FestForward 2018

South Hadley's Emerging Artist Competition

Cast your vote and help determine which group of young musicians will have an opportunity to perform on the big stage at FallsFest.

If you enjoy competitions like The Voice and American Idol you’re going to love FestForward; an Emerging Artist Showcase where talented, young musicians compete for an opportunity to perform at FallsFest. Audience members cast the deciding vote and choose the winning band, who will open the festival in Beachgrounds Park on July 28th, 2018.

Our host for the evening is Carlos McBride (a.k.a. C Rec Mc) from the NEPR Media Lab, who works with youth in radio, storytelling and journalism.

Tickets are $25 and include a delectable buffet donated by five area restaurants. Craft beverages will be served by South Hadley’s own, Drunken Rabbit Brewing.  The event is a fundraiser for Music & Arts South Hadley. Proceeds help us make world-class music and arts programming accessible to our entire community.

CraftFest 2018

APRIL 21, 9:30-3PM

Just in time for Mother’s Day!

More than forty artisan vendors from throughout New England and just across town will convene to display their wares at the Plains Elementary School. You’re sure to find something to delight eye and ignite the imagination. This juried collection of has something for everyone – painting and photography for the discerning collector, jewelry and accessories the flamboyant fashionista, as well as functional works in glass, ceramic, and wood for the elegant homebody.

Timed just two weeks before Mother’s Day, CraftFest is the ideal opportunity to pick a one of a kind gift for mom and maybe a little something extra for yourself.

We’ll have live music and food trucks on site to keep your spirits high.

Proceeds from CraftFest will benefit FallsFest and MASH’s full season of FREE arts programming.

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JazzFest 2018



South Hadley’s second annual Jazz Fest features showcase performances by the Berkshire Hills Music Academy Jazz Band, South Hadley Middle School Jazz Band, South Hadley High School Jazz Band, and the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School Rock & Soul Revue. The showcase will conclude with Frank Newton’s special arrangement of the Screaming Eagle of Soul’ Charles Bradley’s “Ain’t it a Sin” performed by both the Middle School Jazz Band and the PVPA Rock & Soul Revue.

The afternoon continues with a concert performance by the dazzling Valley Jazz Divas, backed by the Green Street Trio. The venerable Jeff Holmes Big Band featuring vocalist Dawning Holmes will close out the the program. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be prepared by students from the High School Culinary Program.

2PM – Student Showcase Performances

3PM – Valley Jazz Divas, backed by the Green Street Trio

4PM – Jeff Holmes Big Band featuring vocalist Dawning Holmes

South Hadley High School, 153 Newton St, South Hadley, MA 01075