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Open Mic plus Sassafras Stomp at Sandy Point

Jul 08, 2019
Sassafras Stomp

STOCKTON SPRINGS — The popular Open Mic Plus series continues Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Sandy Point Community Hall, 684 US-1. The events run on the third Wednesday of every month, May through October.

The 7 p.m. Open Mic hour is open to all ages and levels of talent. Storytellers, poets, actors, comedians and musicians of all kinds are welcome. After a 15-minute break for refreshments, the feature performance hour begins about 8:15 p.m.

The featured July performer is Sassafras Stomp, playing high-energy fiddle, banjo and vocal music. Maine native Johanna Davis sings and plays fiddle, while Adam Nordell plays guitar and banjo, sings, writes songs, and does syncopated foot stomping. The duo performs Nordell’s songs alongside traditional fiddle tunes and ballads.

Sassafras Stomp plays for contra dances and concerts in Maine and many other locations around the country. Their performances incorporate harmony vocals, fiddle, banjo, guitar, shruti box and foot percussion.

They also teach workshops on foot percussion rhythms from various musical traditions as well as dance band accompaniment. In addition, Adam and Johanna operate Songbird Farm, a certified organic, mixed vegetable farm in UnityE.  Along with a variety of other crops, they grow sweet potatoes, melons, dry beans and heritage grains.

Admission is a sliding scale donation of $3 to $10, and free for children younger than 18. For more information, call 567-4044. The historic Sandy Point Community Hall overlooks the mouth of the Penobscot River, just 3.5 miles south of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.


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