Countdown to tickets! Tickets for the Festival’s Main Stage Concert Series, presented by Higher Ground will be on sale TODAY at 11am!!

Purchase: Online: www.higherground.com or charge by phone: 888-512-7469; in person: Higher Ground Box Office, 1214 Williston Rd., South Burlington.

For concert info and details about exciting new and favorite returning events to the Festival, read details below!

April 27, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Tara C. Perkins | Director of Public Relations | Lake Champlain Maritime Festival

[email protected]

LAKE CHAMPLAIN MARITIME FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2012 MAIN STAGE CONCERT LINE-UP, presented by Higher Ground, NEW EVENTS & MORE!

BURLINGTON, VT—The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival announces its 2012 Main Stage Concert Line-up, presented by Higher Ground on the Burlington Waterfront.

THURSDAY NIGHT: GOGOL BORDELLO combines elements of punk, Gypsy music, and Brecht-ian cabaret to tell the story of New York’s immigrant Diaspora through debauchery, humor, and surreal costumes. Leader and singer Eugene Hütz’s taste in music was spun out of black market tapes of the Birthday Party and Einstürzande Neubauten in his native Ukraine. After being evacuated to western Ukraine in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster, Hütz became enamored of the mystical, outsider qualities of Gypsy music. For more information, please visit: www.gogolbordello.com. “…A whirling dervish of rubbery rhythms, bleating horns, and fiddles that rip like Slayer riffs.” – AV Club

“Few punks this side of the Mekons and the Clash make resistance sound as liberating as Gogol Bordello.” – Washington Post.

Time: Gates 6pm; show 7pm

Date:  Thursday, August 9, 2012

Location: Waterfront Park, Burlington, VT

Ages: All ages. Children 12 and under are free.

Tickets on sale now: $33 regular advance, $36 day of show (Plus applicable fees)

Purchase: Online: http://lcmfestival.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=67827&eid=76777; charge by phone: 888-512-7469; in person: Higher Ground Box Office, 1214 Williston Rd., South Burlington

FRIDAY NIGHT: OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW plays the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival with openers The Lumineers and Milk Carton Kids. Mountain music revivalists Old Crow Medicine Show spin traditional folk and bluegrass yarns with a rock and roll attitude. Critter Fuqua (vocals/banjo/resonator guitar), Kevin Hayes (guitjo), Morgan Jahnig (upright bass), Ketch Secor (vocals/fiddle/harmonica/banjo), and Willie Watson (vocals/guitar/banjo) may specialize in rags, hollers, and pre-World War II blues, but they were weaned on Nirvana and Public Enemy. For more information, please visit: www.crowmedicine.com. “Old Crow Medicine Show may look irreverent, but they have old souls. These guys…have definitely got the back porch vibe down cold.” – PopMatters

Time: Gates 6pm; show 7pm

Date:  Friday, August 10, 2012

Location: Waterfront Park, Burlington, VT

Ages: All ages. Children 12 and under are free.

Tickets on sale now: $35 regular advance, $39 day of show (Plus applicable fees)

Purchase: Online: http://lcmfestival.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=67880&eid=76835; charge by phone: 888-512-7469; in person: Higher Ground Box Office, 1214 Williston Rd., South Burlington

SATURDAY NIGHT: STRANGEFOLK! On the heels of their sold-out reunion tour to huge crowds at Higher Ground and the State Theatre in Portland, ME, the original lineup of Strangefolk will grace the stage at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival on Saturday, August 11 at 7pm. Reemerging after a twelve-year hiatus, original band members Jon Trafton, Reid Genauer, Erik Glockler and Luke Smith return to their Vermont roots, dubbing this special event “The Edge of Eden” as an homage to their wildly successful Garden of Eden festivals. Envisioning this as one-night celebration of the Strangefolk community, the band will showcase their extensive catalog of finely honed, impeccably crafted songs. For more information, please visit: www.strangefolk.com.

Time: Gates 6pm; show 7pm

Date:  Saturday, August 11, 2012

Location: Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, Waterfront Park, Burlington, VT*

Ages: All ages. Children 12 and under are free.

Tickets on sale now: $35 advance; $40 day of show (Plus applicable fees)

Purchase: Online: http://lcmfestival.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=67095&eid=75989; charge by phone: 888-512-7469; in person: Higher Ground Box Office, 1214 Williston Rd., South Burlington

SUNDAY NIGHT: CITIZEN COPE returns to Vermont for the first time in more that 5 years to play the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. A remarkably charismatic live performer, Citizen Cope has been a committed road warrior, often performing in places where other major artists fear to tread. His distinct musical approach, a laidback gumbo of acoustic blues, singer/songwriter rock ‘n’ roll and deep soul grooves, is redolent of such classic tunesmiths as Randy Newman and Stevie Wonder – both major touchstones for his emotively penned songs.  As such, it’s virtually impossible to put a finger on his inimitable sound. For more information, please visit: www.citizencope.com. “His disaffection with the limits of genre prompts him to craft songs that are diverse, featuring multi-layered tracks that meld the beats of the ghettos of New York, the social conscience of reggae, the bongo drums of cosmopolitan cafes, and glittering surrealistic timbres.” – popmatters.com

Time: Gates 6pm; show 7pm

Date:  Sunday, August 12, 2012

Location: Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, Waterfront Park, Burlington, VT*

Ages: All ages. Children 12 and under are free.

Tickets on sale now: $35 regular advance, $38 day of show (Plus applicable fees)

Purchase: Online: http://lcmfestival.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=67878&eid=76833; charge by phone: 888-512-7469; in person: Higher Ground Box Office, 1214 Williston Rd., South Burlington

NEW EVENTS THIS YEAR!

WATERFRONT WINE & FOOD TASTING!

The Festival is pleased to welcome the Waterfront Wine & Food Tasting, presented by Farrell Distributing Corporation, Friday, August 10 and Saturday August 11. The Waterfront Wine & Food Tasting takes place at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival on Burlington’s Waterfront Park. More than 40 participating exhibitors will be featured! Stay tuned to Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s website for ticket on-sale details: www.lcmfestival.com.

PIRATE 5k RUN!

The Festival announces the first Pirate 5k Run, presented by New England Federal Credit Union. The event will be open to all ages and take place on the beautiful Burlington Waterfront with the course running long the Burlington Bike Path. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Lake Champlain Sailing Center’s WAVES Initiative, a program for children and adults that is designed to enhance their connection to the exciting ecosystems of Lake Champlain through interactive science lessons and recreation on the lake. Registration will open in May. Please stay tuned to Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s website www.lcmfestival.com for details. Registration/Price: Early Bird Registration through June 15: Adults – $30 and Kids – $15. After June 15: Adults – $35 and Kids – $25. Registration Fee Includes: Pirate Costume, Finishing Medal and Bib.

VINTAGE BOAT SHOW RETURNS!

The Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Society 27th Annual Vintage Boat Show returns to the Festival, Saturday, August 11. The Boat Show is a hugely popular event, hosting thousands at Burlington’s Boat House. More than forty-five boats are on exhibit from Vermont, New York and as far away as New Jersey, Connecticut and Maine.

THIS YEAR’S ECO-ZONE!

The Festival welcomes back the Eco-Zone! Taking place on the lawn in front of ECHO Lake Aquarium in Burlington’s Waterfront Park all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 9-12! Free admission! Visit an array of non-profit organizations to learn about the ecology of our largest resource: Lake Champlain. Gain a greater understanding of responsible environmental practices through interactive exhibits. Visit Lake Champlain International’s Bobber Bob and enjoy music from the Acoustic Soundstage.

KIDS DAY FRIDAY!

Join us Friday, August 10 all day for Kids Day Friday with plenty of free activities and interactive exhibits, including: storytelling; narrated cruises for Kids 10-11am and 2-3pm; Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate and more! Sponsored by Price Chopper, O’Brien Brothers Agency, Inc. and New England Federal Credit Union.

MISSION POSSIBLE!

This event will engage young professionals and is an adventure race supporting the United Way, taking place all along the Waterfront during the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival! Experience the excitement of challenge, as teams of two tackle obstacles along Lake Champlain and throughout Burlington, raising awareness and funds for United Way. Sunday, August 12. For more information, please visit: www.MissionPossibleVT.com.

GENERAL FESTIVAL INFO:

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce named the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival a Top Ten Vermont Summer Event. The Festival has grown tremendously and has become a destination for people in Vermont, the United States and Canada. Now heading towards its sixth year, the Festival is held annually during the second week of August and is planned for 8/9/12-8/12/12 in 2012. A four-day celebration of Lake Champlain, the Festival Showcases hundreds of exhibits throughout sites on the Burlington Waterfront (Burlington Boathouse, Perkins Pier, Spirit of Ethan Allen, Lake Champlain Ferries, US Coast Guard, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, ECHO Leahy Center, Burlington’s Waterfront Park and more) and musical performances (on four stages). Daily admission is free to most events with select events requiring admission.

Other Festival activities include: FREE Daily Music Stages: Festival Stage Waterfront Field: 11am-5:30pm, Friday, August 10-Sunday, August 12; Great Lawn Stage Acoustic, 11am-6:30pm, Friday, August 10-Sunday, August 12; NEW! Wine and Food Acoustic Stage (Times/Dates TBD); sailboat, kayak and paddleboard rides; ALS Silent Auction; craft and international food vendors; Non-profit Exhibit Area showcasing community organizations (Last year’s participants: American Red Cross Bloodmobile, Chittenden County Humane Society, Be the Match Bone Barrow Donor Booth, Green Mountain Autism, Kids on the Block).

“What really makes the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival special is that it offers something for everyone; it is a dynamic  celebration for children, families and adults of all ages,” says Tara Perkins, Festival spokesperson.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s mission is unique in that this is the only Festival to celebrate the past, present and future of Lake Champlain and the Burlington Waterfront. The Festival is also committed to enhancing the visibility and outreach while encouraging onsite fundraising of various non-profit organizations within the community by offering space at no cost for exhibits and booths on site, listing participating non-profits in promotional materials, as well as on social media outlets and the website. Through educational initiatives and exhibits, music and family activities, the Festival encourages the ecological and environmental preservation of the amazing resource that is Lake Champlain.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s mission is to celebrate the past, present and future of Lake Champlain and the Burlington Waterfront. The Festival is committed to enhancing the visibility and outreach of various non-profit organizations within our community. Please contact the LCMF office at (802) 482-3313 or visit LCMF online: www.lcmfestival.com; Facsimile: (802) 881-0570. *Glass, pets, alcohol, blankets, and coolers are all prohibited. All events are rain or shine. All dates, acts, and ticket prices subject to change without notice. The Festival is presented with generous support from its sponsors: Price Chopper, Harpoon, New England Federal Credit Union, FOX 44/ABC 22/The CW; 104.7FM WNCS The Point; MP103 FM; and Burlington Free Press, NBT Bank, Stowe Mountain Resort, Earthlogic, Inc., Jolley Shortstop, Vermont Tent Company, Lake Champlain Transportation, Courtyard by Marriott, Minuteman Press, The Crate Escape, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, O’Brien Brothers Agency, Inc., Casella All Cycle, Saint Michael’s College, Malletts Bay Records, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Serena Fox Design, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Vermont Smoke and Cure, Klinger’s Bread Company, Cabot Cheese

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