Creator Artists Reflect On Decade Of Arootsakoostik Music Festival

Travis Cyr was influenced to start New Sweden’s Arootsakoostik songs celebration in the mid-2000s, while playing a program at the Common Ground Fair in Unity with Tree by Fallen leave and the Tough felines, respectively hailing from Belfast and also Fox Island. Something sparked as well as it gave me a concept to bring that feeling of culture up right here, Cyr claimed. I wanted to live up right here, but still encounter that, so I figured I would certainly bring several of the breaks down here. Along with the Commonalities Fair, Cyr was influenced by the Phish events in the late 1990s in Limestone, and exactly how those series brought local individuals with each other. I was constantly familiar with Thomas Park, Cyr added, describing the event location in New Sweden. All it required to get the ball rolling was a little support. 10 years later, Cyr really feels incredibly humbled as well as extremely blessed.

In addition to organizing one of northern Maine’s biggest music celebrations, Cyr additionally is responsible for reserving bands at Stockholm’s Eureka Hall in addition to the Nordic Heritage Center of Presque Island. Though hype for the event began gradually, it has actually increased to the point where Maine acts are calling Cyr in hopes of getting in on the program. Our track record has actually blossomed and also precedes us to the point where individuals are connecting to us now, Cyr said. It’s tough saying no to people; however it’s something we have actually had to do. The performances this year opened up at 11 a.m. Saturday with Aroots Around, showcasing Frank Hopkins, Sorcha Cribben-Merrill, Putnam Smith as well as John Clavette. Fourteen more acts enhanced the timberland amphitheater from noon to 8 p.m. as more and more visitors packed into Thomas Park.

Though the event has actually included out of state bands in the past, Cyr made a point to specifically feature Maine musicians for the 10th anniversary. Every person here is Maine made, Cyr claimed. We have around 15 bands on the lineup. All of them are Maine acts and 5 or 6 of them have Aroostook County ties. While getting artists to do end up being simpler as the celebration gotten in popularity, Cyr still has problem aligning food suppliers. Food vendors are possibly the hardest trait to align for the show, Cyr said. We simply keep an eye on which we see around, and also considering that the same variety of trucks is at a lot of outdoor events, we simply hit them up prior to the event. Burger Boy owner Spenser Ouellette got on hand with General Supervisor Dustin Mancos to offer ice cream Saturday.

This is our very first year, Mancos stated. Travis is a buddy of Spenser’s as well as he had actually asked us for the last few years ahead, but this is the first time we have actually been able to appear as well as it appears to be quite enjoyable so far. It’s been great, Ouellette claimed. The weather is holding off, and with any luck even more people arrive throughout the day. It’s wonderful obtaining various bands from downstate in addition to Aroostook County. It’s a treat for individuals in The Region to be able to hear various sort of music. We value Travis Cyr for putting this together and praise him on Ten Years. The turnover is fantastic, Mancos stated. No one’s ever before heard of New Sweden, so it’s great to see many people appear.

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