Top National Bands to Perform at Saddleback Bluegrass Festival August 10-11

RANGELEY, ME — The 3rd Annual Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival will be held at Saddleback Ski Area in Rangeley Maine on August 10 and 11. It is an outside event for the whole family to enjoy. The stage is set up on the front deck of the lodge and the audience seating is in a natural amphitheater on the lawn and slope above, with views of the lakes and mountains. In each of the first two years a crowd of nearly 2000 came to listen, dance, camp and enjoy some of the best bluegrass talent in the country. This years festival features The Travlin’ McCourys with Michael Daves, The Sam Bush Band, The Gibson Brothers, The Red Stick Ramblers, Della Mae, The Hillbenders, MilkDrive, Tricky Britches, Chasing Blue, Local Circus, and 317 Main Street Ensemble.

2-day festival tickets are $40 through July 31st and $45 after August 1st. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Day tickets are available at the gate. The 2-day camping fee is $5 for each adult and a $15 fee for trailers and RVs over 25′ in length. Camping is available on a first come first serve basis in the parking lots as well as out on the ski slopes. There are no hook-ups. In addition to camping Saddleback has condominiums for rent. The festival will host  food vendors, a barbecue, beer garden, coffee bar, plus the Swig N’ Smelt Pub.

The festival opens for camping at 9AM on Friday the 10th. The music begins at 2:30PM on Friday and on Saturday at 11:30AM. The stage performance will end about dark both days. On Friday night, after the main stage performance, Tricky Britches will perform an additional two sets in the Pub. The music will continue at campsites and at the lodge as friends and strangers will make music until the crack of dawn. “The pickin’ at night is nothing less than magical” said Mark Robie, the festival organizer.

This years two big headliners are The Travlin’ McCourys with Michael Daves and The Sam Bush Band. The Travlin’ McCourys include, among others, bluegrass legend Del McCoury’s two son’s, Ronnie and Rob McCoury. These two have spent years on the road, most often with their dad, pleasing audiences across the country and beyond. The band is picking up very special guests to join them as they travel. Michael Daves will join them at Saddleback. Daves’ recently released album with Chris Thile, “Sleep with one Eye open” was nominated in 2012 for a Grammy for best bluegrass album of the year.

Sam Bush is a Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist, known to many as the King of New Grass, the King of Telluride, and last year was the headliner at Grey Fox, the granddaddy of bluegrass festivals in New England. Sam is a legend to the bluegrass community; he co-founded New Grass Revival with Bela Fleck in the early 1970’s and swept the country turning many rock-and-roller’s into fans of a new genre of music. 

About the Performers:

 *The Bluegrass Ball – featuring the Travelin’ McCourys and Michael Daves- Critics and musicians across the country hail them as the best bluegrass band in the world.

 *Sam Bush Band – Grammy Award winning mandolinist and singer is a musical legend who expands the horizons of bluegrass, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles. 

* The Gibson Brothers – The most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene – the tightest harmony blend and unmatched instrumental alacrity and taste.

*Red Stick Ramblers- A unique hybrid of Louisiana Cajun, country, string band and swing influences — hard driving, witty, eclectic and honest.

*Della Mae -A  5-person, all-girl bluegrass super band includes a two-time National  Fiddle Champion. The band plays traditional bluegrass music that tells a  story while delivering a punch. 

*Michael Daves  – His music pairs Southern spirit with urban grit — small town music with New York City intensity.  

*The Hillbenders- A must-see act — energetic stage performances, unique style, and original compositions combine influences from country,rock, blues, jazz and Americana.

*MilkDrive – A progressive alt.-folk string band from Texas that plays a multi-layer mix of rhythms, tempos, flavors, harmonies, and improvisations.  

 *Chasing Blue  – A mix of original and traditional bluegrass material with unique arrangements and hard-driving style.

 *Tricky Britches  – This high-energy string band from Portland fuses classic bluegrass, country and folk rock.

*Local Circus – Musical energy and sense of entertainment dynamics help this Portland band forge a unique sound and stage show with danceable rhythms and strong melodies. 

*317 Main Street -This ensemble is comprised of Maine student musicians who were selected to participate through a juried audition.

To get more information, reserve a condominium, or purchase tickets go to www.saddlebackmaine.com

or call 207-864-567, or toll free 1-877-864-5441.