Support your local farmers, enjoy live music outside on a summer night, and experience the beauty of the Lakes Region. The From Our Roots Concert Series pairs an incredible lineup of American roots musicians with locally grown food to create an intimate concert and food experience at a venue unlike any other in Maine. Concerts will take place outside our beautiful Normandy-style Stone Barn on Sebago Lake under a sailcloth tent in a courtyard lined with hydrangea. In addition to the music, enjoy a variety of farm-inspired, pizza handcrafted with ingredients grown and raised by your local farmers, as well as a selection of craft and domestic beer and wine. With picnic tables for eating and a stone patio for dancing, the setting offers a one-of-kind authentic outdoor music and food experience just a short drive from Portland. Meet local farm families and learn more about the work we do within our Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation.
2019 Concert Lineup
Calin “Callie” Peters (vocals, cello), Martin Earley (guitar, vocals), and Devin Mauch (percussion, vocals) mine immense melodies and hypnotic hooks from personal stories on their 2018 EP, Paper Crown (Nettwerk Records). Under the cover of vintage jazz-style, Ballroom Thieves reflect feelings of rootlessness from four nomadic years, bouts of depression, and the ever-looming specter of political unrest hanging over the country. Nevertheless, a noticeable glimmer of light always peeks through.
The latest album from The Suitcase Junket, Mean Dog, Trampoline, is populated by characters in various states of reverie: leaning on jukeboxes, loitering on dance floors, lying on the bottoms of empty swimming pools in the sun. Despite being deeply attuned to the chaos of the world, singer/songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Matt Lorenz imbues those moments with joyful wonder, an endless infatuation with life’s most subtle mysteries. And as its songs alight on everything from Joan Jett to moonshine to runaway kites, Mean Dog, Trampoline makes an undeniable case for infinite curiosity as a potent antidote to jadedness and despair.
Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft a musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack’s bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that’s not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American “song bag.”
The band name SnugHouse is a tip of the hat to the beloved local watering hole, The Snug, conveniently located below Nikhil’s apartment where he hosted countless formative rehearsals. Since forming in the fall of 2017, the quintet has made profound headway in the local scene. In a short time, SnugHouse went from house shows to bar residencies, to regular appearances at some of Portland’s biggest local music venues. To date, SnugHouse has made appearances on Portland’s two biggest televised music programs and garnered regular radio airplay on all local stations, most notably 98.9 WCLZ. In addition, CLZ has featured SnugHouse on their station stage at Portland’s biggest summer food and culture festival, Old Port Fest.
Max García Conover grew up in western New York and started writing songs while making his living as a busker in Puerto Rico. He releases music both independently and through the Barcelona-based label Son Canciones. He’s toured North America and Europe, sharing the stage with Cat Power, Justin Townes Earle, Lake Street Dive, The Weather Station, and many others. He also tells stories and has been featured on The Moth and Stories From The Stage.
Town Meeting is an Americana band based out of New England. Over the past three years, they’ve been playing all over the Northeast with all kinds of great acts, local and national—artists like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many more.
Muddy Ruckus is a rock duo of “darkly inventive Americana” according to the New York Music Daily. Guitarist Ryan Flaherty and drummer Erika Stahl of Portland, Maine, play a grungy style of railroad indie punk blues. This stripped-down power duo blends rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit and is known for a full rock band sound.