Rock City’s Velvet Lounge series will present a Summer Irish Music Festival Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13 and 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. each night.

The Press Gang will start off this cultural event Friday at Rock City Books & Coffee, 328 Main St. New England’s The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson and guitarist Owen Marshall into a high-octane musical partnership. The trio blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with their curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The result is a sound at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent.

On Saturday, Naia will take the Rock City stage. Comprised of harpist Danielle Langord and flutist Nicole Rabata, Naia mixes traditional Celtic music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Quebec along with its own traditionally-inspired compositions. Rich harmonies blend with delicate melodies to create Naia’s. Based in Portland, the duo perform throughout New England and have appeared in various ensembles and as soloists throughout the United States and on international stages.

There is no cover charge for either show, but tipping these amazing musical artists is highly encouraged. For more information on this and other Rock City events, call 594-4123.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to