Songs at Sea Level takes place August 15-17 in the Osprey parking lot. (Photo by Lisa Buchanan.)
Songs at Sea Level is a big new three-day music festival for Shelburne County. From August 15 to 17, the festival will showcase over two dozen local performers, host a talent search and culminate in a big musical deck party.
“Shelburne County is rich in musical talent,” says SSL organizer Alex Buchanan when asked why he created the Festival. “Both the quantity and the quality of that talent has been growing in leaps and bounds in recent years. It needs an outlet. We need to show it off.”
This inaugural edition of Songs at Sea Level features almost two dozen accomplished acts including such favourites as The Barnwells, Lynne Crowell, One Metre Up, Bob Vacon, Naming the Twins and the Poorboys.
There’s a full line-up Friday night and all day Saturday with a big culminating event on Saturday night – Mike Elliott’s Deck Party followed by a rock n roll show by the Poorboys.
Those who remember Mike Elliott’s Kitchen Party – a decade-long August tradition at the Osprey – will see the party taken outside. The Sunday afternoon show is an easy-listening affair with some gospel, country and folk thrown in.
The Festival is also hosting a talent search on Friday and Saturday that offers prizes to the three winners including music supplies, music lessons, a Music Nova Scotia membership and a first prize of a two-song recording package worth $700.
To give Songs at Sea Level a festival feel, organizers are bringing in a catered food booth by the funky new Ali’s Table and setting up a bar and a wet viewing area.
If it rains on the SSL Fest, organizers will simply move the whole show inside the Osprey until the skies clear.
Full festival schedules are available around the community and on the Osprey website. Tickets are $25 for a full weekend pass for adults and $15 for students. Single-day passes are $15 for Friday and $20 for Saturday. Sunday is free for everyone. Kids under 12 years old get in free all weekend long.
Tickets are on sale at the Osprey, TLC Pharmacy, on the Osprey and Ticket Pro websites and by calling Ticket Pro.