Thursday, July 24, 2008

"the festival draws about 250,000 visitors"

GateHouse News Service
Posted Jul 23, 2008 @ 10:25 PM

Lowell —

With organizers getting ready for the 22nd year, Sue Ann Pearson, the newly named executive director of the Lowell Festival Foundation, believes the event can only grow – and offer revelers summer fun without spending a lot of gas money to get there.

“There is that lovely word, ‘free’ – there are no gates, no admission,” said Pearson, noting that the festival still provides what very few can – a far-reaching scope of concerts with no admission cost.

New this year will be a carnival-style parade through downtown Lowell, with local artists and musicians joining in the revelry, Pearson said.

You might want to take in Portuguese fado singing – a traditional style of soulful ballad that has found a new audience.

Or, if you are in the mood for a different kind of blues, you might want to take in Henry Gray and the Cats, with a sultry sound straight out of Gray’s native New Orleans.

Read the full story in the Milford Daily News here.

I previously posted the Saturday Boarding House Park schedule here.