BETHEL â€“ The Bethel Common will be filled with music every Sunday afternoon at 4 PM in August for the 2010 Mahoosuc Arts Council Free Summer Bandstand Series. The line up features five acts ranging in styles from folk, rock, and blues, to yodeling, country and music of the 1950s and 1960s in three-art-vocal harmonies. Bring a chair or a blanket, sit back, relax, or sing or dance along!
Al Mallory & Friends starts off the series August 1. For the past 20 years, Al â€“ a Maine born singer/songwriter – has played a variety of music from old time to classic rock and blues. As a well known bass player for legendary musician Shawn McCole, Al has also played bass at the Sud’s Pub in Bethel regularly for over 18 years and in a number of bands including Powah Crew and The Counter Balance Band, which have played nearly every major venue in Southern Maine. He is currently playing with Nate Towne and The Townies, known for donating their time to many fund raisers, and his own band, Bunch of Ole Hippies.
ACT V will hit the gazebo stage August 8. Their lively music from the 1950â€™s and 1960â€™s in three part harmonies promises to get people of all ages up and dancing, to the infectious and joyful music of Act V. Sally Jones, Jeanie Stone and Bob Elliott are familiar faces in the western Maine music and theater communities as a featured act in the Norway Arts festival, at the Big Oxford Fair and through performing for the Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association. Their musical backgrounds include choral, classical, church, pop, folk, opera, and show tunes and now Rock & Roll!
Brad Hooper performs August 15. A song slinger from Albany Township in Western Maine, Brad is a regular troubadour for hire. For this songwriting story teller, his guitar is just a vehicle to allow him to sing and tell tales. Compared to the likes of John Prine, John Hyatt, Steve Earl, Bob Dylan and Woody Gutherie you can be assured of a fine performance of original music, reflecting the color, the character and the lives of the Western Maine people. Expect laughter, tears and thought-provoking songs from country to rock-n-roll.
Jewel Clark & Donnie Katlin will be featured August 22. A popular duo, Donnie and Jewel play many old and new favorites and are very popular with families, and folks of all ages. Jewel, a gem in the crown of Bethel, is also a one-of-a kind award winning performer with her yodeling expertise and an extremely versatile and sensitive voice. This Bethel duo offers something for everyone with music from Country and Folk to Blues and Rock-n-Roll, spiced with originals here and there. And of course, there’ll be some yodeling, an art Jewel inherited from her Dad, Yodeling Slim Clark.
Anni Clark closes out this free concert series August 29. Anni is part folk, part blues, sometimes pop, but all parts original. For over 20 years this Maine native has please audiences nationwide with her captivating lyrics and excellent guitar playing. Her 6th solo recording “Anni Clark LIVE” continues to bring in consistently glowing reviews. Based on this release, Anni was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year in the Texas Music Awards. And, readers of Jam Music Magazine voted Anni Female Vocalist of the Year and Fold Artist of the Year once more. Please join Anni for the last bandstand concert of the season.
FMI: Please visit www.MahoosucArts.org or call 207-824-3575.
Contact Name: Aranka Matolcsy
Telephone Number: (207)824-3575