Friday, April 2, The Viligance Committee with special guest opener, Kevin Ouellette of Subject Bias, will perform at Guthries in Lewiston. The Vigilance Committee was formed in September of 2009 in Purchase, N.Y., when guitarist and singer Peter J. Scoma started writing with harpist and singer, Stephanie Babirak. After adding drummer Phil Corso, and bassist Jonny Germ, the band was complete and immediately got to work. Though they are a young group, the band contains roots from a plethora of earlier bands and a wide range of genres. The Vigilance Committee produces a sound that uniquely blends the elegant tones of the harp with the raw commotion of guitar, drums, and bass. The show starts at 9 p.m., there is no cover.
Saturday, April 3, Boston band Starnes and Shah will perform. Starnes&Shah is the folk-rock duo of Dania Abu-Shaheen (Arab rock’n’roll hopeful/singer/songwriter guitarist) and Zilpha Starnes (Texan choir girl/vocalist/keyboardist). In 2005, this unlikely pair began delivering music to New York audiences that always left the bar wanting to hear more. Starnes&Shah gained the reputation of being the little folk band that promised a great show complete with catchy melodies and infectious harmonies that made folk music enjoyable to punk rockers, classical music enthusiasts, and everyone in between. Their music also made an impression on the radio community when the song “Wilt” was featured on NPR’s Open Mic. In 2008, Starnes&Shah began working on their second full-length album “Pink White Blue Green.” Described by bassist Matt Noble as “psychedelic folk,” “Pink White Blue Green” is a musical tilt-a-whirl spinning with rock energy, dipping in and out of the expected and the strange. The show starts at 9 p.m., there is no cover. For more information call 376-3344 or visit myspace.com/guthriesplace.