Celebrating the adventurous spirit of Lowell native Jack Kerouac, the line-up for the second annual The Town and The City Festival this fall will bring together more than 50 local and national touring acts for performances throughout multiple venues in downtown Lowell.

Produced by Porter Productions in association with the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival will take place Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19. A limited number of Early Bird Weekend Passes will go on sale Friday, July 12, at noon at www.thetownandthe cityfestival.com.

The festival was founded last year by Lowell native and festival producer Chris Porter.

"In 2018, the debut of The Town and The City Festival received an overwhelmingly resounding response from music fans, performers, the venues and the community," Porter said. "We quickly established that this event can stand alongside the other signature music events in the area like the Lowell Folk Festival and the Lowell Summer Music Series. We're thrilled to bring a signature event that helps to showcase much of what downtown Lowell has to offer and feature many performers from the area and beyond."

The festival is named after the novel "The Town and the City," the first major work published by Kerouac.


Designed as a walk-around festival, The Town and The City will host acts at several downtown locations, including The Luna Theater, Christ Church United, Gallery Z, Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, UTEC and the Parker Gallery at the Whistler House Museum of Art

The line-up so far includes Avanti Nagral, Babydriver, Bob Schneider, Brooke Annibale, Buffalo Tom, Carissa Johnson, Circus Trees, Cold Chocolate, Darlingside, Dori Freeman, Dutch ReBelle, Fairgrounds, Floor Hockey, Frank Morey Band, Genie Santiago, Hech Rymes, Honeysuckle, Jazzmyn Red, Jeffrey Foucault, Jonah Tolchin, Julie Rhodes, Lily Black, Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys, Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections, Marcela Cruz, Michaela Anne, Mint Green, New Aura, Ryan Montbleau, Sons Lunaris, Squires of Soul, The Burning Hell, The Luna Collective featuring Mark Zaleski, The Mallett Brothers Band, The Only Humans, The Only Things, Tucker Antell Group, and Twisted Pine.

Additional acts are expected to be added soon.

Check out www.thetown andthecityfestival.com.