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The Katahdin Valley Boys bring their hard driving bluegrass to the Wayside Theatre on Saturday, September 30th at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM and no reservations are required to attend. Tickets for the performance will be $10 each. Desserts and coffee will be sold at intermission. Their repertoire of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and Gospel music features tight harmonies and smooth solos. Influences include Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Blue Highway and the Lonesome River Band. The Katahdin Valley Boys is one of Central and Mid-Coast Maine's most popular and award-winning Bluegrass bands. The Maine Academy of Country Music recognized The Katahdin Valley Boys as "Bluegrass Band" of the year in 2008, 2009, and 2011. The Katahdin Valley Boys from left to right: Dan Simons, Jeff Folger, Steve Bixby and Ken Brooks.
Each member brings many years of experience and professional showmanship to the band's hard driving, traditional Bluegrass sound. Their current members are Steve Bixby, Ken Brooks, Jeff Folger and Dan Simons. Steve Bixby (upright bass and vocals) caught the Bluegrass bug in 1978 when he attended his first festival and then began playing bass in 1980. A seasoned bass player and recording artist, he has performed at numerous Bluegrass Festivals throughout the Northeast. Performing since 1965, Ken Brooks (guitar and vocals) has played with several popular bluegrass bands and in 2012 was inducted into The Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. He also performs with his wife, Jane, and pairs up occasionally with Wayside Granger Joe Kennedy and his wife, Nellie. Brooks and Kennedy have graced Wayside’s stage many times. Jeff Folger (banjo and vocals) has been performing since 1993 and has been with the Katahdin Valley Boys since 1998 as a founding member. He delivers superb lead and soaring harmony tenor vocals and provides a traditional hard driving banjo style. Dan Simons (mandolin and vocals) is the newest member of the band with years of experience. For more information contact Joe Kennedy at 277-3733 or Facebook Wayside Grange and Theatre. The theatre is located at 851 N Dexter Road on Route 23 in Dexter.
The Center Theatre and the Slightly Off-Center Players announce auditions for their upcoming production of “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe”. The production, dramatized by Joseph Robinette from the story by C.S. Lewis, is being directed by Bobby Keniston. The classic story is well known and has opportunities for actors of all ages. The show will open at the Center Theatre on Friday, December 8th and run for two weekends.
Auditions will be held at the Center Theatre on Saturday, September 30th from 11 AM to 1 PM and Monday, October 2nd from 6 to 7 PM. Anyone interested in auditioning who can’t make those scheduled times should contact the Center Theatre at 564-8943.
Patrick Myers, the Center Theatre’s Executive Director, is excited to see this production hit the stage, “This show is very well known and people are excited to see it here in Piscataquis County.” Those who are interested in auditioning do not need to prepare anything in advance. Myers also states that anyone interested in getting involved behind the scenes can also drop in during auditions or contact the Theatre.
For more information about the auditions or performances, email, call the Center Theatre at 564-8943 or stop by the Theatre at 20 East Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM, Monday through Friday. The Center Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing affordable entertainment, arts, and education to the community.
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