High Hopes Music & Art Festival bests storm at MGM Springfield (photos)

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SPRINGFIELD — Rain, thunder, lightning, and a flash flood warning failed to put a damper on the High Hopes Music & Art Festival at the MGM outdoor plaza Saturday.

A 30-minute evacuation notice was given through the band public address system only 15-minutes prior to the Atlas Gray Band taking the stage. However, after nearly 40-minutes the public was allowed to return to the plaza.

The Atlas Gray Band had lost their time slot and stage hands were changing over to The Eagles Experience Band for a 6:05 performance. The band, an Eagles tribute band, took the stage and there was no disappointment as the five members played a variety of Eagles hits.

Also on the bill was Roots of Creation’s Grateful Dub and Almost Queen.

For those who enjoy a variety of foods, the food trucks were parked and ready to serve. Among them were La Mesa, serving a selection of gourmet tacos, pork sliders and more.

The M&M Steak truck provided thin sliced roast beef and Philly Cheese steaks and top sirloin beef. The Blaze & Johny’s Dog House served up hot dogs, chili, kielbasa, and a variety of Paninis. The Hardcore Sweet truck featured gourmet cupcakes and the Cousins Maine Lobster truck featured New England style split top lobster rolls.

Art vendors included, Birch & Ivory, Mijumi Art, The Beauty Counter, Melrose Denim, Beth Luczynski paintings and the Dyegirls Designs.

The pay-one-price ticket entitled the guest to all the band performances and art festival. An add-on special VIP ticket was also available which featured a special viewing area and other benefits.

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