Win a Family 4-Pack to WinklePicker Festival Afternoon Mardi Gras Ball

Family-Friendly Afternoon Mardi Gras Ball
At WinklePicker Festival in Ashfield, MA
Saturday, February 16th at 2pm

The Primate Fiasco

Win a family 4-pack of tickets and shake off the winter blues at the Ashfield Town Hall during a winter afternoon of family-friendly creole fun! Deadline to enter to win: 02/12/13 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

Parents aren’t the only ones who can have a ball at the WinklePicker Mardi Gras Festival!  Kids have their own Mardi Gras Ball planned too!  Families can two-step during an afternoon family-friendly Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, February 16th at 2pm with The Primate Fiasco, and Hilltown Families has three family 4-pack of tickets to giveaway!

Win a family 4-pack of tickets and shake off the winter blues at the Ashfield Town Hall during a winter afternoon of family-friendly creole fun! Deadline to enter to win: 02/12/13 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT THE PRIMATE FIASCO

The Primate Fiasco, the Pioneer Valley’s own New Orleans street band (Sousaphone, banjo, brass, woodwinds, drums, etc), plays music that you wouldn’t expect. They can keep a dance party pumpin’ on a sidewalk or from a stage. High energy arrangements and improvisation mix with fascinating lyrics and curveball cover decisions. From their Grammy nominated kids album, “Wheels on the Bus,” to their cult following of Hippies and Hipsters to their gray haired jazz lovers, the Fiasco scene is open to all music lovers, especially those who love to dance. Whether you see them on stage or parading through a festival campground, you’ll be smiling and moving your feet. The Primate Fiasco has shared the stage with Classic Rock legends, Jazz greats, Jam Band giants, and random people from the audience. –  www.theprimatefiasco.com

Dadnabit, the “Dads writing about kids’ culture” blog, summed up The Primate Fiasco live concert experience perfectly, “Trust me: You’re a Primate Fiasco fan. You just don’t know it yet.”

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the family-friendly afternoon Mardi Gras Ball  at WinklePicker Festival in Ashfield, MA on  Saturday, February 16th at 2pm, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!

To enter to win simply:

  1. CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK by selecting the Facebook icon below;
  2. TELL US HOW HILLTOWN FAMILIES HAS CONNECTED  YOU WITH YOUR COMMUNITY OVER THE YEARS  below (one entry per household); and be sure to tell us your
  3. FULL NAME and where you
  4. LIVE (TOWN/STATE), Must include your town to be eligible.
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL IN THE EMAIL FIELD BELOW (we never share your email address with a third party).
  6. We’ll randomly draw the names of three winners and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Tuesday, 02/12/13 by 11:59pm (EST) – Laissez les bons temps rouler!

If you don’t win, you should take yours sprouts anyway! Tickets will be available at the door, beginning at 1:30pm, and are $5/children, $10/adults, or $20/family of four. For more information, visit WinklePickerFest.com or call Elmer’s Store at 413-628-4003.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! Win Tickets to Mardi Gras Ball at Ashfield Town Hall

Mardi Gras Ball at Ashfield Town Hall
with Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Saturday, February 16th at 8pm

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

Win a pair of tickets for a Parents’ Night Out to the WinklePicker Festival Mardi Gras Ball with music by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys and special guests, The Primate Fiasco, on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm at the Ashfield Town Hall. Deadline to enter for a chance to win: 02/12/13.

Continuing our Parents’ Night Out promotions, Hilltown Families and Winklepicker Festival have partnered up to offer two pairs of tickets to the 2nd annual WinklePicker Festival Mardi Gras Ball at Ashfield Town Hall on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm with multi-Grammy nominee Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys!

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win: 02/12/13 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT THE WINKLEPICKER MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL

The 2nd annual WinklePicker Mardi Gras Festival — When New Englanders Go Barnyard Crazy – will heat up the town of Ashfield, MA., February 15- 17, 2013. WinklePicker stirs all the warmth of music, dancing, community, eating and drinking up together in one big, roiling pot, celebrating warmth and fun in the coldest, plainest days of the year. www.WinklePickerFest.com

ABOUT THE MARDI GRAS BALL

Headlining the Saturday, February 16th Grown Ups Mardi Gras Ball at Ashfield Town Hall (412 Main Street, Ashfield, MA) at 8pm, will be multi-Grammy nominee Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.  This is the ball for grown-ups who want to dress up and get down as the band works its magic with a hot two-step, then turns on a dime and deliver an a cappella ballad, followed by something that sounds like Howlin’ Wolf fell in lust with a Creole girl.  Costumes and masks are welcome!  After the concert, revelers can head next door to Elmer’s Store where The Primate Fiasco After Party will keep you dancing.

ABOUT STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys will be rolling out their brand new songs in the Hilltowns of Western MA in Ashfield, just before heading into the studio to record their 14th CD.  And they will have just returned from the Grammy Awards on February 10th, where their last recording, “Grand Isle,” is nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Regional Roots Music Album” category.  Best of luck to the Playboys! www.mamouplayboys.com

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys began over twenty years ago with a reputation for excellence. Their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight early on, and by their third release, Trace of Time, had garnered them a Grammy nomination in the worldwide field of traditional folk music, another in 2004 for Bon Reve, in 2009 for Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and again in 2011 for their latest release, Grand Isle.

In this video below, “Steve Riley and his Mamou Playboys make sweet Cajun music together: music steeped in the French heritage of southwestern Louisiana and driven by accordion and fiddle. Watch the Grammy-nominated Cajun band play an upbeat yet bittersweet set from the NPR Music offices.:”

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to enter to win a pairs of tickets for a Parents’ Night Out to the WinklePicker Festival Mardi Gras Ball with music by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys and special guests, The Primate Fiasco, on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm at the Ashfield Town Hall, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!

To enter to win simply:

  1. CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK by selecting the Facebook icon below;
  2. TELL US HOW HILLTOWN FAMILIES HAS CONNECTED  YOU WITH YOUR COMMUNITY OVER THE YEARS  below (one entry per household); and be sure to tell us your
  3. FULL NAME and where you
  4. LIVE (TOWN/STATE), Must include your town to be eligible.
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL IN THE EMAIL FIELD BELOW (we never share your email address with a third party).
  6. We’ll randomly draw the names of two winner sand will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Tuesday, 02/12/13 by 11:59pm (EST)

If you don’t win, tickets are on sale at www.signaturesounds.com/winklepicker2013 and at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield ($25/person)… and at the event ($30/person).  Doors open at 7:30 pm.  Complete details and ticketing information is available at www.WinklePickerFest.com and at Elmer’s Store 413-628-4003.

Primate Fiasco with Hilltown Students at GatorRoo Music Festival

GatorRoo Music Festival in Huntington
Tuesday, June 22nd at 6pm

The Primate Fiasco is normally found in front of a mob of screaming college students and jazz enthusiasts. However, children have become more and more of a constant at Primate Fiasco shows due to the high energy, whimsical, short attention span of the music. Here Steve Yarbor plays clarinet with the band at a recent concert during the Hilltown Spring Festival. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

The Primate Fiasco will be performing with all Gateway elementary students (K- 4), Paul Sawyer and the Harmonic Evolution at the GatorRoo Music Festival on Tuesday, June 22nd.

The concert will open with Gateway elementary students performing with the Harmonic Evolution—a rock band composed of Gateway high school students. Elementary music teacher Paul Sawyer will then perform with the Harmonic Evolution. Primate Fiasco will then take the stage. The evening will conclude with a grant finale of all elementary students performing “All You Need Is Love” with over 40 wind and string players accompanying from Gateway bands, the community and Primate Fiasco.

“It will be a night to remember when we come together as a community to celebrate our children and music,” said Paul Sawyer, elementary music director.

The Primate Fiasco Northampton-based, family-friendly professional rock band — includes Nick Borges on Trumpet and vocals, Dave Dello Russo on banjo, harp and vocals; Steve Yarbro (pictured right) on Saxaphone, clarinet and vocals; Chris Trevethan on drums, and J. Witbeck on Tuba/Bass.

The concert begins at 6 p.m. on Gateway’s Booster Field and is open to the public. Admission will not be charged, but donations will be accepted at the door. Food and drinks will be sold in the Booster Club concession stand. Donations and any profit from the cookout will be used to fund the arts enrichment program next year at the elementary schools.  – Those attending are advised to bring chairs and blankets.

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Hilltown Spring Festival: A Big Green Success!

Lucky Day for Many, Green Success for All
At the 4th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival

Luck was smiling on Helene and Paul Copp. The couple, who are renovating a house they bought in Chesterfield, were spending time with family last weekend and just happened to be passing the Cummington Fairgrounds during the fourth annual Hilltown Spring Festival. They stopped to take in the sights and sounds of the event—and ended up winning the door prize, a family day-pass to Look Park.

“It was the icing on the cake for us,” Helene says. “What impressed us most about the festival was the energy there. It was relaxed and warm and yet, the stuff that people were talking about there—clean water, organic farming—is really world important stuff.”

The May 15th Festival was the biggest and greenest since the Hilltown CDC launched the event four years ago. Some 2,000 people attended—a third more than last year—and there were more eco-friendly businesses and recycling volunteers than ever before. Click here to see photos from the day.

The Hilltown CDC is a nonprofit membership organization supported by individuals and local businesses helping to build strong and caring communities throughout the Hilltowns. To sign up as a volunteer or vendor at next years Festival, contact Seth Isman at sethi@hilltowncdc.org. To learn more about the Hilltown CDC visit them at www.hilltowncdc.org or 413-296-4536.

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Psychedelic Dixieland for the Kids at the Hilltown Spring Festival

The Primate Fiasco Returns to the Hilltown Spring Festival with a Kids Show on Saturday, May 15th @ 2pm

The Primate Fiasco is what you might call a psychedelic dixieland band. With the instrumentation of tuba, trumpet, clarinet, banjo, drums, and vocals, any modern style of music can be fused with that New Orleans festive sound to create high energy jams that will move the feet of hippies, ravers, jazzers, break dancers, and their grandparents. Check out their kids show at 2pm and adult show at 5pm on Saturday, May 15th during the Hilltown Spring Festival at the Cummington Fairgrounds. (Photo Credit: Derek Goodwin)

The Primate Fiasco is normally found in front of a mob of screaming college students and jazz enthusiasts. However, children have become more and more of a constant at Primate Fiasco shows due to the high energy, whimsical, short attention span of the music. Finally, an album is being recorded just for them. It will be a collection of kids classics like “On Top of Spaghetti” and “Wheels on the Bus” but with the psychedelic multi-genre flair that’s to be expected at any other Fiasco show. With Tuba, Trumpet, Clarinet, Banjo, and Drums, there are enough shiny objects on stage even before they start sharing tambourines with the audience.

Listen here to their version of the Muppets Show theme song during the Academy of Music benefit for the Northampton arson victims in January 2010. Aside from the Kids CD, The Primate Fiasco has recently released their own coloring book.

The Primate Fiasco will be one of 15 acts performing this year at the 4th Annual Hilltown Spring Festival, put on by the Hilltown CDC.

New this year to the Hilltown Spring Festival:

The Festival has added a Kids-Made Craft Bazaar, featuring homemade crafts and art for sale by children up to age 13. Also new this year is a maypole dance scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Hosted by EarthSpirit of Worthington, the community maypole dance will be accompanied by traditional rhythmic stepping by multiple teams of Morris Dancers. Another new feature is an all-day puppet-making workshop led by MOther Earth JOurney Puppets of Williamsburg. Families can create their own stick puppets, inspired by the giant marionettes on display.

Ticket Giveaway: The Primate Fiasco Family Concert in Noho

Win a Family 4-pack of Free Tickets!
The Primate Fiasco Family Concert
Saturday, February 27th @ 10:30am
at The First Churches of Northampton

Photo Credit: Derek Goodwin

Hilltown Families and Nonotuck Community School have partnered up to offer one lucky family a chance to win a family 4-pack of  free tickets to see The Primate Fiasco as they continue with the schools Winter Family Concert Series in Northampton, MA on Saturday, February 27th at 10:30am, at The First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street) in The Sanctuary. The proceeds from the performance go to benefit this local non-profit preschool!  Deadline to enter to win is 02/24/10. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT THE PRIMATE FIASCO

Psychedelic Dixieland Music With The Primate Fiasco! – A grassroots band that got its start on the streets of Northampton, The Primate Fiasco is comprised of five musicians — Dave DelloRusso (banjo/vocals), Nick Borges (trumpet/vocals), Steve Yarbro (sax/clarinet), Chris Trevethan (drums), and J. Witbeck (tuba/bass) — whose combined instrumentation is characteristic of a New Orleans sidewalk band and authentic “traditional jazz” but with modern influences, combining funk, reggae, bluegrass, hip hop, rock, latin, trance, and the occasional Serbian gypsy jam.

During this family friendly concert, The Primate Fiasco will play some of the classic anthems of childhood, as well as other tunes from their first studio produced album Geek Dreams, plus a whole lot more. The band’s signature sidewalk circus-like atmosphere may enter the building too — with face painters, clowns, random jugglers, yo-yo masters, and hula hoopers possibly making an appearance. The Primate Fiasco intends to record this Nonotuck benefit concert for their upcoming children’s cd.

Debuting at this show will be the very first Primate Fiasco coloring book:“14 pages of illustrated fiasco,” drawn by the banjo player himself, and on sale near the coloring table!

ABOUT THE NCS WINTER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES

Click here to see the poster

This musical performance is the second of a three-part Winter Family Concert Series hosted by Nonotuck Community School. The final concert in the series will feature The Nields on Saturday, April 3 @ 10:30 am. All three concerts take place at The First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street) in The Sanctuary. Tickets will be sold only on the day of the shows (doors open 30 minutes before each concert): adults $8, children $6, and one and under, free.

Proceeds from this concert (and the other two in the series) will go to benefit Nonotuck Community School, a nonprofit parent cooperative that provides early education and care for children aged 15 months to 5 years old, and is located in Florence, Massachusetts (221 Riverside Drive, 5865996). For more information visit: www.nonotuck.org or call 413-586-5996.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of  tickets to see The Primate Fiasco at The First Churches of Northampton on Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at 10:30a.m. is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 02/24/10 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win and still really want to go, tickets will be sold at the door the day of the show.  See above for details.

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