The third annual grassroots, volunteer-powered Belfast Free Range Festival will take over the city Saturday, April 28 from late morning to the wee hours. Lovers of live music — particularly contemporary and original folk/pop/rock — will be milling in the streets and mining the treasures of this once-a-year bonanza.

This year’s fest had a successful Kickstarter campaign to assist with booking the performing acts, of which there are more than 30. Performers are coming from as far away as England and Seattle; and as close as Waldo County and other Maine locations.

“It’s a good range, from sit and listen to all-out dance bands,” said festival co-founder Meg Fournier, praising fellow coordinator Dan Beckman for the intriguing mix of musicians.

Fournier, originally from Louisiana, said it was interesting to see where the Kickstarter donations came in from. There was of course many from the Midcoast and environs, but others came from around the country.

“It was fun to see how people reacted to it, as far as Georgia,” she said.

With that kind of response, the annual recommendation for advance tickets is out in force. The inaugural fest sold out prior to the day of and last year’s came pretty close to doing the same. The venues, all within walking distance, are fairly small, with a few exceptions, and seats are taken on a first come/first served basis.

This year’s venues are: the American Legion Hall No. 43, 143 High St.; the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St.; First Church UCC, 8 Court St.; Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.; Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St.; Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.; and a just-for-the-fest space called Myn’s on Market. HillyTown’s happening after party will again be hosted by Three Tides on Marshall Wharf.

Myn’s on Market is a performance space within a venerable cape once owned by the local Tarratine Tribe and recently acquired by friends of Beckman, a local independent music producer. Fournier said the owners have plans to move to Belfast, gut the building and turn it into a coffeehouse/music venue a couple of years down the road. Beckman and fellow fest coordinator Kristen Burkholder got the renovation ball rolling a couple of weekends ago.

“They ripped up carpeting and put cloth on the walls; Dan’s painting the floors. It should have the feel of a house show, but it’s an open space so there will be some dancing there, I think,” Fournier said.

House show to dance floor describes the range of music in this year’s lineup. Much is of the “In Tune By Ten” genre of original, roots-inflected musical musings on contemporary life, with some throwbacks to traditional music of the 1920s and ’30s. Fuzzy guitars and pounding rhythms will vie with electronic/vocal atmospherics and acoustic finger picking by bands that have been around for awhile and performers just getting their performance feet wet.

“I am looking for bands that are innovators and experimenters — people that are actively presenting new and exciting music, be it variations on a tradition or the creation of something entirely new,” said Beckman.

“We’re encouraging people to check out as much as they can, especially the ‘unknown’ bands, which can be amazing,” Fournier said.

A range like this can create some serious challenges for the sound crew, and Fournier said this year’s festival has some great energy and talent focused on that end of things. Local folks lending their expertise include Beckman, Bruce Boege of Limin Music, Bub Fournier, Neal Harkness, Erik Perkins, the Åarhus staff and Ed Goguen, heading up another team of students from Bangor’s New England School of Communications.

“NESCom runs sound at the American Legion and it’s been great, we’re really excited about that partnership,” Fournier said.

Passes for the grassroots, volunteer-powered 2012 Free Range Music Festival are $18 in advance, $20 day-of if still available; passes for children younger than 13 are $9, free for those younger than 5. Passes can be purchased online at and at The Green Store, 71 Main St. The festival Info Center will be located at the Our Town Belfast office, 171 High St.; this is where passes may be picked up on festival day. Following is a schedule-by-venue and brief band descriptions. Most sets run about an hour; for full information, visit the website.

Åarhus Gallery

• 11:45 a.m.: Local combo Gypsy Caravan, led by guitarist David Clarke, mines the rich Django Reinhardt vein, mixing in other great jazz traditions.

• 1:45 p.m.: Meteora is a new folk collaboration by Midcoast favorites Kat Logan and Jim Loney of Friendship and Will Brown of Lincolnville.

• 3:45 p.m.: Timbered Lake from Blue Hill features singer/poet Crow Suncloud and singer/songwriter Diana Ramsdell Newman making music for Mother Earth.

• 5:45 p.m.: The Black Swans promise folk rock from the existential capital of the world —  Columbus, Ohio.

First Church

• Noon: The multi-instrumentalist band The Living Daylight hails from West Brooksville, mixing traditional instruments and vocal harmonies in their original tunes.

• 2 p.m.: With members both local and from Portland, The Colorados mix traditional bluegrass and blues with contemporary storytelling.

• 4 p.m.: The End Times Spasm Band from Fort Wayne, Ind., hearkens back to dance music of the 1920s and ’30s, giving blues and jazz a vintage spin.

• 6 p.m.: Vermont’s MV & EE (Matt Valentine and Erika Elder) make psychedelic blues and will perform with a touring quartet.

• 8 p.m.: The Anders Parker Cloud Badge is just the latest project of multi-genre collaborative artist Parker, who moved after many years in New York City to Vermont in 2008.

Colonial Theatre

• 12:30 p.m.: Jackson’s The Rugged unites childhood friends Travis Lloyd, Cody Tibbetts and Tim Valliere in swamp rock mastery. The trio’s first album is due out soon.

• 2:30 p.m.: Lewiston’s Arborea is a critically acclaimed husband and wife duo whose alternative folk features some wicked slide guitar.

• 4:15 p.m.: Acoustic steel string master Glenn Jones of Cambridge will perform with English folk troubadour Sharon Kraus.

• 6:45 p.m.: Expect some old-time, foot-stomping holler when Spirit Family Reunion, one of four Brooklyn, N.Y., bands at this year’s fest, takes the stage.

• 9 p.m.: Callers, another Brooklyn band, is a trio that pairs multi-instrumental chops with sensual and tough vocals.

Myn’s on Main

• 2 p.m.: Prisma offers hushadelics by Montville songstresses Janane Tripp and Rachel Spatz.

• 4 p.m.: Seattle’s The Curious Mystery suspends Shana Cleveland’s haunting voice above expansive instrumental landscapes.

• 5:45 p.m.: San Francisco’s Mother Popcorn is a musical and visual art collaboration by vocalists/percussionists Adee Roberson and Anna Luisa Pterisko.

• 7:45 p.m.: Bar Harbor’s Coke Weed preps for their fall tour with The Walkmen by bringing its indie psychedelia to Belfast.

• 9:30 p.m.: When Particles Collide is a rock duo that came out of the Penobscot Theater Company’s production of “Hedvig and the Angry Inch,” so expect an electric edge.

Belfast Free Library

• 2:45 p.m.: Hope’s Bill Barnes, a former New York session player and performer, and his trio have created a regular jazz scene at Rockland’s Velvet Lounge.

• 4:45 p.m.: Alice Limoges released her first CD while a student at Camden Hills Regional High School, where her strong voice has been known to fill the Strom Auditorium.

• 6:45 p.m.: New Hampshire singer/songwriter Kath Bloom offers heartfelt acoustic originals.

American Legion Hall

• 3 p.m.: Awaas from Portland mixes avant-garde metal with compelling lyrics for a wash of melody and electric buzz.

• 5 p.m.: Butcher Boy, another Portland band, takes American roots music into punk territory.

• 7 p.m.: Providence, R.I.’s What Cheer? Brigade, a 19-piece brass band that plays everything from Bollywood to hip hop, offers the now-for-something-completely different set of the fest.

• 9:15 p.m.: Brooklyn studio master Colin Langenus, a noise rock legend from his USAISAMONSTER days, brings his Orchestra to town.

Waterfall Arts

• 3:15 p.m.: Brooklyn’s Shellshag features seminal members of the ’90s San Francisco DIY scene Johnny “Shell” Driver and Jen “Shag” Shagawat in a guitar/drum duo.

• 5 p.m.: Lonesome Shack from Seattle finds the high-energy boogie of American blues and spreads it around.

• 7 p.m.: The Bunwinkies is a friend band from Massachusetts that channels a ’60s psych vibe, mixed with folk/string heart.

• 8:45 p.m.: Also from Massachusetts, the Sun Parade features Waldo County native Jefferson Lewis with fellow frontman Chris Jennings in an upbeat partnership that can perform as a duo or a full rock band.

After party lineup

• 10 p.m.: HillyTown’s 21-and-older after party at Three Tides offers danceable sets by Portland’s up tempo A Severe Joys, Portland’s garage rockers Great Western Plain and Camden’s electronic duo Vistas.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or