Mini music fest April 26

Free Range gets Cooped Up

Apr 13, 2014
Six acts will play for 11 hours Saturday, April 26, on the Belfast waterfront.

Belfast — Three Tides and Free Range Music Festival are teaming up for mini-festival fundraising event Saturday, April 26, at Three Tides and Marshall Wharf Brewing Company, 2 Pinchy Lane on the waterfront.

The mini-festival, dubbed Cooped Up, will run from noon to 11 p.m. and feature performances by Jacob Augustine, When Particles Collide, Travis Cyr, Chamberlain, The Rugged and Jim Dandy. Proceeds from the event will benefit the 2015 Free Range Music Festival.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance through the Free Range Music Festival website, Attendees must be 21 or older and have valid ID to present at the door. For more information, email or visit the site.

The Free Range Music Festival is a volunteer powered celebration of original music that generally takes place on the last weekend of April, taking over the downtown and turning unconventional spaces into music venues. Since launching in 2010, the festival event has never repeated a lineup and has hosted more than 125 local, regional and nationally touring acts. Organizers of the event chose to postpone the next full festival event to 2015 in order to reorganize and grow the event.  Proceeds from Cooped Up will help support those efforts by providing seed money for the 2015 festival. Following is more information on the Cooped Up performers.

Jacob Augustine is a folk musician from the northern woods of Maine who has released four albums in the last two years, including three simultaneously in late 2011. He has toured the country coast-to-coast many times over the last decade and shared the stage with acts such as Brown Bird, O'Death, Simone Felice, Death Vessel, The Wooden Birds, Dan Mangan, Nicole Atkins, Field Report and many others. Augustine is hard at work on several new recording projects with drummer Peter McLaughlin and multi-instrumentalist McKay Belk.

When Particles Collide is 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 (akin to that of the Talking Heads, Television or The Pixies) finds itself in a synergistic struggle with anthemic arena-worthy drumming like that of Carter Beauford or Mike Portnoy.

Travis Cyr has spent the past 12 years driving his freight train of cerebral folk and roots music all around the beautiful state of Maine. Quiet and gentle yet vast and strong, his songs are full of vividly honest and poetic lyrics and emotionally percussive acoustic guitar. He has just released his fifth CD of all original material, "Eureka." Cyr is the founder of the Arootsakoostik Music Festival

The Rugged are from Jackson; members Cody Tibbetts, Tim Valliere and Travis Lloyd have been friends since elementary school and all three have been active in the Maine music scene over the years. Band credits range from Steel Toe Booty & Between The Lines, to the Portland Based Kate’s Dream. In January 2011 they found themselves living on the same road, just a couple miles apart from one another, and decided it was time to give it a go. The Rugged’s first album, recorded by local engineer Edward Goguen, blends swamp rock rhythm with atmospheric guitar and introspective lyrics.

Chamberlain, a garage stomp band hailing from Maine's Queen City, Bangor, features Kat Johnson on vocals and keyboards, Chris Dodd on guitar, Adam Goode on bass and Ryan Tipping-Spitz on drums. They released a self-titled EP last fall. With Johnson's vocals that seem to channel Patti Smith and Goode's flair for a theatrical live show combined with Dodd's fuzzy, distorted guitar and Tipping-Spitz's powerful drumming, Chamberlain is defined by the overall attitude of a band that loves to perform.

Jim Dandy, Belfast’s own twisted punk trio, features Hunter Finden (vox and guitar), Molly B. Samuels (bass) and Wes Sterrs (drums).

For more information, check out the Free Range Music Festival’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

Jacob Augustine
When Particles Collide (Photo by: Covington Portraits)
Travis Cyr
The Rugged
Jim Dandy
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