Bath's Heritage Days ramps up

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Culture

Bath's Heritage Days ramps up

BATH — Bath Heritage Days is planning one of Maine’s best free music festivals, with over 25 bands to perform over the course of the five-day celebration July 4-8.

Accomplished regional musicians and exciting national acts will perform on two stages at the Library Park gazebo and on the Waterfront Park dock overlooking the Kennebec River.

To entertain the crowds along the July Fourth parade route, music will begin with pre-parade shows from 10-11 a.m., featuring the Scott Davis Quartet at Bath City Hall, the Matt Fogg Trio on the deck at Mae’s Café, 2012 “Maine’s Got Talent” winner Max Ater at the corner of Washington and Centre streets, and Sharon Pyne and Doug Protsik at Lincoln and Sheridan streets.

That evening, the concert series on the Main Stage at Waterfront Park will begin at 5 p.m. with Shannon Selig, a breakout country music artist from Maine. Her awards include   International Female Country Vocalist and Songwriter of 2012, and New England Country Music Female Vocalist, Entertainer and Songwriter of the Year of 2011.

Selig will be followed by a Latin-inspired dance performance by members of the Tony Dance Studio at 7 p.m. At 9 p.m. Fifth Freedom will ramp up the dance party with classic Southern-style rock ‘n' roll.

On July 5, Anni Clark will open at 5 p.m. with her mix of folk/pop on both six- and 12-string guitars, followed by Max Ater at 7 p.m. The Kevin Gilmore Band will be back by popular demand at 9 p.m.

On July 6, the Bath Municipal Swing Band will play during the annual chicken barbecue in Library Park from 5-7 p.m. 

At Waterfront Park, the weekend will kick off with a one-hour show by Neil Diamond tribute artist Robert Lewis at 5:30 p.m. July 6. At 7 p.m., The Arrowsics will return for a second year with their alt-country sound, this time on the Main Stage. At 9 p.m., Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations will cap off the evening with their horn-driven mix of powerhouse blues, soul and rock 'n’ roll.

Saturday, July 7, will bring a day-long celebration with music both on the Waterfront and at the Gazebo in Library Park.

In the Gazebo, Saturday’s theme of “Sizzling Cajun” will start with festival favorites Jimmy Joe and the Jumbol’ayuhs at 11 a.m., followed by Quebecquois and Acadian tunes by Rob Sylvain at 12:30 p.m.

Michael Doucet of the world-famous Beausoleil Band will play at 1:45, and Primo Cubano, Maine’s favorite salsa band, will perform at 3 p.m.

On the Waterfront stage, the Junk Yard Dawgs will perform at 4 p.m., followed at 6 by The Blues Buzzards, an eight-piece collaboration of local blues/rock artists.

Before the fireworks on July 7, festival-goers will be treated to a concert at 8 p.m. in the Gazebo by the Bath Municipal Band, and on the Waterfront stage, a pre- and post-fireworks performance by Changes in Latitude with Steve Kareta beginning at 9 p.m. This Jimmy Buffet tribute show includes members of the original Jimmy Buffet band and had people dancing in the street at last year’s festival.

On Sunday, July 8, the Gazebo stage presents the “Best of Bluegrass,” with the world-class fiddle music of Erica Brown and the Blue Grass Connection at 11 a.m., Ted de Mille and Cribstone Bridge at 12:45, and Phat Grass, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

At Waterfront Park, students of Earl Bigelow and Brown Dog Studio will demonstrate five years of work in various ensembles and styles beginning at noon. At 4 p.m. the festival will wrap up with the assembly of local luminaries know as The Natives Are Restless on the Main Stage for a “best of show” performance drawn from seven years at the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

A full schedule of festival events can be found at www.BathHeritageDays.com

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