NEW GLOUCESTER – The expectation of rain late Saturday afternoon has prompted organizers of the first Homefires Music Festival benefiting local home-heating assistance to move up the start time.

Music will now run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Thompson’s Orchard high atop Goucester Hill. There will be a large tent, so guests can brave the elements in relative comfort, if need be.

Among those scheduled to perform are recording artist Steve Azar, 35th Parallel, singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Jim Gallant of New Gloucester; indie rockers El Bufadoro out of Boston; Lewiston-Auburn’s jazz group The Three Point Trio; Squash & Gourds; The Crosstown Band; City on a Hill; Triple Play; 50/50 Band; Mountain Avenue and Wild Thing.

The suggested donation is $10 per person; children under 10 admitted free. Tickets will be available exclusively at the door.

All proceeds will be donated to PROP, the People’s Regional Opportunity Program, a nonprofit multiservice community action agency. Those who cannot attend the festival but wish to make a donation may contact PROP directly at 553-5800.

For more information, updated schedules and directions to the Homefires Music Festival, visit

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