Summer Concert Series

Chris Ross and The North

July 27th, 2019 at 6:00 PM

“I am a dangerous man / Born clutching to a dollar…”

…The words that open the new Chris Ross + The North record ‘Over Lonesome’ drip with whiskey and cigarettes, followed by a clamor of guitars evoking a band of outlaws on the run.

Ross spent the better part of a decade tucked away on the coast of Maine developing his voice as a writer. Inside the arsenal of tracks he’s penned, one finds dangerous, hard-hitting reflections; stories of love, life and longing, appealing because they’re so real. Tinted with an appetite for self-destruction, his writing style is smooth and eloquent while remaining sincere to genuine grit of experience. When his sonorous vocals found affinity with a band, the evolution cultivated a multifaceted, visceral experience for listeners, an auditory landscape much like that of Maine itself: Humble yet dramatic, severe yet sweet, cold and resonant with a nearby fire throwing heat.

The musicians forming The North provide a masterful blend of country + rock & roll swagger, a winning combination with Ross’s candid storytelling. Anchored by Ryan Curless (drums) and Caleb Sweet (bass), the rhythm section hits where you want it to, and hard – a fine tuned compatibility of artistic bonds reaching back to early childhood perceptible to the naked ear. Rounding out The North is guitarist Zachary Bence, a virtuoso with the ability to transition between ear-scorching guitar solos and beautiful sonic swells on the drop of a dime, his grace as a musician as boundless as his contribution to the band’s steady concord.

Chris Ross + The North are rubber tramps out of necessity, lending to the ideal consumption of their sound: Live + loud with a stiff drink in one hand and open road on either side of the night.

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Fremont Street String Band

August 3rd, 2019 at 6:00 PM

“…a foot-stomping, fresh-take on the bluegrass and folk of yesteryear. This all-string band merges a variety of rock, punk, country, and traditional influences to produce a big sound you can’t help but dance too…a sound they call ‘Yankee-bluegrass’. Fremont Street String Band’s eclectic mix of unmistakable covers with Downeast inspired original ballads won’t leave you disappointed.” – The Tides Institute

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Muddy Ruckus

August 17th, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Muddy Ruckus is an alternative rock duo of “darkly inventive americana” according to the New York Music Daily. Guitarist Ryan Flaherty and drummer Erika Stahl of Portland, Maine play a grungy style of railroad indie punk blues. This stripped-down power-duo blends rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit, and is known for a full rock band sound.

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Earl Mac

August 24th, 2019 at 6:00 PM

A derelict from Maine

In his debut album ‘Derelict,’ Earl Mac draws on two decades of performing his craft on stages throughout New England. Working days to pay the bills, and nights and weekends to build his dream; ‘Derelict’ is hard earned music.

The music is a Roots-Rock meditation on time and place, with a hopeful spirit rooted in Maine’s hard soil and high horizons. You can almost see the slate gray of open lakes in “Isn’t There a Place,” feel the trickling growth of “How Long,” and hear the bar stools shift to the exuberant, floor-pounding celebration of “7 Days Long.” ‘Derelict’ is human, wooden-floor music.

It’s as if Earl Mac inherited an equal influence from the rock heroes of his childhood, and the archaic crackle of the many old-time Maine storytellers that he’s known and loved. Like most Mainers, he does what he can, with what he’s got – humility, resourcefulness, honesty, pride – and the work ethic to make something beautiful. It’s the Maine way, this rugged, eclectic individualism – and it’s all that Earl Mac knows.

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Juke Joint Devils

August 31st, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Devils will be here to rock your Labor Day Weekend!!

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