Last night, Mal and I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd Annual Life is Good Festival at Prowse Farm in Canton, Massachusetts. The festival raised more than $1 million for the Life is Good Playmakers, the charitable arm of the company that helps children overcome life-threatening challenges through play.
What initially attracted me to the festival was the music. Some of my favorite artists were on the schedule, including Michael Franti and Sprearhead, Martin Sexton, Tristan Prettyman, Brandi Carlile, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Ray LaMontagne.
In addition to a stellar musical line up, the festival offered a number of family-friendly activities, including games, arts and crafts, and a children’s stage, where the musical acts were geared to kids.
There was also a ton of really great food and beverage options— quite a bit of it was healthy, nutritious stuff. There were also a number of vendors serving (good) beer and wine.
The vibe of the festival was super positive, friendly, and just happy-go-lucky all around. It made me really happy to see everyone enjoying themselves so much. I will definitely be going to the Life is Good Festival next year.
Chobani gave me two free tickets to this year’s festival, so a huge THANK YOU to them!
After wandering around for awhile, checking out all of the different booths, I grabbed a beer with Mal and headed over to the main stage to listen to some live music.
Well, hello, Ray LaMontagne. Aren’t you a handsome devil.
Ray sang “The Weight” with the Levon Helm Band. It was awesome.
Mal and I also caught Raphael Saadiq, who quickly became a new favorite of ours. (We downloaded a bunch of his stuff as soon as we got home.) Did you know that Raphael Saadiq was in Tony Toni Toné? What a blast from the past!
And then it was time for Ray!
I was most excited about seeing him play. I love his music. And his voice. So much.
As always, Ray was amazing. He played “Jolene,” and during it, a couple nearby us got engaged. It was sweet, but a weird choice in songs for a wedding proposal.
“Henry Nearly Killed Me” was my favorite song of the evening. Ray got really into it. I love when musicians get into their music like that.
Ray played for about an hour, and then did a two-song encore: “Let It Be Me” followed by “Rock & Roll and Radio.” Both were excellent.
While I listened to Ray play, I started thinking about how much I enjoyed the festival— the positivity and friendliness was off the charts and totally contagious. While I let my wander, I realized a few things:
- I really miss Vermont. The atmosphere and people at the festival reminded me so much of being in VT. I need to plan a trip there ASAP. Or maybe I should just move there?
- I love being surrounded by upbeat, positive people. It makes me happy and a better person myself, so I plan to focus more of my energy on these kind of people.
- Life is good. In fact, I love my life, and I never want to feel badly about enjoying it or living it the way I do.
Question of the Day
What’s one thing that you really love about your life right now?