The inaugural Belfast Free Range Music Festival is set for Saturday, April 24, offering live tunes by more than 25 bands and solo artist. The music will run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at various downtown venues.

Passes are on sale on the event’s Web site,, and will go on sale Friday, April 2 at Wild Rufus Records, The Green Store and Roots & Tendrils, all downtown. All-access passes are $20; general passes are $12 in advance and will be $15 the day of the event. There is a limited number of passes available.

In addition to a terrific local and state musical lineup, musicians will be traveling into town from all over the East Coast and as far as Seattle and San Francisco. Performances will take place at Roots & Tendrils, the Colonial Theatre, Waterfall Arts Belfast, Åarhus Gallery, Belfast Free Library and the American Legion Hall. After a long winter of being cooped up, festivalgoers will get out and around downtown, ranging freely from venue to venue, to take in live music and the company of others.

A major highpoint will be Burlington’s Jazz Mandolin Project. Since the 1990s, Jamie Masefield’s Jazz Mandolin Project has been offering an entirely new concept of what the mandolin can do. For his Free Range Music Festival set, Masefield will be joined by Lincolnville’s Jon Fishman (drummer for the mega cult band Phish) and Peter Apfelbaum (keyboards, sax and percussion), known as the leader of the Hieroglyphics and collaborator with musicians ranging from Don Cherry to Cecil Taylor.

Other acts of note are Boston’s David Wax Museum; Brown Bird from Providence and Maine; Portland’s Lady Lamb the Beekeeper; the Midcoast’s own Mary Anne Driscoll and David Dodson; and many, many more.

The inaugural Belfast Free Range Music Festival follows in the footsteps of the city’s multi-dimensional musical past and present, from the wild live scene downtown in the 1970s to the contra dances, musicals, concerts and festivals of today.

This festival is made possible by the support of presenting sponsor Bangor Savings Bank and other local businesses. The lineup, schedule, pass info and more can be found on its Web site. In addition to the aforementioned artists, musicians scheduled to perform are Tiger Saw, The Free Seedlings, Travis Lloyd Band, Wesley Hartley and the Traveling Trees, The Fofers, Luna Madidus, South China, Lazarus, Unbunny, Shawn Mercer and the Boondock Blues Band, Uke of Spaces, Cinder Conk, Good Kids Sprouting Horns, Gully, Caethua, Travis Cyr and the Strings of Calamity, Class Machine, Mahdi Army Orkestars, Calvin and the Free Will Agents and Rural Electric.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to