The 2016 Dooryard Arts Festival kicks off on Thursday July 21st and runs through Saturday July 23rd.
Thursday at the main stage is going to be a great time, full of local talent. Opening up the evening will be local group Luke and the Drifters. Look no further if you’re seeking a young group full of energy, playing some well known and loved crowd favourites, along with an array of original tunes! Festival organizers are so pleased to have Luke and the Drifters open up the main stage and promise you will not want to miss this evening.
Wisecracker, another locally loved favourite, will follow Luke and the Drifters. This versatile group love to rock and promise to get the night pumping at the main stage. This group will ease you into the Thursday night line up! Brothers were a huge favourite at the Dooryard Arts Festival Launch Party in May and festival organizers are excited to feature this group on the main stage as the third Thursday night act. Brothers features a fantastic group of musicians, a few of which you may recognize, and this alternative hip hop group promises to funk up the night with a repertoire of originals that will keep you on your feet.
Headlining Thursday night is the Mike Bochoff Band! If you haven’t heard of the Mike Bochoff Band yet, you need to grab a ticket for this event – this three-piece group is brimming with soulful lyrics, witty banter, and contagious energy. This group will rock your face off without blowing out your eardrums. This promises to be an amazing night to kick off the Dooryard Arts Festival in 2016!
Also on Thursday evening punk band, The Demand will be performing on the Queen Street Free stage at 7 pm, and a free show will be held at The River on Main Street at 5 pm.
On Friday night the main stage will have performances from Tomato/Tomato, Easley, Stevenson & Arsenault, and the Earthbound Trio. Rag N’ Bone will be performing on the Queen Street Free Stage, and Rick Olsson will be putting on a show at The River.
The festival will come to a close on Saturday, with a main stage line-up of Glenn McFarlane, The Hupman Brothers Band, and The Downtown Blues Band. The Old and The New will be playing at the Queen Street Free Stage, while Mike Biggar will be playing at The River.
Throughout the three days there will be special events at the Connell House including Mahamaya doing A Dance Theatre Ensemble on Thursday at 7 pm, Tell Me Something, An Evening of Stories hosted by Nick Lawson on Friday at 7 pm, and an artist talk with Lee Horus Clark at 2 pm on Saturday.
The Queen Street Market will be held on Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, and there will be a Songwriters’ Circle hosted by Jared Lutes with Mike Biggar and Courtney Smith at the Saint James United Church on Saturday at 7 pm.
Tickets and passes for all events are currently on sale.
About the Dooryard Arts Festival
The Dooryard Arts Festival is the flagship annual summer event of the River Valley Arts Alliance, a non-profit organization with the aim of increasing public access to, and awareness of, arts and culture in the upper St. John River Valley.
“We tell stories. We zig when others zag. We build community by gathering an unexpected group of people in a small place at the same time. We’re a festival organized by artists, musicians, and arts enthusiasts who believe diversity is beautiful and that demographic targeting is overrated. We act out. We sing together. We dance, rain or shine.”
For more information visit the website at www.dooryardfestival.com and Like on Facebook.