2016 Music Schedule

MAIN STAGE CONCERTS, presented by Higher Ground:


Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, gates: 4:00pm
$59 Two-day Regular Pass | $34 Single-day Pass | plus $5 day of show/Ticket link: 
After an electrifying weekend with moe. last year, the band is gearing up for their most ambitious play to date.  This year, Twiddle will perform two sets each night with several supporting acts still TBA. For Twiddle fans, this weekend will be known as the Tumble Down. Throughout the weekend, there will be various recreational activities for everyone to enjoy, including a Charity Disc Golf Tournament supporting Twiddle’s charity, The White Light Foundation. This two-night run marks Twiddle’s second appearance at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. Riding the high of their well-received third record, PLUMP Chapter One, Twiddle is poised to continue their meteoric rise. The band is currently in the studio working on Chapter Two with a release anticipated later in 2016.


The_Lumineers_Shot_07_014THE LUMINEERS with opener TBA

Sunday, July 31, gates: 6pm


Tickets available online at, by phone at 802-652-0777 or in person at the Higher Ground Box Office, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington.



Friday, July 29IdaMae

Noon-1:30pm: Ida Mae Specker & Faith Wood- A 3rd generation fiddle player and a rising force in American folk and roots music. She is joined by songwriter and guitarist Faith Wood and special guest Rachel Leader on banjo. With tight vocal harmonies and palpable chemistry, the group plays a rambunctious fusion of original and traditional music that owes as much to punk rock as Appalachia, at least in attitude. Their live show synthesizes their diverse influences and features contemporary lyrics set to old-time melodies with a rock n roll heartbeat.”

2-3:30pm: Adam Ezra Band- Adam Ezra Group’s songwriting is making waves around the country. The co-write, “Let Your Hair Down” with producers Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta, (American Authors), just received “Song of the Year” at the New England Music Awards. A songwriting partnership with the legendary John Oates is taking Ezra back and forth between Nashville and tour. The theme song, “Grow Your Own Way,” was central to Midwest insurance giant, Country Financial’s 2014/15 marketing campaign. In addition, Adam Ezra’s debut efforts in movie scoring have lead to an appearance at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and the release of Adam Ezra Group’s new album, aptly titled, Songs for a Movie. Ezra started his own non-profit organization called RallySound in order to better support fans and activists dedicated to making the world a better place. The proceeds from the video for the latest single “Let Your Hair Down” are being donated toward micro-grants for cancer patients struggling to make ends meet while in treatment. The Adam Ezra Group hosts a free festival each year called The Ramble. Last year over 3,000 people came out and they raised enough money to help build a handicap accessible home for a wounded veteran. Throughout the rest of 2016 The Adam Ezra Group will be on the road throughout The United States, playing music from Songs for a Movie, and working on their next studio release, slated to drop within the next year. Their goal: to reach as many people as possible while sharing their belief in the power of community and the human spirit.

• “Not since Springsteen and Bono have I seen a lead singer with his talent and charisma.” — Jack Casey, General Manager WERS radio in Boston
• “Adam Ezra is one of the most promising songwriters to come along in years… with the craftsmanship and insight to become a major voice in American music.” – Ben Tishler, VH1

Saturday, July 30

Noon-12:45: Young Traditions…The YTV Story-The mission of Young Tradition Vermont is to provide opportunities for young people to be inspired by, to learn, and to inspire others with traditional music and dance, and to support families with children with life-altering conditions. We have worked hard and had success in making the mission part of everything we do. A percentage of revenue from events goes to the Tom Sustic Fund, which supports families children with life-altering conditions.  Performing opportunities have included presentations at the Vermont Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Memorial Service at Ira Allen Chapel at UVM. For more information:
1 pm: Brent Hallenbeck
1-3:30pm: Big Heavy World Rocket Shop Showcase
1:15-2:15: Binger
2:15-3:30: Bless the Child
Saturday, July 30 the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival hosts the free/all ages Big Heavy World Rocket Shop Showcase of live local bands on stage at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Soak up the sunshine with the conscious hip hop of Bless the Child (2:30pm-3:30pm) and the psychedelic prog-hop of Binger (1:15-2:15pm), presented by the Burlington Free Press. Catch the high-def live video stream on with thanks to Burlington Telecom! Tune into 105.9FM every Wednesday, 7-9pm, for live performances and interviews by Vermont musicians on Rocket Shop, Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour, hosted by writer Brent Hallenbeck of the Burlington Free Press. A schedule of upcoming guests and podcasts of past episodes is at Explore Vermont music at Big Heavy World! Big Heavy World’s Rocket Shop Showcase at The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival is made possible by the Burlington Free Press.
Bless-The-ChildBless the Child is an amalgamation of artists with a diversity of musical experience and commonality of cause, a heartfelt reckoning, and a reverent tribute to a golden age in hip hop when lyricism and soulful messages reigned. Based in Burlington, Vermont, Rajnii, Humble and Transplante have been gracing stages from regional venues to festivals, making an impact on the scene through their uplifting energetic performances. Dan Bolles, Music Editor at Seven Days writes about ‘100%,’ “From start to finish, 100% bristles with vibrant energy that radiates from old-school and new-jack-swing beats, calling to mind Kool Moe Dee and Slick Rick, two acknowledged influences. Thematically, the record is rooted in a socially conscious ethos — the group is like a local answer to Brand Nubian — but never ventures too far into self-righteous preaching. Whether on the triumphant opener, “Victory,” or in mellower moments, such as “Love Is On My Side” and “Travel,” MCs Humble, a staple in the local reggae scene, and Rajnii, a National Poetry Slam champion, display a rare kind of symbiosis. The former employs an insistent, punchy flow that balances the latter’s more deliberate, contemplative tack.”

Binger_Promo_PicBinger- Based out of Burlington, Vermont, Binger create a unique sound using the diverse musical soundscape of their collective influences. Elusively shedding any genre that manages to stick to them (often within the same song), Binger combine elements of progressive psychedelia with the deep grooves of hip-hop to create a style that gracefully skirts the line between delightful and perplexing; inventing a sound that reels you in, and keeps you there, with a cohesive yet eclectic energy.
Hear Binger’s Rocket shop interview at 

3:30pm: Burlington Boathouse (during Boat Parade)

Featuring: Hovey Otis and Mike Colbourn: (at the Burlington Boathouse) deliver acoustic electric country leaning tunes.  They also throw in obscure covers in their own unique style.

Sunday July 31
11:00am-Noon: EndeaDSC_4906vor plays an eclectic mix of songs from rock, country, and folk genres. This talented, four-member group blends vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboard, viola, and ukelele. Members of the group have been making music together for several years. Endeavour performed in the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, and members performed in Vermont Has Talent.
12:15-1:1img_14585pm: Lisa Marie Fischer- Lisa-Marie Fischer is a 24 year old Singer-Songwriter from Germany. She recorded her latest record “Holding On” in Nashville, TN. It’s her fourth time playing the Maritime Festival.
1:30-2:30pm: Beerworth Sisters share a passion for acoustic guitar, songwriting and live performances. They are the best of friends and have played music together for a number of years (mainly at family functions). Stylistically, they tend toward an eclectic mix of folk, country and classic rock with an earthy flare. Stay tuned for an album to be relethe beerworth sistersased in August by the amazing Colin McCaffrey. For more:
Dan Bolles says, “The Beerworth Sisters are obviously well schooled in folk and country…spare and elegant, the album [Simple Things] is a striking collection of material that succeeds on little more than strong songwriting and solid performances, presented as straightforwardly as possible. Especially in an age when so many artists look to all manner of sonic contrivances to enhance — or sometimes mask — their songwriting, there’s something refreshing about an album so unassuming and, well, simple.”
2:45-3:45pm: Steve Hartmann has been described as “Simply a joy to watch. He has a commanding stage presence and is one of the best I’ve seen come through here” (Livingston Taylor – Berklee College of Music), and “Pristine vocals! F’ing unbelievable!” by Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Twin Forks. He’s the grey between Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, and Dave Matthews. Sharing the stage with singer-songwriters like Chris Carrabba and Jeffrey Gaines, and international Steve Hartmann 04acts like Bryan Adams, Train, and Dispatch, at venues ranging from intimate listening rooms like The Bitter End (NYC), Club Passim (Boston MA), and The Tin Angel (Phila, PA), to larger clubs and amphitheaters such as Higher Ground (So. Burlington VT) and The Bank of NH Pavilion (Meadowbrook, NH), Hartmann performs with conviction and passion no matter the size of the room and captures them all.
4-5:30pm: Aaron Flinn- This music is true. When you hear someone who is meant to make music perform, the impact is certain and powerful. This is the experience that comes with listening to Aaron Flinn (solo or with his band Salad Days). The music is meant to be and anyone who takes the time to hear it will be stronger for it.aaron_flinn
Elements of folk, indie rock and classic country combine with powerful vocals, poetic lyrics and finger-picking guitar. An eclectic group of americana and rock songs, with an emphasis on lyrical substance and performance from the soul. Aaron began playing and writing in high school. He won numerous competitions in performance and writing throughout his time at UVM and Berklee College of Music (where he graduated Magna Cum Laude – for what it’s worth). He has gone onto release an impressive body of original work, all the while touring such hallowed venues as Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Great American Music Hall and many House of Blues and working with the likes of The Samples, Gov’t Mule, Joe Bonamassa, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Don McLean and Tragically Hip to name but a few. For more: