Lobster fest: entertainment feast

Jul 25, 2013
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been spreading the New Orleans gospel for 50 years.

Rockland — Luscious fresh Maine lobster takes center stage at the annual Maine Lobster Festival on the waterfront Harbor Park, but live music and comedy play a big part, too. The 66th annual festival runs Wednesday through Sunday, July 31 through Aug. 4. Live entertainment takes place on the Main Stage, North Tent and, occasionally, on foot.

“This year, we’re bringing in some exciting headliners such as New Orleans’ legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, ‘70s heart-throb David Cassidy of TV’s ‘Partridge Family’ fame and ‘90s rockers The Spin Doctors,” said longtime festival director Chuck Kruger of Thomaston. But we have some lesser-known yet high-quality regional acts, too.”

These include alternative country faves The Mallett Brothers Band; The Bob Band, featuring the music of Bob Dylan; The Nutopians, who perform the music of John Lennon; Emilia Dahlin; Castlebay; Sideways Highways; and Mainely Country Band. Returning favorites will include Steelin’ Thunder, Bay Winds/Breakers Jazz Band, Harborside Harmony and the Windjammer Chorus.

New this year is banjoist extraordinaire Peter Mezoian, nationally recognized group Hymn for Her and a talent search for Maine humorists and storytellers hosted by the Bert and I Company of Maine. Those selected for the latter could be featured in upcoming radio, TV, and film projects.

Variety arts this year include The Improvised Puppet Project, The Hardshell Conspiracy featuring veteran juggler and humorist Michael Miclon, magician Rick Bernard and the always entertaining Professor Paddywhack one-man band.

The 66th Annual Maine Lobster Festival will kick off Wednesday with the arrival of King Neptune and the raising of the American flag. As always, Wednesday night’s entertainment is the Coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., The Nutopians will celebrate the genius and artistry of John Lennon. The Nutopians is an elegant award-winning eight-piece ensemble created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare. The band gives remarkably fresh acoustic-oriented treatments to Lennon’s Beatles and solo song compositions that often inspire a whole new appreciation for late icon’s music. The Mallett Brothers Band will perform on the main stage at 8:30 p.m. These hard-working sons of Maine have played past festivals to great response and return on the heels of a landmark new album, “Land,” which is sure to propel them to greater heights.

On Friday, The Spin Doctors will play at 7:30 p.m. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the group’s landmark debut album “Pocket Full of Kryptonite,” the band's four original members — frontman Chris Barron, guitarist Eric Schenkman, bassist Mark White and drummer Aaron Comess — can still appreciate the uncanny, enduring musical rapport that's allowed them to maintain the upbeat energy and restless creativity that first endeared them to their fiercely devoted fan base.

Saturday evening opens with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 5:30 p.m. The band, which derives its name from the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, was founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe and has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans jazz. At 8:30 p.m., David “I Think I Love You” Cassidy will take the stage. A megastar, thanks to the chart-topping hit from "The Partridge Family,” by the time he was 20, Cassidy is still electrifying audiences today across the country and around the world.

Paid seating in front of the stage is available separately for the Spin Doctors, Preservation Hall and David Cassidy shows. These tickets are $25 and include festival admission. They are available online at mainelobsterfestival.com; by phone at (800) 562-2529 (i.e., LOB-CLAW); or at either the Camden or Rockland office of the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce. All other entertainment is included in festival admission.

The full festival schedule, entertainment and otherwise, is posted on the website. Regular festival admission will be as follows. On Wednesday, admission is $5, $2 for children age 6 to 12. Thursday through Saturday, admission is $8/$2, free for younger children. Admission is free for all on Sunday, Family Fun Day. Discounted four-packs of on-day tickets are available this year, $25 for adults and $8 for children 6 to 12.

Maine Lobster Festival Live Entertainment



 

 

 

 

DAY

time

site

A C T

 

 

 

 

 

7/30

Weds

3-5 pm

nt

CastleBay

 

6-10 PM

nt

Sideways Highways

 

 

 

 

8/1

Thurs

10AM-3PM

grnds

Prof. Paddywhack

 

1:00 PM

nt

Maine Speed Knitters

 

2-4 PM

ms

Emilia Dahlin

 

5 - 7 pm

ms

Bob Band

 

7:00 PM

ms

Nutopians

 

8:30 PM

ms

Mallett Bros

 

 

 

 

 

8/2

Friday

10AM-3PM

grnds

Prof. Paddywhack

 

1:30 PM

nt

Bert & I Co.

 

2-3p

ms

Peter Mezoian

 

6-10 p

NT

Mainely Country

 

7:30 PM

ms

Hard Shell Conspiracy

 

8:30 PM

ms

Spin Doctors

 

 

 

 

 

8/3

Saturday

1:30 PM

NT

Harborside Harmony

 

2-3 pm

ms

Hymn for Her

 

3:00 PM

nt

Puppet Project

 

6 - 9 p

nt

Steelin' Thunder

 

5:30 PM

ms

Preservation Hall Jazz

 

8:30 PM

ms

David Cassidy

 

 

 

 

 

8/4

Sunday

12 noon

kids tent

Rick Bernard

 

1:00 PM

NT

Windjammer Chorus

 

1:30 PM

ms

Bay Winds / Breakers

 

 

 

 

 

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