Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary with performances by 12-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs, The Grascals and many others

BRUNSWICK – For four days, Aug. 28-31, the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival will mark its 30th anniversary, with musicians and music fans gathering “one more time” to bring to a close an era of first-class family musical entertainment.

The Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival has long been acclaimed worldwide as one of the best family friendly festivals. After 30 successful years, organizers believe the time has come to wish everyone farewell and celebrate an impressive history of music and memories.

Featured will be more than 50 hours of continuous bluegrass music.

Every day will offer a mix of local and regional talent, with some of the most influential and accomplished artists in bluegrass today. Thursday will begin with an open stage, providing an opportunity for new talent to gain exposure. Another highlight of the day will be a stage show by seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent and 2007 Showcase winner Crossover of Connecticut.

Friday’s show will welcome Grammy nominee Claire Lynch to Thomas Point for the first time and bring back such favorites as the New England Bluegrass Band and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, with banjo extraordinaire Leroy Troy. Performing the final set of the night will be Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives.

Saturday’s stage show will include, among others, Bluegrass Diamonds of Canada, Country Ham of California – and back to back, Bluegrass Superstars 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers’ of the Year The Grascals and 12-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

Sunday’s show will feature an encore presentation from The Grascals, The Gibson Brothers, mandolin master Doyle Lawson with Quicksilver and the Del McCoury Band.

Also scheduled to perform at the festival are White Mountain Bluegrass of New Hampshire, a member of the lineup at every Thomas Point Beach Festival for the past 30 years; Loretta & Mo Lebowitz; The Farewell Drifters; Pine Hill Ramblers; The Adrians; Rick Lang and Friends; The Old Time Bluegrass Singers; The Seth Sawyer Band; Cabin Fever; Doerfel Family; George Whistlin’ Whitney; White Mountain Bluegrass; and the Thomas Point Beach Children of Bluegrass Band.

For a complete schedule of performance dates and times, visit www.thomaspointbeach.com.

The festival will run from 1 to 10 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Stage shows are followed by acoustic performances under the stars and field picking.

Three-day, four-day and single-day tickets will be available at the festival gates. Single-day tickets are $25 Thursday, $50 Friday and Saturday ($40 after 5 p.m.), and $45 Sunday ($35 after 5 p.m.). Three- and four-day tickets include free camping and are $130 per person (3 days) and $140 per person (4 days). Teens ages 13-16 admitted for half the adult rate; children under 12 free. A single-day camping area is available for $20 per night. Please leave all pets at home.


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