First seven artists announced for 2016 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront

In a press conference in Bangor on Thursday morning, American Folk Festival volunteers announced the first seven artists slated to perform at the 2016 edition of the festival, set for Aug. 26-28 on the Bangor Waterfront.

Artists include:

  • Michael Mwenso and the Shakes, featuring vocalist Brianna Thomas, an acclaimed New York City-based jazz ensemble.
  • The National Women’s Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka, performing traditional Sri Lankan dance.
  • The Western Flyers, a Western Swing band based out of Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Michael Cleveland, an award winning, Indiana-based blind American bluegrass fiddle player.
  • The East Pointers, a Prince Edward Island-based folk trio.
  • Gerarde Contino y Los Habaneros, a Cuban and Latin salsa band based out of New York City.
  • Nathalie Pires, a New Jersey-based Portugese Fado singer.

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Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, UMaine graduate, proud Bangorian and a writer and editor for Bangor Metro Magazine, the Weekly and the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor area. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra. She's interested in everything that happens in Maine. Albums for review are accepted digitally only; please no CDs.