AUBURN – Highway 61 will turn the First Universalist Church into a honky tonk on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 7-9 p.m. This country/rock band will play a performance to benefit the Auburn UU repair of its historic pipe organ. They invite you to bring your dancing shoes to this rocking evening.

Highway 61 unites five Maine musicians, each with a guitar case full of experience, versatility and high energy. Mark Larlee on guitar, banjo and vocals, and brother Phil Larlee on drums, have logged decades playing locally, as well as touring from Florida to the Maritimes.

Mike Giasson, on guitar, harp and vocals, started playing country with his dad (and Maine Country Hall of Famer), “Little Mike,” in the 70s.

Brian Soucy, who originally studied classical guitar, brings the band his folk-influenced vocals and finger style guitar.

Bassist Bert Salib, who once toured Canada with Boxcar Willie, rounds out this diverse group.

You’ll hear a bit of everything with Highway 61 – from the swampy vibe of the Bayou, the crisp twang of Nashville, to the smokey soul of Chicago. And as only a supergroup can do, they smoothly blend their influences to make each number real.

The First Universalist Church of Auburn is located at 169 Pleasant St. (across from Dairy Joy). For more information, go to or call 783-0461.

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