The Maritime Festival is excited to announce its free concert series to take place on multiple stages throughout the Festival August 10-12! Check out all the details and schedule below!

See you at the Festival!

May 31, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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LAKE CHAMPLAIN MARITIME FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FREE CONCERT SERIES

Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12!

BURLINGTON, VT—The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival announces in addition to its Main Stage Concert Series, presented by Higher Ground, its Free Concert Series on the Burlington Waterfront. The Festival will feature multiple Daily Music Stages featuring a huge amount of local and regional up-and-coming artists like Joshua Panda, Lynguistic Civilians, Lendway, Aaron Flinn, Patrick Fitzsimmons and more!

  • Festival Stage at Waterfront Park: 11:00am-5:30pm, Friday 8/10 through Sunday 8/12
  • Great Lawn Stage: 11:00am-6:30pm, Friday 8/10 through Sunday 8/12
  • NEW! Wine & Food Festival Stage, 5:30-9:00pm, Friday 8/10 and  Noon-9:00pm, Saturday 8/11

FREE CONCERT SERIES SCHEDULE

FESTIVAL STAGE at WATERFRONT PARK   

FRIDAY AUGUST 10

12-12:45 TBA

1-1:45 Dented Personality

2-2:45 Lynguistic Civilians

3-4 pm Zach duPont Band  

4:15-5:30 Aerolites

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

11:00-11:45am Claudia Varona and the Phobia

Noon -12:45am Justin Levinson and the Valcours   

1:00-2:30pm Amida Bourbon Project

2:45-4:00pm Aaron Flinn’s Salad Days

4:15-5:30pm Patrick Fitzsimmons Band

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12

11:00-11:45am Imprint

Noon-1:00pm Lendway

1:15-2:45pm Funkwagon

3:00-4:00pm Tiffany Gassett and Rising Tribe

4:15-5:30pm Joshua Panda and the Hot Damned

GREAT LAWN STAGE

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10

11:00am Pirates on the Great Lawn

11:30am-Noon Robert and Gigi

Noon-12:30pm Nightmare Vermont Storytime

12:30-1:15pm Robert and Gigi

1:30-3:00pm Pirates on the Great Lawn

3:15-4:00pm The Beerworth Sisters

4:15-5:00pm Joshua Glass and Emma Sky

5:15-6:30 Steve Hartmann

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

Noon-1:00pm Duane Carleton

1:15-2:30pm Steve Gates

2:45-3:45pm Carol Ann Jones

4:00-5:00pm Brianna White

5:15-6:30pm Lisa Marie Fischer and Mark Evitts

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12

Noon-12:45pm Alex P.

1:00-1:45pm Sarah Stickle

2:00-2:45pm Josh Brooks

3:00-4:15pm Phil Henry

4:30-5:15pm Last October

5:30-6:30pm Mike Colbourn

WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL STAGE*

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10

5:00-7:30pm Miriam Bernardo and Jairo Sequeria

7:30-9:00pm Toni Catlin and Brett Hughes

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

2:00-4:00pm Kat Wright Trio

5:00-7:00pm Lila Mae and the Cartwheels

7:00-9:00pm Mike Colbourn

*Tickets required

BAND BIOGRAPHIES

Alex P. writes beautiful melodies, catchy rhythms and delicate harmonies. A singer/songwriter who tirelessly refines his own music for more than twenty years, Alex P. is bound to move you with the passion and energy he puts into his music. It comes across in every soulful note he sings. Enjoy Alex P.’s music again as he performs this year at the Festival! For more information: www.reverbnation.com/alexpastewski

Dented Personality was formed in 2009 by four high school students in Vermont. Their goal is to make music their lives and have fun. All of the bands songs are about their experiences in life, and each member contributes material, making for a truly diverse, unique sound.  For more information: www. http://dentedpersonality.com.

Toni Catlin is equal parts rootsy folk-rock with integrity, Americana, and pop and 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 some of Nashville’s top session musicians and received rave reviews, attracting fans like award-winning writer Marcus Hummon, producer/engineer Bil Vorndick (Allison Krauss, Valerie Carter, Bela Fleck) and publisher Matt Lindsey. Toni has opened shows for Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Chicago, and has been a featured performer at Austin’s South by Southwest, Nashville’s Americana Conference, the Americana stage at Fan Fair, Billy Block’s Western Beat Showcases and at Tin Pan South. Toni is currently recording with Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist/producer Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, Mathew Ryan, Gretchen Peters), featuring songs co-written with Marcus Hummon, Duane Jarvis, Dave Coleman, John Kennedy, Dana Cooper, Warren Sellers, Walt Wilkins, and Darin Pavone. For more information: www.tonicatlin.com. For information about Brett Hughes: www.reverbnation.com/bretthughes

Mike Colbourn of The John Tower Group consists of Mike Colbourn (guitar/vocals), Arty LaVigne (guitar/vocals), Mark Christensen (bass/Chapman Stick™), and Zak LaVigne (drums). Their new CD Good Sad Story was recorded at Eagan Media in Colchester, Vermont in 2004/2005, with engineer Aaron Flynn and produced by Mark Christensen. The Burlington, Vermont-based group has been performing for the past 12 years in and around Vermont and New England. In 2001, the band released their debut full-length CD Not From Here. The JTG has appeared on two of the Best of the Green Mountain Blues series. The JTG offers a mix of jam-based rock and blues with a little alt-country. The band has opened/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, Phish), Jim Cuddy Band (of Blue Rodeo), Eric Gales and has played various music festivals and club dates. For more information: www.twistedapplerecords.com/JRG.html

Lila Mae and the Cartwheels are a merging of traditional songwriting, and classic country music with modern vocal harmonies. For more information: www.cdbaby.com/cd/lilamaejeffhahn

Last October is a truly unique listening experience. Last October creates a musical journey that will deeply tug at your heartstrings. Honing their crafts from different sides of the country, Erica Stroem and James Kinne came together through their sheer love and respect for music. With powerful harmonies, rich song writing, and passionate storytelling, Last October has found a distinctive way to interpret their rapidly evolving style. Impossible to ignore, Last October will capture your attention and leave you wanting more. For more information: www.lastoctobervt.com

The Lynguistic Civilians hail from the green hills of Burlington, Vermont, and have been making music together since 2009 to bring a new electrifying, engaging and authentic sound to the world of Hip-Hop. The Lynguistic Civilians is a group comprised of five witty emcee’s (LC, Walshie Steeze, Mike Fulton, T-Noonz, Monty Burns) a DJ (DJ BP) and a producer (Monty Burns). The Civilians have been rocking more than 90 shows some with such heavyweights as Killah Priest, Inspectah Deck and GZA (of Wu-Tang Clan) DJ Rob Swift, Lyrics Born, Keith Murray, Break Science, Chali 2na and Lil’ Kim. Taking everyday life from five points of view and turning it into original songs comes naturally for this crew. For more information: www.thelynguisticcivilians.com

Justin Levinson and the Valcours, features Justin Levinson, is a singer/songwriter from Burlington, VT. Renowned for a catalog of songs covering everything from power-pop to country to “feel good heartbreak,” Justin has earned steady praise from audiences and critics since his 2005 debut. Paying his dues and refining his craft at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Justin’s breakthrough ultimately came with his ode to small-town life, City With Two Streetlights, off of debut record 1175 Boylston. The song spent eight weeks on the Top 25 CMJ charts, gaining airplay in more than 350 stations across the country. Amid a slot in the 2006 International Pop Overthrow Tour and an award for Best Male Artist from the International Acoustic Music Awards, sophomore album Bury Your Love was released. With a dash of twang inherited from time spent in Nashville, the record earned praise as a folksy and somber departure, exemplified in melancholy concert staple Home. Closing the decade was 2009’s alt-country-inspired Predetermined Fate. The album brought Justin his strongest reviews to date, bolstered by the breakthrough success of Sirius radio staple Waiting For Someone To Love Me; the song went on to win Justin a nomination for Sirius Singer-songwriter Discovery of the Year. For more information: www.justinlevinson.com

Amida Bourbon Project is based in Burlington, VT and is led by the captivating and powerful vocals of Aya Inoue. Born and raised in Japan, Inoue received vocal and classical guitar training as a youth in Tokyo. Upon moving to the US at age 15, Inoue’s passion for music grew as she was exposed to the many different genres of music in America. Inoue’s love for music is reflected in her songwriting; never confined to a stereotype, her music has been described as Folk, Americana, even Country. Inoue’s vocals have been featured on various releases, including RAQ, Lowell Thompson, and Blues & Lasers. She joined Mike Gordon (Phish) on a tour during summer 2006, providing support vocals for Ramble Dove. The Amida Bourbon Project features Matt Harpster on lead guitar, Aaron Flinn on bass, Jason Corbiere on drums, and Jackie Buttolph on vocals. Matt Harpster, a collaborator on many of Inoue’s songs, has been writing and playing music with Inoue since 2006 and was part of ABP’s previous incarnation, The Leaves. Since returning from a Germany/Switzerland tour, the Amida Bourbon Project is rapidly evolving into a popular Northern New England band. For more information: www.theamidabourbonproject.com.

Lendway features Mike Clifford, Lead vocals/guitar; Matt Hagen, Lead guitar/vocals; Kevin Lynam, Bass/vocals; Todd Gevry: Drums/vocals. Lendway is a musical quartet who embodies pop and rock diversity. Rich vocal harmonies lead by a strong relaxed voice lay on top of an ethereal bed of melodic guitar textures and a tight rhythm section. Pulling from 60’s psychedelic pop avenues fused with 90’s washy alt-rock, Lendway creates a tangible listen for all. Since the release of their well-received debut album The Low Red End in 2009, Lendway has been creating a sound that is only achieved when a band of friends does not stop playing. Having shared the stage with some of VT’s most notable performers, such as Grace Potter, Page McConnell and Jon Fishman, Lendway is honored and humbled to be a part of the Green Mountain State’s musical scene. Lendway has recently released their second full-length album Giant Places. For more information: http://lendwaymusic.com/

Nightmare Vermont is an indoor, interactive haunted house designed for the age13 and up crowd. Director and creator Jana Beagley describes the event as “walking through the movie Resident Evil, only live.” When Nightmare was conceived in 2004, Beagley wanted to combine elements of good theater with the visceral experience of a haunted event. This included six weeks of rehearsal on a continuous storyline. “You’re fighting for your life. It’s the most intense acting experience you can get,” says Jill Kilpatrick of Burlington, an actor from the 2010 show. How do you set up a claustrophobia machine anyway? The claustrophobia machine is a scare effect in the show. It consists of two black nylon pillows of air that patrons have to squeeze through. Worse, it keeps creeping up towards your neck. Be Afraid Part of Nightmare’s intensity comes from its inclusion of live stage combat as part of the show. The combat troupe is devoted, attending workshops and an annual “fight camp” in the summer for training. New combatants are paired with a mentor to learn basic moves. About half of the combatants are women, an unusual occurrence in traditional theater. “Women often have a talent in stage combat that they didn’t expect,” says fight master Steve Moore of Richmond. “Good combat is about choreography and partnering, not about violence.” Nightmare Vermont has run in underground spaces and as part of other events since 2004. It has garnered a reputation for cinema-level visual effects, engaging characters, and wild Halloween fun. The event has now found a home with the South Burlington Rotary, a collection of business leaders who connect for the good of the community. \Scrappy evil geniuses team up with community leaders to bring you Vermont’s most exciting and unique event. For more information: www.nightmarevermont.org

Robert and Gigi is Robert Resnik and Gigi Weisman. Both bring smiles to hundreds of faces every week at the Fletcher Free Library. Four recordings of sing-a-long songs have been produced, and the latest one has just been released on CD: Ooples and Banoonoos. It features an all-Fletcher Free Library roster of musicians: Megan Estey Butterfield, Emer Pond Feeney and Robert Jay Resnik. The first three recordings feature Robert with Carol Scrimgeour and Gigi Weisman: Sweet Potatoes and Home Grown Tomatoes, A Little Bit Jumbled and Jivey and Like the Birdies Sing. For more information: www.fletcherfree.org/Kids’Recordings.htm  

The Aerolites (featuring Jeremy Harple, Victor Veve, Dannis Hackney and Ian Wade) hails from VT and recently completed recording their first album in L.A. The self-titled record features some high-wattage star power, including the Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Kenny Aronoff, a renowned studio drummer who currently plays with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Producer Oliver Leiber, son of the late, famed songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Leiber (Stand By Me, Hound Dog, etc.) engineered and co-produced the album. The Aerolites’ new touring lineup includes members of Death, Blues For Breakfast, and Lambsbread, as well as songsmith Jeremy Harple. The Band is led by Jeremey Harple on lead guitar and vocals and Victor Veve on keys and vocals, backed by Dannis Hackney (Death) on drums, featuring Ian Wade (Blues for Breakfast) on bass and Micah Sanguedolce on guitar. The Aerolites have been crafting a unique style of music and are a high-energy band that blends Americana, rock and funk. The Aerolites single Electric Cigarette is featured in the thriller Beneath the Darkness starring Dennis Quaid, and is available on the feature soundtrack released by Concord Records. The Aerolites are also featured in the soundtrack of the independent film Winter’s Wind directed by Matty “Moo” Herriger. In anticipation of Winter’s Wind theatrical release, the band will be headed on a road tour featuring performances with DJ Logic. For more information: www.theaerolites.com

Joshua Panda and the Hot Damned feature an exceptional combination of rock ‘n roll and soul. Fusing his influences, Mick Jagger and Otis Redding, Panda showcases his powerful vocals and energetic stage presence. Panda is known as a most entertaining front man. The Hot Damned stars Ed Grasmeyer on bass, Steve Hadeka on drums, Eric Maier on keys, and Brett Lanier on electric guitar. Panda has opened for a variety of national acts, such as: Tower of Power, Delbert McClinton, Alexi Murdoch, Martin Sexton, Bret Michaels of Poison and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. He is proud to announce that his next album, recorded in Switzerland at Powerplay Studios, will be released this summer. “Joshua Panda puts on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. The energy and the charisma is so natural that you can’t help but be pulled in. Go see it, and you’ll be converted too!” Ben Coe, The Artist Farm. For more information: www.joshuapanda.com or www.reverbnation.com/joshuapanda.

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 request 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 like 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 to every stage he steps onto. 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. For more information:  http://www.ourstage.com/profile/stevehartmann, www.facebook.com/stevehartmann, www.youtube.com/stevehartmannmusic or www.reverbnation.com/stevehartmann.

Patrick Fitzsimmons loved the singer/songwriters of the ‘70’s as a young boy and was drawn to the works of Cat Stevens, Paul Simon and James Taylor. 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 and toured the country sharing the stage with Bob Dylan, Dave Mathews Band and Joan Osborne. In 2000, the band broke up and Patrick moved to Vermont to begin his solo career. Fitzsimmons has shared the stage with Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams, Roger McGuinn, Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert. Relix Magazine called Patrick Fitzsimmons “one of the most captivating songwriters around today.” Seven Days deemed Fitzsimmons “an immensely talented singer. With a shimmering, silken delivery, he is effortlessly emotive.” Patrick’s last CD, So Beautiful So Blue, made several Best of 2008 list, enjoying national airplay. He is currently working on a CD called Hope Is to be released in fall 2012. For more information: www.patrickfitzsimmons.net

Rising Tribe is a Boston-based band that is quickly gaining momentum in New England and beyond with their unique brand of mainstream music that they like to call Island Alternative. It’s a funky mix of Reggae, Pop, Rock, Dancehall and Ska with a rootsy flair and mass appeal. They have an energy that is contagious and their message is positive and uplifting. Lead singer Tiffany Gassett writes songs from the depths of her soul and delivers them with the kind of intensity that will make your hair stand. The band features Lindsey Nogueira on Bass Guitar, Thad Noland on Keyboard/Saxophone, Elote Villanueva on Saxophone/Vocals, Molly Rose on Trombone, and Drew Dorman on Drums. Everywhere they go Rising Tribe makes a lasting impression. Their colorful personalities and distinctive styles are fun and refreshing and they can entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds. On stage you can feel their strong musical connection and they exude enthusiasm and passion at every show they perform. They are currently touring New England in support of their album Live Up! released in March of 2012. For more information: www.risingtribemusic.com

Lisa-Marie Fischer is a 20-year old singer/ songwriter from Marburg, Germany. Her unique recognizable voice has received much credit from the media and music industry. In her songs, whether country, folk, or singer/ songwriter style, Lisa-Marie shares much of her own life with her audience. She accompanies herself on stage, playing the guitar and harmonica. Her musical style immediately reminds one of the southern states of the USA, which has been the home of many influential artists in Lisa-Marie’s musical genre. She recorded her first album in February 2012 at the Powerplay Studios in Maur / Zürich, followed by a five-week USA tour, with performances in VT, MASS, NY, MN and TN in summer of 2011. Her song Valentine’s Day was plugged for global airplay in February 2012. Fischer will be touring in 2012 and featuring new material. For more information: www.lisamariefischer.com, www.facebook.com/lisamariefischer, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrfesjHxJjs or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qCHN3AB7MQ  www.lisamariefischer.com 

Mark Evitts is well known as a unique and masterful instrumentalist. Currently, he is touring with Streamsound artist Jaida Dreyer. Mark also played fiddle, mandolin and piano on tour for Jimmy Wayne and toured extensively with Curb recording artist, Rodney Atkins. He was in the music video for It’s America and saw the single go to #1 on the Billboard Country Charts. He arranged and played all the strings on Nikki Jean’s Steel and Feathers (Don’t Ever) written by Nikki Jean and Bob Dylan, as well as on We the Kings’ latest record Sunshine State of Mind. Mark has appeared numerous times on live television and radio at the Grand Ole Opry. Other television appearances include the CMA awards, Good Morning America and The Today Show. He has played on stage with Christian hip-hop superstar Trip Lee, country artists’ Mark Wills, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and Shannon Lawson, as well as Andrew Peterson and Scarlet Kings. In addition to his studio and touring work, Mark scored all the strings for the soundtrack of the documentary film Newport, collaborating with Dillon Hodges to co-write several of the film’s songs which feature gypsy jazz, as well as old-time and classical music styles. Mark started his musical training at age twelve in his middle school orchestra program. Soon after, he began classical training with Kathy McCann-Gardner, Paducah Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, where he honed his technique to achieve a richer and smoother tone. He continued to sharpen his abilities and broaden his style by attending Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp, as well as several others. Mark’s playing is refined through constant study and practice and he has developed a masterful blend of fiddle and classical styles. Showcasing his unique abilities on guitar, mandolin, piano and fiddle, Mark has proven himself to be Nashville’s professional utility musician of choice. For more information: http://markevitts.com/

Duane Carleton is the newest voice of rural America. His songs capture the essence of working class life. Whether he is describing the everyday people of small town America and their relationships or the struggles that they encounter in their day-to-day lives, he conveys the beauty and tragedy of a disappearing lifestyle. His music, which is a rich blend of Rock, Country, Folk and Blues falls into the Americana genre. He paints a vast and colorful landscape with his songwriting as he covers the spectrum from poetic ballads, to upbeat rockers, to political story songs that could be aptly described as the offspring of Steve Earle and The Rolling Stones. Duane was born, raised, and continues to reside in rural New England and his upbringing is evident in his work ethic. He currently plays 200 to 300 dates a year, has released 15 albums as well as 2 DVD’s. His CD entitled, Once Lost, Then Torn Down on the Higher Road Records label, garnered a Tammie award (Times Argus Grammie) for Best Rock Album of 2007. He has opened shows and performed with such luminaries as Rick Danko of The Band, Steve Miller, ZZ Top, Gov’t Mule, Don McLean, Bret Michaels, Eddie Money, Loverboy, The Fixx, Jimmy LaFave, The Smithereens, and Steve Forbert to name just a few. In addition, his song, The True American appeared in the HBO documentary, Dirty Driving-Thunder Cars of Indiana, the Edgewood Entertainment horror film, Arachnia which has been aired on the Starz Edge, Encore, and Encore Action channels featured his song, Find My Way Down, and the snowboard video, Pipe Dreams featured several of his tunes. Most recently, his song, Long Way Down was featured in the FX Network drama, Justified. His album, American Boy contained guest appearances by Garth Hudson of The Band, Meshell Ndegeocello (John Mellencamp, David Bowie, Lou Reed, and a 2009 Grammy nominee) and Joseph Wooten of The Steve Miller Band and The Victor Wooten Band. In 2010 Duane was invited by Michelle Shocked to perform his song The Ballad of Horace Greene at one of her shows. In 2011, Duane released his critically acclaimed album, Rust that went on to win the Tammie Award for Best Rock Album, as well. He was voted Best Guitarist in the music magazine Cider Mag and was also awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information: http://www.duanecarleton.com/

Briana White says, “Like a fire shot up in my bones, that’s the best way to describe my passion for music.” Briana has been singing for 11 years and the fire still has not died. Her music speaks of true experiences, and the feelings that come with them, whether good or bad. A singer, guitarist and hand percussionist, her passion flows into each song she writes. White has been compared to female icons such as: Alanis Morisette, Annie DiFranco and Hayley Williams. She continues to pursue her passion as a Voice Major at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. For more information: www.reverbnation.com/brianawhite

Phil Henry is that rare contemporary folk artist who will impress you from every direction. There’s his sweet and strong voice, that intricate and flawless guitar work, and songs so rich and sweeping you will wish you wrote them yourself. But he also has an authenticity that cannot be taught or bought. He is an old-school storyteller who builds songs from a place of honesty, without crossing over into the T.M.I. of confessional songwriting. He has played the big stages: Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, and won top-prize at SolarFest and the Susquehanna Arts and Music Festival. “Thanks to years of formal training, his arrangements and melodies are works of real craftsmanship,” said Sarah Craig, director at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., one of the top folk clubs in the nation. “Combine that with his playful and compassionate nature, and it’s no surprise that Phil is finding his way onto the best folk stages.” Henry builds a connection; gently shaking an audience out of their own heads and into the vivid world he creates. He is that rare breed of egoless musician who truly believes in the communal experience between performer and audience. He crafts characters with real motives, puts them in situations and makes you care enough about them to want to hear how their story ends. Listen to his gem WQRZ off of his critically honored 2010 release, Robots and Romance, and you will understand. You can hear the storm blowing, you can smell the dank studio and the rain outside, and you can feel the tension as the deejay keeps his post despite the storm closing in. Henry is a builder, in every sense of the word. He does not just make songs; he builds stringed instruments by hand. He builds albums, too, as a producer with a keen sense for what makes great ear candy. And he does not just make music; he teaches it, conducting a high-school chorus in the snow-covered mountains of central VT. A product of Saranac Lake, N.Y., and graduate of SUNY Potsdam, Henry says he was inspired to perform after seeing a Martin Sexton show in the late 1990’s. Of course, during his own journey, Henry built his own unique voice, borrowing from the traditions of Richard Shindell, Peter Mulvey and Paul Simon, even finding inspiration in the books of Kurt Vonnegut and the movies of the Coen Brothers.

But, there is no one quite like this quiet Vermonter whose powerful voice speaks for itself. For more information: www.philhenryband.com

Carol Ann Jones has been singing all her life. But in 2006, her husband said, “Ya know, you should buy a guitar and stick it in the dining room. You’ll figure it out in no time.” Jones bought a beautiful acoustic guitar, kept it out of the case and started on this journey. She wrote her first song for her mother Out of the Blue and it is the title cut of her first album. She wrote the song about finding her lost biological family. Like everyone, life has brought Jones many great moments, as well as, challenges and she has found plenty of great experiences to sing about and wisdom to share. Her second album Hope is a collection of acoustic songs that she has written for friends and family. For more information: http://www.reverbnation.com/carolannjones www.carolannjonesmusic.com

Sarah Stickle is a nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter based in Burlington, Vermont. “Sarah’s warm and inviting presence lures you into her youthful music…” says Big Heavy World. A relatively new addition to the Vermont music scene, Stickle has collaborated with names such as Marie Claire and Aya Inoue, opened for Myra Flynn and Zack duPont, and appeared as a guest at events hosted by Joe Adler, Brett Hughes, and Bob Wagner. Formerly of The Matchsticks, Stickle’s influences draw from a broad range of folk, indie, and rock musicians alike, including Gillian Welch, Bruce Springsteen, Ingrid Michaelson, and The Shins. Stickle utilizes her warm voice to add a hint of jazz to her original pop and folk arrangements, as well as to her repertoire of tastefully chosen cover songs. Her debut EP, Baby Steps, was released in May 2012. Stickle will be joined on stage by vocalist Jackie Buttolph. For more information: www.reverbnation.com/sarahsticklemusic

Funkwagon is a gospel-infused funk band based in Burlington, VT, formed in 2005 by Aaron Burroughs. “I like to think of it as church with a smoker’s section…and a bar,” says Burroughs. Burroughs grew up with music playing a large role in his life. He sang in church choirs and always had a piano in his home. A Michigan native, he came to VT in 2005 to create a band under his unique leadership style. Twenty band members and five years later, Burroughs is satisfied that his vision came together. The band has made a distinct impression throughout the Burlington. Recently they were asked by Burrough’s favorite band in the city, Soul Sessions, to stand in for them at a gig. Other accomplishments include a recent booking for one of the largest venues in Burlington, Higher Ground. Funkwagon has recently completed an EP and will be back in the studio once that has been finalized to start working on new material. In the meantime, you can catch them at shows throughout New England. For more information: www.funkwagon.com | www.reverbnation.com/funkwagon | www.sonicbids.com/funkwagon

Imprint has been playing together in Burlington for the past two years. Performing a mix of jam rock and funk originals and some fun covers, the line up is: Rye Matthews, Drums; Eric Gifford, Keys; Peter Moore, Bass; Chris Page, Lead Guitar/Vox; Jake Nealy, Guitar/Vox. For more information: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Imprint/132515343429262

Josh Brooks is a Vermont singer, songwriter and guitarist. Fans of Steve Earle, Richard Shindell, Johnny Cash and Ryan Adams will all find something to like in Josh Brooks, as he effortlessly traverses the American roots spectrum, from touching folk ballad, to foot-stomping honky-tonk, country blues and roots rock. Brooks is “a storyteller on stage” and “a man with a great sense of humor” (Lisa Sammett, The Music Box), with “a voice that runs the gamut from boisterous to soulful to sweet” (Monadnock Ledger).  Brooks has opened for Tom Rush, Shawn Mullins, Stacey Earle, David Olney & Ellis Paul. A mild-mannered kindergarten teacher and father of three daughters by day, Josh is currently recording his fifth album of original music. For more information: www.joshbrooksmusic.com/press

Steve Gates recorded in a makeshift studio in a Halifax apartment and was produced by John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliott Brood, Graham Wright). A Bee In Her Mouth is Steve Gatesʼ debut full-length record. Recording sessions started the day after a public talk given by Daniel Lanois during which he inspired his listeners to be reckless and trust themselves in the studio. The record features a number of prominent Halifax musicians, such as Jenn Grant and Daniel Ledwell on Something New, as well as Rose Cousins on Down to the River. Kris Pope (Acres and Acres, Jenn Grant, Down with the Butterfly) and Adam Fine (Gypsophila) each appear on a number of tracks, as do members of Steveʼs band, Caledonia. In this record, Gates features song forms old and new, filling them with his own stories and unique voice. The result is a record that is ragged and beautiful. Steveʼs last full-length record with Caledonia, We Are America, earned 5 ECMA nominations and led to a number of cross-Canada tours and one-off shows in select American cities. In 2011, Steve continued this musical journey as a solo performer. Year 2011 ended with Steve releasing the well-received Hello Jesus! EP. This record and its release tour saw the formation of a new touring band for Steve with the addition of suitcase drummer and experimental recording engineer Don MacKay (Tanya Davis, Don Brownrigg, Acres and Acres) and ambient lap steel player Kris Pope. With harmonies reminiscent of The Band and the ambience of a Lanois record, Gates, Pope and MacKay have been touring A Bee In Her Mouth across North America and select European cities throughout 2012. For more information: http://stevegates.ca/

Aaron Flinn’s Salad Days’ 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 plays anything he can get his hands on and writes, engineers, records and performs most of the material that you’ll hear. Aaron also loves hitting the studio or stage with a long list of incredibly talented characters: poets, prophets, beats, bastards, wizards, fairies, family and friends.

Elements of folk, indie rock and classic pop combine with powerful vocals, poetic lyrics and finger picking guitar. An eclectic group of rock and folk 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). 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, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Don McLean and Tragically Hip. For more information: www.aaronflinn.com

The Beerworth Sisters are Anna and Julia Beerworth, and they share a passion for acoustic guitar, songwriting and live performances. They have recently collaborated on some casual, homemade recording projects on garageband. Stylistically, they tend toward an eclectic mix of folk, country and classic rock with an earthy flare. Stay tuned for an amazing organic VT album to be released in May of 2012. For more information: www.reverbnation.com/thebeerworthsisters

Zack duPont is a budding songwriter based out of Burlington, VT. At the young age of 27, his music has displayed nothing but natural potential for growth and in return, has served as a vehicle for plays in most of the major cities in America. His finger-style guitar techniques create the illusion of two guitars playing simultaneously and are accompanied by intriguing lyrics, haunting melodies and unique harmonic structures. The sound is contemporary folk with a twist of soul and blues. The Zack duPont Band is a monster of a group. Will Andrews lends his warm, ethereal tones on trumpet, acting as another voice in the lush soundscape. Pat Melvin holds down the low end on upright and electric basses using unique bowed lines and strong vocal harmonies. Tim Sharbaugh has been the workhorse drummer in the band for several years now. His ability to hold down a simple groove with shakers and mallets, while singing the odd harmony, makes him an incredible asset to the team. Peter Krag is the final piece of the puzzle. He has a musical sixth sense to always compliment a song. Vast knowledge of keyboard styles and textures, along with the skill to perform any style of music, makes Peter one of the finest keyboard players in Vermont. What happens when Appalachian steam engine train collides with the city bound freight? You’ll have to go and see for yourself. For more information: www.zachdupontmusic.com.

Kat Wright Trio create a sound is so big and emotionally charged that it floods the room and practically overflows out the venue doors, leaving in its wake an audience that’s bobbing and dancing to the groove. Powerful, gritty and capable of expressing subtle, delicate emotions–Kat was born to sing blues and soul music. And behind her, or rather completely surrounding her, some of the most talented musicians in northern New England. For more information: http://katwrightsoulband.com/about.htm

 

MAIN STAGE CONCERT SERIES, presented by Higher Ground. All gates: 6:00pm | shows: 7:00pm

THURSDAY 8/9: GOGOL BORDELLO | Tickets on sale now:

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FRIDAY 8/10: OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW with openers Lumineers and the Milk Carton Kids| Tickets on sale now:

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SATURDAY NIGHT: STRANGEFOLK! Tickets on sale now:

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SUNDAY NIGHT: CITIZEN COPE with opener DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND| Tickets on sale now:

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GENERAL FESTIVAL INFO:

The 6th Annual Lake Champlain Maritime Festival

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 a four-day celebration of Lake Champlain, showcasing 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 multiple stages). Daily admission is free to most events with select events requiring admission.

Other Festival activities include: Kids Day Friday; Eco-Zone; Vintage Boat Show; Waterfront Wine & Food Festival, presented by Farrell Distributing; Pirate 5k Run, presented by NEFCU; Mission Possible Adventure Race; sailboat, kayak and paddleboard rides; ALS Silent Auction; craft and international food vendors; Non-profit Exhibit Area showcasing community organizations.

“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 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. *Kids age 12 and under free; glass, pets, alcohol, blankets, and coolers prohibited; events are rain or shine; dates, acts, and ticket prices subject to change without notice. The Festival is presented with generous support from its sponsors: Price Chopper, Harpoon Brewery, New England Federal Credit Union, Farrell Distributing, 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, Small Dog Electronics, Vermont Smoke and Cure, Klinger’s Bread Company and Cabot.  

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