CAMDEN — Dirigo Rocks!, a Maine Bicentennial Commission-endorsed mini music fest, is set for Bicentennial Weekend: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 14 at the historic Camden Opera House. The show features ThunderHeart Lion, The Rugged and Shirt Tail Kin.
No-fee tickets for MaineMadeMusic: Dirigo Rocks!, $14 in advance/$16 day-of-show, are on sale at camdenoperahouse.com; by calling 207-236-3154 and at the town office 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m.
All three bands have performed in the summer Arootsakoostik Music Festival in New Sweden. Arootsakoostik organizer Travis Cyr, acoustic guitarist and songwriter, plays in ThunderHeart Lion with upright bassist Jed Bresette and singer Courtney Martin. They perform original, cerebral folk and roots music from Maine.
The Rugged has been purveying original Maine swamp rock for almost a decade. Childhood pals Cody Tibbetts, Tim Valliere and Travis Lloyd combine lyrical rural imagery, fuzzy atmospheric guitars and bold rhythms.
Shirt Tail Kin, an alt-country rock band with a penchant for jamming, is pleased to be playing in Camden for the first time with their band friends. The Kin’s debut recording of original songs is called “Face And A Name.” The musical Kin are Curtis Russet, Mike Bennett, Peter Davis and Ezra Rugg.