If you love music, Freeport is the place for you. From summer outdoor concert series at L.L. Bean and Winslow Park to community concerts by Coastal Winds and Greater Freeport Community Chorus, from school concerts at the public schools and Maine Coast Waldorf School to the Fourth Friday Just Desserts Concerts featuring local bands, and a whole lot of music at Freeport’s restaurants and bars…there is something for everyone here. Two new music venues are putting their unique stamp on Freeport’s music scene.
Cadenza (5 Depot St) is driven by the energy, enthusiasm and talent of Matt Fogg, Alan Mooney, Steve Poulos, Dan Skwire and others. The intimate venue is tailor-made for live performance. They opened to the public for the first time last weekend with a jazz jam session that drew musicians together for an afternoon of stellar collaboration. Among them were internationally known clarinetist and jazz whistler Brad Terry, members of the Mainestream Jazzmasters, and a number of up and coming young artists. The jam session — intended to be a monthly event — is Fogg’s tribute to the mentors who gave him his start. It is modeled after weekly jazz jams he attended at the Bridgeway Restaurant in South Portland, where he met Don Doane, Al Doane, Alex Johns, Paul Jensen, Tommy Gallant and others, who graciously included him in the sessions. Playing with them in the weekly jams built his confidence as well as his skills, and Fogg wants to pay that forward at Cadenza.
Cadenza is a place to immerse yourself in great music from all genres. There are already concerts scheduled nearly every weekend through mid-July, with more dates to be added soon. Lest you think Cadenza is strictly a jazz club, the performers on the schedule represent varied music styles including traditional jazz, Broadway, Great American Songbook, blues, R&B, easy listening, popular, and more. Among them are local and regional acts, with national artists in the works. Highlights include Primo Cubano on April 27, the Cadenza classic-country house band on May 11, and Brad Terry & Peter Herman on June 6. The jazz jam session returns May 5. As of today, tickets to most of the concerts on the schedule are a very affordable $10. The jam session is free and open to instrumentalists and vocalists of all levels and anyone who just wants to come listen.
For more about Cadenza and event listings, visit https://www.cadenzafreeport.com/. Be sure to sign up for their mailing list to get the inside scoop on upcoming events.
At Ground Floor (13 School St) owners Tom and Diane Acousti have created an adaptable space that blends a charming home-like aesthetic with the high-tech functionality of a modern event space. The eye-catching topiary in front is just a hint of what you will find inside, where an assortment of instruments hang on the walls that visitors are welcome to play. They’ve even embraced the building’s recent past by incorporating a salon sink in the decor. Ground Floor focuses on private events and a few special ticketed concerts. On May 25 the Palaver String Quartet will perform. Ground Floor’s official grand opening will take place in July, with ten days of performances, workshops, and even multiple shows for children featuring Rob Duquette.
Ground Floor has permanently-installed production gear, for recording live events or studio sessions.
To find out more about Ground Floor, get tickets for the Palaver String Quartet concert, or to get on their list for special event announcements, visit www.groundfloorfreeport.com.
LOOKING FOR SPACE FOR A PRIVATE EVENT? Both Cadenza and Ground Floor are available for private functions.