Midcoast Conservancy

Live Edge Music Festival features Maine bands

Thu, 08/17/2023 - 12:30pm

    Sunday, Sept. 10, Midcoast Conservancy will hold the 11th annual Live Edge music festival at Hidden Valley Nature Center from 12-6 pm, a fun-filled day of live music, great local food and beer and wine set in the midst of HVNC’s 1,000 acres of trails, pond shore frontage and bogs. This year’s all-Maine musical line-up includes Primo Cubano, The Boneheads, The Hot Suppers, and Papa Tim and the Desperate Man’s Blues Explosion.

    The Hot Suppers are beloved musicians of Waldo County, Maine who meld captivating original music with their favorite rock, blues, old country, and Americana tunes for a sound that is dynamic, harmonic, rhythmic and electric! Each member of the band lends strong lead and harmony vocals to the mix. The band includes Annadeene Fowler with Russ and Travis Lloyd on guitars, Tom Fowler on mandolin and baritone sax, Jeff Densmore on percussion, Adam Nordell on bass and John Pranio playing country fiddle and bluesy harmonica.

    The Boneheads feature the musical and vocal talents of Bob Colwell, Scott Elliot, Steve Jones and Dickie “Do” Hollis. The band’s rollicking covers of rock classics dare anyone to stay in their seat!

    Led by vocal powerhouse Papa Tim, a wildly enthusiastic entertainer and soulful balladeer with a voice described as "equal parts Baptist Preacher and Bluesman" and backed by a “supergroup" of area-based musicians, the Desperate Man's Blues Explosion brings their incredible talent and musical prowess to the stage with a selection of original jams and some twists on a few popular favorites that are guaranteed to have everyone in the audience clapping, dancing, moving and grooving right along!

    Perennial favorites Primo Cubano need no introduction. Their Son music 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. Guitarist Paul D’Alessio learned to play Son music on a guitar-like instrument native to Cuba called the tres and subsequently formed Primo Cubano. Trumpeter Marc Chillemi also plays percussion and sings on the choruses. Lenny Hatch plays the congas, the bongó and other percussion instruments. Eric Winter sings and plays maracas and is the newest addition to Primo Cubano. Last but not least, Duane Edwards joins in on the bass fiddle.

    As in past years, advance ticket buyers will receive a voucher good for up to $20 on a second entrée at 18 fantastic restaurants: In Hallowell: The Liberal Cup, Cushnoc and Slates; in Damariscotta, The River House, Damariscotta River Grill, King Eider Pub, and Best Thai; in Newcastle: Publick House and Shuck Station; in Wiscasset: Water’s Edge and Back River Bistro; in Rockland: Ada’s Kitchen and Me Lon Tongo; in Camden: Barren’s Distillery & Restaurant, and Salt Wharf; Ottos in Augusta, Foda in Appleton and The Alna Store.

    Tickets are $20 for Midcoast Conservancy members and $25 for all others. Festival entry is practically free once the voucher is used! Tickets are available now online at https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events-list/live-edge, and are available for in-person purchase at Mexicali Blues and Sheepscot General Store.

    Live Edge is supported by long-time sponsors Ames True Value Supply and Mexicali Blues, as well as Bangor Savings Bank and Colby & Gale; proceeds from Live Edge support Midcoast Conservancy, an innovative conservation organization whose mission is to protect and restore vital lands and waters on a scale that matters.

    For more information, go to www.midcoastconservancy.org, www.facebook/midcoastconservancy.org or call (207) 389-5150.