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Live Music & Entertainment

2019 WGBY Asparagus Festival in Hadley, MA

Popular Bands All Day

Presented by New England Public Media, the new alliance of WGBY & NEPR
Hadley Town Common
Rte. 9 (Russell Street), Hadley MA

The Asparagus Festival celebrates all things local and agricultural — but that's not just limited to arts, festival foods, local craft beers, and games. Live music and dancing are also front and center on the Hadley Town Common.

In 2019, WGBY’s “Rooted in the Valley” stage featured three popular Signature Sounds acts:

  • In the Nick of Time (Noon–1 p.m.) — Family friendly band. Time for all those kiddos to shake a leg.
  • Oshima Brothers (2–3 p.m.) — Sibling musicians with dynamic vocals and electric and acoustic guitars.
  • Samirah Evans & The Joe Belmont Experience (3:30–4:30 p.m.) — A soulful approach to jazz, funk, and Chicago blues.
  • The Gibson Brothers (5–6:30 p.m.) — A modern twist on a traditional sound, blending classic '70s-infused rock and timeless country.


The musical performances at the WGBY Asparagus Festival are free to all festival-goers to enjoy, but gate donations are strongly encouraged ($5/person; $20/family). Proceeds benefit public television in western New England, including educational programming for area children. 

In the Nick of Time at the WGBY Asparagus Festival June 1 in Hadley

In the Nick of Time (Noon–1 p.m.)

Energetic, interactive, and joyful performances are a hallmark of this family-friendly band. With a generous blend of rock, pop, reggae, jazz, and funk, they deliver music for all, big and small.

Oshima Brothers at the WGBY Asparagus Festival Saturday, June 1

Oshima Brothers (2–3 p.m.)

Oshima Brothers’ magnetic sibling sound and contagious joy result from a lifetime of making music together. Raised in a musical family in rural Maine, the brothers have honed a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop. On stage, Sean and Jamie create a surprisingly full sound with dynamic vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops, and percussion. Their debut album, “Oshima Brothers,” released in 2016, is a collection of 11 original songs written by Sean, and arranged and recorded by Jamie. The brothers live in Maine but are often on the road performing, producing music videos, and dancing.

Samirah Evans and the Joe Belmont Experience at the WGBY Asparagus Festival Saturday, June 1

Samirah Evans & The Joe Belmont Experience (3:30–4:30 p.m.)

Samirah Evans who is known for her dynamic and soulful approach to jazz and blues ladled with a hefty dose of New Orleans spice, will join forces with the Joe Belmont Experience who play a blend of jazz, funk, and Chicago blues.

During her career as a performer and recording artist, Samirah has become known for her dynamic and soulful approach to music, especially in the jazz and blues genres. Her musical style is heavily influenced by the New Orleans sound where she was one of the city’s most popular and in-demand singers for nearly 20 years.   Her 1990 debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival began a run of 15 consecutive appearances, either as a leader or featured vocalist, and she was a fixture in clubs and concert venues throughout the Crescent City, including Snug Harbor, Tipitina’s and the House of Blues. Evans has toured North and South America, Europe and Asia, sharing stages with a multitude of New Orleans notables and legendary artists, including James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John, Aaron and Charles Neville, Sheila Jordan, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Michael Franks, Poncho Sanchez, Katie Webster, Bob Dorough, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty, Duke Robillard, Levon Helm, Jaimoe (of the Allman Brothers), and Sam Kininger."

The Gibson Brothers at the WGBY Asparagus Festival Saturday, June 1 in Hadley, MA

The Gibson Brothers (5–6:30 p.m.)

The Gibson Brothers—siblings Eric and Leigh Gibson—have already made over a dozen albums, but none quite like the new Dan Auerbach–produced Mockingbird. Their newest venture is an effortless blend of classic '70s-infused rock and timeless country, a modern twist on their traditional sound, and harmonies that will keep you wishing for more. The celebrated duo — named back-to-back Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 and 2013 — played the Nashville game two decades ago, while in their early 20s, and were offered a major label deal, only to be told at the last minute that they were too "retro" for modern country music. Today, such characterizations, along with their authenticity, set them apart and describes the marvelous Mockingbird. A mix of country, soul and seventies rock, the album further cements the sibling duo as musical trailblazers. As players and vocalists, they are superb, harmonizing as only siblings can; as songwriters they stand without peer, having long been a band awarded for their songs and songwriting. The 11 tracks on Mockingbird, their 14th album, draw on much of the brothers' experiences being raised on the family farm in Northern New York. As Northerners growing up in a Southern business, they had to work twice as hard as the bands from the South to achieve the success they had, and were the first from that far north to carve a path to IBMA Entertainers of the Year.


Proceeds from the  Asparagus Festival support New England Public Media, the new alliance of NEPR and WGBY. The 2019 event was made possible by Greenfield Savings Bank, TommyCar Auto / Country Nissan, Common Media, River Valley Co-Op, SunPower by Earthlight, Nourse Farms, Provisions, USA Waste & Recycling, and Eversource. AM Lithography is a print services donor. Daily Hampshire Gazette and Weekends with Yankee are media sponsors.

Special thanks to the Hadley Historical Commission and the Town of Hadley.