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The Waldo is an intimate musical performance venue, enabling local, regional and national artists to engage and enrich our community.

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An Evening with GA-20, opening with Splitwillow Trio
Friday, March 8th at 7:30pm

GA-20 clearly is on to something big. It’s a movement, a new traditional blues revival. The dynamic, throwback blues trio are disciples of the place where traditional blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll intersect. “We make records that we would want to listen to,” says guitarist Matt Stubbs. “It’s our take on the song-based traditional electric blues we love.” Stubbs and guitarist/vocalist Pat Faherty, and drummer Tim Carman have been at the forefront of this traditional blues revival since they first formed in 2018. It’s no wonder they skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Blues Charts.

 

“Since we started the band we’ve focused on the story, the melody, and on creating a mood. Playing live as much as we do, we’re finding more and more that people are discovering how cool it all is. Traditional country, soul and funk music have all had these massive recent revivals, but traditional blues so far has not.” With their new Colemine album, Crackdown, and an intensive tour schedule, that’s all about to change.

 

On Crackdown, GA-20’s third full-length release, the band creates an unvarnished, ramshackle blues that is at once traditional and refreshingly modern. Expanding on their previous releases (2019’s Lonely Soul and 2021’s Try It…You Might Like It! GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor) GA-20 finds inspiration on the edges of the genre, where early electric blues first converged with country and rock ‘n’ roll. The album’s nine original songs include the loping Louisiana-flavored Dry Run, the dirty and bare-bones Easy On The Eyes and the melodic garage tinge of Fairweather Friend. With tight, propulsive performances and a brevity and punk energy reminiscent of The Ramones, Crackdown is rowdy and fun, filled with instantly memorable and well-crafted songs.

Crackdown was recorded live at famed Q Division Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts, and, like GA-20’s previous releases, produced by Stubbs. “We set up the drums and amps all in one room, using a limited number of microphones and employing some vintage recording techniques,” explains Stubbs. “We brought in a lot of old amps and guitars and had fun exploring different amp/guitar combinations, and took a good amount of time dialing in the drum and guitar sounds before getting down to work.”

 

Since first forming in 2018, GA-20 has drawn inspiration for their old-school sounds from the music they love by artists such as Otis Rush, J.B. Lenoir, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells, Hound Dog Taylor, Lloyd Price, Johnny “Guitar” Watson and so many others. Performing with what feels like reckless abandon, GA-20 brings a timeless immediacy to every song they play with a sound that continues to grow and evolve. The Boston Herald calls them, “a magical blues trio.”

"A loose, raw, high-energy approach to the blues…guaranteed to get anyone with a pulse on to the dance floor. Riotously happy house rockers…they deliver sweaty, raucous grooves all night long."

-- Living Blues

 

American Songwriter says the band plays “rough and tumble, relentless blues” with “tough, insistent vocals” and “maximum intensity rocking.” UK tastemaker magazine MOJO says GA-20 makes “a joyful noise.” With the help of their relentless tour schedule, GA-20 reached many fans who had never heard of Hound Dog Taylor, and who were now not just fans, but recruited to this new, growing traditional blues revival as well. “We’re proud to bring this sound to a new audience,” says Stubbs. “When people hear it, they get what we’re doing and they’re into it. It’s very important to us to make a personal connection,” he continues. “Blues is meant to be played live. It’s about telling stories. We love making records but performing live is even more important to us.” Now, with Crackdown and an ever-expanding tour schedule, GA-20 is clearly on to something big. It’s a movement, a traditional blues revival.

Opening will be Splitwillow Trio. Splitwillow is a dynamic and emotive rock band from Midcoast Maine. Their sound has been compared to legendary groups like Little Feat, Pink Floyd and The Band. Their songs contain darkly artistic and sometimes psychedelic lyrics as well as blazing, virtuosic instrumentals.

 

A limited number of Front Row seats are available for $40, General admission tickets are available for $25 in advance, $30 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.

Doors open at 6:30pm, and concessions will be available for purchase. All tickets are final sale.

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Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet formed Trout Fishing in America in 1979 as a means of survival. They traveled to California as a part of the Texas-based five-piece band St. Elmo’s Fire with hopes of being discovered and signed by a major record label. When no such opportunity arose, and the promising tour dissolved, Keith and Ezra peeled off from their bandmates to fend for themselves. Busking on the streets of Santa Cruz with an acoustic guitar, and an upright bass, the pair quickly learned that engaging listeners instantly was the only path towards dollars and coins in the open guitar case. When entry in a music contest required them to have a name for their act, they chose Trout Fishing in America as an homage to Keith’s love of writer Richard Brautigan and Ezra’s love of fishing.

 

They returned to Texas and continued performing as a duo, landing gigs in the southeast United States. For a band comprised only of a guitar, a bass, and two vocalists, Keith and Ezra could sonically fill whatever space they played. Trout’s genre- defying musical style and unique stage presence did not lend itself to standard marketing strategies so their following developed through word-of-mouth recommendations from fans and club owners. No one could explain what kind of music Trout played but would also tell you that theirs was not a show to miss.

 

Rather than waiting for a record label’s attention, they formed their own Trout Records label in the 1980s and released two vinyl albums and two cassettes. Drawing inspiration from childhoods spent listening to top-40 AM radio, the two songwriters seasoned their music with stylings from rock and roll, blues, folk, country, bluegrass,funk, Latin, and reggae...whatever sound would best bring out the flavor of the lyrics they wrote. From the beginning, they were a song writing team with Keith typically being the lyrical generator while Ezra developed the music. Their collaborative natures allowed them to edit each other’s contributions without egos clashing.

 

Through hard work, strong musicianship, solid friendship, supportive families, and a genuine ability to connect with their audience, Trout’s homegrown success and appeal exploded in the 1990s. This led to regular touring throughout the US and Canada in their infamous red truck, Robert RedFord. They retired The Red Truck in 1997 after accumulating over half a million miles. The 1990s ushered in the era of compact discs and Trout released 9 more albums from 1990 – 1999 on their label. They were nominated for Grammy awards in 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2008.

 

Keith and Ezra have always been road dogs, driving tens of thousands of miles throughout the United States every year. In March 2020, years of touring came to a halt. After a month apart, they reunited at the Trout House Studio and did what they do best: they wrote songs together. With live gigs disappearing, Keith and Ezra had lots of time to experiment and create. The studio became their safe house. They wrote over a dozen new songs and performed monthly live streams to stay connected with their fans. The result is Trout’s 25th album, “Safe House”. It will be released in April of 2022.

 

It is not unusual for three or four generations of a family to show up at a Trout performance and this is a point of pride for both Keith and Ezra. It may still be impossible to tell you what kind of music Trout plays, but after attending a show, you’ll know exactly what you’ve witnessed: two guys who still love what they do and are excited to share it with you.

 

A limited number of Front Row seats are available for $25, General admission tickets are available for $15 in advance, $20 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 3:00pm. Doors open at 3:00pm, and concessions will be available for purchase.

 

Free parking is available on Main Street; Friendship Street; in the 8 unreserved spaces on Glidden Street; in the Kuhn Parking lot (beside the masonic lodge on Main Street); and in the lot behind Perch and The Narrows. Please do not park on School Street or Shady Lane, as parking there is prohibited.

 

All tickets are final sale and non-refundable.

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The Dani Tribesmen Reggae Band has been playing reggae music across Maine and beyond since 1985. They've performed throughout New England and have shared the stage with the likes of Burning Spear and The Band. 

The modest beginnings of a reggae jam at The Wharf in Hallowell, Maine have lead David Gagne and his wife Chris, Tina and Mike Murphy, Paul D'Alessio, and various other musicians who pop in and out of the lineup to where they are today. Currently based in Boothbay Harbor, where for over 30 years they have been playing a spectacularly successful sunset cruise aboard the Harbor Princess, they've built a following that literally spans generations. Join us as we celebrate 4/20 together in rasta style!

 

General Admission tickets are available in advance online for $18/ $23 the day of the show. A limited amount of Front Row seats are available for $30. Tickets will also be available at the Box Office starting at 3:00pm. Doors open at 3:00pm, and concessions will be available for purchase.

 

All tickets are final sale and non-refundable.

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One night only and their only Maine performance!

10,000 Maniacs, one of America’s most beloved independent bands with hits These Are Days, Because The Night and Candy Everybody Wants, is bringing its revival tour to The Waldo!

Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, 10,000 Maniacs has a lot in common with Jamestown, New York, the city that spawned them back in 1981. Both are honest and hardworking, a step outside the mainstream, and both possess a bit of magic. “It’s a city of blue-collar poetry,” says keyboardist Dennis Drew. “And that’s what we’re about, real-life stories. We’re a family, we do real work and we keep moving forward.”

The band has covered plenty of ground in its 40 years, from cult-stardom to international stardom, to their current status as a cornerstone alternative band. But the sound and spirit of 10,000 Maniacs remains consistent. The live shows embrace their entire catalogue, and the lineup is still anchored by four of the six original members. Drew, guitarist John Lombardo, and bassist Steven Gustafson co-founded the band in 1981. Drummer Jerome Augustyniak joined in 1982, solidifying the rhythm section. And the two “new” members have long been part of the family: Mary Ramsey toured and recorded with the Maniacs as a viola player and backup singer beginning in 1991 before stepping into the front woman’s role 27 years ago. 

A limited number of Front Row seats are available for $115, Second Row and Third Row Seats are available for $99 each. First Row seating in the Balcony is $89. General admission tickets are available for $75 in advance, $80 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 7:00pm. Doors open at 7:00pm, and concessions will be available for purchase.

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Tickets go on sale Jan 19th at 10AM!
Everything Is Alive, Darlingside’s fourth LP, marks a subtle but remarkable departure for the Boston-based quartet NPR once described as “exquisitely arranged, literary minded, baroque folk-pop.” While the album retains much of the lushness and sophistication of Extralife (2018) and Fish Pond Fish (2020), the band’s latest work decisively exposes and differentiates the individual voices of the four songwriters—a daring reinvention for a group known for ubiquitous vocal harmonies. Grappling with change both personal and universal, with quandaries domestic and existential, Everything Is Alive is an album about loss and the struggle for a semblance of redemption.

Comprised of Don Mitchell, Auyon Mukharji, Harris Paseltiner and David Senft, four likeminded multi-instrumentalists who first met at Williams College in 2009, Darlingside’s career has been defined by the elegance of their compositions and the unity of their four voices. Their talent for harmony and melodic world-building is part of what garnered praise from outlets like NPR, Rolling Stone and The New Yorker, and what has created demand worldwide for their extraordinary live performances. Becoming beautifully unindividualized has, in other words, worked very well for Darlingside in the past. With a vigor and discipline more common to graduate-level writing workshops than to indie rock, Darlingside has, over the years, experimented with all manners of idiosyncratic methods for elevating and upholding a truly democratic process of songwriting—processes that include multiple rounds of group writing and recording exercises—all with the aim of escaping the trap that bands with multiple songwriters often fall into: ego-driven infighting and artistic incoherence. To see Darlingside perform live is to confirm this special chemistry.

 

With the release of Everything Is Alive the band will, for the first time, take to the road without Dave Senft. Instead of filling his spot directly, the band has wisely chosen to honor the special chemistry of the foursome by letting those arrangements live on the recordings without obligation to faithfully recreate them onstage. While Dave remains a contributing member of the band, on tour Darlingside will perform in a completely different configuration altogether—a configuration that will, at times, include the album’s drummer Ben Burns, singer Molly Parden, and others—proving again how the group can adroitly rearrange themselves for the breaking of a new and different day.

 

Spencer Albee is a Maine-based singer, songwriter, performer and producer. Since 1995, he has toured internationally, signed multiple major recording and publishing contracts, and has worked with artists ranging from David Bowie to De La Soul. Rolling Stone Magazine called Spencer a "21st Century master in the lost art of Beatlesque hooks.” He recently produced The Ghost Of Paul Revere’s “Good At Losing Everything” which was met with wide acclaim, and is presently working on his 23rd studio album.

 

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.

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The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing it’s hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.

 

Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes. — Boston Herald

 

Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 2,000 concerts over 4 continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The group exhibits great finesse and flexibility, appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French, and UK television and radio, and participating in a wide variety of special musical projects. They’ve collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists including: Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, the Scottish folk band Breabach, singer Julie Fowlis, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.

 

Not content with standard approaches to tradition, Le Vent du Nord has also created a symphonic concert that, according to Voir Montreal, “puts all traditional folk naysayers to shame.”

 

On stage these 5 musicians create intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. This is the modern sound of tradition, a music of the here and now.

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WALDOBORO! WALDOBORO! WALDOBORO! We can’t wait to come to The Waldo Theatre on May 18th!

That's right! We Teach, You Sing and together, We are the show! And this time...You better be ready for an EPIC 80s Sing-Along! You know why? Cuz nothing beats the 80s! NOTHING! From Prince, Madonna & George Michael…To Bon Jovi, Whitney & Journey…

The 80s had it covered when it came to EPIC pop hits. Come + belt out some of the greatest songs of the 80s by the greatest stars of the 80s! Get your tix NOW!

Choir! Choir! Choir! directors Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (AKA DaBu) throw the biggest and best singing parties of all time! Since 2011, they have built a dedicated and passionate community of singers (and non-singers) by creating a safe, productive, and exceedingly fun space to express themselves. They have shared the stage with David Byrne, PattiSmith, Rick Astley, even Kermit The Frog - and performed on some of the world’s greatest stages, including Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and Newport Folk Festival. Armed with just an acoustic guitar, the duo teach harmonic arrangements to the greatest pop songs of all time and get every room laughing and singing at the tops of their lungs! 

 

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. Doors open at 6:30pm, and concessions will be available for purchase.

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Join us for a fantastic evening with Andy Summers, founding member of the iconic rock band, The Police and a brilliant practitioner of the guitar, camera and written word. This is a continuation of Andy’s solo multi-media project, "The Cracked Lens and A Missing String" where he projects sequences of photography with music.

Andy Summers rose to fame in the early 1980’s as the guitarist with the multi-million record selling rock band The Police. The Police were the number one band of the time and dominated the music scene and the media in the eighties with several number albums and singles including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Don’t Stand So Close to Me, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Invisible Sun, and Message in a Bottle. The band was the recipient of several Grammys and awards too numerous to mention.

Andy Summers innovative guitar playing created a new paradigm for guitarists in this period and has been widely imitated ever since. Prior to the Police Andy Summers played with various bands in the London music scene including the Soft Machine, Kevin Coyne and also Kevin Ayers.

 

Post Police Andy has made fifteen solo records, collaborated with many other musicians and toured the world as a solo artist. He has published several books of photography including Throb, Can’t Stand Losing You, Desirer Walk the Streets, A Certain Strangeness and A Series of Glances published by teNeues Verlag 2023. 

 

Recent photography exhibitions include A Certain Strangeness at the Pavillion Populaire in Montpelier France where it broke all attendance records, followed by a six month run at the Bonnafanten Museum, Maastricht in the Netherlands. The travelling exhibition was also seen at Leica galleries in London, Hamburg, Munich, Paris New York and Leica headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany. 

 

Andy is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Guitar Player Hall of Fame, has the keys to New York City and has been awarded the Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture in France.

 

A limited number of Front Row seats are available for $75. General admission tickets are available for $50 in advance, $55 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 7:00pm.

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Heather Pierson Jazz TrioSunday, July 28th at 7:00pm
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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