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Heads In Harmony Festival Moves to Last Breath Farm in Norridgewock, ME

The 2012 festival season is almost here! Heads in Harmony will be announcing their line up in less than a week for the Heads in Harmony 2 Festival “Energy Joins All” being held the weekend of September 27th-30th. Heads in Harmony and Greenbean Productions have decided to move this year’s event to Last Breath Farm in Norridgewock, ME (same location that Maine Electronic Music Fest was held last year). The farm has been owned by the Rogers Family for the past 250 years! It consists of 3 huge fields, a motor-cross track, a stage of it’s own, and great camping sites in the woods.

HIH2 “Energy Joins All” will be hosted by Greenbean Productions, a grass-roots promotional company out of Boston, MA. Greenbean Productions brought over 50 bands to last year’s Heads in Harmony festival at the Freedom Field in Harmony, ME including Otis Grove, The Breakfast, Dopapod, Wobblesauce, and Goosepimp Orchestra!  So far, this year’s line up for HIH2 “Energy Joins All” consists of The Jerry Garcia Band feat. Melvin Seals, Viral Sound, and Jammin’ Toast.

On Tuesday, March 13th, those three bands will be playing the Official Line-up Announcement Party at The Middle East (Downstairs) in Cambridge, MA! Tickets for Heads In Harmony 2 “Energy Joins All” will be buy 1 get 1 FREE at this show. The show starts at 8:30 and is 18+. Get your tickets for the Official Line-up Announcement Party Here! This will be an awesome show, and a great opportunity to save money on tickets to the festival you will have to attend this year!

Head over to the Heads in Harmony Website for more information about the “Energy Joins All” Festival in Norridgewock, ME
Grab your HIH2 tickets Here! (presale is only $50! $60 at the gate)
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Grant Street Orchestra’s Debut Album “Passionately Late” CD Release Party Oct. 14th at The Big Easy!

Grant Street Orchestra, a funk infused hip-hop group straight out of Portland, ME, have their first album “Passionately Late” coming out Friday October 14th! After spending many hours working on this album, Passionately Late shaped up into a great CD with with some great reminiscent style tunes and lots of feel-good funk to dance to.

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Preview: Bear Creek Music Festival in Live Oak, FL Nov. 10-13

After attending Bear Creek for the first time last year, we’ve decided this is our absolute favorite festival. It’s held within a beautiful venue and seems to have been built on a foundation of love! Utilizing a more grassroots style of organization, there is a strong sense of family among the coordinators, artists, and fans…having picked up on that vibe, we’re really looking forward to getting back to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL for Bear Creek this year, November 10th-13th!

Poster designed by Stanley Mouse!

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Preview: Great Bay Music Festival in Dover, NH! Aug 18-21

Great Bay Music Festival  is THE festival in NH that you should be attending. They are bringing a killer line up to a beautiful venue, while raising money for a great cause. Festivals like this in NH are rare!

Great Bay Music festival is actually a fundraiser to raise money for the nonprofit Great Bay Wilderness and Music Camp to be held on the farm in the future. They would like to start this camp to teach people about music, very important environmental issues, hiking, low impact camping, conservation, kayaking, climbing and more. We support this!!

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3rd Annual Bella Terra Festival Preview!


As avid festival goers here at The Way Live Should Be, we know that deciding which festival(s) to attend can be tough. What makes each festival unique? What are the factors that sway fans from one amazing choice to another? These are questions we have to answer often, as we go from one festival to the next, savoring each multi-faceted, musically fabulous experience. This festival preview is for the 3rd Annual Bella Terra Music Festival and it’s going to show what sets this festival apart and why Bella Terra should be on your “Must Go” list.

Factor One: THE LINE UP! How many of my favorite bands will be there? One must also consider the possibility of discovering a gem that you have never heard before. In our opinion, this is where Bella Terra’s well-balanced line-up really shines. With acts like Buckethead, The Mickey Hart Band, BoomBox, Rubblebucket, Zach Deputy, Wes N Worrel (A REAL treat as we see it; Worrell has played with the Talking Heads, Les Claypool, Buckethead, P-Funk, etc!) and the Donna Jean Godchaux Band, Bella Terra has a fair share of well known favorites. Left to our imagination is the possibility of spontaneous collaborations between many of these amazing artists…who knows what could happen! Something we really think is key to every good festival though; some lesser known bands ripe for discovering. Below we have summaries of a few bands that were new to us. We hope you are as excited as we are to see them in person!



Find the full Bella Terra line-up here:


  Thursday, August 18, is sure to kick off the festival with a bang as Zach Deputy, Emancipator, Rubblebucket and Papadosio.

Friday, August 19 will be a night dedicated to the Grateful Dead with performances by three former members of the group. The Mickey Hart Band is headlining the night, preceded by the Donna Jean Godchaux Band and Tom Constanten.

The Saturday, August 20th headliner, Buckethead, is revered as possibly the most infamous, innovative and talented guitarist to ever pick up the instrument. He’s remained anonymous throughout his 25 year career, concealing his true identity with a mask and bucket upon his head at each appearance. Perhaps he is best known for his period as a member of Guns N’ Roses, but Buckethead has collaborated with many other musical legends such as Les Claypool (Primus, Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade) and Bernie Worrell (Talking Heads, Parliament Funkadelic).

Other Artists

There are many bands at Bella Terra that we have never encountered before. Following are synopses of a few of the bands attending Bella Terra; straight from the bands themselves;

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The Bella Terra Interviews: Thoughts on the Festival Phenomenon

The Way Live Should Be had the opportunity to interview a few bands and get their feedback on the festival phenomenon and their upcoming Bella Terra festival performances. The bands that spoke with us include Start Making Sense, Dopapod, and Sophistafunk; they had some really interesting insight into their music and what we can expect at Bella Terra this year!

We were lucky enough to speak with Jonathan Braun, lead singer and guitarist of the Talking Heads cover band Start Making Sense. Being HUGE fans of the Talking Heads, we had some pretty specific questions for Jon;

WLSB: What led you to start a Talking Heads cover band? How did it all come to be?

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Some Words with Adam Gold of Sophistafunk!



On March 3 of this year the members of The Way Live Should Be (WLSB) went to see Dumpstaphunk at Port City Music Hall in Portland. The show was amazing, but it was the opening band that night that really caught our attention, largely because we had never heard of them before. Their name is Sophistafunk, from Syracuse, NY, and the core members consist of; Jack Brown – vocals, lyrics; Adam Gold – keys, bass, vocals and Emanuel Washington – drums. They describe their sound as, “Combining hip hop & spoken-word with the sounds of live funk, soul, & dance music, the trio SOPHISTAFUNK has invented its own style of cross-genre music”. We would agree! From the seriously talented percussive skills of Washington, to the pick-up-my-Moog and dance around the stage antics of Gold, and the enlightened, brilliant lyrics of Brown… these guys really caught our attention. Imagine our excitement to hear they would be playing The Way Life Should Be Festival (no relation) in Brooks, ME this coming June! A well traveled, really funkin’ fun band from New York, back again? We had to hear what they thought about Maine from their last trip!

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Preview of Bear Creek Music and Art Festival 2010! November 12-14 in Live Oak, FL

Bear Creek Music and Art Festival is held in Live Oak, FL at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

We know how important festival season is to some people, so how about extending the festival season into November?! New England is not nearly as aware of this festival as they should be.

Taking a look at this festival, we think it’d be impossible for you to leave Bear Creek unsatisfied. This year, they are about 65 total bands, with 17 of those bands playing two nights, and 12 different artists at large- an aspect of this festival that I haven’t seen at any others. There will be 6 stages, a fully staffed area for children, and also an art studio for live art!

And other entertainment as well!

Typically, most other festivals are not capable of fitting in two nights of any band. How Bear Creek managed to fit in 2 nights of 17 different bands is beyond us! Among this group of bands playing two nights is Lettuce, Umphrey’s McGee, Toubab Krewe, Dumpstaphunk, and Zach Deputy.

Also playing at Bear Creek this year is Moe., Soulive, Bernie Worrell & Social Lybrium, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Dead Kenny G’s, The New Deal, Break Science….well the list goes on and on, so check out the website!

The artist’s at large at Bear Creek this year is one hell of a treat. Skerik is among these artists, and has played with many great musicians, spending a while on tour with Les Claypool and his fancy band, as well as juggling a few bands of his own (The Dead Kenny G’s being one of them!). Also on this list is Mike Dillon (who has worked with Skerik, Les Claypool, Galactic, etc), Fred Wesley (known for his work with James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band), and The Shady Horns (Ryan Zoidis and Sam Kininger of Lettuce!). Knowing that these artists will be jumping on stage to jam at various points is an aspect of this festival I am very excited for.

Not only is the music going to be amazing, but the venue is incredible as well.

Located in Live Oak, FL at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, this is probably one of the best venues for a festival Ever. Picture it: bath houses, disc golf, hiking trails, golf-cart rentals, modern cabins, mini golf, sports lounge, swimming pool, fishing lake, bat houses, and canoe trips. We couldn’t think of anything else we might need at a festival!

Bear Creek 2010 is being sponsored by Starr Hill. Do not fear, there will be delicious beer.

Here’s the link to the Bear Creek forum. Chat with others about rideshare, line-up, or any other details!

Head over to this website for tickets, or any other information you might need! Day by day line up is up, hourly schedule will be announced a couple weeks before the festival.