Imagine getting to see dozens of your favorite acts all in one weekend. Not in a festival field hundreds of yards away, but in an intimate, seated space. Catch a glimpse of what it is like backstage at a big festival – artists hanging out and trading songs – on stage one minute and hanging out in the audience watching the next set right after.
This is the scene at the Campfire Festival at Club Passim. Twenty five years in, it is the best way to catch your current favorites as well as your future favorites. It is a festival of experiments and discoveries. This is where new artists get on stage and shine. Swapping between songwriter rounds and band sets, you’ll get a glimpse of a music scene that is much bigger than one room. There are artists from around the corner and around the world. Some might be familiar, but many you’ll discover for the first time. Settle in for a few sets…or a few days. Genre is not part of the mix. Be open to the voices…the instruments…the sounds. Be ready to be amazed.
Campfire has long been the best way to see new artists at Club Passim. So many of today’s favorites got their start at the Campfire Festival. Many folks you may have already been fans of stopped in to perform a special guest set!
Anais Mitchell, Lake Street Dive, Tall Heights, Alisa Amador, Lori McKenna, Josh Ritter, Jake Blount, Mary Gauthier, Regina Spektor, Bleu, Deb Talan, Erin McKeown, Izzy Heltai, Rose Cousins, Steve Tannen, Stephen Kellogg, Antje Duvekot, Mark Erelli, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, Girlyman, Sarah Siskind, Ryan Montbleau, Eilen Jewell, Jeffrey Foucault, Kris Delmhorst, Caitlin Canty, Al Kooper, Suitcase Junket, Peter Wolf, John Wesley Harding, Vance Gilbert, Laurie Sargent, Dave Champagne, Session Americana, Hanneke Cassel, Sean Rowe, Heather Masse, Chris Pureka, Amber Rubarth, Myq Kaplan, Baratunde Thurston, Natalie & Brittany Haas, Jenny Owen Youngs, Melissa Ferrick, Sol Y Canto, Kemp Harris, Ellis Paul, The Low Anthem, Jesse Dee, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Carsie Blanton, Lula Wiles, Joy Kills Sorrow, Cuddle Magic, Dwight & Nicole, Emily Elbert, David Wax Museum, Madi Diaz, Margaret Glaspy, Liz Longley, Maeve Gilchrist, Lady Lamb, Treat Her Right, Miss Tess, Julia Easterlin, The Stray Birds, Della Mae, Alex Wong, Bhi Bhiman, Adrianne Lenker, Greg Hawkes, Mike Block, Laura Cortese, The Mammals, Jean Rohe, Will Dailey, Anjimile, Darol Anger, Lily Henley, Arc Iris, Ghost Of Paul Revere, Honeysuckle, Taylor Ashton, Future Teens, Mama’s Broke, The Faux Paws, Kara McKee, Beane, Maya de Vitry, Olivia Barton, Darlingside, Veronica Robles, Joy Clark, Lizzie No, Bella White, Jobi Riccio, Christopher Paul Stelling, Sonya Kitchell, Courtney Hartman, Red Molly, Willy Mason, Barnstar!, Jesse Harris, Melody Gardot, Jim Kweskin, Edie Carey, Jake Brennan, Paul Bryan, Jeremy Kittel
…and the list goes on and on. Who will you discover at Campfire?
On Thursday, August 31st, join us for a special kick-off event to celebrate the 25th year of campfire. Hosted by Cindy Howes & Lizzie No of Basic Folk podcast, come hear stories and music from the past 59 campfire festivals. Featured performers Thursday are Zachariah Hickman, Kara McKee, and Mercedes Escobar. Friday, September 1st – Monday, September 4th, the festival will feature 80 acts to the club, a mixture of new and returning artists to our stage. Experience campfire in-person or watch weekend livestreamed right here. Check out the full line-up below to get a taste of 25 years of campfire!
Would you like to be a Friend of Campfire? You can sponsor an artist for $100 and support local musicians as they try to make a living in an increasingly difficult music industry. Donations accepted here, and you will have the option to be publicly recognized or remain anonymous. Your support will go directly to artists playing this weekend.
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Explore this slideshow of schedules from campfires throughout the years
2023 Labor Day Weekend campfire.
Friday, Sept 1st
Saturday, Sept 2nd
Sunday, Sept 3rd
Monday, Sept 4th