Huge CrowdThis year’s festival was truly a crowd pleaser headlined once again by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra conducted and directed by Grammy Award winner Lucas Richman.


Grammy Award winning Conductor and Music Director Lucas Richman at POPS 2015

The 2015 slate of music diversity included not only the Bangor Symphony’s traditional music set, but we also witnessed a world exclusive live collaborative featuring original compositions and arrangements featuring The  Rustic Overtones.  Ticket holders experienced the sounds and sights of Inanna, Sister in Rythem, Dave Rowe Trio, Sidy Maiga, Trina Hamlin, a Rustic Overtones solo set and the Western Mountain Trash Can Band to open. Wow!

In past years, the Kingfield POPS have commissioned collaborations between artists and the symphony for the release of world exclusive Rustic with BSO dancersarrangements and compositions from artists such as Jonathan Edwards, Sultans of String, Noel Paul Stookey, Dave Mallet and more. This year, The Rustic Overtones made their debut’ with the BSO.

View our 2015 line-up below


Rustic Overtones – Headlining solo and collaborating with the Bangor Symphony for a world exclusive!

Dave Gutter of Rustic

Lead singer and guitarist Dave Gutter of Rustic Overtones at the 13th Annual Kingfield POPS.

On June 27th  2015 the Kingfield POPS Festival celebrated rock group, The Rustic Overtones. The Rustic Overtones are an alternative rock band, based in Portland, Maine.  With a discography spanning over twenty years, they have a unique blend of indie rock, fused with soul music, garage punk and the psychedelic music of the 1960’s. The band is well known for their energetic live shows and insightful lyrics.

The Rustic Overtones have collaborated and recorded with artists such as David Bowie, Ray Lamontagne, Eric Krasno, Funkmaster Flex and Naughty by Nature.

Bangor Sympony featuring Rustic Overtones, 2015!

Bangor Sympony featuring Rustic Overtones, 2015!

A unique sound steeped in both Earth, Wind and Fire-style funk and late-era Beatles psychedelia.” -Rolling Stone

“Rustic’s firepower-a skintight rhythm section, soulful keyboards, stinging guitars, funky horns and the potent, complex, and totally engrossing voice of frontman Dave Gutter” – Billboard Magazine

For more information visit their website at www.therusticovertones.com

Trina Hamlin

Trina Hamlin at the 2015 Kingfield POPS

Trina Hamlin at the 2015 Kingfield POPS

Distinguished, multi-instrumentalist, folk-rock artist, Trina Hamlin was a highlight at the Kingfield POPS Festival on June 27th. Her music is a unique blend of folk innocence and sharp wit characterized by her lyrical storytelling. She has appeared at the Newport Folk Festival and the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, and her music has been featured in numerous television shows including Dawson’s Creek and MTV’s Real World. For more information, visit her website at www.trinahamlin.com

Trina is joined by percussionist Sidy Maiga

Trina is joined by percussionist Sidy Maiga






Dave Rowe Trio

Dave Rowe janninDave Rowe Trio joined the Kingfield POP Festival for a reunion show with bassist Kevin O’Reilly and Eric McDonald on mandolin. The Dave Rowe Trio’s sound is a blend of both traditional and original, contemporary folk music. With five albums recorded, their music has been performing at concert venues all over the U.S.

For more info, visit Dave’s website www.daverowemusic.com


Inanna: Sisters in Rhythm

Inanna at POPS 2015

Inanna at POPS 2015

The 2015 crowd greatly enjoyed the rhythm and percussion group, Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm. Inanna was conceived in Ulna, Maine, in 1989 and are influenced by traditional African percussion. They are also inspired by the myth of the goddess Inanna and her descent into the underworld. Their rhythms are soulful and uninhibited, and their music gains influence from Western harmonies  as well as numerous traditional, African percussion. For more information on Inanna, visit their website at www.inannasistersinrhythm.com


Sidy Maiga, June 27, 2015

Sidy Maiga, June 27, 2015

Sidy Maïga joined us and is a master percussionist from Bamako, Mali, West Africa, who specializes in djembe and dun dun.  Though trained in the complex traditional rhythms of Mali, Sidy is also well versed in Caribbean and hip-hop rhythms.  He has performed with a variety of different artists, including Percussion Fassia du District de Bamako, Troupe Artistique du District de Bamako and many more.



A gifted teacher, Sidy has taught percussion in New York, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Providence. From 2006 through 2009, Sidy was the Master Drummer in residence at Providence’s Black Rep Theater.  Currently Sidy is the drummer in residence for Boston’s Uhuru Afrika. In 2011, Sidy was named the RI State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Fellowship winner and was selected as one of the MacColl Johnson Fellows for Music Composition.


For more about Sidy, visit at www.sidymaiga.com.