STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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The weather this spring has been kind of a dud.
Hopefully that changes as the music festival season kicks into gear at Morrisville’s Snipes Farm and Education Center.
“The atmosphere is pretty cool,” said Lansdale resident Tim Leslie, who can often be found drumming and/or stage managing in the farm’s horse pasture when the weather warms up. “All the festivals at Snipes Farm are family-friendly. There’s good food and craft vendors.”
Leslie’s folk band, The Sun Flights, will be in the lineup May 14 for the River Roots Music & Arts Festival. “I’ll also be opening the day with Tim Tam and the Cannon Band, a blues band I have with George Price, who runs the festival,” he said.
River Roots runs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and will also feature The Wallace Brothers, Perkasie’s own Flamin’ Harry, The Buicks, Jim Mitchell, John Beacher, Johnny Betz, Bobby Beetcut, Chelsea Mitchell, Brandon Borden, Sean Ladden, Alix Paul, and Jeremiah Snyder.
Leslie described Bobby Beetcut as one of the artists to watch because he assembles an ad hoc kids band.
Of The Sun Flights, Leslie said their music features originals, covers, traditionals, four-part harmony and “positive energy.” They’re due to open for The Cactus Flowers at Sellersville Theater May 18.
“I think of it as healing music,” he said.
In addition to playing onstage with two different bands during the festival, Leslie will also serve as stage manager. “I got a good group of friends working the stage crew,” he said of being able to multi-task.
Also, save the dates for June 10-11 for the eighth annual “In & Out of the Garden We Go,” a music festival celebrating the music of The Grateful Dead era. Leslie’s improvisational rock ‘n’ roll/folk/jazz band, Tim Leslie & Family, will play, as will the bands Alligator, Old Soul Revival, Steal Your Face, Jah People, Only Foot Prints, Bear’s Choice, Bobby Beetcut, Edge Hill Rounders, Tennessee Jedi, Love Light, and Magnolia Street.
Tent camping and RV camping will be available for the weekend. The festival opens at 5 p.m. June 10, and wraps up at noon June 11.
Leslie said to expect a lot of cover songs. His band of “whoever I can get to play” will be performing songs by The Band, and Old Soul Revival will pay tribute to The Allman Brothers.
Leslie described the farmland at 890 W. Bridge St., Morrisville as a former Quaker settlement dating back to the late 1700s, and said one of his favorite things about the space is the 100+-year-old-trees. Learn more at www.musicatsnipesfarm.com or call (215) 295-1138, ext. 102.