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Damariscotta River Association presents:

Midcoast Music Fest
Thursdays at Round Top Farm

Midcoast Music Fest Stellar Lineup

Summer 2013 Midcoast Music Fest - a Summer Concert Series - three Thursdays in July, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. in Darrows Barn,
DRA Round Top Farm, Damariscotta, featuring
Jason Spooner Band, Slaid Cleaves, The Mallett Brothers Band and more.

The Damariscotta River Association announces a “stellar lineup” of talent for its Midcoast Music Fest in the Darrows Barn this summer. Headliners Jason Spooner, Slaid Cleaves and The Mallett Brothers will take to the Round Top stage over three Thursdays in July, with The New Rangers, Bruce Hardina and Anna and the Diggs. The shows take place on July 11, 18 and 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A series pass provides access to all three shows and individual tickets are available as well.

Promising “Maine’s best music, food, beer and oysters,” these events support the conservation and education work of the Damariscotta River Association.
No ordinary hay barn, performers and audiences from around the world seek out the Darrows Barn at Round Top for its exceptional acoustics and warm ambiance.
Excellent and affordable food, wine, and local beer will be available at all performances, offered by three of Damariscotta’s favorite restaurants, along with fresh-shucked oysters from the Damariscotta River.

Leading off on July 11is Portland, Maine’s own Jason Spooner Band, in the midst of one of the band’s most exciting musical growth spurts to date. The band’s latest studio album has been featured heavily on Sirius/XM’s The Loft channel, on NPR’s All Things Considered and at over 11,000 Starbucks retail locations nationwide. At last year’s festival the band’s unique blend of roots, blues, funk and folk made dancing irresistible. Toward the end of the show, the entire audience was on its feet, yet a cross-breeze coming up from the river kept the barn cool. The band’s website, www.jasonspooner.com, provides additional background on their award-winning sound.

The New Rangers, a long-time favorite of DRA's summer music festivals, will open for the Jason Spooner Band, covering favorites from Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan to Jerry Garcia and Paul Simon. The New Rangers feature Jim Nelson on bass, John Reny on lead guitar, John Riley on guitar and percussion, Mike Nelson on guitar, and Peter Jackson - also of "The Horseshoe Crabs" - on pedal steel guitar. The band draws on the acoustic, country-rock roots that had been the original focus of the Round Pond Rangers, whose former members make up the core of the new group.

Next up on July 18 is Austin based, Maine reared singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves. Described as “One of the finest singer-songwriters from Texas” by The New York Times, Slaid makes his debut at the Midcoast Music Fest this summer. Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-­?string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a woodworker.”

Singer songwriter Bruce Hardina returns to the festival this year to open for Slaid. Hardina's music ranges from reflective to rockin' and is perfectly suited to the venue. Warm vocals backed by strong guitar showcase lyrics that grow out of a deep connection to the outdoors.

The Mallett Brothers Band, an alt-country/rock band from Portland, Maine, round out the series on July 25. Drawing from an array of influences including rock and roll, folk, blues, bluegrass, neo-traditional and classic country and even punk, MBB are known for high-intensity live performances. Drawing from an array of influences including rock and roll, folk, blues, bluegrass, neo-traditional and classic country and even punk, MBB are known for high-intensity live performances. They’ve played national festivals as well as sold-out venues ranging from grange halls to rock clubs throughout the Northeast U.S.

Anna & The Diggs is a portland-based super group that is a perfect blend of deeply expressive and soulful rock, rhythm & blues. This band will sweep you up and take you along on their collaborative new venture, giving you music that is emotionally charged and just plain real. Collectively, members of the band have shared the stage with the likes of Ray Lamontagne, Guster, John Fogerty, Jonathan Edwards, Warren Haynes, and the Grateful Dead's Tom Constantine.

For more information and to purchase tickets online for the Midcoast Music Fest, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/157988. General admission tickets start at $15 in advance and food, beer, wine and other refreshments are available a la carte along with fresh-shucked local oysters. FMI contact DRA at 207-563-1393 or email dra@damariscottariver.org.

Updated 5/9/2013

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