Amherst's second Rockabilly festival underway

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Three-day event wraps up Sunday

AMHERST – The second Maritime Rockabilly Shakedown Music Festival is in full swing.


AMHERST – The second Maritime Rockabilly Shakedown Music Festival is in full swing.

A large crowd was on hand in the downtown as the three-day festival moved through its second day with a car and motorcycle show on Church and King streets and numerous food and product vendors on Victoria Street.

The show began late Friday with five bands performing in the main stage tent on Victoria Street.

“Things went very well, the main tent was packed and everything ran smoothly,” festival media manager Cor VanderDonk said Saturday. “We had five great performances to start off the festival and the atmosphere was phenomenal.”

Organizer Davey Lee Goode said this year’s festival is much larger than last year’s inaugural event, and there are bound to be a few hiccups. However, he said things appear to be running smoothly.

“We had a tent full of people last night and there are a lot of people in the park and on the streets today,” Goode said. “We’re learning a few things as we go along and I’m keeping a little notepad close by to take notes on things we can improve for next year.”

Here’s the remainder of the schedule for the weekend:


Park Stage

3:30 p.m. Memphis Knights

4:40 p.m. The Urban Surf Kings

5:50 p.m. The Black Rats

7 p.m. Rock n’ Rebels


9 p.m. The Shakedown Combo

10:20 p.m. Bloodshot Bill

11:40 p.m. Tim Polecat

1 a.m. Johnny Powers

Chris Cassello


Park Stage

1:30 p.m. Lenny Crash and the Restorations

2:40 p.m. The Royaltones

3:50 p.m. The Black Rats

5 p.m. The Shakedown Combo

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Geographic location: Victoria Street

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  • Sharon Hebert
    September 08, 2013 - 17:04

    I found it very nice . I was looking for the the name of the vendor that sold cloths NOT the ti-dyed but the other one his lives if think in the valley . just moved there. Could you please help me find the person with a name and a address or a phone # . Thank you Sharon Hebert