What an incredible evening with thousands of people experiencing the magic of the Kingfield POPS on June 28 at the Kennedy Farm in Kingfield Maine. This year’s venue was truly a crowd pleaser headlined by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra conducted and directed by Grammy Award winner Lucas Richman.
The BSO was joined by national recording American Folk artist Jonathan Edwards. After 40 years, Edwards is still silencing audiences with his throaty tenor voice, energizing crowds with his toe-tapping acoustic guitar cords complimented by the melodic leads of his harmonica. The POPS concert featured Edwards as a trio with nationally renowned arranger, composer and well known pianist Tom Snow. Edwards was also joined by a very talented and sought after mandolin player Joe Walsh.
After a full one hour set, Jonathan Edwards joined the BSO and featured a worldwide exclusive of four popular songs arraigned and composed exclusively for the Kingfield POPS. The music brought thousands to their feet to dance and applaud. Truly a magical night with mountains, moonlight and amazing music.
“Edwards’ voice is so naturally malleable that all he really needs is a song with a strong melodic hook and he’s home free” – Washington Post
Ticket holders may be exposed the national artists joining symphony in a national debut of four original renditions of Jonathan Edwards songs arranged and composed specifically and exclusively for this year’s POPS concert.
With seven nationally released CD’s under her own label, Kingfield POPS ticket holders fully embraced and enjoyed the music of very talented singer songwriter Kate Schrock in a full one hour set, a beautiful rendition of the Stars Spangled Banner and when she joined Jonathan Edwards on stage as a surprise.
“Schrock is laying down some of the most thought-provoking lyrics to come out of the recent evolution in rock music. Schrock’s blend of rock, jazz, gospel and pop fuses under her voice, which soars and swoops with a quiet, yet powerful authority, defining her talent well above the other piano wielding singers pithily invading the nation.” — Kentucky Kernel
The Kingfield POPS were proud to welcome immigrant children from around the globe. “The Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus helps restart young lives. War-torn villages, bloodshed, refugee camps, famine, and political turmoil were devastating realities for many of these young singers before being embraced by the warmth, companionship and harmony that Pihcintu provides.” –www.pihcintu.org
Nationally recognized on the NBC Today Show and many other broadcasts and newspapers, the story of bringing these young women together, is a rich and rewarding story being told across the country, and seen live at the 2014 Kingfield POPS.
“When they’re up there and they’re singing, all the troubles, woes and difficulties fly out the window with the notes.” – Chorus Director, Con Fullam
As always, incoming ticket holders enjoyed the soothing sounds of the Western Mountain Trash Can Band to kick-off the magical evening of music in the mountains.
Gate opened at 4:30 p.m. Adult tickets were purchased for $20 prior to May 15. After May 15, $25 or $30 at the gate. Youth tickets for age 17 and younger are free of charge, thanks to our generous sponsors. Adult tickets were purchased online at Tranten’s Family Markets, in Kingfield and Farmington, or at Showhegan Savings Bank in Kingfield and Farmington.