photo credit Dave Vann
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals up with the idea late last year of launching their own festival, and they’ve been systematically laying the groundwork ever since, bringing in Alex Crothers, who organizes Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts, to perform the same function for their brainchild. And Grand Point North, as they’ve dubbed it (GPN for short), will soon become a reality.
“We all grew up in the festival community,” Grace points out. “It’s ingrained in us and a big part of who we are. We’ve been scouting sites since the band first started.” It soon became apparent that the ideal site for Grand Point North was right in the band’s home base of Burlington, Vermont. It will be held at Burlington Waterfront Park on the banks of Lake Champlain.
The hand-picked talent lineup features Taj Mahal (the band’s friend and champion since they went on the road together on GPN’s first national tour in 2006), Fitz & the Tantrums, the Wood Brothers, Augustana, Hoots & Hellmouth, Jessica Lea Mayfield, fellow Vermonter Anais Mitchell and a number of local acts including the buzz bands Rubblebucket (now based in Brooklyn) and Chamberlin. The first day will be weighted toward rock, the second toward roots. GPN will give the closing performance both nights.
Grand Point North Festival Aug. 13-14.