AUBURN — The second annual “Breast Fest L/A” will take place at Lost Valley on May 20-22, when more than 15 bands will rock the local ski area’s hillsides for the benefit of Maine people diagnosed with breast cancer.
Besides local rock and blues bands, there will be a motorcycle ride for pledges through the western mountains of Maine and a jazz brunch slated for Sunday at Lost Valley.
“We expect 1,000 people a day,” organizer Dave Provencher said. That’s a big increase over last year when Provencher’s first festival for this cause presented three bands at various locations and a motorcycle ride. Pledges for a motorcycle ride are also a part of this year’s fundraising effort, with a three-hour trip beginning and ending at Lost Valley.
Provencher said bands will perform continuously through the weekend on a 45-foot stage. While one band is playing, another will be setting up behind a curtain on the stage, preparing to move forward and keep the music going.
Scheduled to perform are Beyond the Fall, Uncle Jack, Skosh, Hazzyrd, The Howling Souls, Doctor Fat Finger, Kaining Amy, Black Cat Road, Evolution, Matt and the Barn Burners, Poke Chop and the Other White Meats, Twisted Fairy, Repeat Offenders, Brookside Blues Band, Zack Pomerleau Blues Band, Eddie Jones Blues Band, Denny Breau and Ron Bergeron.
“Most of these bands do original material,” Provencher said, noting they are principally from Lewiston and Auburn.
The event has gained recognition, he said, because last year’s “Breast Fest L/A” was videotaped and shown on WPME-TV’s “Ridin’ Steel” program. This year’s show is also being videotaped for TV.
“The bands keep stepping up to play for this. It’s absolutely fantastic,”Provencher said.
“Every dime goes right to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and to people who need some help with things like gas money to get to treatments, or for expenses or household payments,” Provencher said.
Price for the whole weekend is $10, with wrist bands allowing entrance each day.
The festival will run from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, May 20; 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 21; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.
The jazz brunch is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday.
Provencher said the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition was founded by 10 people in 2002, and since then it has distributed $1 million. He added that it is an all-volunteer organization.
Any businesses or individuals who wish to donate to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition may email Pelletier at firstname.lastname@example.org.