3Rivers Arts is a regional group that grew from a foundation set in May, 1973 by a group of dedicated Groton residents who founded the Groton Center for the Arts, a group that became a local leader in arts enrichment programs for children. Forty years later, “3Rivers Arts is a regional organization here to enrich, engage, educate and entertain, with more opportunities than ever for children, adults and whole communities to experience the arts,” a press release related.
3Rivers is co-sponsoring The NINES, “New Englandâ€™s boutique music and arts festival” on Saturday, August 10th at Willard Field in Devens, MA. According to another press release, the concert, “Has added rising hip-hop artist K. Flay and Bostonâ€™s own utterly unique musical/theatrical ensemble Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys who join the diverse lineup that includes Dr. Dog, Matt Pond, Explosions in the Sky, Delta Spirit, Walk Off The Earth, Shuggie Otis, and Kid Koala. The all ages festival, will feature music performances on two stages with no overlapping sets while the regionâ€™s best emerging to established comedians will take up residence under the â€œStitchâ€ comedy tent curated by Harvard Squareâ€™s The Comedy Studio and hosted by the Comedy Studioâ€™s Rick Jenkins. Four shows will feature sets by Erin Judge, Joe List, Mehran Khaghani, Ken Reid, Bethany Van Delft and Jenny Zigrino.
In addition, The NINES will feature art installations, exhibits, and interactive art projects curated by art director and RISD alum Christopher Cyr and â€œart with a re-purposeâ€ visual design visionaries FireSeed Arts of Wayland, MA.
Quality crafts, tasty food and beverages and 21+ beer gardens offering a selection of beer and wine will be offered.
â€œOur mission is to bring attention to the breadth of artistic talent in our region, bring top-tier bands to our area and build on this year after year,â€ says Monica Hinojos, Executive Director of Ayer-based 3Rivers Arts, co-producer of the NINES. “We want to introduce audiences to Central Massachusetts as a hub of artistic talent, and hopefully, a regular summer tour stop for their favorite bands. Our vision is for a happy side-effect of The Nines to be a cultural and economic boost for the area as well.â€
Tickets may also be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster locations or charged by phone by calling 800-653-8000. Children under 10 admitted free if accompanied by parent or guardian.
â€œPatron of the Artsâ€ (VIP) tickets include premier parking, fast lane entry, access to the private Cloud 9 lounge, arts garden and viewing area, complimentary beverages and hospitality, air conditioned restrooms, the NINES official 2013 poster and more.