FARMINGTON — The public is welcome as the Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus offers music under the stars with a summer concert on the lawn Thursday, July 28. Those wishing to attend should bring blankets and lawn chairs and kick back with a picnic lunch to listen to the folk sounds of Jud Caswell and Golden Oak. The lawn opens at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar. Admission is $5.

Maine’s Jud Caswell is a little bit like a one-man folk festival, with banjo picking, Irish drinking songs, a rack of acoustic instruments and a deep catalog of award-winning originals. He is celebrating the release of his sixth collection, “Watch The Fall.” Early listeners have called it “homey and groovy and uplifting and thoughtful.”

Named one of Maine’s “rising artists” by the Nova Design Group, Golden Oak just released their debut album, “Pleasant St.” and have performed throughout the greater New England area. Conceived in the winter of 2013 by Singer-Songwriter Zak Kendall and cellist Seth Wegner, they were quick to join forces with Kendall’s sister Lena, whose voice blends with the hum of the cello and guitar. More recently, they have teamed up with their good friend Eloise Schultz, who gives their songs yet another set of layers with her soaring trumpet and vocal harmonies.


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