LOWELL -- Tickets are on sale for the first-ever The Town and The City Festival to be held at various venues in downtown Lowell on Oct. 19 and 20. The festival will celebrate the adventurous spirit of Lowell native Jack Kerouac in an event that features both locally based and national touring acts.

Named for the title of Kerouac's first major published work, The Town and City Festival offers early-bird two-day passes that will be available for just $35 while supplies last. Regularly priced weekend passes are $45 in advance and $55 once the festival begins. Tickets are on sale now at www.thetownandthecityfestival.com.

Dozens of musical acts will be featured, including such local acts as Kirsten Hersh of Throwing Muses, the Evan Goodrow Band, D-Tension with DJ Emoh and Melvern Taylor, as well as locally based national acts Will Dailey and Gary Hoey.

Festival promote Chris Porter is a Lowell native who said he is "devoted to Lowell and love the idea of adding a significant event that heightens Lowell's reputation as a major arts and music community.



Venues across downtown Lowell that will be hosting the festival include The Old Court, Luna Theater, Coffee and Cotton, Christ Church United, Gallery Z, the Parker Gallery at the Whistler House Museum of Art, Zorba Music Hall, Uncharted Gallery, Warp & Weft and Dudley's.