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When it comes to feeling music within and speaking from that place, the artistry of Juanito Pascual is one of the most stirring in the New Flamenco scene.
His consciousness as a person is also as beautiful as his art, he often collaborates with numerous environmental projects, and has an ongoing relationship with Earth Train and their Junglewood project in the Panamanian rain forest. In fall of 2013 he was invited to perform at Panama's Biodiversity Museum in association with National Geographic to celebrate Earth Train's collaboration with Jane Goodall.
watch Juanito here on the Salt Stage
@ Fog Bar Rockland Maine 8pm
Featuring 4 bands & 4 Circus Arts
Brittany Haas • Joe Walsh • Jordan Tice
Brittany Haas is currently involved in many exciting projects. Her trio Haas Kowert Tice (featuring bassist Paul Kowert of Punch Brothers and guitarist Jordan Tice) is gearing up to release their follow up album to 2014’s “You Got This” and continues to tour around the country with their original material. In 2015, Haas began touring with the Dave Rawlings Machine (featuring Gillian Welch) and can be found on their latest release “Nashville Obsolete.” In the fall of 2016, Haas will perform as part of the house string band for Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Chris Thile. Her trio Haas Marshall Walsh (featuring Owen Marshall and Joe K. Walsh) recently released their debut E.P., and Brittany also continues to collaborate with Swedish fiddler Lena Jonsson and percussive dancer Nic Gareiss.
Jordan Tice is a singular voice on the American roots music scene. Over the last ten years, he has developed a reputation as a unique and versatile guitarist and prolific composer of some of the most thoughtful and well-crafted tunes of his generation. Just like the greats of the past, Jordan has a voice and aesthetic that is all his own with which he filters the sounds and conventions of American Music into something unique. On his latest release, “Horse County”, he also demonstrates a unique voice as a songwriter and singer in addition to his known guitar and tune-crafting skills.
Joe K. Walsh has the touch of sawdust in his vocals, or the buzz of the mandolin strings may hint at the deep rural roots of this music, but what he’s creating now is a new kind of tradition. His first inspiration came as a teenager when he heard David Grisman, and then again when first hearing Del McCoury. The music he heard at that young age opened a window to new harmonic possibilities, and started Walsh exploring how to create new American roots music. What’s surprising then is that his new album is no act of wild fusion. Instead, it’s a joyful exploration of just why he loves this old music so much in the first place. With mastery comes restraint. With nothing left to prove, Walsh has dived deeper into the tradition, seeking to craft new music from old roots.
aerial and floorwork circus arts
Sellam El Ouahabi was a young man in Morrocco who trained extensively in the european circus arts. Sellam was featured as a stunt man in many films including James Bond/ 007 : Octopussy. He is now in his 50s and has trained many circus artists for 30 years which he is bringing to the Salt stage throughout the summer in collaboration. Presently Sellam is also teaching classes in Mid-Coast Maine and more info can be found here.
Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag".
Listen to Session on the Salt Stage here
If you ask Lula Wiles about their self-titled debut album, they’ll be quick to tell you it was a long time coming. The album’s eleven original songs were written over the course of the preceding four years, tested and lived in on stages and in bedrooms and backyards in Maine and Boston, and reborn in November and December 2015 through the band’s collaboration with producer/guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray and drummer Sean Trischka. Self-released on May 27, 2016, the album is Lula Wiles’ first creative statement, an exploration of their sound. The band is deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. The songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by rich vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images – a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan calls the record “a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless.” The three band members swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with six songs penned and sung by fiddler/guitarist Ellie Buckland, four by fiddler/guitarist Isa Burke, and one by bassist Mali Obomsawin. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited live show that resonates like a whiskey-slap to the heart.
See Lula Wiles on the Salt Stage here
Flatfooter Nic Gareiss
“The human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being...Gareiss is more fleet of foot than an Olympian sprinter and more buoyant than a helium-filled balloon...his restraint is palpable and freeform flight is inevitable.”– Siobhán Long, The Irish Times
“A show-stopper...the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene. The nimble Gareiss called forth visions of Fred Astaire.”– Daniel Gewertz, The Boston Herald
“Mesmerizing…a whirling dervish in tap shoes.”– Bay City Times
“...a leftfield tour-de-force with irresistible wow factor.”– Michael Dervin, The Irish Times
“...minutely precise, brilliantly witty, hip-twistingly agile movement.”– Rob Adams, The Herald Scotland
“...fluent, expressive dancing, whipping up a soft-shoe storm of subtlety and grace.”– Laurence Mackin, The Irish Times
“He is a total joy to watch – music embodied in physique, gesture, movement and muscle; an eye-opener for the ear, as it were, such is the precision, detail and adventure of his sense of rhythm.”– Paul O’Connor, Last Night’s Fun
“Gareiss bounced between being a clogger, a vaudeville hoofer, and a flamenco whirlwind.”– Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald
“His demeanor is always joyful but there is considered depth in his every move...a riveting tour de force that equally displayed a subtlety and understanding of percussive dance...”– Paul Keating, The Irish Voice
“With a working knowledge in a variety of different traditional percussive dance styles and an academic background to match, Gareiss is able to think well outside the choreographic box.”– Daniel Neeley, Irish Echo
“Gareiss combined roots with a more modern inventive style that came to the fore in an impressionistic piece starting with a whisper of a shuffle...Gareiss moved like electricity was radiating out of every part of his body.”– Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald
See Nic here on the Salt Stage
This summers dive in will be @ the Riley School near the Rockland Lighthouse 73 Warrentown Road
Solar powered stage and lights • craft food and drinks • very kid friendly • 6pm-midnight
His sound/style is a blend of Django Rhienhardt, Gypsy, Rock & World Music but truly should be simply called Wrembel Music.
A heavyweight guitarist who has been composing for Woody Allen’s movies (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona","Midnight in Paris" etc.)
He is a one of a kind artist and true samurai of his craft.
Stephane was featured in the 84th Academy Awards all-star band led by Hans Zimmer together with Esperanza Spaulding, Pharrell Williams & Billy Crystal on vocals. He recently played Carnegie Hall with Al Di Meola, Larry Keel, Stochelo Rosenberg, and friends... Stephane Wrembel’s music will send you flying over lush landscapes and then hit you hard like a freight train. He is both an embodiment of the Buddha and Napoleon.
Listen to Stephane here on the Salt Stage
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