‘Remembering Tom Rowe’ concert set for May 8

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LEWISTON — On Saturday, May 8, many of Maine’s musicians and humorists will convene at the Franco-American Heritage Center to celebrate the life and legacy of Auburn native Tom Rowe.

The sixth annual “Tom Rowe, A Celebration in Song” concert, benefiting the Jack McPhillips Memorial Fund, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Rowe was a founding member of the nationally acclaimed folk trio Schooner Fare. He also formed Turkey Hollow Consort with his son Dave and guitar legend Denny Breau, both of whom will perform at this year’s concert.

Rowe died in January, 2004, as a result of complications from throat cancer, but his music and influence live on through this annual event.

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This year’s concert will feature Rowe’s former Schooner Fare partners, Chuck and Steve Romanoff; the Dave Rowe Trio; and Denny Breau. Special guests are singer-songwriter Tom Dyhrberg and The Half Moon Jug Band.

The show will be emceed by Robert Skoglund, better known as The Humble Farmer.

“I am so pleased to have former Devonsquare member Tom Dyhrberg at this year’s show, as well as my buds in the Half Moon Jug Band,” said Dave Rowe. “They describe themselves as a four-man musical mob of desperadoes hijacking the plodding freight train of folk music, steaming it up the mountains of rock ‘n’ roll, through the vaudeville pass, and down across the valley of country music before wrecking it in the middle of a rubber chicken farm on the outskirts of town. Honestly, after seeing their show, I agree.”

The Jack McPhillips Memorial Fund is a Maine-based charitable organization, formed in 1983 to honor the memory of one of Schooner Fare’s most ardent supporters. JMMF seeks to assist those who have little chance of finding help through larger agencies, or whose situation requires immediate attention.

Concert tickets are $30 for premium seating, $15/$20 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased through L/A Arts, by calling 782-7228 or by logging on to www.laarts.org. The Franco center is at 46 Cedar St.

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