Live Edge Music Festival in Jefferson will feature bands from Maine

JEFFERSON – On Sunday, September 18, from noon to 6 p.m., Midcoast Conservancy will host the 10th annual Live Edge Music Festival at the Hidden Valley Nature Center. The day will be filled with live music, local food, beer and wine amid HVNC’s 1,000 acres of trails, pond frontage and bogs.

This year’s all-Maine musical lineup includes Primo Cubano, The Gainers, The Hot Suppers, and Papa Tim and the Desperate Man’s Blues Explosion.

Hot dinners are Waldo County musicians who fuse original music with their favorite rock, blues, old country and Americana tunes. Each band member lends harmony vocals to the mix. The band includes Annadeene Fowler with Russ and Travis Lloyd on guitars, Tom Fowler on mandolin and baritone sax, Jeff Densmore on percussion, Adam Nordell on bass, and John Pranio playing country fiddle and bluesy harmonica.

The winners are a group of local musicians who rock the stage with a combination of original songs and classic covers. Featuring Graham Walton on guitar and vocals, Griffin Han-Lalime on bass and vocals, and William (Thumper) Fulton on drums.

Led by singer Papa Tim, a wildly enthusiastic entertainer and soulful ballad and backed by a local band of musicians, the Desperate Man Blues Explosion brings his talent and musical prowess to the stage with a selection of original jams and a few twists on some popular favorites.

First Cuban has a mixture of Latin styles today known as Salsa. Guitarist Paul D’Alessio learned to play Son music on a guitar-like instrument native to Cuba called the tres and later formed Primo Cubano. Trumpeter Marc Chillemi also plays percussion and sings on backing vocals. Lenny Hatch plays congas, bongó and other percussion instruments. Eric Winter sings and plays maracas and is the newest addition to Primo Cubano. Last but not least, Duane Edwards joins on double bass.

As in previous years, for $20, advance ticket purchasers will receive a voucher of up to $20 off a second entry to nine fantastic restaurants: Slates, Liberal Cup, River House, Me Lon Togo, Damariscotta River Grill, Newcastle Publick House, Best Thai, A-1 Diner and Ada’s Kitchen. Admission to the festival is virtually free once the voucher has been redeemed! Tickets are available now online at, and can be purchased in person at the Mexicali Blues and Sheepscot General Store.

Live Edge is backed by longtime sponsors Cribstone Capital, Ames Supply and Mexicali Blues; Live Edge proceeds support Midcoast Conservancy, an innovative conservation organization whose mission is to protect and restore vital lands and waters on a scale that matters.

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