PRESQUE ISLE – After a few year hiatus of a teen night focused on music based on a Battle of the Bands, the Northern Maine Fair came back strong with a showcase of local and imported talented teens sponsored by the the Presque Isle, Caribou, Fort Fairfield, and Limestone Rotary Clubs Rotary Club.
The night started out with the Jessica Prouty Band who had driven up that morning from Rockland, Maine fresh from opening up for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at the Maine Lobster Festival. This was their second time at the Northern Maine Fair and they toured throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania this summer on their Time To Escape Tour 2010. Their original songs have been played on WAAF and 92.5 the River in Boston, and will be debuting on Maine’s WTOS on Wednesday, August 18th in the 6 pm hour. They also recently made a video on the John Lennon Tour Bus that is available on their website, http://www.JessicaProuty.com.
Next up was Pacific Rim. The four members Pacific Rim live in Presque Isle, Maine and are heading into their senior year of high school. They enjoy playing alternative, hardcore, and punk music. The band consists of Justin Good, bass; Ryan Michaels, drums; Jordan Hallett, guitar and vocals; and Josh MacFarline, vocals and guitar.
The band has been together since their freshmen year in high school and Jordan recently joined and completed the band. They have played in many battle of the bands including yearly battles at the Presque Isle High School’s annual Winter Carnival.
They were the first band to play at the Rock the Valley Concert, July 16, 2010 at 7PM. They won this spot at a battle of the bands in Madawaska along with one other band. The judges couldn’t decided between both of them and said both bands were impressive.
Pacific Rim traveled to SoundFreqs studio in Mansfield, MA in July to be recorded by Len Gallego and Robert Holmes. Robert Holmes is from Till Tuesday and is also the guitarist for the Velveteen Playboys. While there, they recorded five original songs that they wrote and composed together and one cover.
At this point, the band members would like to take a year after high school to travel and play shows with some big name bands to get recognition. Getting signed would also be a goal. They can be contacted for booking and to hear some of their songs at their websites: http://www.wix.com/jenna34/PACIFIC-RIM-FINAL or http://www.myspace.com/rjjjbreak.
Last up was Sub Rosa. Sub Rosa got their start in 2008 when Roy Tweedie (guitar), Derek Smith (vocals) and Ryan Forsyth (Bass Guitar), who had all played in various local bands, wanted to form a group that ventured into a heavier playing style. To complete the line-up, Roy suggested brothers Nick and Ryley Norton, who play drums and guitar, respectively. After several months of learning cover songs and practicing, the band began to write songs, mostly led by Ryley’s instrumental arrangements.
Sub Rosa has found that their best songs incorporate tempo changes, winding rhythms and challenging guitar leads, while the vocals lend themselves to a powerful mix of singing and screaming. The band’s current goal is to record their songs on their own and compile them onto a demo that they can distribute around Aroostook County. With that accomplished, the band will let school take over as a primary focus and wait to see what the future holds. You can book them or hear some of their tracks at their website: http://www.myspace.com/subrosamaine.
The Northern Maine Fair would like to get more teens involved next year and perhaps add a learning component as well, according to Andy LeBlanc. “It is still taking shape, but this has been a great start.”
Contact Name: Andy LeBlanc
Telephone Number: (207)227-5934