The 2018 Music Line Up
Listen to live music all day long on two different stages. Your music only or all-access festival pass gets you access to view all live music. Get your ticket here!
WELCOME TO OUR SOLAR MAIN STAGE LINE-UP
RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND
Ryan Montbleau has been an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and bandleader for more than a decade, but with his new album I WAS JUST LEAVING, the New England-based artist has truly arrived. Contemplative and richly emotive, the album offers a glimpse into the often-lonesome life of the relentlessly traveling troubadour, a strikingly single-minded existence too often clouded by the blur of constant motion. Recorded at New Orleans’ Esplanade Studios over four days in January 2016 with producer Anders Osborne and engineer/mixer Mark Howard (known for his work with such icons as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Neil Young, and U2), the album marks Montbleau’s first full length release in the wake of a series of seismic personal shifts. Songs like “Bright Side” and the touching title track reveal a uniquely blessed artist who has truly found his voice, his gift for melody and a remarkably open-armed approach.
Dan Searl is a singer-songwriter, producer, and award winning guitarist/composer. His international performing career has brought his music throughout the world and has included performances in NYC, Boston, Montreal, QC, and countless other cities across the U.S. Searl's style cultivates a vast array of influences. In his live performances, acoustic and electronic elements join together to create an organic fusion of musical textures. Trance like sounds combine with more upbeat rhythms to create grooving and restorative waves of sound. Heavier improvisational grooves are also explored.
GRETCHEN AND THE PICKPOCKETS
Fronted by vocalist Gretchen Klempa, Gretchen and the Pickpockets are a six piece soul/jazz rock band that features heavy horn lines and a healthy dose of improvisation. A new full-length album is currently in the works and is due April 25th, 2018. Accolades include two Iguana Music Fund grants from Club Passim, Best in State: New Hampshire 2015 from the New England Music Awards and Best Rock Band 2015 from the Seacoast NH Spotlight Awards.
Cold Engines, (Best Rock Band 2016), (Song Of The Year 2017)-New England Music Awards, is an amalgamation of some of the finest players on Boston’s north shore. Brought together by David Drouin formally of The Brew, this all star cast of artists brings together a mix of soul, new wave, rock, and dance all across the country. After exploding on the Northeast scene and releasing 3 records inside of 18 months, the band was seen sharing stages with their heros and honing their instantly identifiable sound. Averaging 150+ shows a year since launching in 2015, Cold Engines is preparing to release their most ambitious record to date. "Physical Education" June 2017, sets the bar ever higher.
Experimental Singer/songwriter and Producer Jesse Ciarmataro, aka Qwill, mixes ambient textures with electronic inspired grooves to create an avant-garde approach to the future of soul music.
You can check out his music here: https://soundcloud.com/qwill
WELCOME TO OUR LUNAR STAGE LINE-UP
PEOPLE LIKE YOU
People Like You is a freewheelin' freak folk traveling circus band that creates rifts in the fabric of space and time. "Music for the people, by the people, with no specific people in mind." -Chris Hislop, The EDGE. Juxtaposing vaudevillian gypsy folk granola punk mischief and psychedelic alt-rock madness with curious lyrical content and bizarre pop sensibilities, the sound is charismatic, inspired, a bit haunting, kooky, and captivating. The singer/songwriter tandem of rabble-rouser Eli Elkus and inter-dimensional wizard Andrew Polakow is the fanciful heart of the group. It is strange, yet familiar like a new friend you swear you've known all of your life. It's the kind of thing that'll kick your brain, rattle your bones, drop your jaw, tickle your fancy, turn your head and make you say, "Huh... I can get down with that." The shows are amusing to say the least and an open invitation for everyday people, the straights, the freakers, and the funkies to get in on it, get strange, have a ball, and be a part of it all. It's in the name - People Like You.
Photo by Lily Eye (Luna Tree Photography)
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Emerging folk/soul artist Avi Jacob's newest EP "Surrender" was produced by Simone Felice, producer of the Lumineer's "Cleopatra" and has gained many fans and great reviews from critics. Avi is a relentlessly honest writer, combining the inherent truth of songwriters like Bob Dylan with a soulful voice & catchy melodies. Avi has been touring the country opening for acts like Dr. John, Band of Heathens, MIPSO, SUSTO, & Zach WIlliams of the Lone Bellow.
Wielding instruments of the finest caliber, Yelloyüth combines well-thought-out & heart-felt lyrics, guitar wizardry, thumping bass lines, and an eclectic assortment of rhythms to create a uniquely original sound spread across several genres and subgenres including rock, blues, folk, folk punk, rockabilly, and more.
Born and raised near the ocean of Maine. As the son of a Musician and Craftsman, creativity has always been a part of the life of Styles Dangerfield. Originally a bass player in Bands and Jam sessions. Style's started to craft his own unique blend of rhythmic acoustic folk music after trading in the low end of a bass gutiar for sometime a bit more portable. After almost a decade of restlessness on the road, he's bringing his life lessons and music back to the Seacoast.
Sister Outlaw features original music by Aurora LaFond. This dusty folk sound encompasses gypsy jazz chords and soulful lyrics. Previously Philosophical Waffles, Sister Outlaw has been serenading local breweries, UNH events, nursing homes, the Stone Church Music Club, and many other venues around New England.