ELLSWORTH — The Grand has teamed up with Bangor-based Launchpad to launch “Music at The Grand,” a new year-long series featuring diverse local and nationally known performing artists.
Launched on Oct. 22, The Grand and Launchpad will kick off the new series with the hard-driving folk-rock quartet Ghost of Paul Revere and Hancock’s Chris Ross and the North as its special guest from 8 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29. Portland’s State Theatre is a co-presenter of this concert.
Nick Turner, The Grand’s executive director, says the “Music at The Grand” series will include a wide variety of musical genres and styles with an emphasis on local and emerging performers.
“Live music is so important to Grand audiences and it’s a great place to experience live acts,” he said last week. “This exciting partnership with Launchpad will introduce more great musicians to The Grand and Grand audiences to more great musicians.”
A nonprofit arts incubator, Launchpad works to grow Maine’s creative economy by promoting Creative Placemaking projects and initiatives across the state. Its current projects include the annual All Roads Music Festival in Belfast and the Bangor Arts Exchange — a new performing arts space in Bangor.
Launchpad Executive Director Meg Shorette sees The Grand as an anchor — catalyst — for promoting and growing Maine’s arts community and creative economy.
“The Ellsworth community has shown a strong commitment to make the arts a cornerstone in its redevelopment and has established itself as a major arts hub for central and Downeast Maine,” Shorette said. “We are particularly excited to be a part of this scene and showcase a wide variety of music artists working in and touring through the state.”
The Portland-based folk trio The Ballroom Thieves, featuring vocalist-guitarist Martin Earley, singer/cellist “Callie” Peters and percussionist Devin Mauch will play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at The Grand.
To purchase tickets and find out about the “Music at The Grand” lineup, call 667-9500 and visit grandonline.org as well as wearelaunchpad.org.