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Arootsakoostik music festival to return this weekend

NEW SWEDEN, Maine — The Arootsakoostik Music Festival will return to Thomas Park in New Sweden on Saturday, July 6, and is slated to feature music from 10 different acts. 

The upcoming festival will mark the 12th incarnation of Arootsakoostik, and feature music from Jaw Gems, Armies, Kenya Hall, Dominic Lavoie, Tricky Britches, Shirt Tail Kin, The Rugged, Ash & Herb, Wesley Allen Hartley, and Travis Cyr & Good Guys.

“I am incredibly proud and excited about this year’s lineup,” said event organizer Travis Cyr. “Just as with years past, I try to present a wide array of old and new faces and several different genres.”
Cyr said Tricky Britches has been a part of the festival “almost since the beginning” and that they will be celebrating a 10 year anniversary at this year’s festival. 

“Our old friend Dominic Lavoie will be back in the county showcasing his incredible new band,” Cyr continued, adding that “the lovely and talented Kenya Hall is a new face to county,” referring to her as “Maine’s very own queen of soul.”

He said Jaw Gems has been his “great white buffalo for years,” as up until this year he had been unable to book them. Now, he’s happy to announce that they will “bring their instrumental funky grooves to Thomas Park and it’s going to be great.”

Additionally, Cyr said the earthcraft stage in the woods will make a return and feature performances from Ash & Herb.”

Tickets are $25 and will be available at the gate on the day of the show when gates open at 11 a.m., however any kids under 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted for free.

The music is set to begin at noon and will last until 8 p.m., and in addition, guests will be able to purchase food such as pizza, iced coffee, tacos, funnel cakes and more through various local vendors at the park. 

Cyr urges those attending to drive slowly on the way to the site, to not bring a bad attitude or “things you shouldn’t bring,” to pick up any trash, and to respect the park and its neighbors, adding that guests are welcome to bring coolers, picnic materials, folding chairs, and blankets.

The Eureka Hall restaurant in Stockholm will host events leading up to and directly following the festival, with a pre-party 7-11 p.m. on July 5 featuring music from Travis Cyr & The Good Guys, The Rugged, and Annadeene Konesni Fowler and an aftershow at 8 p.m. July 6, immediately following the festival. 

Cyr concluded that every iteration of Arootsakoostik has been special in its own way, and that he is “real excited about all the talented folks we’ve got coming to visit.”

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