Big-time artists to perform on behalf of Mitchell Farms

There's a different energy and texture to outdoor music in the early fall. Maybe it's the quality and angle of the light or the concept of bringing along a light jacket or hoodie, just in case, which adds a special anticipation.

In that spirit, consider the Mitchell Farm Music Fest, taking place Saturday and Sunday at the property in Salem. On Saturday, the lineup boasts Aztec Two-Step, Jonathan Edwards, and Jon Pousette-Dart, while the Sunday performance is courtesy of Roomful of Blues — genuine headliners, all.

But those aren't the only headliners to keep in mind. Also on hand will be Ivy, Kahlua, Killian, Maude, Satch, Tchai, Merlin, Métis, Obie, Orion, Ember, Raif, Pete, Solo, Wick, Solika, Madison, Luna, Ari, Birdie, Buddy, Deniro, Denver and Gryphon.

And, no, these aren't singers. Rather, they are the beloved resident horses on the property. After all, Mitchell Farm is a not-for-profit equine retirement sanctuary whose sole mission is to provide safe, dignified and loving care for older equines. Proceeds from the festival help underwrite this noblest mission. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food vendors will be on site. No dogs, please.

Mitchell Farm Music Fest, 1:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun, Mitchell Farm, 300 East Haddam Road, Salem; $55 Sat. and $30 Sun.; (860) 303-8705, mitchellfarm.org.

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