“Bluegrass On The Bogs (BOTB) is a growing, grass-roots, volunteer-based, amazingly entertaining, organically-grown and much loved festival. It’s a three day acoustic non-traditional bluegrass festival showcasing regional bands from the New England States. BOTB features camping, jams, artisan & food vendors, kids events, workshops and more.” (source)
This time last year, I created a very quick poster and postcard design for my friends over at BOTB, so that they could have them printed up for their booth at a bluegrass music convention. Later, over the months leading up to last year’s fest, we worked on streamlining and developing the BOTB brand, producing a number of printed pieces—from the poster and postcard, to tickets, t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. and culminating with a custom-made banner for the main stage.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of this rapidly growing festival, and so we wanted to do something special for the logo and poster design to commemorate the occasion. Larry DeJong drafted off of his original logo design to create a special 10th anniversary logo, and I worked from there to create a poster design that said bluegrass and old-timey but with a fun, modern, funky vibe as well.
Bold, radiating stripes off of the “O” gave me the colorful, vintage concert poster feel that I was looking for. A tea-stain layer added some texture and age. Pulling some pine trees from the logo for the bottom edge anchored the design, echoed the logo shape and color, and evoked the beautiful, piney woods of Camp Kiwanee, which is located adjoining cranberry bogs near Cape Cod. And last but not least, I made sure to use a liberal amount of BOTB’s signature “cranberry” color!
If you’re in the South Shore, MA area in May, and you enjoy bluegrass music, consider checking out this family-friendly festival!