Final pieces of puzzle falling into place
© Darrell Cole - Amherst News
Maritime Rockabilly Shakedown Festival organizer Davey Lee Goode tunes his guitar in preparation for next weekend's festival.
AMHERST – With a week to go, organizers of the second Maritime Rockabilly Shakedown Festival are putting the final pieces in place for what will be the largest rockabilly festival in the country.
"Preparations are going well, things are coming together nicely," organizer Davey Lee Goode said. "It takes months of preparation and planning to pull one of these festivals off. Now that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel we're very excited about what's going to happen."
Bands are coming from throughout North America and beyond for the second festival that will take place in Victoria Square and in the big tent on Victoria Street beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday.
The tent opens for business at 6 p.m. Friday with performances beginning at 7 p.m. and running to the wee hours of the morning. Music resumes early Saturday in the square before moving into the tent for the mainstage performances that night.
The festival wraps up Sunday.
Media manager Cor VanderDonk said tickets sales have been strong.
"It's really snowballing. There's a lot of buzz around Amherst and this thing is really taking off in terms of interest and ticket sales," he said.
Along with music, there will also be numerous vendors on Victoria, Church and King Street as well as a classic car show. The Balance King Doug McManaman is scheduled to perform and the Shrine Clowns are expected to make an appearance.
For more information on the festival, go to rockabillyshakedown.com .