Midcoast Conservancy Wildlife Habitat Hike on Hogback Mountain

Join Midcoast Conservancy on August 13 from 2-4 pm, when hikers can join Moe Martin for a walk on Hogback Mountain. Martin was born and raised on Hogback and there are few, if any, people who are as familiar with, or care more about, the land, the trees, the rocks and the wildlife of that special place.   As a professional woodsman, Martin has an understanding of and insight into the life of the forest and the lives of numerous individual trees; he will offer insights into the many initiatives that he has taken on his land and their impact on local wild creatures.

To learn more, or register, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/wildlife-habitat-walk-4/. Last year’s event reached full capacity, so early registration is encouraged.

Local Bands Headline Live Edge Music Festival

Local Maine music is on the menu at the Live Edge Music Festival on Sunday, August 11 from 12-6 pm at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Four bands will rock the open-air Barn there, powered by solar energy and high spirits. Belly dance troupe Sirumem will perform between acts.

About themselves Tricky Britches says, “Raised in Maine, cured on street corners and next to woodstoves, string-band Tricky Britches is a unique culmination of country, contra-dance, bluegrass, and rock. They’ve played festivals and concerts across the US, Europe, and Hawaii, always being shaped by those places, and using those experiences to inspire their original music.” Members include Jed Bresette on Bass, Vocals; Seth Doyle on Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals; Tyler Lienhardt on Fiddle, Vocals; and Richard Bicknell playing the 5-String Banjo

Changing things up will be Paranoid Social Club, the brainchild of Dave Gutter and Jon Roods of the Rustic Overtones. Hailing from Portland, the band has received international accolades for its high energy style. They describe themselves as “equally inspired by punk, soul, psychedelic rock, and the human psyche; PSC is a musical movement like no other. Picture Jimi Hendrix smashing a keyboard or The Clash backing Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival.” Band members include Dave Gutter, Jon Roods, Trent Gay and Craig Sala.

It was music that brought Megan Martelle and Hannah Daman together one night in 2013 in a basement in Massachusetts. Megan had just finished her time at Berklee College of Music. Hannah had just moved home from playing in a few bands in Glasgow, Scotland. Megan had her violin. Hannah had her songs. A musical connection was swiftly forged and from there on, they stuck together. With the addition of Megan’s sister Fran, they say, “a sacred sisterhood of music sparked. As they grew, their sound expanded and their harmonies tightened and sense of togetherness was formed. They played in cover bands, open mics, on the streets, and in their homes.” Sibylline was born.

Guaranteed to get everyone dancing, Primo Cubano plays traditional Cuban dance music dating back to the turn of the 20th Century.  Son is the most popular style to come out of Cuba and is the primary contributor to the blend of Latin styles today known as Salsa.  It was first a music of the country people and eventually migrated to Havana, where it was urbanized and began to draw a wider audience. Bringing this music to life here in Maine are guitarist Paul D’Alessio, trumpeter Marc Chillemi, Lenny Hatch on the congas, new addition Eric Winter on vocals and Duane Edwards on the bass fiddle.

For more information on Live Edge and to get tickets, go to https://www.midcoastconservancy.org/events/live-edge-music-festival-2/ or call (207) 389-5150. Tickets are also available at festival sponsor Mexicali Blues, Alna General Store and Sheepscot General.