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Ken and Jane Brooks  Joe and Nel Kennedy
Ken and Jane Brooks along with Joe and Nel Kennedy perform classic country at the Wayside Theatre on Saturday, May 27th at 7 PM. Fred “Tommy” Thompson will also be stopping by to perform.
These award-winning musical friends have played acoustic Americana together for over 30 years, both as fellow band members and informally at jams. Together, they’re a harmony of instruments, vocals and friendship.
In the late 1980’s Ken, Joe and Nel performed together as Breakneck Mountain - a five piece bluegrass band that released the recording "Company’s Comin’."
Later, guitarist Ken played with Bluegrass Supply Company, Bob and Grace French and the Union River Band. Ken’s current band, Katahdin Valley Boys, will play at the Wayside on Saturday, September 30th. He was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012. That same year, Ken and his wife, bass player Jane Brooks, were named Maine Country Music Association's Duo of the Year. They have recorded four CD’s together.
Meanwhile Joe and Nel Kennedy joined Evergreen, recording 5 CDs in the band’s 22 year history. Harpman Joe and bass player Nel were inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
Fred "Tommy" Thompson has played professionally since the mid 1950's. He began playing lead guitar until 1992 when he switched to pedal steel.
Tommy’s played with Dick Curless, Doug Kershaw, David Frizzell, Danny Harper, Gene Hooper, Betty Cody, Denny Breau, Georgette Jones and Michael Twitty. He’s also opened for Bobby Bare, Charley Daniels, Gene Watson and others.
Tommy’s a member of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, The Maine Ole Opry and the Maine Country Music Association. As an Army veteran of the Korean War, Tommy is a life member of the VFW, DAV and American Legion.
Tickets for the Brooks & Kennedy with Tommy Thompson show are $10. Baked goodies and refreshments will be sold at intermission and there is a door prize and a 50/50 raffle. The theatre is located at 861 North Dexter Road on Route 23 in Dexter. For more information contact Joe Kennedy 277-3733, Chester Bekier 270-1166, or visit the Wayside Grange and Theatre on Facebook.
The Center Theatre will be screening the Maine-made, independent film “To Keep The Light”, on Monday, May 22nd at 7 PM. The film, written and directed by Erica Fae, who is also the lead actress, follows the story of Abbie. Abbie is a salt-of-the-earth homesteader left to her own devices while caring for her bedridden husband, the lighthouse keeper. When a seafaring European washes ashore, Abbie fears she may have caused his ship to crash. Now also nursing this foreigner, Abbie is tasked with keeping the household afloat and working the evening shifts at the lighthouse—a post forbidden to women at the time. She finds purpose in this new role, but secrets once submerged in the Atlantic waters threaten to resurface, putting her opportunity for independence in jeopardy. Set in 1867, and amalgamated from the true stories of female lighthouse keepers, To Keep the Light is an empowering assertion of womanhood. This one-night-only screening is open to the public and begins at 7 PM. Tickets are $7 for the general public, $6 for students and seniors, and $5 for members of the Center Theatre. For more information, or to purchase tickets you can visit, call the Center Theatre at 564-8943, or visit the Theatre in person between 8 AM and 4 PM weekdays. The Theatre is located at 20 E Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. The Center Theatre is a non-profit performing arts center dedicated to making arts a part of life in the Maine Highlands.
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