2016 Music Schedule

MAIN STAGE CONCERTS, presented by Higher Ground:


Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, gates: 4:00pm
$59 Two-day Regular Pass | $34 Single-day Pass | plus $5 day of show/Ticket link: 
After an electrifying weekend with moe. last year, the band is gearing up for their most ambitious play to date.  This year, Twiddle will perform two sets each night with several supporting acts still TBA. For Twiddle fans, this weekend will be known as the Tumble Down. Throughout the weekend, there will be various recreational activities for everyone to enjoy, including a Charity Disc Golf Tournament supporting Twiddle’s charity, The White Light Foundation. This two-night run marks Twiddle’s second appearance at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. Riding the high of their well-received third record, PLUMP Chapter One, Twiddle is poised to continue their meteoric rise. The band is currently in the studio working on Chapter Two with a release anticipated later in 2016.



Sunday, July 31, gates: 6pm


Tickets available online at, by phone at 802-652-0777 or in person at the Higher Ground Box Office, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington.




Young Traditions…The YTV Story: Saturday, July 30
The mission of Young Tradition Vermont is to provide opportunities for young people to be inspired by, to learn, and to inspire others with traditional music and dance, and to support families with children with life-altering conditions. We have worked hard and had success in making the mission part of everything we do. A percentage of revenue from events goes to the Tom Sustic Fund, which supports families children with life-altering conditions.  Performing opportunities have included presentations at the Vermont Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Memorial Service at Ira Allen Chapel at UVM. For more information:

Adam Ezra Band- Friday, Jjuly 29, 2-3:30

Adam Ezra Group’s songwriting is making waves around the country.The co-write, “Let Your Hair Down” with producers Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta, (American Authors), just received “Song of the Year” at the New England Music Awards. A songwriting partnership with the legendary John Oates is taking Ezra back and forth between Nashville and tour. The theme song, “Grow Your Own Way,” was central to Midwest insurance giant, Country Financial’s 2014/15 marketing campaign. In addition, Adam Ezra’s debut efforts in movie scoring have lead to an appearance at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and the release of Adam Ezra Group’s new album, aptly titled, Songs for a Movie.

This 16 song marathon studio production is the culmination of three years of writing, planning, arranging, and recording for the independent film release, “Folk Hero & Funny Guy.” Much of the writing and recording occurred while on tour; in hotel rooms, hallways, green rooms, and while literally driving the American highways often referenced within the album.

For help producing the album, Ezra went to friend and producer Tim Leitner, who has lent his ear and talent to the Adam Ezra Group’s View from the Root, Ragtop Angel, and Daniel the Brave releases, along with productions for The Food Network, and VH1. Josh Gold, long time keyboardist and member of the Adam Ezra Group, having produced and engineered their latest four live albums, made his debut as a studio engineer and producer on this album, recording and mixing the band from, at times comical locations. “We had just finished sound check at a show in Traverse City while on tour with Rusted Root and The Wailers,” recalls Gold. “We wanted to record ‘Both of Our Voices’ and the only room we could find was an adjacent function room in which the staff was setting up for the next day’s event. We recorded in quick bursts between the commotion and were almost through an uninterrupted guitar take when a massive a/c fan kicked on. We liked the noisy track so much we decided to keep it!”

Recording conditions were not the only thing that made the creation of Songs for a Movie unique. Ezra explains, “When Jeff Grace [writer/director ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy’], first reached out to me, he mentioned one of the characters was a folk musician, loosely based on me. He asked me if I would be willing to create this character’s music. There was also a female musician character who needed songs as well. I ended up meeting with the actors, [Wyatt Russell & Meredith Hagner], and worked with them on writing and performing the songs on screen. At the same time we started working on producing a studio collection of all the material I had been playing with. The end result is an album that has taken us in new and exciting directions we would have never explored if simply creating an album for ourselves.”

The film is scheduled to make its debut as a feature at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and Ezra has been asked to be a part of the screening. Approximately one month later, on May 22nd, in classic Adam Ezra Group fashion, the band is planning to release their album amidst 900 of their hometown fans at their annual Boston Harbor Boat Cruise. Songs for a Movie will be available digitally worldwide that day as well.

A tireless touring outfit, the Adam Ezra Group (AEG) played upwards of 200 shows in 2015, often devoting their time to local charities and always going out of their way to connect with fans. The Group is made up of lead singer, songwriter and guitarist, Adam Ezra, Alex Martin on drums, Turtle on percussion, Corinna Smith on Fiddle, Francis Hickey on bass and Josh Gold on Keys. Together they are creating a powerful, inclusive community around AEG shows that is beginning to be compared to a social-movement as much as a traditional music fan-base. It’s this dedication to fans that inspired the 2016 “Get Folked Concert Tour” in which Ezra ventured solo/acoustic to the homes of 30 fans in as many days and almost as many states to play house concerts throughout the entire month of January.

Never walking on stage with a set-list, Ezra’s band comes ready for anything, whether it’s playing a request for a song the band hasn’t performed in years, to dropping traditional instruments in exchange for trashcan lids and 2×4’s, to leaving the stage altogether in order to perform unplugged in four-part harmony. “For me, a great concert should feel like a conversation among everyone in the room,” explains Ezra, holding fast to the notion that the best shows are those in which there is a give and take between the performers and the audience.

Another element central to the Group’s success is their commitment to giving back through their music. Ezra started his own non-profit organization called RallySound in order to better support fans and activists dedicated to making the world a better place. The proceeds from the video for the latest single “Let Your Hair Down” are being donated toward micro-grants for cancer patients struggling to make ends meet while in treatment.

The Adam Ezra Group hosts a free festival each year called The Ramble. Last year over 3,000 people came out and they raised enough money to help build a handicap accessible home for Sergeant Chris Gomes, wounded during his second tour in Iraq.

Throughout the rest of 2016 The Adam Ezra Group will be on the road throughout The United States, playing music from Songs for a Movie, and working on their next studio release, slated to drop within the next year.

Their goal: to reach as many people as possible while sharing their belief in the power of community and the human spirit.

Ezra started his own non-profit organization called RallySound in order to better support fans and activists dedicated to making the world a better place. The proceeds from the video for the latest single “Let Your Hair Down” are being donated toward micro-grants for cancer patients struggling to make ends meet while in treatment. The Adam Ezra Group hosts a free festival each year called The Ramble. Last year over 3,000 people came out and they raised enough money to help build a handicap accessible home for a wounded veteran.

Throughout the rest of 2016 The Adam Ezra Group will be on the road throughout The United States, playing music from Songs for a Movie, and working on their next studio release, slated to drop within the next year.

Their goal: to reach as many people as possible while sharing their belief in the power of community and the human spirit.

• “Not since Springsteen and Bono have I seen a lead singer with his talent and charisma.” — Jack Casey, General Manager WERS radio in Boston
• “Adam Ezra is one of the most promising songwriters to come along in years… with the craftsmanship and insight to become a major voice in American music.” – Ben Tishler, VH1
• “Hands down, the best roots rock band to come out of Boston since the Del Fuegos.” — The Alternate Root
• “Ezra’s music comes across in a genre-­blending style. Dave Matthews… Springsteen…. U2… Jackson Browne… But all those comparisons to better known musicians only reinforce the inescapable conclusion: the Adam Ezra Group is one of the most versatile and potent rock units anywhere.” – Patriot Ledger


The Beerworth Sisters      1-2:30pm

The Beerworth Sisters have been playing music together at family functions for a few years and decided to take their passion on the road. Stylistically, they tend toward a whimsical mix of folk, country and classic rock.

The Burlington Free Press presents Big Heavy World’s ‘Rocket Shop’ Showcase on Burlington’s Waterfront at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, with performances by Deep River Saints and Ida Mae Specker. For more information: or

deepriverDeep River Saints
Deep River Saints, based around the songwriting of Patrick Crowley, began primarily as a recording project in backwoods living rooms in Vermont. That was when Crowley brought a set of original songs to a newly-formed group with the goal of recording an album. He wanted this group to be rooted in acoustic Americana, but the material certainly demanded that the group also lean in the direction of alternative folk and rock. After recording and mixing through the winter of 2014/2015, the group’s debut album, Acts of American Homes, was released on April 1, 2015.
idamaeIda Mae Specker
Ida Mae Specker is a rising force in American roots music. The daughter of legendary fiddler John Specker, ‘the Mick Jagger of old-time music,’ Ida Mae is a multi-talented instrumentalist and vocalist on a mission to share her unique style and passion for traditional music with the world. A 3rd generation fiddle player, Ida Mae was born in a one-room cabin in the woods of Vermont. Along with her older sister, Lila June, she learned to play the fiddle at a very early age. The trio began performing as The Speckers in 2005. The Speckers became renowned for “playing a rambunctious version of old-time music that owes as much to punk rock as Appalachia, at least in attitude.” (Seven Days VT). VPR’s Robert Resnik calls the Speckers “Vermont Folk Heroes.” With her family band, Ida Mae has recorded multiple studio albums and performed at festivals including GrassRoots, The Shakori Hills Festival, FloydFest, The Champlain Valley Folk Festival, the Brown University Festival of Dance and at Caffe Lena.

Steve Hartmann             Noon-12:45pm

stevehartmannSteve Hartmann has been described as the grey between Dave Matthews and Damien Rice; he brings vocal power and musical grace like a seasoned pro. Drawing from personal and second hand stories, Hartmann touches upon love and loss, strength and anguish in ways that pull you to the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more. With a vocal ability reflecting his Peter Gabriel and Sarah McLachlan roots, Hartmann fuses past influences to current experiences creating a timeless mesh of music.  He’s shared the stage with Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional/ Twin Forks), Dispatch, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Jeffrey Gaines and Livingston Taylor at places like The House of Blues (Boston), Charles Playhouse (Boston), Higher Ground (So. Burlington, VT), and Battery Park (Burlington, VT) and has performed at Maritime Festival since its inception. For more info:

Franklin County’s Missisquoi River Band    1-2:30pm

Sheldon’s Patrick Murphy and Jim and Cindy Weed of Enosburg comprise the songwriting and vocal backbone of the bluegrass inspired trio. On occasion, their unique three-part harmony arrangements are masterfully backed up by some of Vermont’s most well-seasoned pickers including string wizard Will Patton of Bakersfield on mandolin and National Steel tenor guitar, Neil Rossi an/or David Gusakov on fiddle, Bill Gaston on banjo and dobro, and Jim Weed on lead guitar. Murphy and Cindy Weed complete the sound on rhythm guitar and solid bass fiddle.

Tiffany Pfeiffer and the Discarnate Band     2:45-4pm

With classical roots, Tiffany’s music is as varied as the many styles she resonates and loves: trip-hop, world, jazz, punk, soul, rock, pop; the common thread is a combination of tonality and meditation—drawing from both the West and the East, from motion and emotion, creating a portal to the present moment. From “Baby I’m Yours”, the doo-wop Barbara Lewis cover turned diva reggae, to the breakbeat cabaret of “Broken-hearted”, where guest emcee Yah Supreme [Son Doo Recordings] deftly recounts their relationship, her captivatingly melodic voice leaves you wanting more. For more info:

Mike Colbourn with Hovey Otis 4:15-5:30pm

Mike Colbourn and Time Davis aka Hovey Otis (at the Burlington Boathouse) deliver acoustic electric country leaning tunes.  They also throw in obscure covers in their own unique style.

Aaron Flinn Band           12pm-1:15pm

aaronflinnAaron Flinn plays anything he can get his hands on and writes, engineers, records and performs most of the material that you’ll hear. Aaron also loves hitting the studio or stage with a long list of incredibly talented characters: poets, prophets, beats, bastards, wizards, fairies, family and friends. Elements of folk, indie rock and classic country combine with powerful vocals, poetic lyrics and finger-picking guitar. An eclectic group of americana and rock songs, with an emphasis on lyrical substance and performance from the soul. Aaron began playing and writing in high school. He won numerous competitions in performance and writing throughout his time at UVM and Berklee College of Music (where he graduated Magna Cum Laude – for what it’s worth). He has gone onto release an impressive body of original work, all the while touring such hallowed venues as Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Great American Music Hall and many House of Blues and working with the likes of The Samples, Gov’t Mule, Joe Bonamassa, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Don McLean and Tragically Hip to name but a few.

Malletts Bay Showcase  1:30-4pm (please see below)

Crazyhearse                     4:15-5:30pm

Crazyhearse is a five piece alt-rock band featuring guitar, bass, banjo, keys and drums with influences ranging from roots rock and alt-country to folk punk and gypsy jazz.  Emerging from the sleepy depths of Vermont’s Champlain Valley, the boys of Crazyhearse have been waking the dead with their boot stompin’ anthems and high octane crash-n-burners. An intoxicating blend of Americana, punk rock, and Transylvanian folklore, Crazyhearse has been labeled everything from rural industrial to swamp rock to Gothic folkabilly. For more info:

FREE MALLETTS BAY MUSIC SHOWCASE  1:30-4pm, Malletts Bay Music will offer a free showcase featuring some of the artists they work with at the Maritime Festival on Sunday, August 9, on the Burlington Waterfront. Each artist will offer a 20-minute set between 1:30-4:15pm. Artists include Bow Thayer, Phil Henry Trio, Steve Hartmann, Casey Dubie, Emily Nyman, Adlai Waxman, Sam Creigh, and newcomer Christine Malcolm. A free download card of the compilation project, ‘Twists & Bends-Various Vermont Artists’, will be given out in exchange for an email address to keep audience members informed of upcoming events. CDs and T‐Shirts will also be sold at discounted prices that will help benefit promotion of independent artists. The Aaron Flinn Band and Crazyhearse will bookend the showcase. Get there early. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and have lunch while supporting independent, Vermont-made music!

Noon-1:15                              Aaron Flinn (Please see bio above)

1:30-1:50                               Phil Henry Acoustic Trio

Phil Henry is that rare contemporary folk artist who will impress you from every direction. There’s his sweet and strong voice, that intricate and flawless guitar work, and songs so rich and sweeping you’ll wish you wrote them yourself. But he’s also got an authenticity that can’t be taught or bought. He’s an old-school storyteller who builds songs from a place of honesty, without crossing over into the T.M.I. of confessional songwriting. He’s been honored by the top tastemakers in contemporary folk. He’s played the big stages – Kerrville, Falcon Ridge – and won top prize at SolarFest and the Susquehanna Arts and Music Festival. For more:

1:50-2:10                               Sam Creigh

A resident of Springfield, Vermont for the last 21 years, Sam has honed his solo artist singing and guitar-playing skills on the stages of festivals, farmer’s markets, taverns, and ski lodges throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Minnesota. In fact, the summer of 2008 will mark Sam’s seventh season of performing in the lake country of west central Minnesota–“following the tourist season,” as Sam says. His original songs are country-folk painted portraits of people and their relationships with each other and with the land of rural America. His song list also includes many covers of a veritable who’s who of popular songwriters.

2:10-2:30                              Adlai Waxman

Nashville based eclectic singer songwriter releases his first full length album on boutique label Marshmellow Records. Adlai’s songs touch on many topics, always with a fresh musical approach.

2:30-2:50                              Emily Nyman

Emily Nyman has a unique style, poetic lyrics, soothing vocals and expressive guitar–her performance is a real treat. An eclectic mix of originals and cover tunes, including singer-songwriter, folk, and classic rock, with a sprinkling of blues, country and old standards, Emily’s performance is sure to please audiences of all ages and musical tastes.  She connects with her audience in an intimate way, inviting listeners to experience the emotions behind her originals or reminisce to familiar cover tunes. For more:

2:50-3:10                               Steve Hartmann (Please see bio above)

3:10-3:30                               Casey Dubie

Casey Dubie is an indie/folk singer-songwriter from rural Vermont. She began writing music and playing guitar at age twelve.  Casey recorded her first EP in June 2010: “In Your Atmosphere” (Malletts Bay Records).  Dan Bolles of Seven Days noted that in this album, Casey “introduces herself as a formidable vocalist.”  She recorded her second EP, “Neverland,” three years later. While minoring in music at Wheaton College, Casey has focused her musical style. Her influences include Noah Gundersen, Anais Mitchell, Ben Howard, and Daughter. Her most recent single “Just Like Dorothy” was included in a compilation of Vermont artists (Twists and Bends / Malletts Bay Records).  Dan Bolles of Seven Days reviewed the Wizard of Oz-inspired ballad as a “showstopper…a tender, immaculately arranged and artfully written mediation on the wonder and melancholy of wanderlust.” Most recently, she spent fall 2014 in Nashville honing her lyrical compositions and performance skills.

3:30-3:50                               Christine Malcolm Band

Christine Malcolm is a singer-writer-musician living in rural Vermont. Her debut recording- Crickets, Coyotes and the Big Yellow Moon- is a collection of songs about small towns, big hearts, broken dreams and the endurance of hope and love. All roads are dirt and they all lead back home. Her straighforward, soulful songwriting style is influenced by writers like Hank Williams, Chris Stapleton, Lori McKenna, Lucinda Williams and Joni Mitchell. Malcolm’s music is a blend of modern folk, country, rock and blues. Producer/musician, Colin McCaffrey (Tim Brick, Possum Haw, Patti Casey and many more), brings it all together with his rich arrngments and instrumental creativity. Malcolm is also joined by a cast of outstanding Vermont musicians: Rudy Dauth (Woedoggies, Pulse Prophets), Dave Keller (the Dave Keller Band), Jermey Harple (The Aerolites), Russ Lawton (The Trey Anastasio Band, Soule Monde), Lizzy Mandell (singer/songwriter-2012 Tammie Award Winner), Miriam Bernardo (Steady Betty), Lesley Grant (Belle Pines, Stepstone), Jess Zehngut (Max Weaver Band) and Patrick Murphy. It is a full and lively house…come on in and take a listen.

3:50-4:10                               Bow Thayer

bowthayerBow Thayer has been singing and writing songs for as long as he can remember. Making music is who he is. He has lived up to his “reputation as a sublimely gifted artist” by pursuing a creative vision that seeks to lead Americana music into the future. Finally gaining national recognition, American Songwriter Magazine says this “onetime Levon Helm compatriot is the best artist to come from New England in recent years.”

4:15                                          Crazyhearse (Please see bio above)