Amy Allen brings her band back to the River Jam Festival, after having opened at the inaugural River Jam Festival in 2015!
You can listen to Amy’s music, check out videos, and learn more about her on her website.
Enjoy Run of the Mill’s brew tent plus awesome food trucks: El Camino Fresh Mexican Grill, Cousins Main Lobster, The Poutine Co., Sweetcream Dairy and Cannoli Joe’s.
Here’s an interview from HOB’s media intern, Destinee Cyr….
Many great duos have changed the course of music history, but would Lennon & McCartney and Simon & Garfunkel have made noise if they never found their partner in song? Similar to the greatest musical duos of all time, River Jam would be incomplete without returning artist, Amy Allen.
Formerly known as Amy and the Engine, Amy Allen returns for her third installment at the 2017 Biddeford Saco River Jam Festival in September. Allen may have reconfigured her title, but she still continues to take on inspiration from renown female singers such as Stevie Nicks, Dionne Warwick, and Blondie. “I also take on a lot of 90’s influences,” said Amy Allen, lead singer and guitarist for the Amy Allen Band. “I think our sound is best described as the Cardigans meets No Doubt.”
Originally born and raised in Windham, Allen has become well integrated into the Maine music scene. Recently, Allen played her sixth consecutive show at Portland’s Old Port Fest, and tends to play frequently at local venues, such as Gritty McDuff’s and Bull Feeney’s. Despite her Portland roots, Allen is no stranger to Biddeford, as she has spent ample time in the surrounding area. “When I was younger I used to figure skate at the Biddeford ice arena,” Allen said.
With her figure skating days behind her, Allen is returning to Biddeford once more to play this year’s River Jam Festival. So what can you expect from the promotion of her most recent record, Get Me Outta Here? “Each song on the new record is based off of different artists in the rock realm,” Allen said. “‘Whatcha Do’ is the first song I wrote for the new record, and that should really set the tone for the show.”
Although Allen currently resides in New York City as a full-time songwriter, she is excited to be returning to the Maine area to play for her home fanbase, friends, and family. “I like playing shows in Maine, it’s nice to be around fellow Mainers,” Allen said. “I’m also excited to be promoting the new record, and I hope that the people who have heard me on WCLZ, and in the Portland area are excited too.”
Growing up, Allen never really thought of being a musician as a profession. “I never really knew I could have a job in music.” Allen said. Since first picking up a guitar in the fourth grade and writing songs for her sister’s all-girl rock band, Allen has come a long way in her musical journey. Now a nationally touring act, Allen has received numerous accolades and nominations for her music, including the New England Music Award Pop Act of the Year Nominee, the New England Music Award Best Songwriter Nominee, the Portland Phoenix “Best Female Vocalist,” and the SESAC Young Artist Award.
For another year River Jam has its partner in crime, and with all of Allen’s talent, there is no doubt that this year will be another success. So whether you’ve seen her once, or are new to Amy Allen’s music, this native Mainer is one that you’re not going to want to miss!