Harbor Fest music on the waterfront

Aug 06, 2013
Toughcats will be back to rock the Belfast Harborfest Launch Party tent.

Belfast — Belfast Rotary’s fourth annual Harbor Fest returns for the second weekend of August, offering a wide variety of nautical diversions, including the National Boat Building Challenge, and lots of live music on the city’s waterfront. For more information about all the weekend events, visit belfastharborfest.com.

Launch Party lineup

The fest gets its under-the-tent musical kickoff Friday, Aug. 16, at Steamboat Landing with the Harborfest Launch Party, sponsored by Three Tides and Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. Gates will open 5 p.m. for the all-ages show, and admission is $10. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Four Maine bands are performing this year, including perennial favorites Toughcats. The music begins at 6 p.m. Bangor duo When Particle Collide promises a high-energy, captivating set of original songs driven by arena-worthy drumming. The Ghost of Paul Revere trio rides in from Portland with the rural spirit of roots infused with a love of soul, blues, rock and bluegrass. Whale Oil also hails from Portland and has just released its debut, a self-titled album of alternative, punk and rock melded into a genre it calls Barn Rock. Toughcats, from Penobscot Bay’s Fox Islands, is a nationally touring indie Americana rock trio known for Maine-made progressive bluegrass and Americana pop.

Harbor Fest tunes

Admission is free to Belfast Harbor Fest Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live, local music throughout the day performed in the gazebo of Steamboat Landing.

Harbor Fest continues Sunday, Aug. 18. From noon to 3 p.m., Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County’s Habitat Lobster Gala will take place at Steamboat Landing, offering great food and great tunes. Tickets for the meal — lobster (or steak), clams, corn on the cob, chips and homemade pie — are $25. The local Juke Rockets, who for two years have been Maine’s representatives at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge, will play during the gala.

Habitat Lobster Gala tickets can be reserved by calling 338-2344 or purchased from any Habitat board member or by stopping by the Mailloux and Marden Law Offices on High Street.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

When Particles Collide
The Ghost of Paul Revere
Whale Oil
The Juke Rockets
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