LEWISTON – Museum L-A will celebrate Lewiston-Auburn’s contributions to local, state and national music scenes Saturday, May 30, with “Echoes in Time,” a multimedia extravaganza at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

Live performances by the Moon Dawgs, Rockin’ Recons, Vintage, Nick Knowlton, Denny Breau and other local favorites will rekindle old memories from the 1940s to ’70s – when local big bands and rock ‘n’ roll groups made the Twin Cities a mecca for musicians and fans.

Two 14-foot screens will be set up to premiere three short documentaries by veteran Maine journalist Bill Maroldo and producer Mark Ireland. One of the video vignettes focuses on Museum L-A; another covers the early music of Lewiston-Auburn; and the third profiles the garage-band era that debuted several local musicians who made regional or national tracks.

Members of several popular bands of the past such as The Royal Knights, The Travelers, The Innkeepers, Terry & the Telstars, and Ronnie & the Tornadoes will play.

Attendees will be welcomed by Ed Boucher who through his EAB studio helped most of the bands and singers from Maine achieve national acclaim from 1960 through the early 1980s. The Auburn Community Band, directed by Milt Simon, will perform tunes from the big band era. While dinner is served, Vintage will take the stage to play popular tunes from the 1950s. Louis Philippe as Father Frenchie will wind up the dinner hour with his brand of humor and wisdom.

Playing together as the L-A Boppers will be legendary guitarist Denny Breau, drummer Robert Elie, bassist Richard Horton and music producer/keyboardist Harry King. Dan Crawford as Wolfman Jack will introduce performers. Slated to appear are Marc Morin of Vintage singing “Rock Around the Clock;” Ace Diamond (Richard Gowell) with a medley of Buddy Holly songs; Bob Blais and Ron Vachon of the Rockin’ Recons performing as the Everly Brothers; and The Girls of L-A (Bonnie Edwards, Kathy Haley, Jeannie Martin, Debbie Morin, Bette Sanborn and Laurie Sidelinger) performing medleys and songs from the 1950s to the early 1970s. Knowlton will rock the hosue as Elvis and join Paul Roy, Dee Dustin and Roger Blais as the “Fab Four” for a medley of Beatles tunes. Also performing will be singer Debbie Caron.

The event will run from 5 to 11:30 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.m. Tickets for a gourmet surf and turf dinner (prepared by students in the Lewiston Regional Technical Center’s culinary arts program and chefs from DaVinci’s restaurant of Lewiston), dancing and show are $85 per person. A limited number of tables of eight are available; call Museum L-A at 333-3881. Tickets for general admission with reserved seating may be purchased for $20 by calling the Colisee at 783-2009. Proceeds will benefit Museum L-A.


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