GARDINER – Johnson Hall presents a new event – Country Music Weekend – Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16.

On Friday, Truckstop Jukebox plays for “Alive! from Johnson Hall,” at 7:30 p.m., in Johnson Hall, 280 Water St. The band, award-winning pair Everard Dodge and Roseanna Rogers, are seasoned performers who became a duo act in 2001. They have won numerous country music awards, including the Down East Country Music Association’s 2004 Album of the Year, and first and second Songs of the Year in 2004. Tickets are $8, and can be reserved at 582-7144 or email [email protected]

Dirigo Highway performs at Johnson Hall on Saturday, April 16, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Brian Gelina, one of Maine’s best guitarists, leads central Maine’s best country dance band. Brian is just back from Tennessee, where he won the Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year award at the International Country Music Association competition and son Cliff, also in the band, won Best Young Bluegrass Vocalist. Dirigo Highway show is co-sponsored by Charlie’s Motor Mall, Community Pharmacy and Gosline-Murchie Insurance Agency.

At 5 p.m., before Dirigo Highway, Johnson Hall will host a bean supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The meal includes casseroles, franks, salads and pies and costs $5. Tickets for Dirigo Highway are $10 ($8 for seniors); bean supper plus show is $13 ($11 for seniors).

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