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Guster announces fourth annual ‘On the Ocean’ weekend for August 12-14

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Guster announces fourth annual ‘On the Ocean’ weekend for August 12-14 (Photo by Matt Cosby)

Gusterrhoids rejoice! Following a two-year break due to the pandemic, beloved indie-rock band Guster has announced the fourth annual edition of their summer festival “On the Ocean.”

The destination weekend is scheduled to unfold with a series of unique Maine-centric fan-oriented events between August 12 to August 14 in Portland and Fayette. Weekend plans include three days of music at three venues, comedy, food and drink, and even a summer day-camp hosted by the band with the musicians serving as camp counselors.

Guster formed in 1991 when the band members met at Tufts University. The group has released 8 studio albums, two live records and seven EPs, and are known for maintaining a close connection to their fans with unique events such as the group’s “On the Ocean” Maine festival weekends.

The 2022 edition of “On the Ocean” is scheduled to launch on Friday, August 12, with an acoustic concert at the State Theatre in Portland when Guster will be accompanied by a seven-piece string section. Singer songwriter Josh Ritter is scheduled to open the show.

The festival will shift to Thompson’s Point in Portland on Saturday, August 13, for a day of music, comedy and food. Guster will headline the music portion with guests Shovels and Rope, a husband-and-wife folk duo, singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah, and local artists Darlingside and Pete Kilpatrick.

Actor and comedian Connor Ratliff, who toured with Guster during their Improv Acoustic shows in 2020, will curate a side stage of comedy and improvisation.

The band will host “Camp Guster” on Sunday, August 14, at Camp Winnebago in Fayette, with the band members serving as camp counselors for an afternoon of games and activities followed by an acoustic performance and sing-along around the campfire. The members of Guster lived at the camp during a songwriting retreat when they wrote songs for their latest studio album, 2019’s “Look Alive.”

The members of Guster, lead singer Ryan Miller, guitarist Adam Gardner, drummer Brian Rosenworcel and bassist and guitarist Luke Reynolds, have each publically shared their love for Maine at prior “On the Ocean” events. Previous editions of the festival have included a pop-up concert on an island, a set performed on a party boat, a service project with Portland Trails, and a Guster-themed day of baseball with the Portland Sea Dogs.

Adam Gardener told The Maine Edge in 2018 that he instantly fell in love with Maine when he moved to Portland in 2005.

“I was like ‘I’m going to live out my days here happily.’ It was the first time I had moved to a place where I realized ‘this is my place,” Gardner said.

Following 2017’s inaugural edition of Guster’s “On the Ocean” weekend, Gardner said “The concerts were the high points as they should be, but it felt special to be able to share my favorite places with our fans – many of them visiting Maine for the first time.”

Guster designs “On the Ocean” as a family event. The main concert at Thompson’s Point on Saturday , August 13, has a special $10 ticket price for fans 13 and under.

Tickets for the Friday night kickoff concert at the State Theatre and the Saturday event at Thompson’s Point, go on sale Friday, April 8, at noon. Tickets for Sunday’s Camp Guster event in Fayette go on sale Wednesday, April 13, at noon. Tickets and more information will be available at https://www.ontheoceanfest.com/.

Last modified on Wednesday, 06 April 2022 08:19

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