Richard Thompson

Academy of Music Theatre (274 Main Street, Northampton MA 01060)

Tickets for individual shows go on sale Tuesday, November 28th at 12:00 PM. Premium Passes are on sale now! They can be purchased here:

The Back Porch + Signature Sounds Presents
Richard Thompson
Sunday, March 17th 2024 at 8:00 PM

We’re excited to bring back the Back Porch Festival for the 10th year! We are continuing with the expanded format premiered last year, featuring dozens of artists performing at ten venues in downtown Northampton over three days.

The evening headlining shows presented at The Academy of Music include:

-Friday, March 15th at 8pm | Back Porch Songwriter night: The Songs Of Willie Nelson

-Saturday March 16th at 8pm | Preservation Hall Jazz Band

-Sunday March 17th at 8pm | Richard Thompson

Full line up of 50+ artists at 10 venues across Northampton TBA


The Back Porch Premium Weekend Pass includes preferred reserved seating to all three Academy evening shows, preferred seating to all four afternoon Academy shows, a ramble pass, and a festival poster. Premium Pass holders have access to every performance and venue that is part of the festival throughout the weekend. For preferred seating at afternoon Academy performances, Premium Pass holders must arrive at the venue before doors for priority entry. Premium Passes can be purchased here!


Tickets for individual evening shows go on sale on November 28th and include one of the three evening shows at the Academy of Music, selected at check out. Individual Evening Show ticket holders do not receive a Ramble Pass with their order, but Ramble Passes can be purchased separately at

RAMBLE PASS – Available 11/28

The Back Porch Festival Ramble Pass grants access to every show at The Back Porch Festival EXCEPT for the evening shows presented at The Academy of Music. The Back Porch Festival features 50+ artists at 10 venues across Northampton. *Admittance for individual sets are subject to the capacity of each participating venue.

The Back Porch Festival was founded in 2014 as a one day event at the Academy Of Music Theater in Northampton. It has since grown to a multi-venue event featuring the best in American roots music. Past Back Porch festival performers have included Roseanne Cash, Rickie Lee Jones, Marty Stuart, Aoife O’Donovan, Mandolin Orange, Molly Tuttle, Anais Mitchell, Josh Ritter, Deer Tick, Los Lobos, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Del McCoury & David Grisman, Sarah Jarosz, The Dustbowl Revival, Tim O’Brien, Steep Canyon Rangers, Watchhouse and many more.

Every year, the festival includes a live broadcast of the Back Porch radio show from the Parlor Room before a live audience. Back Porch Radio host Jim Olsen has been on the airwaves of WRSI since 1984, serving as the station’s program and music director from 1985-1996. When the station moved to Northampton, MA in 1996 and became 93.9 The River, the Back Porch came with it. The program’s eclectic mix of new and classic country, bluegrass, folk, blues and all forms of American roots music celebrates 30 years next year.

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This event is participating in the Card to Culture Program! They will be offering 10 seats to individual evening shows at a discounted price of $10 to any patrons with a valid EBT, WIC, or ConnectorCare card. To purchase these tickets, please visit or call the box office Tuesday through Friday between 3:00pm and 6:00pm. Limit 4 tickets per cardholder per show. Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. Find out more at:

Fees always apply to purchase. Tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone Tuesday through Friday 3pm to 6pm. Tickets can also be purchased online at any time for no additional cost/fee. All Sales are final. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact the box office at or (413) 584-9032 X105. Click here to read our health and safety policy.

Show Date/Time:
Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 8:00 pm
Doors at 7:30 pm

Ticket Prices:
$54.99 - $64.99 ($66.43 - $76.67 after Fees)

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Purchase online using the button on the top right (scroll to the bottom of the page if using mobile), or you may visit or call our box office at 413-584-9032 ext.105.
Box Office Hours are 3pm - 6pm, Tuesday - Friday. Service fees always apply with purchase.