South Shore Trip: Marshfield’s Levitate Music and Arts Festival announces 2016 lineup

The dudes in Moon Taxi are barely on the Mass Pike after playing a sold-out Brighton Music Hall this past weekend, but the Nashville rock band will back in the area this summer to an appearance at the fourth annual Levitate Music and Arts Festival.

The all-ages summertime fest returns to the Marshfield Fairgrounds on July 9, and this week unveiled its full lineup, a nice mix of homegrown and national sounds. Leading the charge is the “The Wheels of Soul Tour” with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, and North Mississippi Allstars, while the undercard features a good vibe and groove slate of Rebelution, Lettuce, Stick Figure, Twiddle, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Movement, Ron Gallo, and the aforementioned Moon Taxi.

The festival was started in 2013 as a 10-year anniversary party for the Levitate surf/skate shop and apparel line based out of Marshfield, and this year the party has grown to include a camping destination at nearby Wompatuck State Park.

“The event’s success is due to a hugely supportive community, which Levitate has been embedded in for more than a decade through our youth programs, beach cleanups, surf and skateboard contests and fundraising initiatives,” says festival co-founder and Levitate owner Daniel Hassett in a press release. “We take a lot of pride in bringing people together in a unique outdoors setting, in the grass, for a full day. It brings out the best in our community and creates a laid back, old fashioned vibe. It’s not only the excellent music, art, and food, but also the people in attendance at the festival who bring new friends each year and spread the word, that has allowed Levitate to grow in an organic way.”

Among the local ties at Levitate this year are Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Susan Tedeschi, from Norwell, and Stick Figure frontman Scott Woodruff, of Duxbury. The multi-genred Twidde hails from Vermont, and Philadelphia’s Ron Gallo might as well be from the area, as he’s done sessions with Allston Pudding and Sofar Sounds Boston.

“The Tedeschi Trucks Band is our most requested band for our festival with such strong ties to this area, and we’ve been trying to book them since year one,” Hassett adds. “We are over the moon that we are able to bring them and their ‘Wheels of Soul Tour’ to Levitate and are honored that our festival is the only stop in the greater Boston area.”

Check out a preview of most of the 2016 Levitate participants via our YouTube slider, and check the poster after the embed jump.

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