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If you’ve ever experienced the disappointment of not being able to afford a prominent festival or your favorite artist’s headlining tour dates,  you definitely aren’t alone. Looking for a high profile, entertaining show that is still affordable is difficult as it is, but finding one  suitable for anyone from children to adults is nearly impossible. That is, unless you went to the Naukabout Music Festival on Cape Cod, MA this past Saturday.

0157554-r3-012-4aFounded in Massachusetts, Naukabout is a clothing company with goals for providing apparel with an outdoorsy feel. It is no surprise then, that for the past couple years, they have invited earthy, folk bands like Rusted Root to play at a traditionally-oriented fairgrounds on Cape Cod. In addition to Rusted Root, the festival draws acts like Pete Francis, The Barefoot Trut and Ryan Montbleau Band.

At the Naukabout Festival this past Saturday, I was not surprised—nor was I disappointed— to find a wide array of people listening to the music, enjoying the fresh air and making new friends. Several lucky OurStage fans received free tickets for participating in the Naukabout fan contest this past month. The paying public, however, could rest assured in the knowledge that a portion of their ticket sales benefited the Fresh Air Fund—a charity partnered with Naukabout to help send underprivileged children to summer camps. The bottom line is that Naukabout tries to create an experience more than a show, which is one of the best reasons to attend an affordable festival instead of a headlining concert at a music venue.

0157554-r1-036-16aOurStage artist Emily Elbert played the smaller stage which wasn’t much more than a glorified soap box. After playing everything from her soulful, universally-themed originals to a fresh acoustic jazz cover of “Thriller,” she was overwhelmed by the intimate setting of this smaller stage partnered with the enthusiasm from the crowd. The vibe from the fans was such a personal one that it just felt natural for the artists to interact with the crowd after the set.

0157554-r1-014-5aAfter grabbing some free food from one of the tents, festival goers could head over to the main stage and check out OurStage act Ryan Montbleau Band. Similar to Emily Elbert, this folk/bluegrass ensemble performed deep, catchy hooks interchangeably with their hospitable “between-songs” banter. Their impressive bluegrass chops, driving instrumentation and poppy, melodic vocals were more than enough to get the crowd moving and singing along, no matter if they were 5 or 50 years old (and yes, both groups were in attendance). Catching up with Montbleau backstage was a clear indicator of the accessibility of this festival, because I had to fight through the line of people he was eager to thank for coming out to the show.

Be sure to check out the Naukabout Music Festival in the coming years if you want to enjoy a satisfying, affordable festival with good music, relentless dancing and impeccable atmosphere.

Photography by Keith Nelson


Naukabout Music Festival

Naukabout Music Festival

Looking to enjoy some live outdoor music on Cape Cod this summer? Then check out the 2nd Annual Naukabout Music Festival at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds on August 8th. Renowned Pittsburgh folk rockers Rusted Root are slated to headline the main stage with support from the Ryan Montbleau Band and Pete Francis featuring Barefoot Truth. OurStage songstress Emily Elbert will be featured on the side stage in addition to other great New England acts like Tripping Lily and Tin Can Tele. Tickets are only $25 and kids under 12 get in free so you can bring the whole family!

Naukabout is a Cape Cod-based clothing company that specializes in casual, active and outdoor apparel. The company first hosted the event last year to benefit the Elias Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding education and community development for Zimbabwean youth. Proceeds from this year’s festival will go to the Fresh Air Fund, another non-profit agency that organizes free “fresh air” summer vacations to children from low-income families living in New York City. Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund has helped more than 1.7 million children from disadvantaged communities receive free summer vacations through volunteer host families and Fresh Air Fund camps.

Rusted Root

Rusted Root

To sweeten the deal, OurStage and Naukabout are teaming up to offer a few lucky fans from the New England area the chance to attend the festival for free. The top two fan predictors for the Acoustic Channel in June along with the top two fan predictors for the Reggae Channel in July will be selected to win tickets with backstage VIP access!

For more information on this contest you go HERE.

For more information on Naukabout Music Festival including ticket purchases go HERE.


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