HARRISON – More than classical music will be presented at Deertrees Theatre this summer. The first week of the season will be an eclectic mix of rock, klezmer, blues and traditional folk music.

Opening the season on Thursday, July 1, will be a classic rock band, Unknown Legends. A band with great energy and vocals, the five-member group from Bethel’s Gould Academy boasts of a solid rock sound with a smattering of jazz from the piano and horn players.

Klezmer music is more than just a Yiddish tradition. For more than 15 years the Casco Bay Tummlers has been presenting a repertoire of original Jewish music, traditional dances, Yiddish theater and ghetto songs throughout the world. On Friday, July 2, they will perform at Deertrees for their only full concert performance in Maine this summer.

Acoustic guitarist Ernie Hawkins will play Saturday, July 3, in the theater. An accomplished and impressive acoustic guitarist, Hawkins melds blues, gospel and ragtime into arrangements that sound new, but also pay tribute to those who’ve gone before him. Schooled by the legendary Rev. Gary Dais in his signature style of Piedmont blues, Hawkins infuses his music with heart and soul.

In 1972, the Shaw Brothers recorded “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” the hit that became known as the “Coca Cola song.” Rick and Ron Shaw are still teaching the world to sing with a blend of traditional and contemporary music interspersed with humor, poems and stories. These New Hampshire Musical Ambassadors to the World will entertain Tuesday, July 6.

All performances will start at 8 p.m. For more information or reservations, call the box office at (207) 583-6747.

Tickets are also available at Books & Things in Bethel, the Cool Moose in Bridgton and the Fare Share Co-Op in Norway.


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