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Lake Champlain Maritime Festival Announces: Zip-Line, First Annual Kids’ Day Friday, Expanded Eco-Zone, MORE Daily Music Stages, Nightly Concerts, and more!

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, including: a New Zip-Line; First Annual Kids’ Day; an expanded Eco-Zone; Joshua Panda and Friends on the Daily Music Stage and more!

DAILY MUSIC FEATURED ON FESTIVAL STAGES!
In keeping with past Festival tradition, some of the best regional acts will be performing on the Daily Festival stages, along with headliner acts on our main stage.

Performing on the Daily Music Stages:
Sunday Morning Gettin’ Down with Joshua Panda Band & Friends
Don’t’ miss this Panda Party with surprise guests!
Joshua Panda Band: www.joshuapanda.com
Sunday, August 14
Joshua Panda, a twenty-five year-old singer/songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina, is an exceptional combination of country and soul, George Jones and Otis Redding, and has traveled with this unique sound to a unique place: Vermont. After three years in Burlington, Joshua had his first real breakthrough in February 2011, when he played with Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Dave Grippo and many other well-known Vermont artists at a sold-out benefit concert at Higher Ground. From this show, he has initiated projects with Russ Lawton of Trey Anastasio Band and gained respect as one of Vermont’s favorite front men. Joshua channels the wacky energy and soul of legendary performers such as Joe Cocker and Janice Joplin, and has solidified his band to include up and coming electric guitar prodigy, Bob Wagner, as well as Ed Grasmeyer, Brett Lanier, and Steve Hadeka. He is opening for both Delbert McClinton and Martin Sexton in April, and he is finalizing his first European tour for the fall where he’ll hit Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. He’ll return to the U.S. in mid-October with a third album recorded live at Powerplay Studios in Zurich where national acts such as Lady Gaga have recently recorded.

Amida Bourbon Project, featuring Aya Innoue and Adam Frehm (of Smoking Grass and Ringbone): www.theamidabourbonproject.com
Saturday, August 13
During the summer of 2007, Aya Inoue (a well known music collaborator in Burlington who has performed/recorded with such acts as Jen Crowell, Lowell Thompson, RAQ, Blues and Lasers, Brett Hughes, Marie Claire, and Mike Gordon) and Matt Harpster (The Bohemian Blues Quartet), who had been performing together as a duo, joined forces with Cory Beard (Hollywood Farm, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) and Steve Sharon (Blues and Lasers, The Way) and The Leaves were formed. The Leaves featured Matt Harpster on electric guitar, Cory on electric bass, and Steve Sharon on drums. While Aya continued to write and perform songs on the acoustic guitar, the majority of songs that were written in an acoustic fashion were transformed into electric versions with The Leaves. The Amida Bourbon Project was formed in summer 2010 following the departure of Steve Sharon from The Leaves, and after the decision was made by Inoue, Harpster, and Beard to temporarily abandon the electric/rock sound in favor of a softer, acoustic approach. In order to do this, the three decided to become a trio, and to collaborate with the many talented musicians available in Vermont for live shows, recordings, etc.  As of spring 2011, The Amida Bourbon Project features singer/songwriter Aya Inoue on rhythm guitar and vocals, Matt Harpster Cartney on electric bass, Jason Corbiere on drums, and Jackie Buttolph on vocal harmonies. The songs featured in The Amida Bourbon Project blend Americana and folk, showcasing Inoue’s penchant for moody melodies. They are steeped in rich lyrical expressions that combine the surreal with the tangible experiences of everyday life. Matt Harpster’s nimble guitar lines embellish this Vermont band’s rootsy sound.

2nd Agenda: www.myspace.com/2ndagenda
Friday, August 12
2nd Agenda is a talented four-piece band that plays honest, soulful rock. From catchy melodies to tight grooves and conscious lyrics, 2nd Agenda is honored to represent Vermont’s underground music culture. 2nd Agenda has been working for over three years now to create a passionate, aggressive, and conscious brand of music. The members of our band, all veterans of the Burlington, VT music scene, have joined forces one by one over the past few years, culminating in what is now a four-piece band consisting of guitar, bass, drums, turntables and vocals (in a variety of forms). Our collaboration is based not solely on musical taste, but more importantly upon ethics, opinions, and a shared aesthetic. We guarantee that our music is unlike anything you have ever heard. The band is ready to hit the road this summer in support of the release of their 3rd EP Hope Is A Must, with shows to be announced throughout the Northeast.

Alex P.: www.reverbnation.com/alexpastewski
Saturday, August 13
Beautiful melodies, catchy rhythms and delicate harmonies are what make Alex P. shine.  A singer/songwriter who has worked on his own music for more than twenty years after a career as a soloist at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Forest Hills Gardens, NY, Alex P. is sure to blend well with a refined music lover’s tastes. His love and passion for music come across in every soulful note he sings. Mixing a love for social justice and environmental advocacy with unbelievable passion into a unique sound is what sets him apart from his peers. A true poet, he blends spoken word into his songs in a refreshing mix that few performers match. After many years spent honing his skills in a number of touring groups, Alex P. has decided to put himself in the spotlight as a soloist, coming across with a refreshing honesty and raw passion bound to intoxicate your senses.

Mike Colbourn and the John Tower Project: http://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Tower-Project
Sunday, August 14
Americana / Alt Country Blues
The John Tower Project (Mike Colbourn/Arty Lavigne/Mark Christensen/Mike Scott) plays a mixture of songs from the two John Tower Group releases, a few brand new songs and an assortment of obscure cover songs from their Texas, blues and alt-country influences.  The JTP offers up a style of music referred to as Americana, or “a mix of jam based rock and blues with a little [alternative] country on the side.”
The band has previously opened or appeared with Dickey Betts and Great Southern, Joe Bonomossa, Ian Moore, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, Jeff Healy, John Mayall, Cory Stevens, Pork Tornado (feat. Jon Fishman from Phish), Jim Cuddy Band (of Blue Rodeo), Eric Gales and has played various regional music festivals and club dates.

Captain Radical (Kids’ Interactive Music) www.captainradical.com
Friday, August 12
Captain Radical and his crew of Pirates will have the audience and children participating in a world of fun and adventure with dynamic, musical and interactive performances!

Steve Hartmann: www.myspace.com/stevehartmann
Sunday, August 14
Where it takes some musicians numerous types of tricks, bells and whistles in order to create their musical message, singer/songwriter Steve Hartmann needs nothing more than his voice and guitar. After years as the front man for Acoustic/Rock band SIMON, he has now ventured forth as a solo artist with the impending release of his full-length debut album, Waking Up the Echoes. Hartmann started at age 12, taking classical piano lessons. After picking up a hand-me-down guitar from his mother at age 15, he finally gave in to all the requests for him to get a “real” show. Since then, it’s been a passion bordering on addiction. Sharing the stage with artists such as Jeffrey Gaines and Dispatch, playing venues such as The House of Blues, The Elbow Room, The Tin Angel, Club Passim, and Higher Ground, Hartmann has captured audiences of various sizes bringing groove and grace and a playful banter to every stage he steps on to. Drawing upon the influences of his favorite performers (U2, Dave Matthews, The Counting Crows, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Shawn Colvin, and more), he crafts acoustic songs about his life and friendships in a variety of tones. “I mostly write to help make sense of things,” he admits, “to give me some sense of resolution. Its part therapy and part counter-weight to help me balance out the insanity of normality. Plus, it’s just fun!” “As a singer/songwriter,” Hartmann notes, “it’s a bit tough making a ‘real’ living, but I have a great support system and have grown a lot as a person and a musician over the years. I’m ready to take the chance on myself that we, as musicians at least, sometimes wait for others to take on us. The reasons I play have changed; I’ve changed. I’m in no rush, but why wait? – I’m helping myself …waking up the echoes so to speak. I’m excited to be back!” Ten years after the release of Simon’s “Sweet Angel” album, Hartmann is now in the process of recording is debut solo album, entitled “Waking Up the Echoes”, and is returning to stages everywhere in preparation for its release.

Waylon Speed: www.waylonspeed.com
Saturday, August 13
Reverend Chitwood Hammaker-Guitars and Vocals | Noah Crowther-Bass and Vocals | Justin Crowther-Drums, Vocals and Harmo | Kelly Ravin-Guitars, Vocals and Lap Steel. Waylon Speed is the convergence of four musicians from Burlington, Vermont, bringing their unstoppable no frills country-metal blend of rock to a rapidly growing horde of devoted fans nationwide. The formation of this band could not have come at a better time. Seemingly overnight, they have become a staple in the music community, equipped with a full pallet of all original music. Since their formation in April 2009, Waylon Speed has been touring extensively and picking up new fans like truck tires pick up mud. In support of their debut release, Georgia Overdrive, Waylon Speed toured the east coast of the US two times over. They have a nationwide tour planned for 2011 in support of their sophomore release ‘Between the Ditches’. Members have shared bills with national touring acts such as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Blues Traveler, Little Feat, My Morning Jacket, Junior Brown, Del McCoury, and Les Claypool. With relentless determination and positive driven attitudes, Waylon Speed is setting the bar for originality and genre-stepping with a firm rooted belief that live music has been, still is, and will always remain alive and well worldwide. “Gas on the fire of the current music scene,” It’s heavy, fiery country rock, for those who like their punk rock with some twang in it — but also appreciate high quality, intelligent songwriting” “Waylon Speed is not all that different from metal, punk or any other style of music that’s got a knife-in-the-boot attitude” to name just a few things being said in the press to describe this perfectly formulated foundation of true brotherhood known as Waylon Speed.

Patrick Fitzsimmons Trio, featuring Rob Meehan: www.patrickfitzsimmons.net
Saturday, August 12
Patrick writes songs that have that rare combination of strong lyrics and strong melody. Relix Magazine called him “one of the most captivating songwriters around today.”  And, Seven Days wrote, “”Fitzsimmons is an immensely talented singer. With a shimmering, silken delivery, he is effortlessly emotive.”  He is a three time Ploughshares songwriting contest finalist and a finalist in this year’s Solarfest Songwriting Competition.  He has had his songs placed in several independent films.  Patrick’s last CD, So Beautiful So Blue, made several Best of 2008 lists and was played on radio stations all over the country. He is currently working on a new CD he hopes to release this fall. Fitzsimmons continues to tour throughout the northeast building his large and loyal following with soulful, captivating performances. In high school in Sparta New Jersey, he and two classmates formed a band that would ultimately become From Good Homes, a New Jersey based folk/rock band signed to RCA Records in the mid ‘90’s. FGH recorded three CDs with RCA & toured the country sharing the stage with Bob Dylan, Dave Mathews Band, Joan Osborne and many others. In 2000 the band broke up and Patrick moved to Vermont and began his solo career.
The Beerworth Sisters: www.reverbnation.com/thebeerworthsisters
Saturday, August 13
Anna and Julia Beerworth share a passion for acoustic guitar, songwriting and live performances. They have recently collaborated on some casual, homemade recording projects on garage band. Stylistically, they tend toward an eclectic mix of folk, country and classic rock with an earthy and whimsical flare. Although they are both on the cusp of entering teaching careers, they have decided to work together in producing a homegrown album featuring their original material and are saving their pennies to do so-So stay tuned for some organic Vermont music!

Toni Caitlin and Brett Hughes: www.Tonicatlin.com
Sunday, August 14
Equal parts Rootsy folk-rock with integrity, Americana, and Country, singer-songwriter Toni Catlin weaves tales of heartache, acceptance, and redemption and delivers them in a soulful, mellifluous voice that suggests she’s lived more than a few of her lyrics.  Her debut album Heartache on the Run released in 2001 featured many of Nashville’s top session musicians, and conjured a band vibe. Heartache on the Run received rave reviews here and in the UK, and attracted fans within the industry.  The title track “Me and My Heartache on the Run” won best song at the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest held at Merlefest in North Carolina. A Vermont native, Toni spent ten years in Nashville honing her craft and traveling the U.S. and abroad as a touring singer/songwriter. She’s opened shows in London for Tift Merritt, Allison Moorer and Steve Forbert, and in the states for America, Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle and others. She’s been a featured artist at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, at Tin Pan South and Fan Fair in Nashville, and on the BBC and NPR. Toni released a second CD in 2006 entitled Uncovered, produced by Grammy winning producer and musician, Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, Mathew Ryan, Nanci Griffith) and Thomm Jutz. Toni currently writes for Matt Lindsey Music in Nashville who also represents Tony Arata, Lee Roy Parnell and Tim O’Brien. Toni’s had several independent cuts and continues to write and tour from her new home base of Burlington, Vermont. Brett Hughes, a local stellar guitarist, accompanies Toni. “She’s an uncommonly gifted vocalist. Catlin possesses a clean, full-bodied timbre and has remarkable control of her abilities. She is always in command, never overestimating her range or technical prowess, which are both considerable. A talent such as hers could be excused for indulging in stylized histrionics on occasion. But she rarely does, instead relying on her natural tone and an innate knack for phrasing. Given that artists such as Paula Cole have sold a gajilion records, there’s obviously a healthy market for airbrushed folk-pop confections. But on her best day, Cole can’t match Catlin’s nuanced wordsmithing. ~Dan Bolles (Seven Days, Burlington, VT)

Andrea Nardello: http://www.reverbnation.com/andreanardello
Sunday, August 14
Andrea Nardello’s music can be described with one word: power. Power in the studio; power onstage; power in her lyrics; and, power in her soaring melodies. “My Aeroplane,” Nardello’s sophomore release, is under consideration for a Grammy Nomination for 2010. Produced by Aaron Levinson and backed by a topnotch studio band, My Aeroplane takes listeners on a ride through clear skies and thunderclouds. On it, Nardello explores romance, family, and friendship with sophistication and simplicity, embracing joy, love, camaraderie, and lusty encounters, punctuated with strong rhythms and surprising instrumentation. Her repertoire of original music includes Irish-flavored romps, classic ballads and quiet songs with an urban feel. Working within the singer-singer genre with the soul and passion of Janis Joplin and Carole King, and the lyric sensibility of the best poets of rock, pop and hiphop, Nardello rises above the boundaries enclosing folk musicians, ensnaring fans far and wide – up and down both coasts and across the South. Lovers of her music in Philly, West Virginia and Atlanta have packed her shows for years, and she is making a name for herself on Music Row in Nashville, having been invited onstage at several venues, fronting Jay Brunswick and Craig Curtis, among others. Concert attendees in Seattle, the French Quarter of New Orleans, and Kentucky have also experienced Andrea Nardello’s exquisite music and powerful stage performances. Whether the audience members come to a gig to see her show or for another act on the bill, when Nardello hits the stage the crowd ends up dancing, cheering and clamoring for more. Her debut album, Until Now, released in 2007, sold over 3,000 copies at her shows and has been described in the music industry press as, ‘beating the Recession, one CD at a time.’

Lila Mae and the Cartwheels: lilamaeandjeffhahn.com
Saturday, August 13
Lila Mae & The Cartwheels bring you rockabilly and country music with a twist!

Robert Resnik and Gigi Weisman
Friday, August 12
Robert Resnik and Gigi Weisman have been entertaining children and their families all around Vermont for more than a decade. They have recorded two CDs of sing-a-long music to benefit the Fletcher Free Library, and together have sold more than $25,000 worth of CDs to benefit the library’s programming budget.

Also performing:
Samara Lark—Friday, August 12
Joe Adler—Friday, August 12
Miriam Bernando and Sara Grace—Sunday, August 14

NEW at this year’s Festival:

First Annual 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 Champ; and more. 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 (narrated by Colleen Hickey from the Basin Program) and 2-3:30pm (narrated by Ross Saxton from LCI). Free for all children! Sponsored by O’Brien Brothers Agency, Inc.!

Second Annual 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 on Saturday, August 13. Peruse Derby merchandise and get an autograph! 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.

NEW: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School, located in Burlington, Vermont, will provide a Zip-line for both adults and children 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!

Showcase of Vermont Wineries: showcasing one of Vermont’s emerging and expanding industries, Vermont wineries and grape growers. With more than 20 registered wineries in Vermont, an increasing number of vineyards are making a variety of award-winning wines from cold, hardy grapes grown here in Vermont. Vermont also produces Ice Wine, which is a specialty desert wine made from grapes that freeze on the vines. For more information, please visit: www.vermontgrapeandwinecouncil.com.

Returning to this year’s Festival:
The Festival’s Lake Champlain Eco-Zone is 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 three 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!

Enjoy a special Eco-Zone Cruise with an assortment of environmental specialists/guest speakers discussing the lake on Saturday, August 13, 2-3:30pm aboard the Northern Lights. Tickets will be available through www.lakechamplaincruises.com.

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 (Friday-Sunday, 12noon-3pm!) and promoting their involvement in a number of environmental organizations working to green the environment.

Also, visit at the Eco-Zone
Lake Champlain International: Bobber the mascot and enjoy a presentation on the rainwater garden; Vermont Gas Systems, Inc.: See the Compressed Natural Gas Car; VEEP (Vermont Energy Education Program): Solar display and educational table, and presentation on solar power for children; Acoustic Soundstage: Enjoy sounds on the waterfront; and Lake Champlain Sailing Center WAVES program Knot-tying presentation.

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, including: American Red Cross Bloodmobile; United Way’s Mission Possible and Info Booth; Opportunities Credit Union’s Ring Toss with Frisbees for kids; Chittenden County Humane Society Exhibit; Be the Match Cheek swabbing for Bone Marrow Donors; Burton CHILL Program, Green Mountain Autism and Kids on the Block. Also, The Northern New England Chapter of the ALS, who will host a Silent Auction again this year.

Other Festival highlights include:
•    Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: Boat display
•    Body Health Mapping! Wellness Center: Get a free blood pressure screening
•    Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center: Boat display on the lawn; long boat and Dragonheart boat demonstrations
•    International Food Court and international craft vendors
•    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, Glow: Living Lights, Eclectic Gift Shop, Ecology-themed Café, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial and “Melosira” UVM research boat exhibit and tours (Friday 8/12 and Saturday 8/13, 11:00am-4:00pm; Sunday, 8/14, 11:00am-3:00pm behind the Rubenstein Lab). For more information, please visit: www.echovermont.org
•    Sail, kayak and paddleboard at Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center
•    Northern Lights Cruises, the Spirit of Ethan Allen Cruise Ship and the Friendship Classic Sailing Vessel Charter
•    Lake Champlain ACBS Vintage Boat Show
•    The U.S. Coast Guard special exhibits
•    Remote-controlled airplanes Friday-Sunday, courtesy of Green Mountain RC Club
•    Lake Champlain Maritime Museum “Lois McClure
•    Humane Society of Chittenden County Exhibit
•    Race Boat Parade
•    Ethan Allen Homestead
•    Colchester Police, Fire and Dive Team
•    Vermont State Police
•    Vermont Fish and Wildlife

“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 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 Burlington and The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.”

Nightly Concerts on the Main Stage, Presented by Higher Ground

O.A.R. headlines the Festival Thursday evening with opener SOJA
Gates: 6:00pm; show: 6:25pm. $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/

Nas and Damian Marley, Friday, August 12
Gates: 7:00pm; show: 8:00pm. $34 advance; $36 day of show
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.

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.

Also, enjoy the down tempo hip-hop, R&B, soul and party sounds of DJ A-Dog!

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14

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. Saturday gates: 4:00pm; Sunday gates 3:00pm. Tickets: $60 Advance; $35 Single Day Tickets (limited number available).

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:
Saturday, August 13: Fitz & The Tantrums, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Chamberlin, Rubblebucket, Parmaga, Maryse Smith & The Rosesmiths and more!
Sunday, August14: Taj Mahal Trio, The Wood Brothers, Anais Mitchell & The Hadestown Orchestra, Hoots & Hellmouth, Eames Brothers and more!
For more information about bands that will be performing during GPN:
•    Chamberlin (http://www.chamberlinband.com/)
•    Barbacoa (http://www.myspace.com/barbacoavt#) w/Lowell Thompson
•    The Wood Brothers: http://www.woodbrothers.com
•    Fitz and the Tantrums: http://www.fitzandthetantrums.com
•    Rubblebucket: http://www.rubblebucket.com
•    Anais Mitchell: http://www.anaismitchell.com
•    Jessica Lea Mayfield: http://www.jessicaleamayfield.com
•    Fredericks Brown: http://www.fredericksbrown.com
•    Parmaga (http://www.myspace.com/parmaga)
•    Eames Brothers (http://www.eamesbrothersband.com/)
•    Hoots & Hellmouth: http://www.hootsandhellmouth.com
•    Lendway (http://lendwaymusic.com/)
•    Maryse Smith & The Rosesmiths (http://www.myspace.com/marysesmith)
•    Split Tongue Crow (http://www.myspace.com/splittonguecrow)
•    Deva Mahal (http://www.myspace.com/devamahal). Carrying on the Mahal legacy, Taj’s daughter Deva Mahal’s dusky vocals evoke smoky nightclubs, bright spotlights and baby-grand pianos.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: We need those who are flexible, able to do physical labor, love live music and their community for volunteering. A sample of volunteer opportunities at this year’s Festival include: set-up stage, audio, lighting; hang banners; production and runners; set-up assistance with electrical and strike electrical; situate bike rack; staff for kids day; and VIP catering staff. Those interested should email: [email protected]

For more information, including full schedule and updates, please visit www.lcmfestival.com or call (802) 482-3313. Thursday, August 11: 6:00pm-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, Coca Cola, Cabot, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Minuteman Press, St. Michael’s College, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Serena Fox Design, Casella, Vermont Smoke and Cure, Klinger’s Bread Company, Cody’s Irish Pub and Grille, Lake Champlain Chocolates, JFC International, Inc. and O’Brien Brothers Agency, Inc. Media Sponsors: FOX 44/ABC 22/The CW; 104.7FM WNCS The Point; MP103 FM; and Burlington Free Press, Vermont Grape and Wine Council

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