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
Who to Watch Out For This Week
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.