When the 7th Live Edge Music Festival at Hidden Valley Nature Center kicks off on Sunday, Aug. 19, it will feature five Maine bands whose wide-ranging styles will keep every toe tapping and every face smiling! From 11:30 a.m. til 7 p.m., attendees will enjoy great local music, as well as performances by the local belly dance troupe Sirumem.
Primo Cubano is a perennial favorite at Live Edge. Their style is inspired by traditional Cuban dance music dating back to the turn of the 20th century. The band, which formed in 2007, consists of Paul D’Alessio on Tres Cubano and vocals; Marc Chillemi on trumpet, percussion and vocals; Lenny Hatch on congas, bongo and bell; Duane Edwards on upright bass; and Eric Winter, timbales, percussion and vocals.
32 North, composed of guitarist Gary McQue, bassist Frank Bedell, fiddler Logan Sampson, Johnny Monterisi on guitar and mandolin master Roger Selverstone, describe their music as “hardcore rhythm & Bbuegrass on the Maine coast.”
The Portland-based Zulu Leprechauns defy listeners to stay in their seats with their mix of original and borrowed tunes in their inimitable eclectic style. Music makers include Annegret Baier on percussion, violin and vocals; Jim Schwellenbach on electric dulcimer, banjo and vocals; John Shaw on bass, vocals, rusty cowbell and rain stick; and Jeff Howe on percussion.
Madawaska native Dominic Lavoie formed the legendary New England rock band Dominic and the Lucid in 2003, with which he released five albums. These days he’s traveling with a five-person band playing innovative rock music.
The musicians forming The North provide a masterful blend of country plus rock & roll swagger, a winning combination with Chris Ross’s candid storytelling, Ryan Curless on drums, Caleb Sweet on bass and guitarist Zachary Bence.
Check the Midcoast Conservancy (131 Egypt Rd., Jefferson) event listing for links to hear each of the bands. Music begins at noon. If you don’t want to miss a single note arrive at least 30 min. early to catch the parking lot shuttle to the gate (1.2 mi) and walk 0.2 miles into event. Handicapped rides available.
This is a dog-free event. Thanks for leaving your furry family members at home!
Tickets for Live Edge are $20 ( kids 10 and under get in free!). For a limited time, tickets come with a voucher good for up to $20 on a second entrée at any of 12 participating restaurants, making the tickets nearly free! Tickets are available from Mexicali Blues, the Alna General Store or at the Midcoast Conservancy office in Wiscasset. Or, purchase tickets at www.midcoastconservancy.org.
For more information, including a list of the 12 participating restaurants, call Midcoast Conservancy at 207-389-5150.