Jazz in June debuts in Camden

Town-wide fest June 14-16
Jun 12, 2019
The Jazz in June headliner is the acclaimed Kenny Barron Trio.

CAMDEN — After a stubborn spring, Camden will burst into musical bloom Friday through Sunday, June 14 through 16. The first-ever Jazz In June festival offers performances and more all around one of the most beautiful towns on the East Coast.

Jazz in June opens Friday evening, June 14, with an intimate concert in the Camden Opera House’s Blue Café; and an open-air dance party at the Camden Snow Bowl. The opera house doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance by the Bill Barnes Duo, featuring the veteran New York session guitarist, up on the third floor. Admission is free, and 40 Paper provides a cash bar. At the Snow Bowl, The Right Track band will provide dance tunes from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The high-energy 11-piece multi-genre outfit boasts a full horn section and outstanding vocalists. Tickets are $15, in advance at camdenoperahouse.com and at the gate (cash/check, please).

From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, it’s music on the mountainside, thanks to a full lineup of regional performers at the Snow Bowl. Included are the Wayne Delano Quartet, led by the award-winning reed master; emerging roots singer/songwriter Katie Matzell; local progressive jazzmeisters the Whitehead/Dean Group and jazz/funk fusion Hyperphonix; and The Extension Chords, a youthful jazz combo that just won the MAMM Slam. Tickets are $15, free younger than 6, $25 per family.

The fest returns to the Camden Opera House Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for the Jazz in June Feature Concert. Headliner is the acclaimed Kenny Barron Trio, led by jazz pianist, composer and music professor Barron. The NEA Jazz Master and American Jazz Hall of Famer has been called the most lyrical piano player of our time by Jazz Weekly.

The Feature Concert also showcases the Greg Abate Quartet. Saxophonist, flutist, composer and educator Abate is known for his hard-driving bebop approach. And pianist and educator Peter Dembski will bring his piano jazz Group to the opera house stage. The first jazz musician to be awarded the Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowship in the Performing Arts, Dembski divides his time between his Midcoast home and New York apartment.

This is a night not to be missed. Tickets are $48 in advance, $53 at the door. All Access Pass holders ($99) get priority seating around 6:45 p.m.; general admission doors will open at 7 p.m.

Jazz in June’s final day, Sunday, June 16, begins with a sumptuous live Jazz Brunch in the Curtis-Bok Banquet Room of downtown boutique hotel 16 Bay View. The 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. brunch, included in the All Access Pass, is $35. The fest ends with a free outdoor performance by the beloved local Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre adjacent to the library.

Jazz in June is a community volunteer-run event. Tickets and passes are available at camdenoperahouse.com and at the Camden Town Office. Snow Bowl event tickets also are at K2Music and Clean Bee Laundry in Camden; in the event of rain, the Snow Bowl events will move to Rockport Opera House. The Jazz in June ticket and information hub will be in the opera house’s Elm Street lobby beginning noon Thursday, June 13. For complete festival information, visit jazzinjunecamdenme.com.

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