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Steam Kettle Music Festival

Steam Kettle Music Festival
Date September 28 @ 11:30 am - 6:30 pm
Hale Education, Inc.
80 Carby Street
Westwood, MA 02090 United States

About This Event

Grab your camping chair, swing by the food trucks and beer garden, and enjoy a full day of live music from local bands!


Molly Grace

Nashville-based pop-funk starlet Molly Grace is quickly blazing on the scene one platform heel at a time. Taking inspiration from artists like Reneé Rapp, Chappell Roan, and Remi Wolf, Molly masterfully blends pop with funk and disco, performing with an infectious groove that feels fresh yet timeless. First brought to media attention through winning a college showcase series at the end of 2023, Molly has developed a fanbase (her “lovers”) of over 150,000 fans across platforms. Of those fans, she has fostered a country-wide street team advocating for her rise to fame as she embarked on her first headline across the Midwest and the Northeast, the “Lovesick Tour.” Molly has displayed herself as Nashville’s Queer Pop icon, taking the stage at Basement East and Exit/In, performing for 2,000+ fans at Nashville Soccer Club’s GEODIS Stadium, and is anticipatingly set to perform at Bonnaroo in June 2024. Put on something sparkly and come along for the ride. Sample Molly Grace’s music here.

Lee Wilson

With over 14.5 million streams on Spotify alone, Lee Wilson is a vocalist in demand. After his breakout track “Turn You Up,” (recorded alongside Kenny Dope), the east coast singer/songwriter collaborates with exciting artists throughout the music industry: Todd Terry, Reelsoul, Michele Chiavarini, Richard Earnshaw, Doug Gomez, Stacy Kidd, J Paul Getto, Hatiras, Angelo Ferreri, Mr. V. , Andres Mijangos are among them. Wilson’s smooth vocals lend themselves to a deep and soulful flavor; he was nicknamed “House Music’s New Voice” by Kenny Dope. Hear more of Wilson’s music here.

Three At Home

With Dann Russo on guitar and vocals, Mary Casiello on vocals and keyboard, and Kari Paisley-Flango on vocals and drums, Three At Home delivers harmony-driven rock infused with soulful energy and emotion. Take the honest lyrics of Brandi Carlile, the tight harmonies of Fleetwood Mac, the passion and energy of Frank Turner, and shake it vigorously inside a bottle of Lake Street Dive throwback vibes, and you get Three At Home. The group’s most recent album playlist (2021), highlights harmonies, raucous distortion, incredible guitar solos, and smart songwriting. Three At Home received praise from publications including Medium and Country Queer, and was a 2019 “Best in Massachusetts” nominee at the New England Music Awards. Sample their music here.

Amanda Shea and The Snack Pack

Amanda Shea is a two-time Boston Music Award-winning spoken word artist. Shea is an artist, performer, educator, activist, publicist, host, and curator. Her work appears in the Museum of Fine Arts, The Boston Globe, TEDx, TEDxRoxbury, Netflix, Prime Video, BBC News, and much more. She released her first book, “Pieces of Shea,” in 2023. Shea uses art to examine her personal life experiences, social justice issues, and healing through trauma. Explore Shea’s work here.

Brothers McCann

Brothers McCann creates dynamic palettes of sound, weaving sweeping three-part harmonies with rustic reinventions of folk-rock. Mike, Pat, and Erik nurture the heart of their New England musical upbringing with three unique songwriting styles on rotating display. The raw simplicity of acoustic guitars, keyboards, and vocals welcomes the eager, patient listener to invest in their melodies and experience an honest, live performance. Check out Brothers McCann on its website.

Louder Than Milk

Since 2016, Louder Than Milk has been concocting an original blend of roots folk, country, rock, and blues. With two albums out and a third on the way, this sextet is humming along and is ready to share its love of music with Steam Kettle’s audience. Sample its eponymous album and “Startin’ Somewhere” here.

Portrait in Jazz

Portrait in Jazz is a dynamic jazz sextet focused on performing creative originals and time-honored jazz standards. Founded as a trio in 1993, the current group comprises a trumpeter/flugelhorn player, saxophonist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, and vocalist. Collectively, the members of this group have toured throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Portrait in Jazz is committed to composition with 55 originals and three CDs, including Rendezvous (2009), Return Engagement (2014), Metamorphosis (2017), and a new album forthcoming in 2024. Sample their music here.

Tenille Ja’Nae

Arkansas-born singer/songwriter Tenille Ja’Nae is a rising R&B/soul artist who also fits comfortably in the adult contemporary genre. Ja’Nae taps into her experiences to create music that is real, heartfelt, and relevant. Her newest single, “Quarantine,” was released in 2023 and is one of her most personal tracks to date, expressing her feelings of being alone, and not wanting to be alone. She believes these themes play out beyond the pandemic. You can hear more of Ja’Nae’s work here.

Tokyo Tramps

Tokyo Tramps is an original rock ‘n’ roll unit with New Orleans grooves and Hendrix-inspired riffs. Hailing from Japan, Satoru and Yukiko started creating music together more than two decades ago and have released nine original albums. They’ve also competed in the International Blues Challenge three times. Sample their music here.


Tickets for Children

Tickets are only required for children ages 6 and up. All children 5 and under will receive free admission.


Performances will occur throughout the day on multiple stages around Hale.


Paid on-site parking: On-site parking is a five-minute walk from the Festival and allows you flexibility.

Free parking: Park at South Beach and take a free shuttle to the Festival. The shuttle bus will leave to return to South Beach every 30 minutes.


We recommend you bring a camping chair, sunscreen, bug spray, rain gear, flashlight, and (empty) water bottle—filling stations will be available on site. Bags are permitted but may be subject to bag checks. Coolers and pets are not allowed. Attendees are required to respect Hale’s general Visitor Guidelines.


Restrooms will be available.


Please note there will be no ATM available at the event. Consider bringing cash for food, beverages, and merchandise.


Beer Garden

Black Hat Brew Works, a small craft brewery based in Bridgewater, MA, will serve high-quality beers brewed with local ingredients. Stop by the beer garden to see what’s on tap from their menu of ales, stouts, witbiers, and saisons.

Food Trucks

Food trucks will offer delicious family-friendly snacks, lunch, and dinner options. Check out Gonzalez Food Truck and Fanny’s for possible day-of menu options.

The Steam Kettle Music Festival and other programs coordinated by Hale’s artist-in-residence are made possible by the generosity of The Margaret Stewart Lindsay Foundation. Proceeds from this event support Hale’s financial aid and campership programs.


A huge thank you to Dedham Savings for being an ongoing community sponsor and making programs like this happen.

About Hale

Hale is a nonprofit organization that serves nearly 20,000 people annually. We count on donations from people like you to help us provide an outdoor experience to the children in Greater Boston. Your gift today will help us continue to run great programs like this one, steward the land for our community, and ensure Greater Boston’s kids have transformational camp experiences.

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