Arts, Crafts, Dance, Theatre & Live Music
In Historic Norway, Maine
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.
Please email or call Jonathan Leavitt,
Festival Director at (207) 713-1515
Norway Arts Festival, PO Box 103, Norway, Maine 04268
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