Harbor Fest 2014

Music under 9,000 feet of canvas

By Dagney C. Ernest | Aug 08, 2014
Toughcats

Belfast — Belfast Rotary’s annual Harbor Fest returns Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, Aug. 15 through 17, with a wide variety of nautical diversions, including the National Boat Building Challenge, and lots of live music on the city’s waterfront. For more information about all the weekend’s events, visit belfastharborfest.com.

Launch Party Friday

The annual fest gets its musical kickoff Friday, Aug. 15, at Steamboat Landing with the Harbor Fest Launch Party, sponsored by Three Tides and Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. Gates will open 6 p.m. for the three-band show, and admission is $10. Food and drinks, including eight Marshall Wharf brews, will be available for purchase.

New to the party this year is Tricky Britches, a high-energy string band from Portland that has progressed from heel-stomping, old-time fiddle tunes to a fusion of original material, classic bluegrass, country and folk rock.

Back again is Bangor’s When Particles Collide, a rock ‘n’ roll duo that plays high-energy, captivating original songs about the things that keep people up at night. Their artful and simultaneously simplistic and complex songwriting is akin to that of the Talking Heads, Television or The Pixies fused with anthemic arena-worthy drumming.

Toughcats have made the Launch Party their playground year after year, and have a new album to promote this time. “Rough Ones,” released by Royal Tar Records, captures the Fox Islands trio’s succinct and deliberate arrangements, along with their raw, garage band intensity, making its way from banjo-driven instrumentals to ‘70s-sounding power pop.

Music, movies Saturday

Admission is free to Belfast Harbor Fest Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live, local music throughout the day performed in the gazebo of Steamboat Landing. This year’s lineup features The Leaky Boot Jug Band, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; chanteyman George Lirakis, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; local singer/storyteller Jennifer Armstrong, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; and local string community Belfast Bay Fiddlers, 1:45 to 3 p.m.

Around 6 p.m., the fest will begin screening children’s animated films under the big tent while a Pig Out barbecue gets going. Screenings will move on to the “Belfast is Happy” video at 7 p.m. and “Puss in Boots” at 7:30 p.m.

Crustacean blues Sunday

Harbor Fest continues Sunday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has its usual delicious closing event. From noon to 3 p.m., Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County’s annual Habitat Lobster Gala will take place at Steamboat Landing, offering great food and great tunes. Volunteers will be slinging lobster, steak, clams, hamburgers and hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips and homemade pie. The local Juke Rockets, two-time Maine representatives at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge, will play during the gala.

Tickets are $25 for the lobster or steak plate, $10 for a hamburger or hot dog plate, and can be reserved by calling 338-2344; from any Habitat board member; or stopping by the Mailloux and Marden Law Offices on High Street.

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Dagney C. Ernest
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Dagney has been providing Courier coverage of the local arts scene since 1985 and has helmed the multi-paper A&E section since it debuted in 2003. She has been a local performing artist, community and professional, for 30 years and spent a decade writing, producing and announcing on-air for several Midcoast radio stations. When not in the NewsNest, Dagney likes to be in motion.

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