Port City Music Hall
All Roads Music Festival - Saturday

All Roads Music Festival - Saturday

The Ballroom Thieves, Rustic Overtones, The Mallett Brothers Band, Murcielago

Sat, May 18, 2019

Doors: 11:00 am / Show: 12:00 pm

Downtown Belfast

Belfast, ME

$25 Advance / $30 Day of Show / $40 Festival Pass Advance

This event is all ages

The Ballroom Thieves • Rustic Overtones • The Mallett Brothers Band • Murcielago • Joel Thetford Band • Max Garcia Conover • Katie Matzell • Sibylline • Jacob Augustine • Johnny Cremains • Sugarbush • Janaesound • Crunchcoat • Sarah Violette & Renee Coolbrith • Covered In Bees • Cadaverette • Jason Ward and the West End Mules • Wait • Brzowski • Nice Life • Mouth Washington • Borderlines • The Breakfast Cowboy • Five Of The Eyes • Armies • John Hughes Radio • Lemon Pitch • Earl Mac • Midnight Riders • Greasy Grass • Darrell Foster • Caroline Cotter • John Nels • Jeff Beam

Friday - $20 Adv / $25 DOS
Saturday - $25 Adv / $30 DOS
Two Day Pass - $40 Adv / $45 DOS
VIP Pass - $55 Adv / $65 DOS

All Roads Music Festival
All Roads Music Festival
All Roads is a one-day festival and celebration of indie music, featuring some of the most talented local music artists from across the state and region. The festival features performances in a variety of genres including indie rock, folk, pop, bluegrass and indie folk musicians, as well as performers from related contemporary genres, such as alternative country, punk and hip-hop. The festival also includes discussion panels, curated showcases and the Maine Songwriters Circle.
The Ballroom Thieves
The Ballroom Thieves
Darker times make for bolder and, sometimes, brighter art.

The Ballroom Thieves - Calin “Callie” Peters (vocals, cello), Martin Earley (guitar, vocals), and Devin Mauch (percussion, vocals) - mine immense melodies and hypnotic hooks from personal stories on their 2018 EP, Paper Crown (Nettwerk Records). Under the cover of vintage jazz-style, the five songs reflect feelings of rootlessness from four nomadic years, bouts of depression, and the ever-looming specter of political unrest hanging over the country.

Nevertheless, a noticeable glimmer of light always peeks through.

“Our lifestyle has shaped our perspective,” explains Martin. “We’ve toured so much that we haven’t been able to call anywhere home. A lot of the songwriting was done from this place of simply not having a home base. We were the perennial guests.”

“Some of the more somber moments come from a darkness I carry,” admits Callie. “I’m not an optimist, and I suffer from insomnia and depression. Traveling around on highways and utilizing the faux likes of large cooperate hotels and chains can bring a person down. Songwriting is a way to speak about sad things in a pretty and concise way while providing a distraction from some of the realities of tour life. It’s not all dreary though, and the enormous range of experiences give us the juxtaposition of happy, easygoing vintage music and dark lyrics.”

That subtle balance has transformed The Ballroom Thieves into a quiet phenomenon. Following two EPs, the group released their full-length debut A Wolf in the Doorway in 2015. Between marathons of touring, 2016’s Deadeye would spawn a string of fan favorites. They claimed real estate on prime Spotify playlists (e.g. “Your Favorite Coffeehouse,” “Relax & Unwind,” “Morning Acoustic”) with “Bees” cracking 10 million streams on the platform. Along the way, they sold out shows and delivered standout performances at festivals such as Boston Calling and Newport Folk Festival, while landing features at NPR, Baeble Music, Boston Globe, Paste, Earmilk, and many others.

In late 2017, they commenced work on Paper Crown, collaborating with producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, Vance Joy) in Washington for the first time.

“Working with Ryan at Bear Creek was a completely new and unique experience,” affirms Devin. “He naturally pushed us through our vulnerabilities, challenging the band to grow and apply some of his more pop sensibilities to our traditional ‘Thieves sound.’ The rustic wooded environment at Bear Creek also had a serious impact on the band's experience creating these songs as we found ourselves there at two very different times of year - once in the beautiful but smoky heat of August and again in February's more frigid rain season. The result was a pretty stark contrast in the sounds, tones, textures, colors, and feel between each song, which in itself is a reflection of this band and our journey. “

During the process, The Ballroom Thieves dramatically expanded their sonic palette. Electric guitars figured prominently, and the group wholeheartedly embraced the fifties and sixties pop and country influences such as Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Willie Nelson in addition to religiously spinning Dan Auerbach.

“It was an attempt to make contemporary music accessible for a large range of music lovers” explains Callie. “You can’t deny those classics are special, and people across all generations have loved them for decades. Listeners keep coming back to them again and again for a reason.”

Martin elaborates, “We liked mixing those old-school pop elements with our big harmonies and folk-sensible songwriting.”

The band introduced the EP with the haunting “Only Lonely.” It quickly generated over 3.9 million streams. Meanwhile, the single “Do Something” illuminates their evolution. Its smoky soul could very well have swooned right out of a Chicago jazz haunt and onto a California beach circa 1965. At the same time, it encases fiery rhetoric within those sweet sonics.

The Ballroom Thieves culled the EP title Paper Crown from a lyric in "Do Something." Representing the ephemeral nature of consumerism, corporate greed, and reality TV, it's symbolic of the fake coronation atop the country's hierarchy. At the same time, it proposes an alternative charge for unity in the face of this misdirection.

“It’s a letter to this administration to do something kind,” Callie exclaims. “This president is not a suitable representative for any human being, but ironically, many of the Americans rallying behind him are the ones who stand to suffer the most if he continues to bolster ideals that only work for people who look and live like him. For ‘Do Something’, instead of focusing on my cynicism about it, I was trying to have higher hopes, and maybe scream a little about what most of us are thinking.”

Martin goes on, “It’s unifying rather than being divisive. It points towards the fact we’re all trying to navigate this situation together. We shouldn’t be doing that as two separate factions.”

Whether it’s the hard-hitting “Can’t Cheat Death” or the tearful, yet upbeat joy of “Almost Love,” they make pronounced creative strides together.

“To me, this EP is a transition,” Martin states. “It leads us towards the next project and stands as an evolution of our sound. Just like any band, we keep evolving and writing new songs that require creativity in production. I hope we take our older fans with us while making some new ones along the way.”

In the end, The Ballroom Thieves strain light through all the darkness.

“We hope people find it catchy and inviting,” Callie leaves off, “but are also able to find a likeness and connection to any of the ideas we express and the music we love to create.”
Rustic Overtones
Rustic Overtones
Rustic Overtones is a 6 piece rock band from Portland Maine that boasts a discography spanning 20 years. The bands unique version of indie rock is strongly influenced by soul music, garage punk, jazz and psychedelic music of the 60’s and 70’s.

Best known for their energetic live shows and perceptual songwriting, they have collaborated and recorded with David Bowie, Ray Lamontagne, Eric Krasno, among others, and lyricist and frontman Dave Gutter is a prominent songwriter, having penned songs for Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Eric Krasno, Res, Gramatik, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton.
The Mallett Brothers Band
The Mallett Brothers Band
The Mallett Brothers Band's busy tour schedule over the past seven years has helped them to build a dedicated fanbase across the U.S. and beyond while still calling the state of Maine their home. With a style that can range from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds. Texas Hill Country Explore Magazine calls them “New England’s wildly eclectic crew of genre rebels.” Bill Copeland Music News says “Combining their authentic roots rock sound with a reflective lyrical style that perceives stories on the level of epic myth, it’s like William Faulkner has been resurrected with an electric guitar in hand.." While remaining fully independent, The Mallett Brothers Band has performed at some of the country’s top venues and festivals, including Austin Texas’s famed Continental Club; Alexandria, Virginia’s Birchmere (sharing the stage with Oklahoma red-dirt rockers The Turnpike Troubadors), New Hampshire’s Meadowbrook Pavilion (opening for The Allman Brothers Band, and again opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd); Nashville’s Bluebird; and Little Rock’s The Rev Room, to name a few. Festival appearances include FloydFest (Virginia), Hop Jam (Vermont), Nateva (Maine), The New England Country Music Festival (New Hampshire), Eastbound Throwdown (New York), and many more.
Murcielago
Murcielago
Portland's Murcielago is tight but loose, hard, heavy and bluesy without bluster or angst. Friends in a room together trying to create that thrill of a great 70's rock album the first time you ever heard it. Named for a bull that wouldn't die,

Neil Collins - bass, vocals
Matt Robbins - guitar, vocals
Ian Ross - guitar
Brian Chaloux - drums
Venue Information:
Downtown Belfast
Multiple Venues
Belfast, ME