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Music from footbridge entertains, keeps audience safe

Aug 01, 2020
Boaters, shown at the first “Keeping Our Friends and Neighbors Safe” concert in July, reported that they had lots of control over being where they could hear and see the best, while also being safely socially distant.

Belfast — Belfast Summer Nights is planning its second concert in the “Keeping Our Friends and Neighbors Safe” Series for Thursday, Aug. 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This novel approach to enjoying live music in the days of COVID-19 has the bands setting up on Belfast’s footbridge, sending tunes out to the harbor, the boaters there and the folks on the shore.

With this unique approach there’s no way for the audience to get close to the bands (the footbridge is closed to all other traffic) so the need for congregating is greatly lessened. There’s plenty of room along the shore and Harbor Walk to hang out safely distanced.

But the best way to watch these shows is on the harbor itself. Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, sailboats and paddle boards are all great ways to enjoy some super homegrown music; if you don't have one, borrow one from a friend!

The Aug. 6 show features two super groups. Opening the evening is songwriting team Sara Trunzo and Tiffany Williams, both of Nashville. Many will remember Sara Trunzo, a local food system organizer in Unity who has played several inspiring shows around the Belfast area. She writes beautiful song portraits of the working people she encountered working throughout Waldo County. Tiffany Williams is a coal miner’s daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter from Eastern Kentucky. She writes songs, fiction, and co-writes with Trunzo. Both have received many awards and acclaim for their songwriting.

The Rugged is one of the best rock trios around this state and a definite favorite at Belfast Summer Nights. They play original rock and roll from the swamp — a Maine swamp, that is. Second skidder to the right and straight on till you hit the Bog Road. Rural lyrical imagery, fuzzy atmospheric guitars and a bold rhythm section to help you shake it. Or rock it if you're in a boat.

The next show is Sept. 3, featuring Bennett Konesni, Shepsi Eaton and the Gawler Sisters. Grab your mask, your sweetie, and your boat or lawn chair and come enjoy a fun, safe night of music on Belfast Harbor.

Sara Trunzo and The Rugged, who will perform Aug. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m., from the Memorial Footbridge in Belfast.
The Rugged.
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