Local punk rock bands take stage at Maritime Festival

July-4-A-Punk-Rock-Performance-SC-copyHigher Ground and Lake Champlain Maritime Festival will host three local punk rock bands to perform in a once-in-a-lifetime concert event on Burlington’s waterfront. Legendary bands The Offspring, Bad Religion, and Pennywise, with The Vandals, helped extend an invitation to Vermont artists Get A Grip, As We Were, and Better Things to perform on the Big Heavy World Side Stage at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival concert at Waterfront Park on Friday, Aug. 8. The gates open at 5pm, with the all-ages show to follow at 6pm.

Alex Crothers, co-owner of Higher Ground, acknowledges that this concert could be a dream come true for local punk rock fans. “Vermont bands have always been strong contenders, with talent and drive, and earn their recognition honestly. It’s not always possible to provide opportunities like this, but we felt strongly that it was worth the effort and feel fortunate that Vermont bands will get to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the world’s best bands.”

Tickets may be purchased for $45 in advance, and $49 the day of the show at www.highergroundmusic.com.