Who’s Pickin’ in Maine Bluegrass

Maine Bluegrass Tradition

Blistered Fingers – Maine Bluegrass Festival

Maine Bluegrass Band - Blistered FingersBlistered Fingers is going on their 50th festival this upcoming June, now for 27 years. Back Woods Road will be there Wednesday and Friday. For your convenience, they now except Credit card payments for online ticket purchases.

The following is from Blistered Fingers recent email blast:

“Hello” Dear Friends:

We’re hoping this newsletter finds everyone staying healthy and getting ready for the bluegrass festival season. Wow, hard to believe we will soon be at our 50th Blistered Fingers Festival!! We are really looking forward to everyone coming to help celebrate Fifty festivals of Bluegrass Memories!! We’ve been busy getting everything ready at the grounds. We have worked hard to bring lots of quality entertainment for this years Blistered Fingers festivals. We try our very best to give you a Star lineup and keep the price down. Don’t forget to take advantage of the June and August festival advance ticket prices. The Advance weekend ticket deadlines are coming up soon, June 1st for the June 2018 festival and August 1st for the August 2018 festival. The weekend tickets cover music and camping for 5 days for each festival. When ordering your advance tickets you will pay only for your advance tickets. You pay for power, dogs and early bird camping at the gate upon your arrival. Remember the price is only $35.00 for power for your ENTIRE stay on the grounds which is still on a first come basis. You can purchase your tickets at Blistered Fingers website with a credit card online, or by placing an order by mail, or at the gate. Please remember to send a self-addressed stamped return envelope with your mail in order. Don’t forget we accept cash only at the gate. Children 16 and under are FREE with a paying adult attendee this will help allow more families to be able to enjoy our Blistered Fingers Family Festivals. We have the kid’s academy that is FREE for children to attend. They will receive a FREE Blistered Fingers Kids Academy t-shirt to wear during the group stage performance on Saturday of the festival.

Generators may be used periodically during 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Our festivals offer so many great things like the Indoor bathroom facilities, Free Hot showers, many water fill up locations and electrical hookups. We have lots of tree line areas available for shade for our friends who like to tent, There are no useable dump station on the grounds but, we do have the Honey Wagon available Wednesday and Friday during the festival for any camper needing to pumped out for a small fee. The Honey Wagon will also be set up across the road Sunday morning for your convenience. Campfires are allowed, but they need to be in above ground fire containers and all ashes need to be taken care of. The festival 24 hour emergency phone number is (207) 873-6539 which is on the flyers. Our weekend gate opens at 8:00 am Sunday morning for Early Bird camping. The stage shows will be Wednesday through Saturday with the gospel Sing Along & Jam on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. The weekend tickets covers 5 days of great music starting Wednesday and Camping until 10:00 am Monday morning. Anyone wishing to visit anyone (Sunday-Tuesday) on the festival grounds or drop something off before the music starts on Wednesday will be charged $10.00 per person for each day.

Keep checking our website www.blisteredfingers.com for updates and check us out on Facebook. If you would like to share any photos that were taken at Blistered Fingers with others please send us your photos. If you know someone who would like to be on the mailing list or if your address or email has changed let us know so we can keep our files up to date.

In closing, you all warm our hearts with all of your thoughtfulness. We love and appreciate each and every one of you. We look forward to seeing you this upcoming festival season. “Don’t just hear about it, come experience it”.

Keep smiling and your toes tapping!
Love, Greg &Sandy

Thomas Point Beach Maine Bluegrass Festival

Maine bluegrass’s premiere festival, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, had run its course after 37 years (with a one- or two-year hiatus in there somewhere). It’s back!! Bill Monroe played the festival several times. Most of those that come to listen also pick, or have a spouse that plays an instrument. It’s a beautiful spot, right on the ocean in Brunswick, Maine. The magic is not just in the music, but in the comradery amongst the campers. A Maine bluegrass festival is unique, in that the real show happens out in the field after they close down the stage. Thomas Point has a tradition of bringing one of the headlining bands to the ‘caboose’ late at night for a jam session. It’s a chance to rub elbows with some bluegrass nobility (if I can use that word, bluegrassers are a humble bunch). The nice thing about the Thomas Point Beach festival is that it draws a big enough crowd to afford some of the best performers in the world. In addition to late-night pickin’ around the fire there are small-group workshops throughout the festival. Check out the comments on this post on Thomas Point’s site.

One Longfellow Square

Bluegrass at OLS

Check out One Longfellow Square for bluegrass shows.

Blizzard Bob

Blizzard Bob has been a mainstay of Maine bluegrass for many years. I can remember listening to his show on WMPG back in the late 90s, before I hardly played at all. I would tape the program, then just about wear out the tape listening to it for the following week. Occasionally I would get a chance to play the show at work (when I was manning the radio). I’d be willing to bet there are many folks out there that got their start listening to Bob. Thanks, Bob.

Who’s Pickin’ Where

Calendar courtesy of the Maine Bluegrass Music Association