Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield is the best place to listen to music in Maine. A gorgeously remodeled barn, originally built in 1886, has seating for just 200 guests and offers an intimate opportunity for musicians to mingle with the audience, plus fantastic acoustics.
Carol Noonan, who owns Stone Mountain with her husband Jeff, is a talented musician who somehow gets fantastic performers to come to this small rural town in Western Maine. We’ve seen quite an array of performers here including Pam Tillis, Marc Cohn, and Lucinda Williams, and a concert/dance with Steve Riley and the Mamou boys, a very lively Louisianan Cajun band that kept us up and dancing through most of the evening, and Carol’s own performance with her band.
We appreciate that she offers a variety of prices, including some free concerts, and also dedicates some of the events to special projects and nonprofit groups.
All events include a great dinner before the concert. Some time ago they renovated the barn next door, so guests can gather an hour before the dinner to relax, visit, and enjoy beverages. We arrived about 5:30 and the place was packed.
I will say, while we loved every performance mentioned above, our most recent experience with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy was the most amazing we’ve experienced here. Carol and Marlies, who are very friendly hosts, told us this would be a fantastic concert, and that was an understatement.
Natalie and Donnell were accompanied by guys on piano, drums, and guitar, but it was their five children who stole the show. From age 4 to 11, they sang, danced, and played fiddles with wild enthusiasm and amazing talent. We clapped and tapped our feet through the entire performance.