were the main acts of the night. Martha Wainwright did a show Tuesday at the Fredericton Playhouse.

This year, there are 27​ ​stages​ (including 4 free Harvest weekend stages), that will host 150​ ​performances​ ​made up of 400+ musicians….yeah that is a lot! That includes 16​ ​international​ ​acts​ ​over six days of programming. This year the Harvest is proud to offer 50​ ​free​ ​performances​, ​plus dozens of buskers each night…plus a myriad of food trucks, plus other vendors…that is a lot of pluses.


Matt Anderson at Harvest

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The​ ​biggest​ ​show​ ​ever,​ with Trey​ ​Anastasio​ ​Band​’s Fredericton debut and only 2017 Canadian festival date. The legendary Phish guitarist and his all star septet will be joined by mega buzz band​ ​The​ ​Marcus​ ​King​ ​Band​ on Harvest Friday in the Moose Light Blues Tent!

A​ ​jam​ ​packed​ ​Friday​ ​in​ ​the​ ​TD​ ​Mojo​ ​Tent,​ ​with three spectacular shows. First up, it’s the long awaited return of Steven​ ​Page​, who just released standout sophomore album, Heal Thyself.​ ​Longtime favorites Matt​ ​Minglewood​ ​Band​ ​and​ ​Garrett​ ​Mason​ will team up for the meat of the night, before​ ​The​ ​Trans-Canada​ ​Highwaymen​ (Page, joined by Chris Murphy of Sloan, Craig Northey of Odds and Moe Berg of TPOH) close Friday out in style.

The​ ​Harvest​ ​debut​ ​of​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​largest​ ​names​ ​on​ ​the​ ​North​ ​American​ ​festival​ ​circuit,​ ​including beloved Grammy winner Steve​ ​Earle and​ ​the​ ​Dukes,​ ​phenomenal funk outfit Lettuce​ ​and one of the most sought after acts on the continent in The​ ​Marcus​ ​King​ ​Band​. Forever favorites of the Festival, including returns from all time audience faves, like blues titan Colin​ ​James,​ ​chart toppers​ ​The​ ​Revivalists,

There is a lot of hot talent at Harvest this year, including; ​once-in-a-generation guitarist Brandon​ ​“Taz”​ ​Niederauer: Paste Magazine and Daytrotter darlings Amasa​ ​Hines​, who’ve toured with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lee Fields & The Expressions and The Record Company of late; Billboard and iTunes chart toppers The​ ​Hip​ ​Abduction;​ ​fiery guitar slinger, blues belter and songwriter beyond her years, Sonya​ ​Rae​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Sleepwalkers​; and many more.

A jaw dropping tribute to one of the greatest musical masterminds of our time, by Bethlehem, PA’s Start​ ​Marking​ ​Sense.​ ​A faithful
and painstaking recreation, this is easily the closest you’ll get to seeing the Talking Heads live and in concert again.

The​ ​biggest​ ​weekend​ ​line-up​ ​we’ve​ ​ever​ ​featured​ ​on​ ​the​ ​TD​ ​Stage​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Playhouse,​ with three of the truest treasures our nation has to offer, in Bruce​ ​Cockburn,​ ​Martha​ ​Wainwright​ ​and​ ​Alex​ ​Cuba​.

Go​ ​all​ ​day​ ​long​ ​with music stretching from early afternoon, through supper hour shows and into the wee hours of the morning.
Continued​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​showcasing​ ​great​ ​New​ ​Brunswick​ ​artists,​ with performances from NB talent on all stages—main tents, free
shows, the Taylor Printing Street Experience—and at special showcases, like the Stingray Music Rising Star Competition.

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