The Damariscotta River Association's Midcoast Music Fest - a Summer Concert Series - three Thursdays in July, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. in Darrows Barn, DRA Round Top Farm, Damariscotta, featuring Jason Spooner Band, Slaid Cleaves, The Mallett Brothers Band and more. Maine's best music, food, beer and oysters in the Darrows Barn, one of the region's most memorable performance spaces. These events support the conservation and education work of the Damariscotta River Association. |
No ordinary hay barn, performers and audiences from around the world seek out the Darrows Barn at Round Top for its exceptional acoustics and warm ambiance. This summer DRA will feature six acts at the Darrows Barn during three Thursdays in July. Excellent and affordable food, wine, and local beer will be available at all performances, offered by three of Damariscotta's favorite restaurants, along with fresh-shucked oysters from the Damariscotta River.
July 11 Jason Spooner Band with The New Rangers
July 18 Slaid Cleaves with Bruce Hardina
July 25 The Mallett Brothers Band with Anna Lombard
Series Ticket All Three Shows (July 11, 18, 25) $40 (advance only). Space is limited. Events support the conservation and education work of the Damariscotta River Association.
FMI 207-563-1393 or www.damariscottariver.org
Portland, Maine's own Jason Spooner Band (Jason Spooner - guitar & vocals, Reed Chambers - Drums & Percussion and Adam Frederick - Bass & vocals, Warren Mcpherson - Keyboards & vocals) is in the midst of one of the band's most exciting musical growth spurts to date. The band's latest studio album Sea Monster has been featured heavily on Sirius/XM's The Loft channel, on NPR's All Things Considered and at over 11,000 Starbucks retail locations nationwide. At last year's festival the band's unique blend of roots, blues, funk and folk made dancing irresistible. Toward the end of the show, the entire audience was on its feet, yet a cross-breeze coming up from the river kept the barn cool. The band's website, www.jasonspooner.com, provides additional background on their award-winning sound.
The New Rangers, a long-time favorite of DRA's summer music festivals, will open for The Jason Spooner Band, covering favorites from Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan to Jerry Garcia and Paul Simon. The New Rangers feature Jim Nelson on bass, John Reny on lead guitar, John Riley on guitar and percussion, Mike Nelson on guitar, and Peter Jackson - also of "The Horseshoe Crabs" - on pedal steel guitar. The band draws on the acoustic, country-rock roots that had been the original focus of the Round Pond Rangers, whose former members make up the core of the new group.
Austin based, Maine reared singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves, described as "One of the finest singer-songwriters from Texas" by The New York Times makes his debut at the Midcoast Music Fest this summer. "The beguiling Cleaves has fashioned a timeless yet fresh sound rooted in the best storytelling tradition of the great singer-songwriter" states The Chicago Sun Times. As Cleaves puts it, "Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes records. Travels around. Tries to be good." See his website for more details www.slaid.com.
Singer songwriter Bruce Hardina returns to the festival this year. Hardina's music ranges from reflective to rockin' and is perfectly suited to the venue. Warm vocals backed by strong guitar showcase lyrics that grow out of a deep connection to the outdoors.
The Mallett Brothers Band is an alt-country/rock band from Portland, Maine. Drawing from an array of influences including rock and roll, folk, blues, bluegrass, neo-traditional and classic country and even punk, MBB are known for high-intensity live performances. They were nominated for "Best Emerging Artist" of 2011 by Deli Magazine, Boston, and "Best Band/Act in Maine" in the 2011 New England Music Awards. Find out more at www.mallettbrothersband.com.
Anna Lombard A magnetic presence of undeniable charisma, Lombard possesses a heart, soul and swagger that make her not only someone to hear but something to experience. Sharing stages with the likes of John Fogerty, Ray Lamontagne, and Guster, Anna Lombard's live performance gives passionate life to her studio precision and never fails to generate an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response. Find out more at www.annalombard.com.
DRA Round Top Farm
3 Round Top Lane
Damariscotta, ME 04543
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