Havin’ a Hoot at the Snow Bowl
Camden — The third annual Harvest Hoot (formerly Hootenanny) is set for Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Camden Snow Bowl, 20 Barnestown Road. In addition to chairlift rides, family activities including a bounce house and face painting, and other fun outdoor options, the Harvest Hoot will host five different musical artists for a full day of live tunes.
The event is a fundraiser for Five Town Communities That Care; admission is $10, free younger than 12. The performance schedule is as follows.
11 a.m. to noon: Singer/songwriter and recording artist Judy Pancoast, originally from Waterville, crafts clever songs with infectious melodies that delight the young and the young at heart, as evidenced by her 2011 Grammy Award nomination for Best Children’s Album for “Weird Things Are Everywhere!” She calls her songs “bubblegum pop for sweet kids!” and also is known among adult audiences for her infectious Christmas hit “The House on Christmas Street,” which can be heard each holiday season on radio stations across the country.
Noon to 1 p.m.: Hailing from the Waldoboro area, the Alehouse String Band offers chamber folk by a trio — Oren Robinson, April Reed-Cox and Brian Dunn — who met by happy accident. Guitarist Robinson is a classically trained vocalist; mandolin player Dunn is a wandering soul who picked up music along the way; and Reed-Cox has a master’s degree in music performance. Together, they have an uncanny ability to improvise music on the spot.
1:20 to 2:20 p.m.: Music fans from up and down the coast know it is time to swing, jump and jive when Three Button Deluxe takes the stage. The trio features Paddy “Daddy-O” Rowling, Bill “Billy Rhythm” Batty and David “Quick” Clarke with Scotty "Rippin" Rapaport on saxophone and vocals.
2:40 to 3:40 p.m.: The Jerks of Grass are Maine’s ambassadors of high-energy bluegrass. Gathered around one microphone in the traditional style, the band has one foot in that tradition and the other in progressive roots music, they can be found as supporting act for legends such as Dr. Ralph Stanley & his Clinch Mountain Boys. The tireless Jerks have been voted Portland's Best Roots/Acoustic act seven times.
4 to 5 p.m.: The Hoot’s music finds a worthy capper in Kelly Parker and her modern country band. Making some great noise up in the North Country, the KPBand promises to country-rock the slopes. The band was crowned Maine and New England’s best country act in the 2011 National Texaco Country Music Showdown and opened for Uncle Kracker at last year’s Maine Lobster Festival.
Harvest Hoot food vendors will include Coffee Man, Sal’s Calzone and Sausage, the Kiwanis food truck, Taco Libre and JoJo’s Corn. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. There will be some hay bales on site, but bringing lawn chairs and blankets for seating is recommended. For more information on the Harvest Hoot, visit fivetownctc.org/hoot or call 236-9800.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.