2015 Music Schedule

MAIN STAGE CONCERTS, presented by Higher Ground:

GARRISON KEILLOR’S A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION: Thursday, August 6,  Gates 7:00pm | Show 8:00pm Burlington’s Waterfront Park $59 — reserved seating $49 — general admission/lawn $53 — general admission/lawn, day of show $63 — reserved seating, day of show Tickets on sale now!

*All ages. Children 12 & under free. Online: | Charge by phone:  877.987.6487 | In-person: Higher Ground Box Office, 1214 Williston Rd, S. Burlington. Glass, pets, alcohol, blankets, and coolers are all prohibited. Rain or shine. Prices inclusive of $1 FMG; 9% sales tax added on top of ticket price. All dates, acts, and ticket prices subject to change without notice.

TWIDDLE with Soule Monde: Friday, August 7,  Gates 5:30pm | Show 6:30pm Burlington’s Waterfront Park $25 Waterfront, General Admission $44 Combo Pass* Purchase tickets:

*Exclusive Combo Ticket Required for Higher Ground Show; Combo includes: Twiddle at Higher Ground Ballroom, Saturday, August 8, Doors 9 | Show 10

MOE. with Cabinet: Saturday, August 8,  Gates 5:00pm | Show 6:00pm Burlington’s Waterfront Park $33, Waterfront, General Admission $59 Combo Pass* Purchase tickets: *Exclusive Combo Ticket Required for Higher Ground Show Combo includes: moe. at Higher Ground Ballroom, Friday, August 7,  Doors 10 | Show 11pm

WARREN HAYNES FEATURING RAILROAD EARTH: Sunday, August 9, Gates: 6:00pm | Show: 7:00pm Burlington’s Waterfront Park $28 Early Bird (first 500), $38 Regular, $42 day of show Tickets on now! Purchase tickets: Purchase tickets:  


Friday, August 7

The Beerworth Sisters      1-2:30pm

Friday August 7, 3:30-5:30pm 

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

Deep 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.
Ida 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.

Saturday Festival Stage, August 8

Steve Hartmann             Noon-12:30pm

Steve 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:

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

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

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

Sunday Festival Stage, August 9

Aaron Flinn Band           12pm-1:15pm

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 Sunday, August 9 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

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

2:10-2:30                              Adlai Waxman

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

3:10-3:30                               Casey Dubie

3:30-3:50                               Christine Malcolm Band

3:50-4:10                               Bow Thayer

4:15                                         Crazyhearse (Please see bio above)

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