John Oates of Hall & Oates performed at the festival.
Life is good Festival 2013
The Life is good Festival returned in full force on Sept. 21-22, taking over the sprawling venue of Prowse Farm in Canton for two days full of music, activities, food, and fund-raising. A range of musicians played on stages across the grounds, including Hall & Oates.
Pictured: Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates performed on Saturday night.
John Oates of Hall & Oates performed at the festival.
Mayya Boxhilova, 32, of Boston listened to Hall & Oates.
The Roots also performed at the festival on Saturday.
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots played the drums. The Roots are the studio band for Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night” show on NBC.
Proceeds raised at the festival benefitted the Life is good Kids Foundation.
Yo Gabba Gabba performed the first show on Sunday on the main stage. The children’s musical group pleased many children and their parents who attended the festival.
From left: Fiona Edgar, 10, Taylor Muraca, 5, Riley Muraca, 7, Heidi Edgar, 7, and Jack Edgar, 6, came from Montreal to see Yo Gabba Gabba with their families. They danced to a children’s music group song on Sunday.
Josh Panda and the Hot Damned performed on the Postive Purpose space on Sunday. Many of the areas within the festival were named in the spirit of the Life is good brand. Places like the “Good Karma” zone and ”Chillville” entertained the many festivalgoers throughout the day.
Lesley King and her son Tyler, 4, of South Windsor, Conn., ran around the yard near the main stage during Yo Gabba Gabba’s performance. “We really enjoy being outdoors and helping kids, so we thought this was a great way to both,” King said.
A volunteer placed tiles into this year’s Art for All Mural, a mural made by festivalgoers who painted individual tiles which are placed into the frame to make a larger picture. No one knew what the picture would be until all the tiles had been placed by 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Art for All Murals of previous years were stationed around the festival. This one was from 2010.
Riley Thrasher, 2, stood by one of the many Life is good murals stationed around the festival.
Upon entering the festival, participants had the chance to write on a long chalk board why they believe life is good. Many answers said, “love,” “food,” “nature,” and “family and friends.”
Erin Enderle, 22, and Kiona Goode, 22, of Connecticut came to the festival on Sunday. They drew a giraffe at a palm tree on the “Life is good because...” board.
Julia Mancini, 4, of Bristol, R.I., played bean toss with a festival volunteer. Many games were available all around Prowse Farms.
Jack Hall, 16, and Finley Kincaid, 16, of North Kingston, R.I., played jumbo Jenga, a game of stacking and balance, while they enjoyed the festival. They came to see Jack Johnson perform Sunday night.
Lucy, 5, and Kingston Ellis, 7, played in a hammock set up in “Chillville,” a section of the festival set up for relaxing. “We came for the food, fun and sun,” said their dad, Chris Ellis, of Pembroke.
Ryan Hutchinson and Michelle Michaelian of Agawam posed for a photo near the festival’s centerpiece, a truck with a large guitar. They came to enjoy the music and because they love the Life is good festival.
The Life is good festival was a very family-friendly event with activities and music acts appealing to all ages. Barbara, Maura, 5, and Michael Keimig, of Walpole, were one of many families who attended. Maura was excitied for Yo Gabba Gabba while her parents were most excited to see Jack Johnson.
An artist of Amazing Hero Art performed a show where he painted an image of a hero to a musical rhythm.
The children’s entertainment group Yo Gabba Gabba! kicked off the festival on Sept. 21, as families sprawled on blankets in front of the main stage and kids danced along to the music.
Matt Cronin, 33, looked up at his daughter Hannah, 2, as she waved goodbye to Yo Gabba Gabba! during their last song.
The “Good Kids Stage” was set up under a pavillion, and children played in a pile of bean bags set up at the venue.
Michele Martel (left) and Natalie Robinson, a mother-daughter team, worked one of the booths at the festival, where Martel has worked for three years. “It’s the most fun you can have in two days,” she said. A tip jar sat on the counter, but Martel said all tips from visitors would be donated to the foundation.
At one location on the grounds, visitors could paint square plates that were then slid into rows to form a mural.
Allyson Farley, 28, attended the Life is good Festival for the fourth time this year. “I was the first one sitting down on the grass,” she said, adding that she looked forward to seeing The Roots and Hall & Oates.
Gentlemen Hall was the first musical act to perform on the “Positive Purpose Stage.” An interpreter signed the lyrics to the crowd.
Lawn games were set up across the grounds, and in one spot, volunteers directed kids through an obstacle course.
From left: Dan Covey, 30, Andria Muscatiello, 28, and Liz Muscatiello, 24, stood by the main stage during a performance from Quinn Sullivan, a 14-year-old singer and guitarist from New Bedford.
Visitors split into teams for a game of tug-of-war.
Families rested in the shade of one of many Life is good billboards set up around the festival site.
A pair played catch with a disc in an open space on the grounds.
Volunteers rested on the grass in between sets at the main stage.
A crowd gathered to hear a performance from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down on Saturday afternoon.