Live! for $5—an intergenerational family series

Every Wednesday in July and August

Rain Dates on Thursday’s

Tickets are $5 per person and are General Admission

June 23 - Atlantic Clarion Steel Band

at the Stonington Ball Field, 7pm

Atlantic Clarion is a professional steel band from Brooksville, Maine. The band performs high-energy concerts throughout Maine and New England; Founded in 1974 by Carl Chase the band began to make pans, the instruments for steel bands, and then formed the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band, performing on the post office steps on Monday evenings in Brooksville. Most notably in 1990, the band performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City, and internationally in 2015 with 40 players from Maine as guests at the International Panorama in Trinidad. Today Atlantic Clarion is directed by his son Nigel Chase and made up of players who have grown up participating and performing with the educational pan programs organized by Nigel and Pan Institute of Blue Hill. Nigel and the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band continue to make the instruments, start steel bands, teach and perform in Maine and beyond. 

 

6/30 Live! For $5 - The Fourth Wall 

at the Stonington Ball Field, 7pm

Few musical ensembles earn top marks for their "deft choreography," but this is no ordinary ensemble. Part chamber music group, part devised theatre company, part modern dance troupe, part circus act, The Fourth Wall blends music, theatre, dance, and acrobatics into a new hybrid art form. In their award-winning variety show, Fruit Flies Like a Banana, this trio of conservatory-trained musicians creates new interdisciplinary works and reinterprets classic repertoire - all performed in an order chosen by the audience - to make music that leaps off the stage.

 

July 14 - Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy 

at the Stonington Ball Field, 7pm

Best described as a show without boundaries, Hilby is the living proof that being German doesn’t mean you can’t be funny. Watch out for catapults, marshmallows,lots of Velcro and the bowling-ball of terror!

 

July 28 - Vanessa Anspaugh 

at Sand Beach, 6pm

Opera House Arts is excited to collaborate with the Bates Dance Festival in presenting Vanessa Anspaugh's Funerals for the Ocean. This collective work mourns the loss of the body of the Ocean, the loss of human bodies and the inextricable link between the two. Audience members will be guided in carefully choreographed rituals intended to provide space and bodily gestures for grieving what we have lost while also paying homage to what has been. No need to bring chairs, only carry what you are comfortable holding for the performance.

 

August 4 - Shank Painters

at the Stonington Ball Field, 7pm

The Shank Painters, a pirate-themed folk music trio based in Portland, combine accordion, voices, banjo, and guitar, with mostly nautical folk songs from centuries of seafaring culture. They bring the past alive with their mixture of playful, rollicking, heartbreaking, and hilarious songs. 

August 11 - The Gawler Sisters 

at the Stonington Ball Field, 7pm

Raised in the rich folk tradition of their acclaimed Maine-based musical family, Molly, Edith and Elsie Gawler have carried on the musical legacy. Although the Gawlers may be best known for their extensive collection of tunes in the Scots-Irish and French Canadian traditions, their extensive travels have added to the depth and wideness of their material and musical influences.

 

August 18 - Michel Lauzière

at the Stonington Opera House, 7pm

Michel Lauzière is a Canadian comedian known for his bizarre visual standup acts. Lauziere began performing in 1975 in a duo called lesfoubrac. Since then Lauziere has performed his one-man show to an estimated 1 billion viewers on five continents.

September 1 - Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings

at the Stonington Opera House, 7pm

Fancy fiddling, dueling hawaiian guitars, ukelele wizardry, flashy lap-steel guitar, a menagerie of toy instruments, vocal harmonies that sound as if they were polished by hand, a musical pig "porkestra," scandalous dancing--and that's just the intermission!