Midcoast music at the Legion Hall

Apr 18, 2017
Sugarbush, left, and The Midnight Riders (montage)

Belfast — Necessary Music Productions is excited to be doing its first concert in the city at the American Legion Hall, 143 Church St. Music from Knox and Waldo counties will initiate this series Saturday, April 29, at 7 p.m.

The evening will feature Waldo County-based Americana/folk powerhouse Sugarbush; Knox County boogie kings The Midnight Riders, also rustic with three songwriters but with more electric presence and a harder edge.

Sugarbush is familiar to Belfast music fans, having performed at the Colonial the last two New Year’s by the Bays and in last year’s All Roads indie music fest. The trio’s Becca Biggs (lead vocals, banjo), Camille Giglio (lead vocals, cello) and Amy Green (lead vocals, guitar and mandolin) are  lifetime Mainers, farmers, mothers and artists whose original work distills all the growling, grit and grace needed to persevere through long winters, short summers and rugged lands. Sugarbush released their debut live studio album, “Fresh from the Woods,” last year.

The Midnight Riders draw from a variety of influences including 1920s blues and country, New Orleans music of many eras, Memphis soul/Muscle Shoals, Nashville alt-country/ roots, 1970s and ‘80s working-class pub rock, New Wave and right up to current Maine-based Mallett Brothers Band, Eric Green Party and The Coloradas. Featuring different singer/songwriters, the Riders highlight different influences with each: Will Neils on lead vocals; Emmett Lalor on guitar and vocals; David Butler (guesting for this show) on bass guitar and vocals; and Derek Lane on drums.

Admission at the door will be on a slide scale of $5 to $10, with all proceeds going to the performers. There will be a cash bar. For more information, see Necessary Music Productions’ Facebook event.

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

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