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Lazzlo Family Band
The Hadacol Bouncers
Muddy Marsh Ramblers
2018 Schedule of Events
All events at the Festival are FREE
and take place on or near Norway’s historic downtown.
The Hadacol Bouncers – 11:15am (Main Stage)
The Hadacol Bouncers play the music of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Louis Armstrong and more. The music is a fun hybrid of New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Style Jazz, novelty songs and other classics from the great American songbook. Hadacol has a traditional line up of banjo/tenor guitar, piano, tuba, drums, trombone, soprano sax/clarinet and trumpet/cornet. The music is fresh and bright and great for dancing, and for community celebrations!
Muddy Marsh Ramblers – 1:15pm (Main Stage)
The Ramblers are known for their high-energy, unique style of bluegrass music, both traditional and original. Blending in Celtic instrumentals with their dynamic and fun repertoire, their years of experience have found them playing many kinds of venues, including an event attended by George Bush Sr. and Barbara Bush who they had clapping and dancing.
Samuel James – 3:15pm (Main Stage)
We promised you some great music this year, and we are extremely happy to announce one of our headliners, award winning songwriter, innovative roots/folk/blues musician, MOTH storyteller, writer, comedian, filmmaker, Samuel James.
With a voice of grit and gravel, roots musician Samuel James sings with an authenticity lost in time. A modern guitar master, James' skill has a depth and range that seems impossible for a man with only two hands.
He was born the last in a long line of performers including dancers, story tellers, choir singers, jazz pianists, and porch-stomping guitar thumpers dating back to the 1800s.
Samuel James' songwriting has been compared to Leonard Cohen's and his guitar virtuosity to that of Jimi Hendrix. His critically acclaimed trilogy of albums, Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy (2008) For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen (2009) And for the Dark Road Ahead (2012) for Toronto's Northern Blues label has gained Samuel praise not only for carrying on great traditions, but for being a true innovator.
His latest album Already Home Recordings Vol. 1 has been called a "rich narrative... fascinating... vital to our cultural dialogue." We are proud to present Samuel James and stay tuned for more information and performers at this year's Festival.
Lazzlo Family Band – 5:15pm (Main Stage)
For all you country/americana music fans we will be bringing you the Lazzlo Family Band at this year's festival. Featured regulars at Lenny's in Westbrook and well known for their soaring harmonies and outlaw country ethic.
The two founding members of Lazzlo Family Band, Oogie and Lazzlo, met in at the Atlanta Institute of Music while in jazz guitar school. Their band at the time, Sputnik Grove, grew out of the Atlanta, Dresden Drive music scene. Many miles later while playing music in upstate New York, they found a talented harmonica playing kid with a heart for music. Besides harmonica, Billy is also an accomplished drummer and mandolin player. The three formed a solid core to their band, Hoy. Hoy played psychedelic, jam band music in the Burlington, Vermont area including Nectar's bar, famous for giving Phish their start.
It was in Vermont that they met their keyboard and B3 organ player, Hayden. The two final pieces of the musical puzzle (the bass player and the Ukelele) were filled by Bubba Sweet and Sage, son's of Oogie talented musicians. With the addition of another these family members, the band name was changed from Lazzlo to its current incarnation of: Lazzlo Family Band.
New Orleans Style Street Parade
12:30 Starting in front of 290 Main St.
Dawson Hill was born and raised in South Paris from a musical family. Graduated from OHCHS is 94’ and pursued a theater degree from Emerson College, but wanted to focus more on entertaining people with his theatrical piano stylings. He played around Boston and in a variety of different outfits from being an organist of a gospel church, performing in jazz clubs, to rocking on cruise ships, which allowed him to travel the globe. The last several years Dawson lived in South Carolina where he taught piano,played in funky southern rock bands and became a Iicensed massage therapist. He recently moved back to the area and hopes to reconnect with the community and to continue teaching piano and growing as an artist-musician.
Steve Corning began performing professionally at age 17 and has since brought his unique brand of variety arts and off-beat comedy to theaters and resorts across the country, and even internationally on Disney Cruise Line. Steve presents a variety show of ultimate proportions, featuring fast-paced juggling routines, mind-blowing escape artistry, comedy magic, contortion, balancing, LED light manipulation, and nearly endless amazing stunts, all mixed with a hearty dose of off-the-cuff comedy. If you're looking for non-stop entertainment and laughs for the whole family, this show has it all!
Crass, blunt, and politically-incorrect are three terms used to describe Max Random. Random tells it like it is, and does so effectively. In his songs, he’s sort of the observational comedian, making fun of current events and taking a lighter side to social issues. He tackles subjects such as death (“Mister D”), the government, corporate America, and pop culture (“Godzilla”), greed (“Come On Baby”), and of course, weed and the government (“Ballad of Johnny Boon”). He’s an excellent parody artist as well, including his song “I’ve Smoked Weed Everywhere” (“I’ve Been Everywhere”) and “Monster Hash” (“The Monster Mash”). Random also has a softer side, as demonstrated through his songs “You Were Cool”, which has lyrics that are a little reminiscent of Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind”, “It’s Not Goodbye Forever”, which deals with the death of someone close to him, and “Analog Man”, which is a funny song, but reminds us that we must enjoy life, and make it worth living. Not only is Random an excellent comedian, he is also an excellent musician. He is a superb guitarist, and a pretty good singer. He is the perfect mix of comedy, and deep thought and insight.
Don Johnson (more to come)
Jack Gentempo (more to come)
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