Jazz Fest to Put MDI in the Swing

The seventh annual Bar Harbor Jazz Festival kicked off five days of music with a performance Wednesday night on the village green by tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry. The festival ends Sunday with a 9 p.m. concert by Container, a group led by the Danish bassist Nils Davidsen.

More than two dozen performances, including the three on Wednesday, are scheduled during the festival. Nine concerts are scheduled for the bandstand on the Bar Harbor Village Green. In case of rain, these concerts will be moved inside to Carmen Verandah, which is nearby on Main Street. Other concerts will take place at clubs throughout town.

Phoenix City! includes Danish jazz masters — BH JAZZ FEST
Phoenix City! includes Danish jazz masters — BH JAZZ FEST

“It’s a healthy mix of locals and nationally recognized and internationally recognized jazz artists,” said Ned Ferm, a jazz saxophonist and artistic director of the festival.

There is no admission charge for the concerts. Updates on personnel and schedule changes will be available through Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit the festival’s website at www.barharborjazzfest.com.


Bar Harbor Jazz Festival Schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 18

  • 6 p.m. Bill McHenry Trio, Village Green
  • 7 p.m. Phil and Stesha, Side Street Café
  • 10 p.m. Tczeebo and Hump Funk, Lompoc Café


Thursday, Aug. 19

  • 3:30 p.m. Dov Manski Duo, Side Street Café
  • 6 p.m. Sam Barsh Trio, Village Green
  • 9 p.m. Kim Cass Trio, Side Street Café
  • 10 p.m. – Ryan Blotnick jam session, Lompoc Café


Friday, Aug. 20

  • 4 p.m. Aurora Jazz Project, Village Green
  • 6 p.m. Lizz Potter Band, Village Green
  • 8 p.m. Kristin Slipp Trio, McKay’s
  • 9:30 p.m. Ross Gallagher Quartet, Mad Hatter
  • 10:00 p.m. Po’ Girl, Lompoc Café
  • 10:30 p.m. Ryan Blotnick group, Finback
  • 11 p.m. Film event at Reel Pizza

Saturday, Aug. 21

  • 2 p.m. Aaron Rourk Duo, Carmen Verandah
  • 4 p.m. Mads Hyhne Trio, Village Green
  • 6 p.m. The Shambles, Village Green
  • 9 p.m. Lazlo Gardony and John Lockwood, McKay’s
  • 9 p.m. Beau Lisy jam session, Side Street Café
  • 10:30 p.m. Phoenix City!, Lompoc Café


Sunday, Aug. 22

  • Noon Julianne Gardner and The Shades of Blue, Rupununi
  • 2 p.m. MDI High School student band, Village Green
  • 4 p.m. Mike Bennett, Village Green
  • 6 p.m. John Cooper Quartet, Village Green
  • 9 p.m. Container, Mad Hatter


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