Concert – Le Vent du Nord at the Strand Theatre

Event date/time: Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 7:30pmvent

Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord (Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Deres and Rejean Brunet) knows how to turn the lost past into intense and beautiful performances that push their roots in striking global directions. Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party!

Since its founding in 2002,  the band has become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe, Oceania and America. The quartet has performed well over 1,400 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.Some of the band’s catchy songs and tunes are taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire while others are original compositions. Le Vent du Nord has a rich and varied instrumentation, polished musical arrangements, and fabulous vocals!

The group collaborates with diverse musicians, including Väsen to Harry Manx, Julie Fowlis, The Chieftains to pan-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople and several Symphonic orchestras. 

Location Address: The Strand Theatre, Rockland, ME

Contact Website: www.rocklandstrand.com

Concert ~ Christine Lavin and Don White at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time:  Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Location Address: Camden Opera House

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Since 2008 these two veteran performers have brought their unique brand of clean and hilarious musical comedy to audiences across the US proving night after night that comedy can be smart, friendly, and breathtakingly funny without being vulgar or pejorative. This is a show for anyone who wants to laugh, whether it’s a group of friends or a family gathering, and feel good on their way out of the venue.

Since emerging from the NYC singer/songwriter scene in the late 1980s, (along with Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, etc), Lavin quickly established herself as an entertaining tour de force. Quick on her feet, witty, insightful, engaging, she remains one of the most popular and respected performers in the genre.

Christine has also been at the forefront of finding and promoting extraordinary new talent. She founded a songwriter’s retreat on Martha’s Vineyard, the On a Winter’s (and Summer’s) Night tours), The Four Bitchin’ Babes, Laugh tracks among many other projects, in the process releasing more than 10 compilations CDs, as well as more than 20 of her own.

Her co-conspirator, Don White, is the latest artist that Christine has championed. “He’s such an original; I call him sometimes a ‘blue collar intellectual,’” Lavin says. “Don has extremely high standards when it comes to what he does onstage. And he hits a grand slam every time. The first time we worked together he opened for me and it’s the only time in my entire career that I opened with a ballad because he was so funny, the audience was so laughed out.”

“It doesn’t sound like a folk concert, it sounds like a comedy concert,” says White of his laughter-inducing co-bills with Lavin. “We rehearse and we rehearse and then inevitably, she’ll throw something at me that I have no idea about, with a mischievous grin that lets me know she’s been thinking about it all afternoon. Just to see what will happen. And she’s taught me to do the same.”  Tickets are general admission and $22 in advance and $26 the night of the show. They are available at the Camden Opera House website or by calling (207)470-7066, or for no fee walk-up at the Camden Town Office M-F 9AM-3P

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

Concert ~ Lunasa with Tim O’Brien at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time:  February 26,, 2016 at 7 PM

Location Address: Camden Opera House

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From the Camden Opera House website:

Returning to the Camden Opera House is the ever popular Celtic band Lunasa with special guest Tim O’Brien!

Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien embark on a transatlantic journey exploring the common roots, interplay and mutual influences at the heart of American and Irish music.
Musicoligists and fans of the two styles of music – bluegrass and Celtic – agree that both styles of music have the same roots, share a lot of the same characteristics, and even some of the same instruments – fiddle, guitar, upright bass. Both are known for their liveliness and danceability, all the while tugging at your heart strings in some nostalgic but inexplicable way. Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien are masters of their respective genres and, over the years, both have more than dipped their feet in the waters of each other’s musical ponds. With great respect for the traditions from which they all came, O’Brien and Lúnasa keep those same traditions fresh with their virtuosic musicianship and frequent original compositions.

Since coming together in 1996, Lúnasa has performed over 1800 concerts and achieved a worldwide reputation as a different kind of Irish traditional music band. The all-instrumental quintet is noted for double bass and guitar-driven rhythms, original compositions mixed with material from Celtic regions such as Brittany, Galicia, and Asturias, and a surprising focus on slower melodies involving three-part harmonies played on the traditional pipes, fiddle, and flute. By any reckoning, Lúnasa is regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest traditional music bands. with an enviable back catalogue of seven highly acclaimed, award-winning studio albums boasting more than a quarter of a million sales. . Their recordings have been hailed as some of the most important world music albums anywhere. The music of Lúnasa is typified by the drive and passion that defines Irish music itself. Lúnasa is Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Colin Farrell (fiddle and whistles), and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles).

Tim O’Brien is one of the spearheads of contemporary bluegrass. As co- founder and lead vocalist of Hot Rize and Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, O’Brien served as a bridge between the traditional sounds of the hill country and the modern styles of bluegrass in the 1980s. Since the band’s breakup, O’Brien has continued to expand the music’s borders as a soloist, a duo partner with his sister Mollie, and with his band, the O’Boys. O’Brien’s songs have additionally been recorded by Kathy Mattea, the Seldom Scene, New Grass Revival, and the Johnson Mountain Boys. Playing guitar since the age of 10, O’Brien also plays fiddle, mandolin, and banjo. New CD Pompadour is his first solo release in four years. The album swirls together bits of bluegrass, deep-roots Appalachian music, field hollars, old-school rock ‘n roll, traditional jazz, and even James Brown funk. Lúnasa’s bass player, Trevor Hutchinson, joins O’Brien on Pompadour; and the two have toured together in New Zealand. The band’s piper, Cillian Vallely, has also toured with O’Brien in The Crossing, a group that combined Appalachian and Celtic sounds.
Coincidentally, both Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien recently performed separately at Scotland’s acclaimed festival Celtic Connections. American audiences will have the opportunity that Glasgow audiences did not – to see these artists perform together and blend their two traditions. O’Brien has just returned from a tour in Ireland and the U.K., while Lúnasa is coming off their sold-out headlining appearance at Dublin’s Tradfest 2016, as well as shows in Letterkenny and Derry. These concerts provide a rare opportunity to see (and of course, hear) an epic collaboration.

Reserved seating tickets available here $22, $25 and $28 or by calling 207-470-7066 or stopping at Camden Town Office for no fee walk-up.

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

Jungle Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time:  March 4, 2016 at 7:30 PMjack hanna

America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors. You’ve seen his countless appearances on David Letterman, Good Morning America and so many more – now you can enjoy Jungle Jack’s infectious energy as he takes you “into the wild!” to see some of the world’s most fascinating animals, LIVE!

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

 

 

C.J. Chenier LIVE at the Camden Opera House

Concert – C.J. Chenier LIVE at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time:  February 4, 2016 at 7 PMcj chenier

C.J. Chenier, a Creole born and raised in an indigenous American culture with its distinct language, cuisine and music, delivers a soulful vocal and accordion! Chenier, a GRAMMY® nominated world renowned musician and recording artist, has performed alongside many internationally recognized artists including his GRAMMY® awarded father, Clifton Chenier “The King of Zydeco”, Paul Simon, Joe Sample and Ray Parker, Jr., The Gin Blossoms, and John Mayall. He has appeared on the Jon Stewart Show, CNN and was featured on VH1 and Entertainment Weekly. 

C.J. has exhibited his musicianship at many large festival venues such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and Austin’s SxSW Music Conference. In addition to a GRAMMY® award nomination in the Best Regional Roots Music Album category, C.J. has received many major awards inclusive of the Living Blues Critics’ Poll Award, Indie Award (from AFIM) for Best Zydeco Album, Coups de Coeur (Blows of Heart) Blues Category Award from l’Académie Charles Cros (France) and Best of the Beat Best Zydeco Album (Offbeat).

Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door available here, by calling the box office at (207)470-7066, or Camden Town Office M-F 9am – 3pm.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

Comedian Jon Rineman at the Camden Opera House

‘Event date/time:  Nov 27, 2015 at 7:30 PMjon RIneman

Jon Rineman is a writer and stand up comedian. A 2005 Emerson College graduate, Jon has been a regular at Harvard Square’s Comedy Studio since 2004. Based in Boston, he became a freelance monologue writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, contributing daily jokes about current events to the top-rated show in late-night television. In 2005, Jon was published in the Improper Bostonian’s annual humor edition. After honing his craft for a few years as a writer and comedian, Jon was hired to be a writer for NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which replaced Conan O’Brien’s Late Night show. Jon has continued to serve as a monologue writer for Jimmy Fallon. Recently, Jon also appeared as a featured stand up comedian on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He appears regularly at all of the top New York City comedy clubs, including Caroline’s on Broadway and Stand Up NY on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Jon lives in New York City.
 
At 32, he’s the head monologue writer for “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” the apex for someone whose ambition is to make people laugh.   “Everyone here is so fun and cool, and I’m just kind of this weird, lame guy,” he says. “Sometimes, I wonder how I’ve lasted.” His colleagues and fellow comics know. They say Rineman, a 2005 Emerson graduate who’s worked for Fallon for six years, is indeed dorky, but he’s also a skilled and prolific comedian. As relentlessly earnest as he may seem, Rineman can grind out dozens of gags a day, and a good percentage of them make it into Fallon’s monologue.  Still, it’s fatiguing being funny every day, and Rineman isn’t sure how long he can keep writing one-liners. Perhaps with an eye toward life after “The Tonight Show,” he’s been honing his stand-up routine, making three or four club appearances a week after wrapping up work at 30 Rock.”
 
Tickets are $20 and available here, by calling (207)470-7066 or stopping at the Camden Town Office M-F 9AM-3PM.
 

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

 

Luis Caracol Trio with Eleanor Dubinsky in Concert at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time: August 14, 2015 at 7:30pmRuca Rebordao

The Camden Opera House is welcoming this Portuguese trio from a Northeast Tour that includes Johnny D’s in Boston, the World Cafe in Philly, World Radio in Boston and the Empire and One Longfellow in Portland. Luiz Caracol, Portuguese singer and author, composes his own music full of rhythm, beat, heart and soul. The trio will play from their new album “Devagar”, with percussionist Ruca Rebordão and Gustavo Roriz, Their music is of Portugal, Angola, Cape Verde and Brazil.

With singer Eleanor Dubinsky a New York City based singer/songwriter whose songs have been featured on MTV, Lifetime, Animal Planet, AMEX ads, and NPR. Eleanor regularly performs in NYC and tours nationally and internationally.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

 

 

Suzy Bogguss in Concert at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time: September 5, 2015 at 8:00pmSuzy Bogus

Grammy winner Suzy Bogguss brings her eclectic blend of country, folk and acoustic music to the Camden Opera House as part of this year’s Windjammer Festival. Accompanied by her acclaimed acoustic trio, Suzy will perform all her hits including “Outbound Plane”, “Someday Soon” and “Letting Go”, in addition to songs from her latest CD, Lucky, a tribute to the songwriting of Merle Haggard.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

 

 

Summer Events in the Camden Amphitheatre

The Camden Public Library will again host a wide range of movies, concerts, and performances in the Amphitheatre! Click here to download the program of events.Our Summer Movies and Concerts are generously supported by Allen Insurance & Financial

Camden Movies in the Park

Music, Movies, and Shakespeare in the Amphitheatre!

JULY   Free concerts and movies. Bring your own lawn chairs for comfortable seating.
July 4, Saturday, 2:00-9:00 pm – annual Music-in-the-Park daytime concert hosted by Rotary, with Fireworks at the end!
July 6,  Monday, 8:30 pm – MOVIE:  Jurassic Park, 1993, 127 min,  PG-13
July 8, Wednesday-in-the-Park, 12:00 noon – CONCERT with Martin Gibson
July 9, Thursday, 7:00 pm – CONCERT with Midcoast Brass Quintet
July 13, Monday, 8:30 pm – MOVIE:  Harvey, 1950, 104 min, B&W
July 14, Tuesday, 7:00 pm – CONCERT with the Juke Rockets, blues
July 20, Monday, 8:30 pm – MOVIE:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990, 94 min, PG
July 22, Wednesday-in-the-Park, 12:00 noon – CONCERT with David Dodson
July 27, Monday, 8:15 pm – MOVIE:   Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein,1948,  B&W,  83 min.

AUGUST   Free concerts and movies. Bring your own lawn chairs for comfortable seating.
August 3, Monday, 8:15 pm –  MOVIE:  The Truman Show, 1998, 103 min, PG
August 5, Wednesday-in-the-Park, 12:00 noon – CONCERT with Jim Gallant
August 10, Monday, 8:00 pm – MOVIE:  The Incredibles,  2004, 115 min, PG
August 12, Wednesday-in-the-Park, 12:00 noon – CONCERT with Alice Limoges
August 17, Monday, 8:00 pm – MOVIE:  Makeup date
August 20, Thursday, 7:00 pm – CONCERT with the Gawler Family in the Amphitheatre
August 21-22-23 – Civil War Encampment featuring Company B of the 20th Maine Infantry Volunteers in Harbor Park
August 23, Sunday, 1:00 pm – CONCERT with Quantum (Jason Dean and Mike Whitehead)
August 27, Thursday, 7:00 pm – CONCERT with Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers. This is a ticketed event; $12.

North Atlantic Blues Festival, July 11th & 12th

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Event date/time: July 11, 2015 – July 12, 2015 from 11am – 7pm

22nd annual blues music festival held outdoors overlooking picturesque Rockland Harbor. Touring blues artists from the U.S. and abroad will perform on the main stage. Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the famous Club Crawl.

Location Address: Public Landing, Rockland, ME

Contact Website: www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com