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Downtown Countdown – The Focus Group & Salt River Boys

December 31, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 11:59 pm

Salt River Boys
Venue: 58 Main (next to Nocturnem Draft Haus)
Times: 6:00PM and 9:00PM
Genre: Music – Folk / Blue Grass
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The Focus Group
Performance Times: 7:45PM and 10:15PM
Venue: 58 Main
Genre: Comedy /Improv
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The Salt River Boys play Old-time Appalachian songs and fiddle tunes.
“Old-time”, for those unacquainted, was the precursor to Bluegrass – and while similar, the two are quite different. It is a rough and casual style of music – not showy – and often energetic but not always pretty – much like the Boys themselves.
This music sprang from the mountain south, where rhythmic banjo playing from African slaves collided with fiddle tunes brought by the Scotch-Irish mountain settlers. It was some of the earliest recorded music in the world and was played across the continent for nearly two hundred years until it was unseated by Bluegrass roundabout the 1940s. It still has a small but devoted following.
The Salt River Boys are Nate Sims, a timber framer and farmer from the outskirts of Happytown on fiddle; and Sean Gambrel, a map maker and radio nerd from Bangor on banjo. They’ll be backed on guitar by James Reiss, custodian of the sexiest beard in town and Bangor brewer extraordinaire.

The Focus Group was birthed in January 2009 when a group of like-minded friends decided to venture into the realm of improvisational comedy, focusing on their version of The Harold. Not a man named Harold, though they’re often oddly attractive, but the long-form improvisational structure created by Del Close in Chicago and named “Harold”. Since then we have performed in a number of venues, including New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown celebrations at the Bangor Opera House and 58 Main, the Portland Improv Festival, Verve in Orono, Johnson Hall in Gardiner, Monmouth’s historic Cumston Hall and – of course – our home stage at Next Generation Theatre in Brewer.

Button sales and donations help support this great community event. Children under 2 years do not require a button. DTCD is a mix of free and paid family friendly events which are easily accessed by purchasing The Bangor Button for just $5 in advance ($8 on Dec. 31). . The special event button will offer access to Button Venues on December 31st and exclusive specials and discounts at local businesses throughout the month of January. Grab a Downtown Countdown map, dress warmly and join us downtown!


December 31, 2016
6:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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Meg Shorette


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Bangor, ME 04401 United States
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