LEWISTON — On Thursday, March 25, the local duo Down The Road Apiece will bring its Americana, bluegrass and old-time folk music to the new DownStage venue. The concert featuring Lindsey Montana and Kathy Card will begin at 7:30 p.m.
A resident of Portland, Card performed with various choruses, ensembles and bands, singing pop and jazz standards, until putting her musical aspirations on hold to raise her family. Early last year, as she was exploring options for a return to live performance, she ran into Montana at a bluegrass event. Lindsey, a Blue Hill native currently living in Otisfield, is a veteran of the Maine music scene and has performed more than 1,000 gigs in various capacities, from solo to freelance keyboard and guitar engagements with area bands.
Although Montana’s schedule includes many projects at any given time, he can often be heard playing with his rock band The Smoldering Bones, as a soloist or as the host-in-residence at the Tuesday Night Jam at Gritty McDuff’s in Auburn, where he plays improvised music with invited guests. (At the March 16 Night Jam, Montana will be joined at 8 p.m. by Denny Breau, Paul Malin and Zack Ovington.)
Struck by Montana’s musicality and outgoing nature, Card arranged a performance at a small concert in Portland as a trial run. It was immediately clear to both that their voices and taste in music mesh and they booked numerous gigs.
Down The Road Apiece will perform a variety of bluegrass and old-time favorites, as well as newer selections from Gillian Welch and John Prine. The show will include some of Montana’s original compositions.
More about Down The Road Apiece, including samples of music, may be on found at www.myspace.com/downtheroadapiece.
The DownStage at L/A Arts is an intimate “black box” theater with a capacity of 50, located on the basement floor of L/A Arts’ business office at 221 Lisbon St. Parking is provided free at the Camden National Banks parking lot on Canal Street. A short walk up Pine Street and a quick right onto Canal Street Alley brings you at The DownStage “front” door, which is clearly marked.
Advanced tickets, $10, may be purchased by calling 782-7228 or online at www.laarts.org.