Why I Left The Levitate Music and Arts Festival On A Musical High

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By Julie Worthen

Two days of music, dancing, new/old friends and all around good vibes is what you will get whn you attend the Levitate Music and Arts Festival in Marshfield, MA. At least this was very much the case when during my recent glorious time at this festival. 

Across the two days, a number of world-renowned bands graced the stage from The Head and the Heart, Rebelution, Lake Street Drive and everything in between filling my ears with sublime musicianship. Levitate only began in 2013, yet standing here looking at the crowd and vendor size, a newcomer to this festival with no knowledge of their history would have been none the wiser. There was truly somthing for everybody, with vendors such as Mikes Hard Lemonade, Flower Crown Shops, Festival Clothing, hand made art pieces and more. Everywhere you went you were surrounded by creativity.

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As far as the music goes, Levitate really has it down, with three stages on the grounds. Neither of them were too close to each other to mess with the sound, but they were also never too far away to have the ability to jump between acts.

The Soul Stage had more upcoming bands that blew away the audience each time. The Style Stage had bands from all over such as Spafford, Turkuaz and Greensky Bluegrass. Every new band that graced the stage was greeted with a sea of music lovers waving their sunflowers in the air. 

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Spafford had the crowd swaying with their consistent jamming. Turkuaz came out with each member flaunting their own unique coloured outfits. Their upbeat music and energy really engaged the crowd. Greensky Bluegrass' sound has a folk feel and, over the years, they have managed to attract a very dedicated and growing fan base with one person in the crowd even holding a signed record of theirs.

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Turkuaz

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The Stoke Stage was the biggest stage at the festival. Fans camped out here across the day to see some of their favourite artists all in one place. It was on this stage that Lake Street Drive and Rebelution blew the crowd away with their performances.

Lake Street Drive came out and owned the entire stage. Lead singer Rachael Price has a captivating voice; a unique ability to make you feel her voice right from the front to the back of the audience. Their songs tell a story from beginning to end, with hooks that keep you engaged the entire time. They performed some of their new songs of their album “Free Yourself Up”. You would have never known it was a new album by how the crowd sang along and reacted to the songs.

Lake Street Dive

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Rebelution sounds just as good if not better than they do on their recorded songs! They have a magnetic vibe that keeps pulling the crowd in, yearning for more. Their trumpet player Zach Meyerowitz and saxophone player Eric Hirschhorn kept the energy high throughout the entire show. They encouraged the crowd to sing louder, dance harder and become a wave of energy. Eric Rachmany lead singer and guitarist has a feel and voice that cannot be replicated; soothing and energetic all at the same time!

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Levitate Music Festival is going to be on the rise over the next few years and is definitely one to look out for. It is New England’s biggest Music Festival and did not disappoint by any means.