May 6th, 2017

Main Street, Nashua NH
Noon – 10pm

A Celebration of Inspired
Experimentation in Music & the Arts

Nu Muse, expected to draw as many as 3,000 to Nashua’s Historic Downtown in its inaugural year, will bring a day-long music festival featuring an eclectic array of what the national music scene has to offer. The unique festival will also feature the roll out of the Nashua Street Pianos, City Arts Nashua’s Comeback Kitchen Table public art installation, street performers, an arts and artisans market, food trucks and more! This event is free and open to the public!

This will be the first of a three-festival series designed to offer a wide variety of experiences over the course of 2017, followed by the Merrimack Valley Battle of the Bands on 7/22, and the New England Roots Festival presented by The River Casino on 9/30.

Great American Downtown is still accepting applications for performance artists, and vendors for the arts and artisans market. You will find street performer/musician applications here, and arts/artisan vendor applications here. We will not accept applications from multilevel marketing vendors. Please direct all applications to Ben Ruddock, Arts Coordinator. Please direct all sponsorship requests, with event presence opportunities available, to Paul Shea, Executive DirectorPlease note, the Main Stage lineup is set, and there are no remaining available food vendor spaces.

The Nu Muse Lineup:




Take a Listen

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NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it’d probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the band’s music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.


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Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York over a decade ago, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (AKA The Grand Slambovians) pioneered the alt-folk/americana genre, staying on the fringes of the music industry and under the radar while producing several critically acclaimed studio albums. ‘A Box of Everything’ the band’s most recent release is a compilation of the ‘Greatest Hits’ you’ve never heard from this reclusive band. Their melodic avant-folk conjures a quirkier Tom Petty or fuller Buffalo Tom with an exotic instrumental arsenal. If you like Dylan, Bowie, The Decemberists, you’ll find a lot to love about this band which features an otherworldly slide mandolin, accordion, cello and styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. Headlining major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, they built their career from the ground up with a loyal fan base supporting them all the way.


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To understand Bella’s Bartok, imagine what you would get if Salvador Dali and Toulouse Lautrec were fronting the Moulin Rouge’s house band, and you have the exuberant spectacle that is Bella’s Bartok. Described as “about as much fun as you can have with your pants on” (Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues), this 6-piece powerhouse melds Bohemian Klezmer Punk with pop sensibilities into an eminently danceable party. The diversity of musicians that make up Bella’s Bartok, combined with their boundless energy on stage, has been known to break a dancefloor, or two (or three, but who’s counting?).   Their sound moves way beyond labels, pushing the envelope towards the darker side of Eastern European music, referencing vaudeville and 20th century eclecticism.


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The Providence-based Arc Iris trio has attracted fans from across the world, as well as critical attention from NPR, the New York Times and Rolling Stone for their charismatic stage performances and lyric- and melody-based experimental dreampop.  Space domes reveal giant golden wings in flight, while montages light up the backdrop with evocative images.  Through their diverse influences, singer, Jocie Adams, keyboardist, Zach Tenorio-Miller and drummer, Ray Belli find avenues for producing a blend of soul-satisfying sounds that are truly their own.  The band is coming off of an international tour for their second album, “Moon Saloon,” released last fall on Bella Union.


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From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem, the Sahel Desert all the way to Carnegie Hall, music has been the thread and source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway from Bombino/Hey Mama/Avi & Celia joined by an inspired cast of top-notch musicians who have performed in over twenty five countries. Over the last three years, Salloway has toured the globe, performing with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar virtuoso from Niger, Africa and is now bringing new and old songs to life with the Wylder family.


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Based out of Boston, MA, I/O has been playing together since the Fall of 2012. Blending ambient textures, angular rhythmsand dynamics that range from delicate to cinematic, I/O has crafted a unique brand of melodic post rock while exploring new sonic possibilities and constantly evolving their sound.


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Mammal Dap is adventurous, psych-fusion from Northampton, Massachusetts, comprised of Killian Karlsson (guitar), Zack Cross (synths), Reed Sutherland (bass, synth bass), and Colin Jalbert (drums, samples). Together they interweave hypnotic beats with pumping bass, lush pads and soaring hooks. Balancing a deep love of nostalgic tones with a digital-age sensibility, their sound evokes the aesthetics of Bonobo, Flying Lotus and Tycho. Their energetic live shows and rigorous touring have elevated crowds from New England to New Orleans, leading them to share the stage with acclaimed acts including The Motet, The Nth Power, Tauk, Marco Benevento and many more.


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