Tickets: $16 Advance & $20 Day of Show (plus applicable fees)
Tickets for this show go on sale Thursday, September 6!
The Ballroom Thieves – Calin “Callie” Peters (vocals, cello), Martin Earley (guitar, vocals), and Devin Mauch (percussion, vocals) – mine immense melodies and hypnotic hooks from personal stories on their 2018 EP, Paper Crown (Nettwerk Records). Under the cover of vintage jazz-style, the five songs reflect feelings of rootlessness from four nomadic years, bouts of depression, and the ever-looming specter of political unrest hanging over the country.
Nevertheless, a noticeable glimmer of light always peeks through.
The Crown Vics - East Coast Boogie, Billy and Rock’n’Roll! Ever since they first formed, The Crown Vics made it their mission to veer from genre to genre across the musical map, choosing to follow their own muse. Mixing musical mischief and fun is in the Vic's DNA and they are already well known for their “let’s tear it up” reputation. While that status is well deserved, their ability to bend the boundaries has been simultaneously tempered and informed by an adherence to time-honored, vanishing musical traditions, grounded in honky tonk, boogie woogie and rock'n'roll.
Rock n’ Ron & the New Society Band Ron Cunningham (Rockin' Ron), Guitar & lead vocals, Brice Sinclair/ keyboards & vocals, and Steve Sinclair/ drums and vocals. Ron has been performing the old rock & roll favorites, surf, doo-wop and rockabilly as well as some old country standards for the folks in Maine for half a century.
Times Have Changed, Brooks’ first album in ten years, carries with it the weight of grown perspective and time spent perfecting old material. Brooks worked it with Steve Jordan, whose work runs from Keith Richard to Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and Eric Clapton. With that comes a lesson in rhythm and blues history. Brooks refers to the director as “a walking encyclopedia of music detail and equipment,” a professor through which Brooks could take that next developmental step. “Once we got the ball rolling, my confidence went higher and higher,” he says. “I’m a better musician for this experience.”
The experience Brooks is talking about is that which came together over the course of a few weeks at Royal Studios in Memphis, the home of Al Green, Syl Johnson, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and O.V. Wright, whose 1974 hit “Blind, Crippled, and Crazy” gets a facelift on Times Have Changed. Jordan and Brooks brought in a mint press of Memphis music royalty: Stax Records staple Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave), Archie Turner (Al Green, Syl Johnson, O.V. Wright), jazz saxophonist Lannie McMillan, and R&B icon Angie Stone.
“We used the same mics that Al Green used on his record,” says Brooks. “Matter of fact, we were using much of the same band! It kind of took that vibe.” The first track recorded was a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly hit “Give Me Your Love.” The second, “Twine Time,” the instrumental jam from Alvin Cash.
“To be honest with you, when Steve said ‘Man, we need an instrumental,’ the first person I thought of was Freddie King. Steve wanted something more appealing to all people, not just guitar players. He said ‘What about ‘Twine Time?’’ I said, ‘Is he serious?’ Yeah, ‘Twine Time.’ But that song was a key to this album.Man, that just lit the fire for this record. It became one of the funnest tracks we did.”
Times also comes laden with original hits. Five of the eleven tracks were penned by Brooks. Raised on others’ music, he’s always considered the songwriting process to be as sacred. “It’s like having a baby,” he says. “You see it come to live. Once you play it live, it grows even more. That was the most fun part of it, for me: the creative side. Coming up with a song people can relate to, and you relate to, it just snowballs. It’s almost like therapy for me. Like the song ‘Times Have Changed’: I wrote that song years ago. I sent Steve my songs and he picked that one. It’s kind of timeless. Every day something’s changing. Now, when I play it live, you can see the effect of it. Initially, it was just an idea: just a riff. Now, this song has influence on people. We were just in Europe this year, after the bombing in Brussels. And we’re playing Brussels. I played that song; people were in tears. It helped them heal.”
Danny Harper is one of Maine’s remaining true Traditionalists and is reflected in the many songs he writes and records. He first began singing and writing Country Music back in the 1960’s with his own weekly TV show in the 1970’s, his Nashville recordings in the 1980’s, which spawned the hit, “Uncle Clyde” to his latest Tribute to Veteran’s which is a part of every show! His recent recording, “We Stand” has become one of his most popular writings to date! Danny Harper, the man and his music, along with his incredible band guarantee you some of Maine’s finest entertainment!
CatchaVibe Get up and get down to the funky world riddims of Maine's own original reggae band. Creating World Reggae Fusion with deep grooves that breed dancing frenzies at colleges, festivals and clubs throughout the northeast region. Providing one pure stream of peace and harmony through reggae music.
Big Tree is comprised of Bowen Swersey on acoustic guitars and vocals, and Jarly Bobadilla on Bass. Bowen has been playing professionally since the early 90’s, with his ‘gypsy rock’ band The Beatroots. His unique guitar work utilizes several open tunings, and his baritone voice is a round, blunt instrument, with which he batters classic covers and original material with equal fervor.
Jarly Bobadilla has played bass and percussion with many Maine groups, and is also a regular performer with Bee Parks and the Hornets. They play a lively and thoughtful repertoire of originals, covers, and ethnic folk dance music.
On the Stanley Subaru stage
Sponsored by The Ellsworth American
Free Admission w/ a Reserved Ticket
Performing for audiences around the world and in their own backyard in Maine, the 195th Army Band’s Concert Band is carrying on a proud tradition of military bands past and present by presenting free patriotic public performances. The 195th Concert Band showcases a performance repertoire ranging from military marches to significant wind band works, Broadway medleys, and popular tunes, as well as featuring soloists from within the band and performing compositions by area composers and arrangers.
Gordon Thomas Ward is dubbed “the total package” by his fans, GRAMMY-balloted Gordon Thomas Ward tours as a solo performer with songs charting in the Top 10 in the Euro Indie Music Chart, the Top 20 on the DRT Global Adult Contemporary Airplay Chart, the Top 50 on the DRT Global Top 150 Country Airplay Chart, and more! His song stylings have been influenced by the singer-songwriters of the late 1960s through the 1970s, yet Gordon's songs occupy a space all their own and fit into the contemporary folk rock, adult alternative, and Americana genres. Gordon utilizes a variety of instruments in his shows, which result in a varied spectrum of tonal colors. His songs have led him to work with notable musicians such as Eric Troyer, Mik Kaminski, William J. Hall, Caroline Cotter, share the stage and billing with Natalie Merchant and Christine Lavin, and open for noted singer-songwriter Bill Staines. Gordon’s first album "Welcome to the Past" was released in 2013. His new, GRAMMY-balloted record Providence was released on August 30, 2018 to wonderful critical acclaim. Gordon has written songs for film and historical events, is no stranger to television and radio, and performed at many festivals and venues, including Musikfest for three years running. As an artist interested in social issues, Gordon produced and performed in a Concert Across America to End Gun Violence in 2016 and 2018.
Open Mic w/ Fox and the Hound - Born of dovetail harmonies and hopeful roots music: we sing stories of love, life and traveling in earnest - with compliments of sass and silly. Bring your talent and share a few moments under the gazebo with Fox and the Hound.
The Trisha Mason Band is a home grown Ellsworth, Maine ensemble that draws its strength from the snowy forests, the rockbound coasts of downeast. Trisha has forged her song-craft, delicately tuneful and staunchly demotic, in the crucible of the fan-driven hometown music scene here in the small town capital of Hancock County. Thee years plus strong the Trisha mason Band continues to gain new fans while keeping long time fans guessing! The TMB is a make up of solid performers that, together, make up something amazing and fun! Impossible to pinpoint an exact genre of music style. Trisha's original music has a folk-rock flair with hints of melancholy sassy in your face showmanship!
TEMPO presents – Voyages: Music of Maine from Across the Sea
With US Scottish National Fiddle Champion Sean Heely
On the Stanley Subaru Stage
Partially funded by the Maine Humanities Council
Heely has been praised for his soulful playing and breathing new life into ancient Celtic traditions. Heely is also a singer in the folk style and some of his repertoire includes songs in Scots Gaelic. Guitarist Jeff Morgan will be joining Sean in music from Scotland, Puirt a beul and waulking songs, pipe tunes, ballads, Irish immigration song and tunes, plus a song in Irish - an Spailpin Fanach. Michael Marion and his singing group will lead a rousing sea shanty in an audience sing along. You will even hear the great Highland pipes paying tribute to our Scottish heritage with TEMPO. A gallery of Maine immigrants from Scotland and Ireland will be on display in the lobby of The Grand. TEMPO, under the direction of Rebecca Edmondson and Ethan Edmondson, is celebrating its tenth year and is comprised of 30+ inspired musicians of all ages. TEMPO serves the cultural life of mid-coast, central, and Downeast Maine. Bringing generations together with music, TEMPO provides quality entertainment and education to both the musicians and audience. All are welcome to join - to test their skill, knowledge, and ability against a varying array of challenging and exciting music.
$13 Adults & Seniors, $5 Students (12&under) General Admission
Partial funding provided by…
On the Stanley Subaru Stage
A fundraiser for The Grand
Area businesses will compete in the Grand Mouth Off, each team will then compete against other businesses by performing a “Lip Sync” to popular tunes. Lip Sync teams will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges and the audience votes with their dollars. Teams will perform 2 for the audience and judges in hopes to win it all!
$15 General Admission