Tribal Mischief is focused on recognizing innovative ways to create and sustain community.


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Tribal Mischief is a community of people focused on recognizing innovative ways to create community. In 2016 Tribal Mischief will focus on documenting and presenting the best examples of innovative communities that we have found.

Ethan Scott Baird and Jake Bush have been musical partners as co-frontmen of the band Pesky J. Nixon since 2005. Along the way, they have continued to find new and innovative ways to build community, support their fellow musicians and help worthy causes. From founding the Lounge Stage at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (along with Scott Jones) to creating “Grooving Forward” for The SAMFund and the Andrea Coller Memorial Award, they build memorable communities and events for all involved.

  • Lounge Stage at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2010-2018) – presenting hundreds of artists to thousands of listeners.
  • Island Songwriting Retreat – All inclusive small group songwriting workshops on a picturesque rustic island getaway.
  • Grooving Forward, an album to benefit The SAMFund and the Andrea Coller Memorial Award
  • MUCH more to come!!
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Island Songwriting Retreat

Located two miles off the coast of Mid-Maine’s Muscongus Harbor, Tribal Mischief Island Retreats offer a chance for close mentorship, one-on-one instruction, and lessons from touring songwriters and performers sharing their wisdom and encouragement.  The setting of this retreat offers the best in off-grid focused opportunities hosted in a cabin with a beautiful ocean view

 The weekend will include:

  • 3 days & nights at The Flint cottage and boathouse on Bremen Long Island off the coast of Bremen, ME.
  • Scheduled Workshops and Small Group Instruction
  • Evening Song Circles and Sharing Opportunities
  • One-on-one mentoring and instruction
  • Customized menu of Meals & Snacks brought by a Culinary Institute of America graduate.
  • A cozy bed in a multi-occupancy cottage and boathouse

These retreats cost $500 for the weekend and is limited to no more than 10 participants. Please email to RSVP!

August 23 – 26

Join award-winning songwriter and tremendous coach Susan Cattaneo for a wonderful weekend of songwriting instruction focused on the art of songwriting.



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