Next week’s noontime concerts in Lewiston and Auburn’s parks will feature New England natives who are accomplished musicians.

The music of these two singer-songwriters will make listeners “want to wiggle and dance to their infectious tunes,” according to a spokesman for L/A Arts.

Tom Acousti will appear at Festival Plaza in Auburn on Tuesday, Aug. 17, to be followed by Dan Merrill in Courthouse Plaza in Lewiston on Thursday, Aug. 19.

The schedule for the summer concert series can be found by going to www.laarts.org. For rain date rescheduling information, people can tune in to radio station CNN 1240. Rain dates are Wednesday for Auburn and Friday for Lewiston at the same time and location.

Acousti, who was inspired as a child by the classic rock and folk styles of Neil Young, James Taylor, and Simon and Garfunkel, began his music career by playing at local coffeehouse and regional clubs, but quickly found himself on the road to being a full-time musician. With his first band, The Happy Bus, he played a variety of musical styles, from rock ‘n’ roll to acoustic. In 1994, he was the first musician to appear on the TV show “Star Search” with only an acoustic guitar. His multiple CD releases have been featured in the soundtracks for several films, including “New York Cop,” starring Mira Sorvino.

Later in the week, Merrill will be entertaining the crowds with his “upbeat revolution.” A Maine native, Merrill’s music career began with singing in his church choir. He’s expanded his repertoire since then, and has done such things as teaming up with a Russian songwriter and also appearing as a solo acoustic act. In 1995, Merrill was awarded the New Folk Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. In the past, that award has gone to musicians such as Lyle Lovett, John Gorka and David Wilcox.

Throughout the rest of August, L/A Arts will be offering these free noonday concerts. For more information about this Music in the Parks series and other L/A Arts events, people can contact L/A Arts at 782-7228 (1-800-639-2919) or visit the Web site at www.laarts.org.


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