WATERVILLE — The performers for the free Waterville Rocks! concert series, which begins in Castonguay Square July 28, have been announced.

The series is hosted by the Waterville Opera House and will offer music for people of all ages from late July to late September, according to Nate Towne, marketing manager for Waterville Creates!, which promotes arts and culture in the region.

The concerts will be held 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., not only on Thursday, July 28, but also on Aug. 11, 25, and Sept. 22.

On July 28, performers are Yard Sail, Sweet & Savory, Chris Ross & The North, Emilia Dahlin and the Jason Spooner Band.

Waterville Creates! bills Yard Sail as the 2016 Maine Academy of Modern Music’s Slamm Battle of the Bands runners-up; Sweet & Savory as one of the top local acts in central Maine; Chris Ross & The North as the 2014 New England Music Awards Songwriter of the Year; Emilia Dahlin as a songstress with raw, rootsy folk and dynamic jazz vocals and the Jason Spooner Band as a contemporary award-winning, roots-rock, Americana songwriter.

Aug. 11 will feature “Mean Faces,” Maine Academy of Modern Music’s youngest ensemble; Liam Swift, the academy’s Best Maine Vocalist, 2016; Pete Kilpatrick Band, a Maine-based songwriter with a deep and resounding love of melody; and Jay Bragg of North of Nashville, New England Music Award’s Country Music Act of 2015.


The Aug. 25 concert will include Genevieve Curtis, the academy’s Best Female Vocalist of the Year; Work in Progress, the academy’s Slam 2016 winners; The Fossils, a harmony-infused blend of acoustic rock; Kafari, a jazz and classical pianist, electronic musician and rhythm bones player; and Amy & the Engine, one of New England’s hottest acts from Berklee School of Music.

Sept. 25 will feature select performances by Colby College groups, as well as Ghost of Paul Revere, performing folk and rock ‘n’ roll; and the Maine Academy of Modern Music.

If it rains on any of the performance dates, the events will be held inside the Opera House.

A recent Waterville Creates! survey of more than 400 people identified outdoor arts and cultural events as a priority for the city, so the organization has been working with the Opera House to introduce the free concert series, Towne said.

“We love a party, and this concert series promises to be just that,” Diane Bryan, executive director of the Waterville Opera House, said in a press release. “A free family-friendly concert series happening right in our backyard. How could we not want to host such an event?”

More information is available at www.Waterville.Rocks

Amy Calder — 861-9247


Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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