Stay tuned for more entertainment announcements for September 22-24, 2023!
GRATEFUL DUB - Friday Sept. 22 - 5:00 pm
RoC (Roots of Creation) has taken on a unique new project: Grateful Dub: a Reggae-infused tribute to the Jerry Garcia & The Grateful Dead. Combining their longtime love for Reggae-Dub style music and the Grateful Dead, RoC reworked some of the world’s favorite Dead tunes into a new studio album.
DEADBEAT - Friday Sept. 22 - 8:00 pm
Hey Now! Welcome to the online studio of DeadBeat, a jam band that brings alive the sound and style of the Grateful Dead, The Jerry Garcia Band & all of the music that Dead Heads love to hear! Performing in Greater Boston, Metro West and Southern New Hampshire since 2005, Deadbeat delivers an upbeat vibe that will keep you on your feet and dancing all night! Night time only tickets for DeadBeat available. DeadBeat is 6 pieces (Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar & Vocalist) consisting of seasoned musicians each with 3+ decades of experience & with national and international gigging and recording credentials. We have a groovin’ dance vibe with a rock edge and feature strong 3 part vocal harmony and instrumental soloists. We perform the original music of the Grateful Dead and it’s family of bands, as well as music as covered by those groups. The band was formed in 2005 when drummer Joe Pulitano answered a Craig’s List ad and joined former members of the Tinmen Brian Stormwind & Gary Barth to form a new band that focused on their mutual love of the music of The Grateful Dead and the Jam Band sound and experience. The newly formed DeadBeat played their first gig in late 2005. Feeling that the lineup worked well, they took early 2006 to focus on developing their sound, learning and growing together, and working towards their expressed goal of being a “live” act and fulfill their desire to share their music by playing out as much as possible. By the fall of 2006 the band had jelled, and regular gigging followed.
FORTUNATE YOUTH - Saturday Sept. 23 - 2:30 pm
From backyard BBQs in Southern California beach towns to its rise as one of the most popular reggae rock bands in the country, Fortunate Youth remains devoted to its roots and a simple mission: Spread peace, love, and unity with music. It’s a mantra of sorts for the multi-faceted sextet from Hermosa Beach, driving a relentless thirst for live performances and an ever-evolving cache of original material dotted with influences of blues, ska, rock, world, soul, and punk.
MIGHTY MYSTIC - Saturday September 23 - Noon
Mighty Mystic will be performing on the outdoor stage among the cannabis exhibitors for open consumption on Saturday Afternoon. Mighty Mystic is considered as one of the leaders in the U.S. Reggae scene and labeled by many as one of the more prolific artists to develop outside of Jamaica. He has gripped the scene with ferocious conviction and an uncanny ambition worthy to be mentioned among the greats. He has gone from being a fan of reggae music to being a contributor to the art. Mighty Mystic came on the scene in 2006 after scoring his first international hit with the song “Riding on the Clouds.” However, it wasn’t until the release of his first album “Wake up the World” (2010) that he became a household name. “Wake up the World” boasted several standouts, such as “Revolution,” “Riding on the Clouds,” “Original Love,” and “Slipped Away” with appearances from reggae icon Shaggy and roots rocker Lutan Fyah. Mystic continues to wake up the world with his high energy, message driven brand of reggae music which he emphatically calls “HARD ROOTS.” It is this unique spin on classic reggae blended with Hip Hop & Rock that has catapulted him to the forefront of today’s Reggae Revival. Mighty Mystic is also the younger brother of current Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. When asked, does being the brother of Prime Minister Holness have any impact on your music? Mystic simply says “Andrew has a job to do and so do I, impact or not we both have our own mission to complete”.
DJ SLIM - Sat. Sept. 23 - 10:30 am
DJ Slim is a Marijuana Music Activist from Dorchester Mass. He is the CEO of Puffpass Records releasing many Award winning music project like Hemp Hits, I Smoke Good, 420Mass, Smokaholic, Weedlife.
DJ STENNY - Sat. Sept. 23 - 10:30 am and Hotel AfterParty 8:00 -11:00 pm
Originating from the Boston area, Stenny has been working professionally for more than 12 years at Boston's premier music venues, as well as working for nationally recognized brands. DJ Stenny has performed with the Sensi All-Stars, Mighty Mystic and many others.
OOMPA - Sat. Sept 23 - Hotel AfterParty Host - between 8:00 -11:00 pm - Courtyard Stage
OOMPA is a nationally-acclaimed, Boston-born, hip hop artist who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids n’ them. She was named one of Boston Magazine’s 150 Most Influential Bostonians /and her engaging, interactive performing style has earned her 3 Boston Music Awards and an unprecedented 14 nominations. WBUR’s the Artery describes the lyric-focused rapper as having a “natural tenderness with language” and calls her verses “funny...incisive and memorable.” Oompa showed this poetic prowess as the winner of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a finalist in the 2016 National Poetry Slam. Following the release of her second album, Cleo, in August of 2019, Oompa sold out The Sinclair and a number of other Boston venues. Since then, she has shared the stage with renowned artists around the country like Charli XCX, 24KGoldn, Tinashe, 2Chainz, and Rico Nasty. She has continued to be a staple live performer in Boston this past year with a headline performance at the Paradise Rock Club and multiple festival appearances in 2022, including a set on Boston Calling’s Red Stage. Her latest album, UNBOTHERED was released independently in October 2021 to popular and critical acclaim. This album is joy incarnate. What it feels like, what it sounds like, what it looks like, who it’s for, and, most importantly, how to find and make joy a reality in this life even when presented with so much constant sorrow. This album is Oompa expanding as a human and as an artist. Free of boxes, free of expectations, and free of rules except for those she has laid out for herself.
NRBQ - Sunday Sept. 24 - 2:30 pm
NRBQ is Terry Adams, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and John Perrin. “NRBQ”, which stands for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet, has often been called a national treasure, which may be why the band’s music has attracted legions of devoted fans worldwide, including Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Costello, Penn & Teller, Doc Pomus, R.E.M., SpongeBob SquarePants, Michael J. Pollard, Ian McLagan, Steve Earle, Drew Carey, and Nick Lowe, among many others. NRBQ songs have inspired cover versions by Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, Darlene Love, Dave Edmunds, She & Him, Widespread Panic, Yo La Tengo, and more.
The Good The Bag & The Butcher - Sunday Sept. 24 - Noon
A new supergroup of guitar powerhouses that will rock your socks and soars to the stratosphere. Cliff Goodwin (Joe Cocker, Robert Palmer), Sal Baglio (The Stompers, Amplifier Heads) and Jon Butcher (Axis) front a triple threat guitar band back by Marty Richards and Wolf Ginandes perform the premiere show. Don't miss this
GIRL WITH A HAWK - Sunday Sept. 24 - 10:30 am
Girl with Hawk is an American rock band formed in 2021 and led by musician Linda S. Viens, with band members include Richard Lamphear, Daniel Coughlin, Nancy Delaney, and Dan Bernfeld. GWAH is a great rockin' Americana band led by a dynamic front woman, with a new record, The Romantic, topping the Indie charts this summer on Red on Red Records.
Celebrities, Artists, and Authors
SHALEEN TITLE - Keynote - Sat. Sept 23 - 1:30 pm - Courtyard Stage
Shaleen Title is an Indian-American attorney and longtime drug policy activist who has been writing, passing, and implementing equitable cannabis laws for over 20 years. She is a former top regulator for the state of Massachusetts, where she served as commissioner of the Cannabis Control Commission from 2017 to 2020. She is the author of “Fair and Square: How to Effectively Incorporate Social Equity Into Cannabis Laws and Regulations” and “Bigger is Not Better: Preventing Monopolies in the National Cannabis Market.”
BRIAN O'HALLORAN - ALL WEEKEND
Brian O'Halloran is a cannabis advocate and will be appearing all weekend to sign autographs and do photo ops with fans (for a fee), along with participate in programming. Brian O’Halloran, first-generation American son of Irish immigrants, was born in New York and moved to New Jersey at the age of 10. He discovered his love for acting at age 15, and became active in theater in high school and college.
Old Man Of The Mountain CHARLES STOCKSTILL- ALL WEEKEND
Introducing Charles Stockstill: Pioneering the Art of Cannabis Curation. Hosting a Hash Bar All Weekend. In the ever-evolving landscape of the cannabis industry, Charles Stockstill emerges as a luminary figure, a certified Ganjier with a profound commitment to redefining the boundaries of cannabis culture. With a career deeply intertwined with the realms of cannabis and hashish, Mr. Stockstill has not only leveraged his expertise to advance the discourse around cannabis but has also spearheaded an innovative venture known as "The Old Man of the Mountain" franchises. As a long-time collaborator with cutting-edge AI systems, Charles Stockstill hails from a rich history of expertise in processing technologies. His contributions in refining and enhancing AI-driven conversational interfaces, such as ChatGPT, have paved the way for more informed and engaging conversations about cannabis and its myriad facets. This unique background has enabled him to bridge the gap between technology and the burgeoning cannabis industry. "The Old Man of the Mountain," under Charles Stockstill's astute leadership, is not just a franchise; it's a beacon of innovation in the world of cannabis retail. These franchises are renowned for their commitment to quality, education, and elevating the cannabis experience to new heights. They offer a curated selection of premium cannabis products that cater to the discerning connoisseur. Charles Stockstill's vision extends beyond mere commerce; it's about creating a space where cannabis enthusiasts can embark on a journey of exploration and enlightenment. Among the many jewels in the crown of "The Old Man of the Mountain" franchises is the Hashishins tasting experience. This immersive journey is a testament to Charles Stockstill's dedication to providing a unique and educational cannabis experience. The Hashishins tasting experience is where patrons can savor the intricate flavors and aromas of carefully selected cannabis strains, each accompanied by a narrative that delves into the strain's history, cultivation, and cultural significance. Charles Stockstill, the certified Ganjier, and visionary behind "The Old Man of the Mountain" franchises, is a true trailblazer in the world of cannabis. His fusion of technology and cannabis culture has not only redefined the way we interact with cannabis but has also set a new standard for quality and education within the industry. As we look ahead, we can expect Charles Stockstill to continue shaping the future of cannabis in ways that surprise and delight enthusiasts around the world.
TOKING WITH THE DEAD - ALL WEEKEND
Jeff Homan & Ben Bartlett - These two life long friends bring you Toking with the Dead comic book series. An educational experience of medicinal cannabis and it's unique effects using zombies as the test subjects.
SAM MISERENDINO - ALL WEEKEND
Author Sam Miserendino will be showcasing some of the books in his Addicted Animal Series. Pick up your own copy of If You Give A Bear A Bong and If You Give A Dog A Doobie at the HighLifeStyle Show!
BOB TKACIK - ALL WEEKEND
Bob Tkacik is a cannabis infused illustrator who has done work for TMNT- The Last Ronin and Armageddon Game as well as his creator owned comic: "Good Boy Paws." This HighLifeStyle weekend, aside from his comic work, he will be offering weed-ink illustrations and commissions as well as paintings and other treats. You can follow him on social media platforms @bobtkacik