Maine Bluegrass Tradition
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The following is from Blistered Fingers recent email blast:
“Hello” Dear Friends:
…The weekend tickets cover music and camping for 4 days for each festival. Please when ordering your Advance tickets pay only for your Advance ticket. You can 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. We are accepting Credit card payments for online ticket purchases. You will still be able to purchase your festival tickets by placing an order by mail or at the gate. Please remember to send a self-addressed stamped return envelope with your mailing order. Don’t forget we accept cash only at the gate. When you order tickets we will update the Mailing list using the info on the order form. Children 16 and under are FREE with a paying 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.
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 lineup for 2019:
RHONDA VINCENT & the RAGE • The GIBSON BROTHERSBÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN • The STEELDRIVERSThe SPECIAL CONSENSUS • BALSAM RANGE • SISTER SADIEDANNY PAISLEY & the SOUTHERN GRASS • The LARRY STEPHENSON BANDLEROY TROY & The TENNESSEE MAFIA JUG BANDDELLA MAE • The LONELY HEARTSTRING BANDThe GRASCALS • VOLUME FIVE • NEW ENGLAND BLUEGRASS BANDSOUTHERN RAIL • BEG, STEAL, or BORROW • The SETH SAWYER BAND
Back Woods Road Band is slated to perform on Wednesday night (time TBA) 8/28/19.
One Longfellow Square
Check out One Longfellow Square for bluegrass shows.
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.