Franco Center Executive Director Louis Morin sought her because of her national potential. It was only after he booked her concert that he learned of her family’s roots in Lewiston.

“My grandmother, whose maiden name was Breton, was from Lewiston,” said Lombard, 28. “My earliest memories of childhood were visiting my great-grandmother and my great-aunt, who still lives there after working for many years at Cushman’s shoe factory.”

Lombard, who lives in Portland, is on quite a roll since the mid-August release of “Head Full of Bells,” her first solo CD after years performing and releasing albums with the groups Gypsy Tailwind and Anna and the Diggs. Lombard will have copies of the CD for sale at the Franco Center.

Her show will feature an all-star backing band that includes Paranoid Social Club’s Trent Gay on guitar and Jon Roods of Rustic Overtones on bass. Filling out the rhythm section is former Rustic Overtones drummer Tony McNaboe, currently visiting Maine after leaving the state a couple years ago to pursue a music career in Los Angeles.

Local musicians Nick Racioppi and Rich Lambert will perform an opening set at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and are available by phone at 689-2000, online at www.francocenter.org, or at the Franco Center box office from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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