Performances & events

The 2011 American Folk Festival

Last weekend I had the pleasure once again of photographing my favorite weekend of the year: the American Folk Festival. Though the weekend was shorter than normal due to weather, there were a ton of absolutely amazing (and very photogenic!) artists performing along the waterfront, including the Stooges Brass Band, Hot Club of Cowtown, Super Chikan, Samba Ngo, Nunamta Yup’ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers, and the Pedrito Martinez Group (pictured below).

Stooges Brass Band at the American Folk Festival
Hot Club of Cowtown at the American Folk Festival
Super Chikan at the American Folk Festival
Samba Ngo at the American Folk Festival
American Folk Festival Two Rivers Stage
American Folk Festival Dance Pavilion
Nunamta Yup'ik Eskimo Singers and Dancers at the American Folk Festival
Stooges Brass Band at the American Folk Festival
American Folk Festival
Stooges Brass Band at the American Folk Festival
American Folk Festival Railroad Stage
Pedrito Martinez Group at the American Folk Festival

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Festival great! To see more photos from the weekend, check out my 2011 American Folk Festival Flickr set.

Performances & events

Pomplamoose comes to Boston

Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn, a duo known as Pomplamoose to hundreds of thousands of YouTube subscribers, chose Boston for their first-ever live show outside of the San Francisco area. I’m a huge Pomplamoose fan and headed down to the show on Tuesday. They were joined by Lauren O’Connell, another amazing musician who also is widely followed on YouTube.

Lauren O'Connell
Pomplamoose
Pomplamoose
Pomplamoose
Pomplamoose
Pomplamoose

Be sure to check out Pomplamoose’s videos over at youtube.com/pomplamoose! More photos from the concert are over on my Flickr account.

Performances & events

Rockin Ron rocks downtown Bangor

A little rain didn’t stop the music last night in downtown Bangor for the start of this year’s Outdoor Market & Cool Sounds concert series. Rockin Ron and the New Society Band played a mix of rockabilly and country tunes to an audience of Pickering Square music lovers with lawn chairs and umbrellas.

Head downtown on any Thursday night this summer for great food, crafts, and music. There’s sure to be a crowd, no matter what the weather!

Cool Sounds concert with Rockin Ron and the New Society Band
Cool Sounds concert with Rockin Ron and the New Society Band
Cool Sounds concert with Rockin Ron and the New Society Band
Cool Sounds concert with Rockin Ron and the New Society Band
Cool Sounds concert with Rockin Ron and the New Society Band

Cool Sounds concert with Rockin Ron and the New Society Band

Performances & events

The 2011 West Market Festival

There was a lot happening around Bangor on Saturday, and I chose to head downtown to the 4th annual West Market Festival. The Festival featured a diverse selection of acts from Maine as well as vendors and fashion in the heart of Bangor’s downtown district. The music was amazing, and it was a beautiful day!

Odlaw
Odlaw
Dean Ford
When Particles Collide
Mudseason
Mudseason
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Paradigm East
Aether Arts
The Mallett Brothers Band
The Mallett Brothers Band

Festival acts included Odlaw, Mudseason, Dean Ford, When Particles Collide, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Paradigm East, Aether Arts, and The Mallett Brothers Band.

Performances & events

Bangor’s Memorial Day parade

I started this year’s Memorial Day by heading to downtown Bangor to watch the annual parade. It’s inspiring to see the veterans from each conflict since World War II; some marched in the parade, others rode in buses, and a few took to the sides of the parade to shake hands. The parade ran about a mile and included a flyby by one of the local Air National Guard base’s KC-135s.

Hundreds of people lined Bangor’s Main Street to watch. As the veterans passed, the crowd’s applause echoed between the buildings that line the street.

Parade in downtown Bangor
Veterans marching
Veteran shaking hands
Veterans on buses
Scout with flag
Performances & events

The 2011 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race

One of our rites of spring in Maine is the annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. Hundreds of teams take to the Kenduskeag Stream for a 16-mile run from the town of Kenduskeag to downtown Bangor.

If they’re lucky, they make it the entire length. If they’re not, the frigid Kenduskeag waters will be sure to make a memory that won’t soon be forgotten.

I slide down its steep banks each April to take some photos at a spot known as “Shopping Cart,” a place where the rapids and rocks of the rushing stream often find ways of tipping kayaks and canoes. It’s always fun to see what happens.

If you’re interested in more canoe race photos, head on over to my 2011 Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race photo set on Flickr. (It’s also great as a slideshow.) I took over a thousand shots this morning, so if you or someone you know competed in the race and are wondering if I have any other photos of you or your team, let me know!