POLAND – The Poland Spring Preservation Society will kick off its 13-week summer concert series Monday, June 6, offering “entertainment to suit everyone’s taste,” said PSPS Executive Director Elliott Levy.

“The PSPS Summer Concert Series is a wonderful opportunity for the public to be introduced to two buildings (the Maine State Building and the All Souls Chapel) that appear on the National Register of Historic Places, while at the same time enjoying high quality performances that vary from jazz to folk, to country music to Maine humor,” said Levy.

“The extraordinary musical talents and organizational skills of Roland Roy and Diane Biron have grown our Summer Concert Series beyond our expectations. They have recruited new and exceptionally talented musicians each and every year,” said PSPS Vice President Mike Caouette.

Among the artists slated to perform are The Grassholes, a six-piece instrumental/vocal group that plays the bluegrass sounds of Appalachia; Denny and Ann Breau with Frank Coffin, a trio of award-winning musicians who run the gamut of styles from classical to modern, and from jazz to folk; and Joe Perham, noted Maine humorist who is making his third appearance at Poland Spring.

Also returning this year will be Allen McHale & Emery Hutchins (Two Old Friends). Mac & Hutch will perform some favorite sea songs and hot-picking instrumentals along with sing-alongs. Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection will treat the audience to Acadian, French Canadian, and Bluegrass music; and The LaClaires will present a blend of country and gospel music.

Perennial favorites, Vocal Solution and Phil House & Kathy Haley, will also perform.

Port City Jazz will join the entertainment roster for the first time this summer, bringing its style of ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s band music along with some Dixieland. Other newcomers to the PSPS concert series are New Gloucester native Jim Gallant, who was described by Good Times Music Magazine as “… one of the finest tunesmiths in the Northeast”; and Castlebay, a duo that performs traditional Celtic melodies and original songs on handcrafted instruments.

The Gray-New Gloucester High School Chamber Choir and Concert Band, directed by Carol Clark, will open the series on PSPS Youth Night.

The concert series will run through Monday, Aug. 29. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; admission is $5.

“We’ re looking forward to welcoming back all our regular patrons and to seeing new faces for what we think will be a varied and most enjoyable summer series,” said concert coordinators Roy and Biron.


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