Barn Show Music Series continued its season of outdoor concerts at Holmes Farm on this warm summer evening. Co-presented by Hayley Sabella and Brewster Productions, the concert series features original music from folk to country to rock. There are four shows, one each during the summer months. Tickets are $12.
You can buy them online or at this quaint ticket booth on site, complete with an old fashioned flip-lid metal cash box.
It's a few-frills kind of venue - mostly bring your own - for these people it included their own dining table. I especially like the funky sign that gets nailed up before each show.
Bring your own includes dogs and kids, too.
Holmes Farm occupies a lovely rolling hills location on land now owned by Manomet, Inc., formerly known as the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. The edge of a thunderstorm to the north just narrowly passed us by - more on that later on.
But on to the music - while keeping an eye on the sky and the weather radar as severe thunderstorms are building to the west and north.
I wonder if anyone has ever done a study about the differences between people who prefer lawn chairs versus people who prefer a picnic blanket.
Opening act Jordan Renzi.....
....and her accompanist who gets my award for one of the coolest beards ever.
The Western Den was up next.
As we waited for the headliner act, Billington Sea, to take the stage, a gust front pushed through stirring up dust clouds and blowing all kinds of little stuff around. The weather and sky were looking and feeling more foreboding minute by minute. If I owned all that fancy electronic and musical and sound equipment I think I would have called it a night at that point but.......
.....the show must go on so Billington Sea took the stage for their set. (And yes, I know these last few images are grainy and blurry - I blame it on the fading light).
The multi-talented guitarist/vocalist Hayley Sabella is the very same woman who co-produces the Barn Show series.
Guitarist/vocalist Jake Hill.
The backstage view of Billington Sea.
But enough was enough - after a few (but not enough) tunes, they decided to call it a night and pack up before the rain arrived. Notwithstanding the stormy weather, the Barn Show is a wonderful experience to enjoy great live music outdoors on a warm summer evening in Manomet. Only two more shows remaining this summer - August 20th, and September 4.
Come on out and support outdoor live music in our community!