GARDINER — The Pete Kilpatrick Band will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Johnson Hall’s Free Summer Waterfront Concert Series on Gardiner’s Waterfront Park.

The Maine based singer/songwriter grew up with a deep and resounding love of melody. With no formal training in music, Kilpatrick picked up the acoustic guitar at the age of 16 and began teaching himself how to play, crafting his own songs all while falling deeply in love with the process.

After completing high school, he put off college to focus on a full-time career as a musician. He wrote and recorded his first album, “Half Way Home,” in 2003. Between networking and a near constant performing schedule throughout New England he began to develop a loyal following that would continue to grow over the years.

The next 10 years in Kilpatrick’s career saw the successful release of six additional albums, a brief record deal with Epic Records and more than 1,000 live performances, with shows alongside Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike Mccready, Ray Lamontagne, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, Guster and many others.

For a full listing of the Free Summer Waterfront Concert Series, visit www.johnsonhall.org or pick up a flyer at the box office between noon and 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

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