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Mes Amis, a Gypsy jazz quartet, plays at the Wayside Theatre on Saturday, April 28th at 7 PM. The cost of admission will be $12 sold at the door. No reservations are required and the doors open 6:30 PM. Homemade goods and coffee will be available and sold at intermission. There will also be a door prize and 50/50 raffle. Gypsy jazz has insistent rhythms, bouncing bass lines and intricate melodies that are easy on the ears for those unfamiliar with jazz, and yet can stand the scrutiny of an aficionado. French for "my friends," Mes Amis consists of Steve Lynnworth handling the lead guitar and vocals, Harry Richter providing "La Pompe," the steady backbeat typical of the style, Ezra Rugg on the upright bass and Shane Ellis on clarinet and saxophone. Members of the Mes Amis band that will peform at the Wayside Theatre on Saturday, April 28th.
Steve Lynnworth started playing guitar at age 17 but didn’t really get bitten by the “Gypsy” bug until 2008 when he was 41. He has backed up national artists Shirley Lewis and Pinetop Perkins, jammed onstage with Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, and opened shows for Johnny Winter, Dickie Betts, and B.B. King. Steve is the guitar instructor at the University of Maine in Farmington and author of Understanding The Chords. After subbing for Mes Amis occasionally, Harry Richter joined the band full time in 2014. When Harry isn’t busy playing guitar, he is a violin maker. Ezra Rugg started out early in life making music any way he could; trying his hand at euphonium, trumpet, piano, guitar, drums and bass. Ezra has backed up The Coasters, played with Jon Fishman and fronted his group, The Antigravity Band. Clarinet and saxophone player Shane Ellis a Maine artist, woodwind player, music educator, music arranger, audio specialist and band leader. For more information on Mes Amis visit or call Steve at (207) 441-0629. For more information about the Theatre contact 277-3733, 270-1166 or Facebook Wayside Grange. The Theatre is located at 851 North Dexter Road (Rt. 23) in Dexter.
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