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Heads in Harmony; A Maine Vocals Festival

This year was The Way Live Should Be’s second year attending a Maine Vocals festival in Harmony, ME.

Maine Vocals is a great Maine activist group fighting for Marijuana Legalization; they have a long history in this state of peaceful advocacy and resistance. The Heads in Harmony festival this past weekend has abundant evidence of their continuing effort for improved marijuana laws. From Captain Joint, to the plants on stage, people everywhere at at the festival were blatantly standing up for their rights. Marijuana prohibition is ridiculous, unjust, profoundly unconstitutional and this festival is one way Maine activists can join together and be proud of their values and make a stand against failing laws. We attended a festival at this location last year as well, Hempstock, and some aspects of the festivals at this venue have already improved greatly. Attendance was up, the on stage pro-marijuana speakers were generally well spoken, and celebration of the new medical marijuana laws in Maine was evident; although many still consider legalization a high priority. Also, the organizers took advantage of their large secondary field on-site as well by placing a second stage and camping area out there. This gave the festival a larger, more diverse festival feel because it was almost like a second festival was going on deeper in the woods.

The location at Harmony may be remote, but if you haven’t yet, you should check out one their 2 festivals at the site still happening this year. These include Harvest Fest October 6-9 and Harvest Fest II October 21-23.

Our main criticism of Hempstock last year was the music. There were a few gems, but mostly classic rock cover bands filled the line-up. This year showed VAST improvement! There was still the traditional Grateful Dead element, but it was much more authentic as Tom Constanten played and was actually a member of the Dead family at one point; together he and Big Rhythm Wine played a great set. Other artists included Dopapod (check out our interview with Dopapod here), Goosepimp Orchestra, The Breakfast, and even a few high quality orginal bands we had never heard before like The Jauntee and Otis Grove. Our only complaint was a few technical difficulties that ended up setting some of the artists back an hour or so… but last year there were no troubles at all and we suspect this was just a fluke. All in all the music improved about 150% over last year and we enjoyed getting to see this festival grow.

To wrap it all up… Maine Vocal’s festivals in Harmony, ME are definitely worth supporting. They are laid back, a happy and safe environment, and a lot of fun right here in the State of Maine. It’s all about solidarity, freedom, and marijuana activism. As for those of you who are hardcore Harry Brown Farm fans… us too. Just, make sure you fit in one festival at both locations; each has something different to offer and it’s really worth supporting a good cause, good tunes, and good times.

Visit http://www.mainevocals.net to check out more upcoming festivals in Harmony, or for information regarding medical marijuana in Maine, petitions, etc!

review by Heather Omand

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3 responses to “Heads in Harmony; A Maine Vocals Festival

  1. Mikey Greenbeans October 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I think you forgot to mention that Greenbean Productions was responsible for the change at Freedom Field. Go to http://www.headsinharmony.com for official information, news and updates about Heads In Harmony ~ One Mind, One Goal.

  2. Greenbean Productions February 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    This year HIH2 “Energy Joins All” will hosted by Greenbean Productions at Last Breath Farm in Norridgewock, ME.
    9/27-12 – 10/1/12
    http://www.headsinharmony.com/info/

    Thanks to all who made HIH “One Mind, One Goal” so much fun and we can’t wait to see you all at HIH2 “Energy Joins All”!

  3. Michael Green April 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    FULL LINEUP LISTED BELOW!

    HIH2 “Energy Joins All” will be hosted at Last Breath Farm in beautiful Norridgewock, ME! Last Breath Farm has been family owned and operated for the past 250 years! They are very kind and we are grateful to be having our party on their land!

    This years theme, “Energy Joins All” is inspired by Amber Morgaine’s poetry book. Check out her poetry here: http://​amber-morgaine.blogspot.com​/

    2012 HIH2 Lineup:

    Ott.
    https://www.facebook.com/​ottsonic

    Papadosio
    https://www.facebook.com/​papadosio

    Tom Constanten & Friends
    (of the Grateful Dead)
    http://​www.tomconstanten.com/

    Phutureprimitive
    https://www.facebook.com/​phutureprimitivemusic

    The Brew
    https://www.facebook.com/​TheBrewMusic

    Dopapod
    https://www.facebook.com/​dopapod

    Consider The Source
    https://www.facebook.com/​CTSmusic

    Rustic Overtones
    https://www.facebook.com/​rustic.overtones

    The Alchemystics
    https://www.facebook.com/​alchemystics

    Club D’elf
    https://www.facebook.com/​clubdelf1

    Royal Hammer feat. Ryan Zoidis (LETTUCE & Rustic Overtones)
    https://www.facebook.com/​royalhammer

    Zebbler Encanti Experience
    https://www.facebook.com/​zebblerencantiexperience

    Richard James and The Name Changers https://www.facebook.com/​pages/Richard-James/​115720301811902

    Educated Advocates
    https://www.facebook.com/​pages/Educated-Advocates/​155746347778139

    Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket
    https://www.facebook.com/​funkybucket

    Viral Sound
    https://www.facebook.com/​viralsound

    Van Gordon Martin Band
    https://www.facebook.com/​pages/Van-Gordon-Martin/​252650644762477

    Blue Boy Productions
    https://www.facebook.com/​BlueBoyProductions

    lespecial
    https://www.facebook.com/​pages/lespecial/25212562733

    Otis Grove
    https://www.facebook.com/​pages/Otis-Grove/​125487145710

    Cosmic Dust Bunnies
    https://www.facebook.com/​cosmicdustbunnies

    The Cyborg Trio
    https://www.facebook.com/​CyborgTrioMusic

    Dubbest
    https://www.facebook.com/​dubbestmusic

    Big Rhythm Wine feat. Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead)
    https://www.facebook.com/​pages/Big-Rhythm-Wine/​6931191844

    Pipeline Riot
    https://www.facebook.com/​Pipelineriotmusic

    Fiddlehead
    https://www.facebook.com/​Fiddleheadband

    The Edd
    https://www.facebook.com/​TheEddMusic

    ELECTRONICAnonymous
    https://www.facebook.com/​pages/ELECTRONICAnonymous/​34992052292

    Digital $torm
    https://www.facebook.com/​digitalstormaudio

    KONG
    https://www.facebook.com/​KongTheBand

    The Golden Prize
    https://www.facebook.com/​pages/The-Golden-Prize/​171761486223120

    Supersillyus
    https://www.facebook.com/​Supersillyus

    The Jauntee
    https://www.facebook.com/​TheJauntee

    Lost Between Sound
    https://www.facebook.com/​lostbetweensoundmusic

    The Romano Project
    https://www.facebook.com/​pages/The-Romano-Project/​142713419090309

    Jammin’ Toast
    https://www.facebook.com/​pages/Jammin-Toast/​245221482912

    The Effective Dose
    https://www.facebook.com/​TheEffectiveDose

    Skyfoot
    https://www.facebook.com/​skyfootmusic

    Gorilla Finger Dub Band
    https://www.facebook.com/​pages/​Gorilla-finger-dub-band/​1122

    ConnetICON
    https://www.facebook.com/​ConnetICON

    The Hornitz
    https://www.facebook.com/​thehornitz

    Durians
    https://www.facebook.com/​DuriansMusic

    Nights Without Television
    https://www.facebook.com/​NightsWithoutTelevision

    Probiotic
    https://www.facebook.com/​probioticmusic

    Gnarly Charlie
    https://www.facebook.com/​pages/Gnarly-Charlie/​214145495271288

    Cosmal
    https://www.facebook.com/​theCOSMALshow

    The StereoFidelics
    https://www.facebook.com/​thestereofidelics

    Mystery Fyre
    https://www.facebook.com/​MysteryFyre

    MUN
    https://www.facebook.com/​MUN.NYC

    Students of The Universe
    https://www.facebook.com/​studentsoftheuniverse

    Pandemic
    https://www.facebook.com/​pages/DJ-Pandemic/​110475032362030?ref=ts

    Collecter
    (Sam Eckstein from Technicolor Lenses)

    27 Prophets
    https://www.facebook.com/​27prophets

    DJ roo

    DJ Les

    HIH2 “Energy Joins All” tickets are HERE: http://​www.headsinharmony.com/​tickets

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