June 7, 2011


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

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Higher Ground Presents: Nas & Damian “JR Gong” Marley

at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, Friday, August 12!


BURLINGTON, VT—The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival sails into Burlington’s Waterfront on Thursday, August 11 through Sunday, August 14, 2011! The celebration boasts exciting, new events and activities within the spectacular setting on the shores of Lake Champlain.


Acclaimed recording artists in their own right, Nas and Damian Marley joined forces in 2010 on the album “Distant Relatives,” an awareness-raising recording aimed at highlighting the connection, rather than division, between mankind. They will perform together on Friday, August 12 at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, a date that marks the last stop on a yearlong tour in support of their album. Tickets on sale Friday, June 10, 11:00am; gates: 7:00pm; show: 8:00pm. Early bird tickets: $29 (first 500 tickets); $34 advance; $36 day of show (plus applicable fees).


Nas is not afraid to tackle subjects like self-empowerment, love, the importance of education and being aware of world issues. Musically, he’ll get down and dirty with DJ Premier, ride an R&B beat with Track masters or bridge the gap jazz-style with his pops Olu Dara. It is this artistic diversity that Nas hopes will influence the next generation of emcees.


Youngest son of Bob Marley, Damian adopted the nickname “Jr. Gong” in reference to his father’s nickname, ”Tuff Gong” and carries on both the family name and musical talents. Beginning his recording career in his teens and working closely with his older brother, Stephen, as producer, Marley has met with wide acclaim among fans and critics alike. For more band information, please visit: www.myspace.com/distantrelatives.


Higher Ground and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are also pleased to present the inaugural Grand Point North Festival at Burlington’s Waterfront Park in conjunction with the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival and presented by 104.7 The Point, on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14. Tickets on sale Friday, April 29, 11:00am; gates: 4:00pm; festival opens: 4:15pm; show at 9:00pm (Saturday) and 3:30pm; festival opens 3:45pm; show at 8:00pm (Sunday) Tickets:  Early Bird (first 500 tickets): $50; $60 advance; $35 Single Day Tickets (limited number available). Tickets go on sale Friday, April 29 at 11:00am.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals have established themselves as the next big thing on the national music scene, but proudly return to their home state every year to honor the fans that have known them the longest. This year, the band decided to do something a little different; they will be headlining two nights at Waterfront Park, supported by local and national acts that are handpicked by Grace and her band mates.

Performing along with GPN: Taj Mahal Trio | Fitz & the Tantrums | The Wood Brothers |Anais Mitchell & Hadestown Orchestra | Jessica Lea Mayfield | Hoots & Hellmouth

Also performing during Grand Point North:

O.A.R. headlines the Festival Thursday evening with opener SOJA at Burlington Waterfront Park, presented by Higher Ground! Tickets on sale Friday, 4/29/11; gates: 6:00pm; show: 7:00pm. Early Bird (first 500 tickets): $25; Regular: $30; Day of Show: $35.


The members of O.A.R. first came together in Rockville, Maryland in the basement of drummer Chris Culos’ childhood home in 1996. As a young group of musicians, they were the prototype of the modern, self-starting band—taking charge of their fate by working the Internet and building an identifiable sound. The band’s music, a rock/reggae fusion, consisted of songs that were fully accessible, yet teasingly elusive. Attracting fans all across the country, the band members toured relentlessly, pushing their album sales through boundless dedication and word-of-mouth appeal, never waiting for the industry to catch up. Eleven years after the group’s first release, O.A.R. has come to stand for authentic rock music that reflects the collective triumphs and tragedies we all experience in this world: Real people making real music that resounds deeply with their fans. For more information about O.A.R., please visit: www.ofarevolution.com. In keeping with the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s mission to feature non-profits, O.A.R. supports Green Dream, an initiative to raise awareness about recycling, while educating fans about the environmental impact they can have in their communities. For more information, please visit: http://www.saic.com/oar/


In keeping with past Festival tradition, some of the best regional acts will be performing on the second Festival stage, along with headliner acts on our main stage.

New at this year’s Festival:


Kids Day! Along with plenty of kids’ activities throughout the weekend, a special Kids Day will be held on Friday, August 12, featuring activities presented by ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain; Northern Lights Cruises; Vermont Lake Monsters; and more. Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School, located in Burlington, Vermont, will provide a Zip-line at the Festival Friday-Sunday this year! Zip-line tours are popular vacation activities, found at many outdoor adventure camps. Experience what it feels like to fly along the waterfront! For more information, please visit: www.petracliffs.com! The Festival is excited to bring two very special cruises for kids! Kids’ Day Cruises will be held on Northern Lights on Friday, August 12 at 10-11am and 2-3:30pm. Free for all children! Sponsored by O’Brien Brothers Agency, Inc.!

Mission Possible! This event engages young professionals and is an adventure race supporting the United Way.

Experience the excitement of challenge, as teams of two tackle obstacles along Lake Champlain and throughout Burlington, raising awareness and funds for United Way and its associated non-profits. Sunday, August 14. For more information, please visit: www.MissionPossibleVT.com.

Green Mountain Derby Dames Special Exhibitions! Experience the resurgence in roller derby as the Green Mountain Derby Dames (GMDD) present special exhibitions throughout the Festival. Peruse Derby merchandise, get an autograph and watch the Dames at Burlington Waterfront Park’s Skate Park! In 2009, GMDD was nominated for a United Way Hometown Hero Award for their donations and dedication to Vermont non-profits. For more information, please visit www.gmderbydames.com.


Returning to this year’s Festival:

Festival’s Lake Champlain Eco-Zone, an event that features interactive exhibits with environmentally conscious organizations for people of all ages to learn more about clean and healthy ecosystems. Learn how you can help maintain Lake Champlain as one of Vermont’s most beautiful natural treasures.  The Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center will hold a special watershed informational presentation all 3 days! Did you know that you’re standing in a gigantic bathtub right now? Join an ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center educator to discover how the Lake Champlain Basin has structure and plumbing similar to your own tub! You’ll have the chance to build your own basin and see firsthand how this watershed works! Make a Watershed Basin: 12:30 demo August 12-14. For more information, please visit: www.echovermont.org.
Also, The Eco-Zone welcomes back the Conservation Law Foundation and Louis Porter! As CLF’s Lakekeeper, Porter, a former VT reporter, is part of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international network of more than 200 clean water advocates founded by environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in 2001. Visit their 14-foot longboat at the Eco Zone! Visit: http://www.clf.org/profiles/louis-port for more information!
At this year’s Festival, the Eco Zone is also proud to announce the participation of Ben & Jerry’s! They will be onsite giving away samples of Phish Food ice cream (we will keep you posted on what hours!) and promoting their involvement in a number of environmental organizations working to green the environment.

Reappearing at this year’s Festival will be Nightmare Vermont’s Troupe of Pirates, who will be swashbuckling and roaming the waterfront.


A variety of non-profit organizations will be onsite at the Festival, raising awareness for their causes, along with The Northern New England Chapter of the ALS, who will host a Silent Auction again this year.

“The Waterfront will once again come alive during the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival’s fifth year, captivating crowds of all ages with the sights and sounds of summer on the Lake, and highlighting the transformation of the Waterfront from an industrial site to a stunning, active recreational site,” says Mike O’Brien, Festival Director.

The Festival joins again with the venues/attractions of the Lake Champlain Burlington Waterfront, including, Perkins Pier, Lake Champlain Transportation Company at the King Street Ferry Dock, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington Community Boathouse, Burlington Waterfront Park, The U.S. Coast Guard Station Burlington, The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.

Other Festival highlights include long boat and Dragonheart boat demonstrations. Festival attendees are invited to sample fare at the International Food Court and peruse local craft vendors, enjoy daytime music and evening concerts, and bring the children for entertaining and educational hands-on exhibits throughout the Festival. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain will feature exhibits, more than 70 live animals, more than 100 interactive exhibits, Eclectic Gift Shop, Ecology-themed café, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial and “Melosira” UVM research boat exhibit. For more information, please visit: www.echovermont.org.. Sail, kayak, paddleboard or learn how to tie nautical knots at Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center. Take a ride on Northern Lights Cruises, the Spirit of Ethan Allen Cruise Ship or the Friendship Classic Sailing Vessel Charter. Visit the Lake Champlain ACBS Vintage Boat Show. The U.S. Coast Guard will also host special exhibits. Marvel at remote-controlled helicopters and airplanes, courtesy of Green Mountain RC Club!

For more information, including full schedule and updates, please visit www.lcmfestival.com or call (802) 482-3313. Thursday, August 11: 5:00pm-10:00pm; Friday, August 12: 11:00am to 11:00pm; Saturday, August 13: 11:00am to 11:00pm; Sunday, August 14: 11:00am to 10:00pm. Lake Champlain Maritime Festival daytime admission is free (admission charged for select events and nightly concerts); events subject to change without notice.

To purchase concert tickets: www.highergroundmusic.com, at the Higher Ground Box Office, Growing Vermont (UVM Davis Center) or 888-512-SHOW. Children 12 & under free. Glass, pets, alcohol, blankets and coolers are all prohibited. This event is a rain or shine. All dates, acts, and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.


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; Mailing address: 9 Taft Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival is presented with generous support from its sponsors: Price Chopper, Harpoon, Ben and Jerry’s, Earthlogic, Inc., Stowe Mountain Resort, Jolley Shortstop, Vermont Tent Company, Courtyard by Marriott, NBT Bank, GTG Hydroponics, Cabot Vermont, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Minuteman Press Vermont, St. Michael’s College, Vermont Grape and Wine Council, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Serena Fox Design, Casella, Vermont Smoke and Cure, Kountry Kart, Cody’s Irish Pub and Grille, Lake Champlain Chocolates, JFC International and O’Brien Brothers Agency, Inc. Media Sponsors: FOX 44/ABC 22/The CW; 104.7FM WNCS The Point; MP103.3FM; and Burlington Free Press








The 2021 Festival has been CANCELED...We look forward to a spectacular event in 2022