Maine Folk, June 30th – July 2nd
A Gathering of Kindred Spirits
Thomas Point Beach and Campground, Brunswick, Maine
Headlining Saturday Night
Among the many natural wonders in Montana, Wise River runs for about 30 miles through the Southwestern region of the state, cutting through the mountains and flowing into the Big Hole River. Beyond being a favorite spot for fly fishermen, it remains etched into the topography of the land itself. Two hours away in Bozeman, Kitchen Dwellers equally embody the spirit and soul of their home with a sonic palette as expansive as Montana’s vistas. The quartet—Shawn Swain [Mandolin], Torrin Daniels [banjo], Joe Funk [upright bass], and Max Davies [acoustic guitar]—twist bluegrass, folk, and rock through a kaleidoscope of homegrown stories, rich mythology, American west wanderlust, and psychedelic hues. After amassing 5 million-plus streams, selling out shows, and receiving acclaim from Huffington Post, Relix, American Songwriter, and more, the group brings audiences back to Big Sky Country on their third full-length album, Wise River, working with Cory Wong of Vulfpeck as producer.
Headlining Friday Night
Katie Henry is on her way. The New Jersey songwriter might have started out banging on doors, gigging at New York City’s blues clubs, playing piano until her fingers bled and winning over the city one show at a time. But lately, the multi-instrumentalist has raced through career milestones at a rocket pace.
There was her Blues Blast and IBMA-nominated 2018 debut album, High Road and her upcoming international breakout on Ruf’s 2022 Blues Caravan Revue. Resulting in the starburst of media acclaim, including Henry Yates of Classic Rock, NME and The Guardian, who saluted “a runaway talent you need to keep up with.”
Adam Ezra Group!
Working outside the confines of the traditional music industry, Adam Ezra and his bandmates – Corinna Smith (fiddle), Alex Martin (drums), Poche Ponce (bass) – built a community of fans through sheer grit and determination, regularly performing hundreds of shows a year for the past two decades without any major label or mainstream radio support. Fusing folk intimacy and rock energy with soul power and pop charm, the band first emerged from Boston in the early 2000s and quickly garnered widespread acclaim for their bold, insightful songwriting and interactive, euphoric performances. From hole in the wall bars and house concerts to sold-out headline shows and dates with the likes of Little Big Town, The Wallflowers, Gavin DeGraw, Train, and The Wailers, Ezra and his bandmates treated every single gig like their last, attracting a die-hard following that believed not just in the music, but in their commitment to activism and social change, as well.
Cold Chocolate is a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own. Featuring Ethan Robbins on guitar, Ariel Bernstein on percussion, and backed by some of the root’s music scene’s finest players, this group from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond.
The Clements Brothers
The Clements Brothers are George (guitar) and Charles (upright bass), identical twins from the heart of New England. The two have been playing and writing music together for as long as they can remember, first entering the Americana music scene in 2012 as part of the internationally touring grass-roots band, ‘The Lonely Heartstring Band,’ with whom they put out two albums on Rounder Records.
Corner House gets its name from an old Victorian home at the corner of Murdock and Mapleton in Brighton, Massachusetts. Here, Ethan Setiawan (mandolin), Louise Bichan (fiddle), Ethan Hawkins (guitar), and Casey Murray (cello), found musical family in one another. Graduates of the Berklee College of Music, together they’ve created a singular sound that incorporates old time, Scottish, progressive bluegrass, and folk. Rooted in a close interpersonal bond, Corner House has garnered attention for their energetic and intricate compositions.
MAINE FOLK, A GATHERING OF KINDRED SPIRITS
June 30th- July2nd, 2023
at Thomas Point Beach & Campground
An open air concert series featuring vendors, arts and crafts.
Camping passes and general admission day passes are available.
THURSDAY, June 29th, Early Arrival
FRIDAY, June 30th, Gates at 2pm
Music Starts at 4pm and ends at 10pm
Saturday, July 1st, Gates at 12pm (GA)
Sunday July 2nd ($10 Park Fee)
Avenue Media is teaming up with Music Magic Maine to bring you enriching creativity activities at this year’s event.
Maine Folk is proud to support Music Magic Maine a non profit enriching lives with the magic of music
Learn more at www.musicandmagic.org
MUSIC IS MAGIC
Why we give instruments to kids
Research confirms what we all know, children who play music are inevitably more confident and creative and have a substantially positive effect on the community in which they live because of this. From the educational standpoint, English, Mathematics, Science and Foreign language skills are all positively impacted by a child’s participation in a school’s chorus, orchestra or band. While many schools are cutting or downsizing their existing music classes, research and experience bear out that music appreciation and music performance in school are central to developing the whole child. Music and Magic is approached by many families who cannot afford the rentals of these programs and those who can, find that the children are at a loss when the program ends and the instrument is no longer available to them. We feel it is imperative that for the child to deeply connect to the experience they need to have their own instrument. Studies confirm that participation in music makes an even greater impact upon the life skills and academic performance of financially challenged and other at-risk students. Music invites creativity, self-expression, healthy release of emotions and self-esteem. Music and the arts are a critical part of a thriving community.
Excited to announce a late night campfire jamboree. Featuring regional and local musicians of all flavors! Join us around the campfire and sing along or pick up an instrument and play with professional musicians friends and family!