LEWISTON – The Downeast Brass, a group of five experienced musicians from southern and central Maine, will kick off L/A Arts’ Music in the Parks concert series Thursday, July 10. The band enjoys playing a wide range of styles, from classical to Dixieland. It has performed at private parties at the governor’s mansion in Augusta, at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, N.H., in parades and at wedding ceremonies.

Band founder and arranger Dwight Tibbetts has kept the unique talents and skills of his colleagues in mind as he has arranged music specifically for the group.

Now in its 7th year, Music in the Parks offers a diverse lineup of rock, folk, blues, roots, country, a cappella, brass and bluegrass.

Concerts are held at noon every Thursday throughout July and August. July concerts are in Lewiston’s Fountain Park. August concerts are in Auburn’s Festival Plaza in the downtown. Concerts last about one hour.

Bates Mill, LLC, has once again offered to host all of the Lewiston concerts at Fountain Park. “It’s such a beautiful location, a real hidden treasure in the heart of Lewiston,” said Cheri Donahue, L/A Arts marketing director.

“Now with Davinci’s Eatery up and running at its new locations adjoining the park, the area has become better known. But if anyone is still unsure of Fountain Park’s location, we have put a map with the concert sites starred on all of our Music in the Parks posters that are up around town, and we have a downloadable map on our Web site, www.laarts.org,” Donahue said.

For more information about the concerts, including music clips and artist links, log on to www.laarts.org, call the arts agency at 782-7228 or [email protected]

Upcoming concerts

All are at noon and are free. Rain site: Franco-American Heritage Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston (same date and time), except for the Aug. 28 concert at the Hilton Garden. For more information, call 782-7228 or log on to www.laarts.org.

WHEN: Thursday, July 10

WHO: Downeast Brass

These five experienced musicians from southern and central Maine enjoy playing a wide range of styles, from classical to Dixieland.

WHERE: Fountain Park, Mill Street, Lewiston

WHEN: Thursday, July 17

WHO: Cadagan

This group offers a blend of rock, indie, blues, country, jazz and some bits and pieces of various world styles.

WHERE: Fountain Park, Mill Street, Lewiston

WHEN: Thursday, July 24

WHO: Carolyn Currie

Her “luminous voice” carries listeners to a place of reflection and emotional intensity.

WHERE: Fountain Park, Mill Street, Lewiston

WHEN: Thursday, July 31

WHO: Pat Pepin

This singer and saxophonist knows the blues from the inside out.

WHERE: Fountain Park, Mill Street, Lewiston

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 7

WHO: Jerks of Grass

This bluegrass band is known for its instrumental speed and cheeky attitude.

WHERE: Festival Plaza, Auburn

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 14

WHO: Jason Spooner Trio

This musical trio passionately performs roots, folk and blues with inspired rhythms.

WHERE: Festival Plaza, Auburn

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 21

WHO: SideCar Heroes

This quartet sings a cappella.

WHERE: Festival Plaza, Auburn

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 28

WHO: Truth About Daisies

This energetic quintet based in Portland performs four-part harmony, drawing inspiration from urban folk, country and melodic pop.

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn Riverwatch

Rain location: Indoors at Hilton (same date and time)


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