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Blue Hill
Originally published in Compass, June 12, 2014
Pops concert to feature ‘Sounds Around Blue Hill’

Atlantic Clarion steel drum band

The Atlantic Clarion steel drum band will perform outside George Stevens Academy as concertgoers enter concerts in the 2014 Blue Hill Pops “Sounds Around Blue Hill” festival in Blue Hill, Maine.

Photo courtesy of Bagaduce Music Lending Library

Celebrate Independence Day at the 24th annual Blue Hill Pops Concert, and kick off the 2014 summer season with a program featuring a lineup of topnotch Maine musicians. Sponsored by the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, the 2014 Blue Hill Pops Concert will be held on Thursday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the George Stevens Academy gymnasium on Union Street in Blue Hill, according to a news release from concert organizers.

This year’s music festival of “Sounds Around Blue Hill” will feature the Maine Street R&B Revue, a nine-piece rhythm and blues powerhouse band with Colin Graebert on keyboards and vocals, Amy Tellier-Briggs on vocals, Jon Ludwig on alto and tenor sax, Steve Orlofsky on baritone sax, Pat Michaud on trumpet, Trevor Marcho on trombone, Jeremy Shirland on guitar, Brad O’Brien on bass and Bobby Duron on drums; Castlebay, a Celtic duo with Julia Lane on harp and Fred Gosbee on guitar, fiddle and tin whistle; 4 Cryin’ Out Loud, an a cappella jazz quartet of singers Heather Ford, Marta Rieman, Diane Gallagher, and Tom Tootill; and the Bagaduce Pops Singers under the direction of Bronwyn Kortge performing a medley from the Broadway musical Chicago.

The Atlantic Clarion Steel Band will perform outside as concert-goers enter. The New Trad Trio will entertain the audience from the stage before the concert begins with traditional jazz of the 30s and 40s. As in past years, Blue Hill Pops will conclude with a patriotic finale featuring an audience sing-a-long of our nation’s service songs and “America the Beautiful.”

Table seats, reserved chairs and bleacher seats are available in a range of prices. For tickets, call 374-5454. Sponsors for the 2013 Blue Hill Pops Concert are Bar Harbor Bank, Cape Air, Lambert Coffin Hanley Law Offices, Pen Air and Stanley Subaru.