Rock (The Blast Addicts) with a side of Lyle and Ella (Velma)

One of the aspects that makes Stillwater Artsapalooza truly unique is that you can “choose your own adventure” in the arts!  Heck, you can leave a fun swing dance performance/lesson by Chris and Dan Crocker at the Keith Anderson Community Center, hear the legendary story-teller, Sanford Phippen and the rest of the Puckerbrush Review gang, at the Orono Public Library and then head to one bay of the Fire Station for a knock-your- socks-off rock concert by the Blast Addicts or choose a bit of a more mellow folk-rock performance by Velma in the second bay, aren’t choices wonderful?

The Blast Addicts will be performing for Stillwater Artsapalooza at the Fire Station from 7:00 p.m.-7:40 p.m. and again from 9:00-9:40 p.m.  The Blast Addicts have been rocking out in this area for two years now and are a hard hitting, high energy Rock/Pop/Blues band featuring the amazing vocalist Jason Simpson, guitarist Mike Curtis, bassist Athion Lewey, and drummer Ron Douglass.  They play a wide range of music including; Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Lady Gaga, Pink, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ACDC, Rihanna, Heart, Queen and many more great songs, and every song is a dance hit, so get ready to get your groove on!

The Blast Addicts have played to great acclaim all over Central and Coastal Maine. In the Bangor area they can be seen playing regularly at Ipanema Bar & Grill, Raena’s Pub, Carolina Sports & Spirits, and Benjamin’s on Franklin. If you like what you hear at Stillwater Artsapalooza the Blast Addicts are everywhere this summer so be sure to catch another one of their shows.

On the other side of the Fire Station from 6:00 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. and again from 8:00 p.m.-8:40 p.m. you can catch the fantastic vocal stylings of the band Velma!  Called “the love child of Ella Fitzgerald and Lyle Lovett,” Velma has her own way with a mix of pop-jazz, blues, and even some country.  The band features Steve McKay on lead guitar and accordion, Sue Hamlett on percussion, Harvey Kail on harmonica, Margo Lukens on guitar, and Paul Riechmann on upright bass.  Each member takes turns with the vocals and keeps the audience guessing as to what will be heard next!

Mark your calendars for an amazing time at Stillwater Artsapalooza, Saturday, June 23 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. in downtown Orono!

Stillwater Artsapalooza-A Capella Singing and Exquisite Painting!

Who doesn’t love A Capella music?  Tight harmonies, fun lyrics, and an all around good time, which may be why our featured a capella group is aptly named Good-Time Sound.  Good-Time Sound has been singing together for over three years.  They first harmonized as the cast of the clever musical Forever Plaid at the Waterville Opera House and they enjoyed the sounds and company so much that they just kept on “busting chords” together as an a capella quartet! 

They love to sing and perform a variety of musical genres from doo-wop to barbershop, contemporary to classical.  Some of their favorites are Blue Moon, Brown-Eyed Girl, Happy Together, King of the Road, Mood Indigo, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, and the list goes on.  So come hear this fantastic group at Stillwater Artsapalooza on June 23 all over downtown Orono.  Catch them at Verve from 6:00-6:40p.m., The Store/Ampersand from 7:00-7:40 p.m. and finally the Church of Universal Fellowship from 8:00-8:40 p.m.

One of the fantastic visual artists who will be featured at Stillwater Artsapalooza is the incomparable Julie Miller.  Julie Miller, a beloved nurse for School Union 87 (Orono and Veazie) until 2000, lives in Old Town, Maine, and now has an Art Studio, “FeatherStone”, where she creates works of watercolor, pen and ink, silver and feather jewelery and notecards.  Julie describes her art as the following:
“Within my paintings, I hope to give voice to those that could not speak for themselves. My medium is mostly watercolor inks, and india ink. all of my images come to me in dreamtime, and the poetry I share with them are their stories.. 
may your journey be a walk of peace, hope and light.”  Julie’s work will be at Stillwater Artsapalooza on June 25 on display at Ted Curtis Law Offices from 6:00p.m.-10:00p.m. To see more work by this fantastic artist visit her website:

These artists are just a few of the artists who will be featured at Stillwater Artsapalooza. Check back every few days to learn more about the rest of the amazing visual, performing, and literary artists who will participate in this year’s Stillwater Artsapalooza on Saturday, June 23 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. in downtown Orono!

Stillwater Artsapalooza 2012- June 23 from 6-10:00 p.m.

Stillwater Artsapalooza

50 Artists, 15 Venues, 1 fantastic night of arts!

Stillwater Artsapalooza is an exciting event happening in downtown Orono on Saturday, June 23!  Stillwater Artsapalooza is a festival of performing and visual arts that will involve over 50 artists on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 6:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in downtown Orono.  Artists will be performing and displaying their work at the Church of Universal Fellowship, The Store, Verve, Harvest Moon, The Roost, Bear Brew Pub, Lissuss Pizza, Orono Pharmacy, Town Council Chambers, Orono Public Library, University Inn, Ted Curtis Law Offices, Orono United Methodist Church, the Keith Anderson Community Center and the Old St. Mary’s Church in Orono.

Stillwater Artsapalooza is a fun-filled way to kick off your summer by seeing and hearing some of your favorite local artists and groups perform or display their work!  Artists featured at this event include Story Slam, Good-Time Sound, Robinson Ballet, Daniel Lesser, Orono Parks and Recreation Student Art, Ann Ross Dance, The Brass Menagerie, Ency Whitehill and James White, Velma, The Artesani Family, The Park Street Pickers, Old Town Elementary School artists, Betty Carr, Fiona Luray, Old Town High School Jazz Band Alumni, The Blast Addicts, Fran Vogt, Sanford Phippen and the Puckerbrush Review, The Six Basin Street All Women’s Dixieland Band, Nestor Gonzalez with Colin Graebert and Friends, Greta and Oliver, Sandra Hutchison, Jenn Chalout, Orono Middle School Drama,Travis Baker, Orono High School Speech and Debate Team, Stillwater Community Arts Young Artists, Travis Baker, Orono, Old Town and Hermon High School performing artists, Old Town High School visual art students, Old Town Parks and Recreation, Kathi McPhee, Orono High School Drama, Chris and Dan Crocker, Molly Webster, Sean Hiatt, Lampstand, Paradigm Blue, Sumthin’ Simple, Mary Drew School of Dance, Harbour Blue, The Underscores (Orono Middle School Jazz Band) and many more!  So mark your calendars and come on out to Stillwater Artsapalooza on Saturday, June 23 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.!

For more information please contact Cami Carter at

Young Artist Showcase- Sunday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Come see these remarkable young artists in the Stillwater Community Arts’ first Young Artist Showcase!

Stillwater Community Arts is excited to present The Young Artist Showcase, the culmination of an audition process where high school visual, performing, literary, and multi-media artists performed/displayed their work for a jury of experts in the field. From this audition Stillwater Community Arts chose seven talented Young Artists from the Orono-Old Town area to be featured in the Young Artist Showcase on Sunday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Minsky Recital Hall on the University of Maine campus. This year’s selected artists are:

Tim Bruce, Orono High School, photography
Kate Fergusson, Orono High School, saxophone
Erin Norris, John Bapst High School, dance
Nathan Reeves, Old Town High School, Composition
Hanna Renedo, Orono High School, violin
Natalie Smith, Orono High School, clarinet
Rowan Wilson, Orono High School, flute

Each Young Artist will perform or display two pieces and talk about what has inspired their art. The Young Artist Showcase will conclude with each Young Artist receiving a scholarship towards their arts education from the following generous sponsors: Griffin and Jordan, LaBree’s Bakery, MacDonald, Chase, & Dufour, Noonan Chiropractic, The Rock Team, The Store/Ampersand, and Veazie Veterinary Clinic. The Young Artist Showcase is free and open to the public and is a fantastic way to support the arts and the budding talent in our community. The Young Artist Showcase is co-sponsored by the University of Maine School of Performing Arts.