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Kathleen Edwards - Early 2024 - HIgh Res

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the concert with Kathleen Edwards has been postponed to July 26th. Here is a letter from Kathleen:

"Hello from Canada - I'm writing to tell you how very sorry I am that I can't come to play for you this week.

I applied for our work visas a few months ago and as late as Friday, I thought we were going to be able to get into America. Sadly, we didn't get the green light, so it is with a very heavy heart that we remain on this side of the border, for now.

The silver lining is it looks like we will be able to move this show to a new date in the not-too-distant future. 

I want to thank you for your support and thank everybody at The Waldo Theatre and Rising Sun Presents for their help. These sorts of things are real hardships for artists and independent promoters/venues alike. 

Hopefully, we can announce a new date soon.

Again, we're so sorry and we can't wait to come play and sing for you."

- KE

For decades, Kathleen Edwards has been a cornerstone of North American roots music.

 

Since making her debut with 2002's Failer, she's spent the 21st century occupying the grey area between genres, swirling together her own mix of alt-country, folk, and heartland rock & roll. It's a sound that has earned its creator more a half-dozen Juno nominations, as well as Top 40 success on both sides of the Canadian/American border. Now in her third decade as an artist, Kathleen Edwards has done more than carry the torch of songwriting heroes like Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Lucinda Williams — she's opened the door for others, too, inspiring a new generation of artists who, like her, blur the boundaries between genre and generation.

 

A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Edwards was still in her early 20s when she released the critically-acclaimed Failer. The album's warm, woozy sound — crystallized on radio hits like "Six O'Clock News" — quickly turned her into one of the era's alt-country heroes. From the very start, though, Edwards' music seemed to exist somewhere out of time, resisting categorization even as Failer received a Juno nomination for "Roots & Traditional Album of the Year."

 

"No one knew what to call my type of music back then," she says of those early years. "The Americana genre didn't exist yet, so they couldn't categorize me. I just made the kind of music I wanted to make."

 

Edwards continued blazing her own trail with follow-up albums like Back to Me and Asking for Flowers. By the time Voyageur arrived in 2012, Americana very much did exist as a genre, and Edwards found herself riding a newfound commercial peak. The album reached Number 2 on the Canadian Albums Chart and Number 3 on Billboard's Folk Albums chart. Even so, a busy decade on the road had left her exhausted. After touring in support of Voyageur's release, Edwards left the music business altogether and moved to suburban Ontario, where she opened a coffee shop called — defiantly — "Quitters."

 

"Before I turned 30, I toured the world and put our nearly four records, performed on TV, and had an incredible run," she says of her first 10 years in the spotlight. "What's interesting is that I walked away from all of it, too — and when I came back, I felt better than the person who put out Failer."

 

By the late 2010s, Edwards felt recharged and revitalized. When a phone call arrived from Maren Morris, who was looking for songwriting partners for a new project, Edwards jumped at the chance to collaborate. The two musicians co-wrote "Good Woman," which appeared on Morris' Grammy-nominated album Girl in 2019. Back home in Canada, Edwards continued to write new material, eventually partnering with producer Ian Fitchuk for the album Total Freedom. Released in 2020, the album expanded her sound and her audience, boosted by two hit songs — "Options Open" and "Hard on Everyone" — that both reached the Top 30 on the Triple A chart in America. Total Freedom didn't just mark her return to the music industry. It was a rebirth, too.

 

What's next? New music, of course. Edwards remains a fan of "ripping guitar riffs and good songs," and she's combining both into a follow-up album that showcases her legacy as well as her evolution. She maintains a presence on the road, too, playing her own gigs one minute and sharing shows with her heroes — including Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, and Bob Dylan — the next.

 

A limited number of Front Row seats are available for $50, General admission tickets are available for $35 in advance, $40 the day of the event. If this show has not sold out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the box office for starting at 6:30pm.

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Join us in welcoming Alisa back to The Waldo! Her first visit to The Waldo was her FIRST Maine performance when she opened for Hiss Golden Messenger in 2022. And now, she's headlining! We cannot wait.

 

The day Alisa Amador decided to walk away from her career in music was, ironically enough, the day her career truly began. Alisa Amador's journey in music took an unexpected turn when, feeling burned out and disconnected, she made the decision to step away from her career. Little did she know, this pivotal moment marked the true beginning of her artistic path. Shortly after, winning the NPR Tiny Desk Contest catapulted her into a transformative phase. Now, two years later, with her debut album "Multitudes," co-produced by Tyler Chester and Daniel Radin, Amador presents herself boldly, embracing her bilingual heritage and weaving raw, vulnerable narratives into her music. Drawing from personal grief and trauma, her songs resonate with themes of resilience and self-discovery, showcasing her crystalline voice amidst lush arrangements and guest appearances by artists like Gaby Moreno and Madison Cunningham.

 

Raised in a family deeply rooted in Latin folk music, Amador's early exposure to the industry shaped her passion for storytelling through song. Despite initial success as a solo artist, she found herself losing touch with her authentic voice, navigating pressures that conflicted with her identity as a Latina woman. However, winning the Tiny Desk Contest became a catalyst for change, propelling her towards a journey of self-advocacy and boundary-setting. Through her music, Amador explores themes of belonging and acceptance, infusing her songs with compassion and honesty. With "Multitudes," she embraces the complexities of life, showcasing a depth of emotion that resonates with audiences on both personal and universal levels, solidifying her place as a powerful voice in contemporary music.

We are THRILLED to welcome Alisa back to The Waldo. JOIN US! 

 

Online tickets are available for $25 in advance, $30 the day of the event. A Limited amount of Front Row tickets are available for $40. Doors open at 6:30pm, and concessions will be available for purchase.

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Maine Gay Men's Chorus
Sunday, June 30th at 12:00pm

Maine Gay Men’s Chorus was established in 1992 and re-launched in 2015. MGMC features talent from all around the great State of Maine. Representing many walks of life, professions, and ages, MGMC is a diverse group of individuals whose performances move audiences to tears, laughter, and cheer. To call them singers would be to undersell this gifted group of people who, in their hearts and spirits, are true performers. Under the artistic direction of Larry Jackson, MGMC performs before enthusiastic audiences during the Pride Season in June and the Holiday Season in December. They are extremely proud they’ll be kicking off Waldoboro’s own Pride Celebration on June 30.

This is part of Waldoboro Pride Day. Other Events include:

12pm: MGMC at Waldo Theatre

1-3pm: Community Meal and Pride Fest at Broad Bay Church

4-7pm: Tea Dance at The Waldoboro Inn

10am - 4pm - open gallery hours at Gravedigger's Daughter

 

This is a Pay - What - You - Can event. Suggested ticket cost is $5 - $20.

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Opera Maine presents a special concert featuring soprano Alaysha Fox and baritone Grant Jackson with pianist Timothy Steele. Experience extraordinary singing of opera favorites with a dash of musical theater. You'll be able to see Alaysha and Grant featured in Opera Maine's production of Aida at Merrill Auditorium.

A limited number of Front Row seats are available for $40, General admission tickets are available for $20 in advance, $25 the day of the event. If this show has not sold out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the box office for starting at 6:30pm.

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Hiss Golden Messenger (solo)
Friday, July 19th at 7:30pm

Join us in welcoming back Hiss Golden Messenger (Solo) for the third annual Summer performance! We are so happy to be a regular stop on Hiss' summer tour in Maine. Always an incredibly special summer evening with Hiss in the house! 

 

It’s spring in the North Carolina Piedmont, and songwriter and singer M.C. Taylor—leader of the band Hiss Golden Messenger—is feeling alive. Joyful. Eternal, he might say. For the Grammy-nominated musician, whose albums have traced an internal path through adulthood, fatherhood, spirituality, and depression for well over a decade, this is something new. With his latest album, "Jump for Joy," Taylor delves into a deeply personal exploration of his past, weaving together narratives of youthful dreams, fatherhood, and the relentless pursuit of artistic fulfillment. Recorded during moments of respite amidst a hectic touring schedule, the album serves as a poignant dialogue between Taylor and his younger self, Michael Crow, encapsulating the highs and lows of a life devoted to music.

Produced during a transformative period at the legendary Sonic Ranch studio in Texas, "Jump for Joy" exudes a spontaneous and joyful energy, propelled by Taylor's exceptional bandmates. Through tracks like "20 Years and Nickel" and "Nu-Grape," Taylor confronts themes of impermanence and the enduring quest for meaning, while maintaining a steadfast commitment to embracing life's uncertainties with grace and resilience. With its blend of introspection and outward-facing elation, "Jump for Joy" stands as a testament to Taylor's evolution as an artist and his enduring belief in the power of music to illuminate the human experience.

Join us in welcoming back HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER! 

$1 from every ticket goes to support the Durham Public Schools Foundation whose mission is to foster community support for public schools and invest in our students, educators, and families to ensure success and equity for every student..

 

General admission tickets are available for $30 in advance, $35 the day of the event. A limited amount of Front Row tickets will be available for $50. If this show is not sold out, tickets are available at the box office starting at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm, and concessions will be available for purchase.

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DownEast New Music presents Community
Sunday, July 21st at 7:30pm

DownEast New Music, an organization dedicated to bringing dynamic performances of chamber music by living composers to DownEast Maine, is thrilled to announce Community, works by young American composers reflecting on community dynamics, spaces, and practices. DownEast New Music celebrates the exciting and diverse body of music by young American composers.

Featuring: 

Conrad Winslow, Made from Stony Ground (2024) for clarinet, piano, cimbalom, violin, cello, and double bass WORLD PREMIERE 

inti figgis-vizueta, new cosmologies (2020) for mixed ensemble 

Gabriella Smith, Anthozoa (2018) for violin, cello, piano, and percussion 

Carlos Simon, where Two or three are gathered… (2017) for violin and cello 

 

Co-artistic directors Clare Monfredo (cello) and Edward Kass (double bass) will be joined by Conrad Winslow (composer/pianist), John Diodati (clarinet), MuChen Hsieh (violin), and Nicholas Tolle (cimbalom). 

 

Community is built around the WORLD PREMIERE of Waldoboro-based composer/pianist Conrad Winslow’s (Homer, AK, b. 1985) new work Made from Stony Ground (2024), written for sextet of clarinet, cimbalom, piano, violin, cello, and double bass. Winslow uses monophonic textures and brings disparate voices together into near unison, reflecting new civic possibilities and the ways communities come together. As we listen to the various lines converging, we are inspired to think about what it means for diverging ideas and voices to join and become a singular whole. 

With similar inspiration, Carlos Simon (Atlanta, GA, b. 1986) composed where two or three are gathered… drawing from his childhood attending a small church where coming together and holding space for community meant finding a larger purpose, even when numbers are small, like the intimate violin and cello duo the piece is scored for. Starting with a meditative character, the mood gradually transforms into one of jovial energy. 

In Anthozoa (2018), Gabriella Smith (Berkeley, CA, b. 1991) finds community in the ocean, taking inspiration from the vibrant ecosystem that forms around coral reefs. Using clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, Smith recreates the soundscape present underwater, giving us an entrancing visit to another world - an imagined version of a far-off reality. 

We visit another imagined reality in new cosmologies by Andean-Irish composer inti figgis-vizueta (Washington, D.C., b. 1993). Relying on the improvisatory and interpretive processes in her music, figgis-vizueta asks us to imagine a new history for indigenous people, one free from violence and colonialism. By imagining a new history for her community, figgis-vizueta gives us a chance to think of a new future as well. 

By bringing together music written by young American composers from across the country, we look for common ground, shared experiences, and hope as we move forward into the unknown.

 

General admission tickets are available for $20 in advance, $25 the day of the event. A Limited amount of Front Row Seats are available for $30 each. If this show has not sold out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the box office for starting at 6:30pm.

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Heather Pierson Trio
Sunday, July 28th at 7:00 pm

Heather Pierson is a New Hampshire based singer/songwriter, pianist, song leader, and performer with a passion for cultivating joy, both onstage and off. With a toe in each of the realms of New Orleans jazz, blues, and folk, her multi-genre songwriting places her in a category all her own, one honed by decades of diligent practice and curious exploration. Her trio, with Shawn Nadeau on bass/vocals and Craig Bryan on percussion/vocals, performs a rich variety of Heather's originals, jazz and blues standards, and unique re-workings of familiar classics. Their live performances feature their brilliant musicianship, stirring three-part vocal harmonies, boundless joy, and a desire to share from the heart.

 

General Admission tickets are available in advance online for $20/ $25 the day of the show. A limited amount of Front Row seats are available for $40. Tickets will also be available at the Box Office starting at 6:00pm. Doors open at 6:00pm, and concessions will be available for purchase.

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Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10th at 10 am!

Sun Ra founded the Sun Ra Arkestra in Chicago in the mid-1950's. Sun Ra was among the earliest pioneers of the synthesizer and the free jazz revolution of 1960’s. Sun Ra sent a strong spiritual and musical message to his Arkestra wanting them to help make the universe better through positive vibrations and music. 

 

The Sun Ra Arkestra are known worldwide for their live shows that combine big-band swing, space-age jazz, singing, dancing, chanting and Afro-pageantry. The Arkestra has been at the forefront of Afro-futurism since their inception. The Arkestra have recorded more than 100 albums. Their 2020 album "Swirling" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Big Band Jazz Ensemble recording. 

 

After more than 60 years the band continue to travel the globe on their Inter-Galactic tour. Recent highlights include shows at the Kennedy Center with Solange, The Berlin Opera House, the Burlington Jazz Festival and a New York City show at Radio City Music Hall. 

 

The Sun Ra Arkestra 2023 schedule included the Big Ears Festival, four nights at SF Jazz, a US West Coast Tour, a Canadian tour and a tour of Italy. In 2024 they will be performing at the Jazz & Blossoms Festival in Washington, DC, The Ecliptic Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas, two European tours and a benefit show for the Trombone Shorty Foundation in New Orleans. 

 

“The possible has been tried and failed. Now it’s time to try the impossible.” Sun Ra. Space is the Place!

 

Special thanks to our Event Sponsor Deep Groove Records!

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Rebels: A Tom Petty Tribute
Sat, August 10th at 8:00 pm

Rebels, America’s premiere Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, don’t rely on impersonations but rather focus their decades of experience on performing the songs and the authentic sounds of the legendary music of Tom Petty. Their energetic performances are played with the intensity and spirit in which they were intended. To their audiences delight their song selection spans the entire Tom Petty catalog. No gimmicks here, just rock and roll like its meant to be...

 

General admission tickets are available for $25 in advance, $30 the day of the event. A limited amount of Front Row tickets will be available for $40. If this show is not sold out, tickets are available at the box office starting at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm, and concessions will be available for purchase.

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An Evening with Ekaterina Shelehova
Sat. August 31 at 7:30 pm

Ekaterina Shelehova is a singer, performer, and composer who started her career at age 4! Growing up in Canada, she frequently performed in operas and musical theater productions which she continues to do to this day. A Masters Graduate from Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milano, Italy; she has performed worldwide with lyrical repertoire as well as her own compositions in countries such as China, Mexico, Russia, and Bulgaria, to name a few. Ekaterina increased her ever growing portfolio and stardom by performing on Italy's Got Talent in 2021 where she presented her own unique composition picking up over 500 million views and counting. She performed her own original tracks in Bulgaria's Got Talent to critical acclaim and has shared the stage with musical greats such as Ted Neely (the original Jesus from Jesus Christ Superstar) on a very popular show called Nessun Dorma in Italy as well as I Soliti Ignoti. Ekaterina is a lead vocalist for the world-renowned music group ERA set to return to the stage in 2025 and has made many appearances on TV and online over the years. Recently, she composed a soundtrack for The Tempest (an Italian movie based on Shakespeare), released an EP, and is currently working on a new album. Ekaterina is fluent in four languages (English, Italian, Spanish, and Russian), is a former gymnast, and avid fitness enthusiast. Her debut album, MOONLIGHT- Katya (2013), and all her music can be found on all online streaming platforms..

 

General Admission tickets are available in advance online for $25/ $30 the day of the show. A Limited amount of Front Row seats are available for $30 each. Doors open at 6:30pm, and concessions will be available for purchase.

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An Evening with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Saturday, October 12th at 7:30pm

Cutting-edge fiddle and cello explorations of Scottish and global music.

 

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling", and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 20 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

 

Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who's who of the fiddle world including Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.

 

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo's debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record five more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

 

A limited number of Front Row seats are available for $45, General admission tickets are available for $30 in advance, $35 the day of the event. If this show has not sold out, a limited number of tickets may be available at the box office for starting at 6:30pm.

*Get $10 off if you purchase a ticket to this performance AND register for their afternoon workshop!

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Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 50 years and twenty records, CHRIS SMITHER is truly an American original. A profound songwriter, Chris continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. From his early days as the New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America’s most distinctive acoustic performers, Chris Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound. He has always traveled his own road and stayed true to his musical vision. He has developed and maintained loyal friendships over the years with kindred-spirited musicians like Bonnie Raitt, Jorma Kaukonen, and Tim O’Brien, while at the same time throughout his career been inspired by and inspiring to today's next-generation of musicians like The Suitcase Junket and Peter Mulvey. He may be best known for writing "Love You Like A Man" which Bonnie Raitt and, more recently, jazz great Diana Krall have covered. His music has been covered by numerous artists and featured in soundtrack albums, independent films, television, and commercials. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. 

 

Chris Smither and The Motivators embark this November 2024 on a limited-edition, rare band tour featuring musicians from the recording session for All About the Bones (2024 Signature Sounds), Chris’ 20th recording. The record sports the unmistakable guitar sound Chris has made his own meshed with spare, brilliant songs, delivered in a bone-wise, hard-won voice. The Motivators are: producer/musician David Goodrich, Zak Trojano, and BettySoo. 

 

NEW YORK TIMES: folk-blues stalwart Chris Smither has been contemplating mortality throughout his decades of songwriting; at 80, he’s more convincing than ever”

 

A limited number of Front Row seats are available for $60 each. General admission tickets are available for $45 in advance, $50 the day of the event.

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Adam Ezra Group
Friday, December 20th at 7:30pm

Welcome To Adam Ezra Group

  • He takes a month out of each year to visit the living rooms of his fans around the country…

  • His band and nonprofit organization RallySound host a free festival every summer that raised $143,000 for homeless veterans in 2023…

  • He live-streamed for 500 nights in a row during the pandemic…

  • They co-produced an album with 163 fans… 

If you haven’t connected with Adam Ezra Group yet, these are just a few examples to help you understand how this underground, Americana songwriter and his bandmates seem to have popped out of nowhere, establishing a connection with their fans unlike any other, and are suddenly selling out theaters throughout the Northeast.  

Adam Ezra will joke with you that while the “nowhere” part might be accurate, nothing has ever just “popped” for this folk musician, activist.  Without resources, connections, or any kind of clue how the music world works, Ezra began playing shows over 20 years ago.  When music venues wouldn’t hire him, he played bars, bookstores, fields, and parking lots, often raising money for causes he cared about; a practice that grew into his nonprofit organization RallySound.  

“We’d play 5 hours a night,” Adam reminisces, “more often than not, in danger of outnumbering the audiences we were playing for…”

So how did this band operating so far outside the traditional music world come to win New England Music Award’s “Americana Act of the Year” in 2023?   What could have happened to inspire John Oates to call Adam and invite him to begin a songwriting friendship that would lead to John producing their upcoming release and co-write, “Hold Each Other Now”?  What happened to catch the attention of The Wallflowers, who recently invited AEG to join them on their spring tour, or SPIN Magazine who recently proclaimed, “This Independent Underground Folk Band Is Blowing Up Without Selling Out”? 

If you ask Adam, he’ll tell you:

“One person at a time, over many years and thousands of shows, decided to turn their heads to listen.  One person at a time decided to share our music with folks they care about.  That’s always been our story.  It’s no fairytale, but it sure makes me proud and humbled when I look out from the stage to watch theaters full of people singing along to our music.”

These days you’ll find Adam and his bandmates, Corinna Smith (Fiddle), Poche Ponce (Bass), and Alex Martin (Percussion), constantly out on the road.  If you look at their tour schedule now, you can buy tickets to see them at festivals, rock venues, and theaters around the country, but you will also see their tour continuously peppered with activism and grassroots events; a testament to an artist who will never forget where he came from, and whose mission is about much more than music.

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