Local Maine music is on the menu at the Live Edge Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 11 from noon to 6 p.m. at Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Rd. in Jefferson. Four bands will rock the open-air Barn there, powered by solar energy and high spirits. The belly dance troupe Sirumem will perform between acts.
About themselves Tricky Britches says, “Raised in Maine, cured on street corners and next to woodstoves, string-band Tricky Britches is a unique culmination of country, contra-dance, bluegrass, and rock. They’ve played festivals and concerts across the US, Europe, and Hawaii, always being shaped by those places, and using those experiences to inspire their original music.” Members include Jed Bresette on Bass, Vocals; Seth Doyle on Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals; Tyler Lienhardt on Fiddle, Vocals; and Richard Bicknell playing the 5-String Banjo.
Changing things up will be Paranoid Social Club, the brainchild of Dave Gutter and Jon Roods of the Rustic Overtones. Hailing from Portland, the band has received international accolades for its high energy style. They describe themselves as “equally inspired by punk, soul, psychedelic rock, and the human psyche; PSC is a musical movement like no other. Picture Jimi Hendrix smashing a keyboard or The Clash backing Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival.” Band members include Dave Gutter, Jon Roods, Trent Gay and Craig Sala.
It was music that brought Megan Martelle and Hannah Daman together one night in 2013 in a basement in Massachusetts. Megan had just finished her time at Berklee College of Music. Hannah had just moved home from playing in a few bands in Glasgow, Scotland. Megan had her violin. Hannah had her songs. A musical connection was swiftly forged and from there on, they stuck together. With the addition of Megan’s sister Fran, they say, “a sacred sisterhood of music sparked. As they grew, their sound expanded and their harmonies tightened and sense of togetherness was formed. They played in cover bands, open mics, on the streets, and in their homes.” Sibylline was born.
Guaranteed to get everyone dancing, Primo Cubano plays traditional Cuban dance music dating back to the turn of the 20th Century. Son is the most popular style to come out of Cuba and is the primary contributor to the blend of Latin styles today known as Salsa. It was first a music of the country people and eventually migrated to Havana, where it was urbanized and began to draw a wider audience. Bringing this music to life here in Maine are guitarist Paul D’Alessio, trumpeter Marc Chillemi, Lenny Hatch on the congas, new addition Eric Winter on vocals and Duane Edwards on the bass fiddle.
For more information on Live Edge and to get tickets, go to www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/live-edge-music-festival-2/ or call (207) 389-5150.
Tickets are also available at festival sponsor Mexicali Blues, the Alna General Store and Sheepscot General.