BANGOR, Maine — The 2013 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront has added a new component as excitement builds toward the 12th annual event set for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 23-25. A 24/7 online stream of music will feature artists who have played the American Folk Festival in years past. American Folk Festival Radio will debut Thursday, Aug. 1, through Maine Internet Radio, a local online radio company that streams a variety of original radio stations with local news, local talent and local information.
“Maine Internet Radio is adding an exciting new dimension to this year’s festival,” said American Folk Festival Executive Director Heather McCarthy. “So many people who have visited the Bangor Waterfront in years past have great memories tied around certain performers and music. Through American Folk Festival Radio, we can relive some of the best music from the past 11 years and get excited about hearing amazing live music from around the world right here in Bangor toward the end of the month.”
Listeners can find American Folk Festival Radio through maineinternetradio.com and click on “American Folk Festival Radio” under the “streams” tab on the website. The station includes music from those who performed during the earliest days of the festival including Cajun group Beausoliel (2002), Celtic performer Karan Casey (2003) and Blues legend Pinetop Perkins (2004); up through those who performed as recently as 2012, including Gospel performers Aubrey and Lori Ghent.
“The American Folk Festival has a number of attractions, but every year people talk about the music,” said Rick Fournier, chairman of the 2013 American Folk Festival. “Through Maine Internet Radio, we are able to remind our past visitors of the quality of music that will be on the Bangor Waterfront in a few short weeks, while exposing a new crop of listeners to the music that makes up the American Folk Festival.”
“Maine Internet Radio prides itself on offering local radio formats that would not be otherwise available to listeners in this area,” said Jeff Solari, founder of Maine Internet Radio. “The American Folk Festival has proven itself to be a premiere festival in Maine, and an attraction for people far and wide. By bringing the music of the American Folk Festival to listeners of Maine Internet Radio 24/7 for the next month, the excitement level for the festival will continue to rise between now and August 23.”
This year’s festival lineup includes 16 groups, performing the traditional arts of their region, their culture and their heritage. Blues, Chinese opera, rockabilly, bluegrass, zydeco, gospel, Quebecois, Irish and Greek are a few of the styles of music that will be present at the 2013 American Folk Festival.
In addition to music, dozens of food vendors including regional specialties, ethnic foods and festival favorites will be set up in the middle of the festival grounds. The Folk Arts Marketplace will feature unique, handcrafted items including baskets, woven runs, leather goods, herbal products, jewelry, pottery, wood carvings and more. The festival’s live music will take place on four stages throughout Bangor’s Penobscot Riverfront, including the tented Dance Pavilion and the Railroad Stage, the site’s largest venue.
To access a list of performers and vendors, or to obtain information on the American Folk Festival, visit americanfolkfestival.com. For information about Maine Internet Radio, visit maineinternetradio.com.