Doug and Jess Band to perform at the Matlock Festival of Music, Art and Nature (CBC)
It's only natural. Actually, it's all natural. The Matlock Festival of Music, Art and Nature is one of the greenest festivals around.
Now in its third year, the event celebrates music, art and nature equally. Organizers Cheryl Cohen and Noah Erenberg share a passion for nature preservation and music (their son, Micah Erenberg won the Galaxie Young Performer prize at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year).
The festival takes place on their own 45 acre site at the edge of Matlock, just north of Winnipeg. Imagine a big open field with paths cut through the tall grass, wild cucumber growing, trees all around, with the beach of Lake Winnipeg nearby where you can walk out on the beautiful pier.
The music -- all Manitoba grown -- will draw you back in. The Pond Cabin Main Stage and bluegrass stage feature The Doug & Jess Band,The Osmond-Davis Band, Uptown Grass, reggae artist Inna Riddim, local -- as in Matlock-based -- Bearcat, The Frog Ponders, Brandon band Sebastian Owl and rock goddesses Phlegm Fatale.
Other activities include workshops on everything from reflexology to fruit preservation and the artisan and farmers market offers up art -- all natural, of course -- to musical instruments to the freshest farm produce. There's even a labyrinth cut in the tall grass where people can chill out and discover a moment of quiet meditation.
The Matlock Festival of Music, Art and Nature takes place August 25 and 26.