Denny Breau has assembled an all-star cast for the second annual show which includes reunion performances by the popular Royal Knights and the beloved band Good ‘n Plenty. The star-studded affair will include Nick Knowlton, Debbie Morin, Phil House, Kathy Haley, Dan Caron, Malinda Liberty, and Ed Boucher with the rest of the original Royal Knights Paul Boucher, Guy Mathieu, and Ronnie Morin. World-class drummer Bob Elie will be traveling from San Diego to help round out the jam-packed extravaganza.

Friends of Pettingill is a nonprofit association assigned to raise funds and help design the newly created Pettingill School Park on College Street in Lewiston. The former Pettingill Elementary School operated between 1926 and 2008 until it was replaced by the Geiger Elementary School. The building was demolished earlier this year, leaving behind a two-acre lot with the original playground. Funds from the concert will be used for landscaping and to purchase park benches.

Popular singer-songwriter and legendary guitarist Breau, whose children attended Pettingill Elementary School, has undertaken the task of producing the annual benefit concert. His vision this year is to focus on the rich history of music that has helped define the cities of Lewiston and Auburn. Breau’s song “Acadie” was recently chosen to represent Maine at the Acadian World Congress which will be held Aug. 8-24, in New Brunswick, Quebec and Maine. He will be part of the lineup for the international cultural event which is held only once every five years.

The Royal Knights, who were the premier garage band of the 1960s in central Maine, will take the stage to perform some of their original hit songs. Led by Ed Boucher, the Knights released several records, were the house band of Portland’s WGAN-TV dance show “Club Thirteens” and were responsible for creating the Police Athletic League dances during the ’60s at Lewiston City Hall – the subject of filmmaker Bill Maroldo’s recent documentary “Pal Hop Days.”

Good ‘n Plenty started out as the house band at the Ramada Inn, entertaining audiences beginning in the 1970s and lasting well into the ’90s. Original members Knowlton, Morin, Haley, and Breau will perform some of the songs from the group’s popular repertoire. Knowlton was the lead vocalist for several Maine bands including Terry & the Telstars, Katahdin, Katfish and Poor Boy. Morin has reassembled her old band Cheyenne and until recently was a member of the Girls of L-A. Haley, also with the Girls of L-A, was in the band Chord Majority and is currently the organist for the Court Street Baptist Church.

Coming all the way from San Diego is Lewiston native Elie who originally performed with the Corals and his own group Fat Cat. In May, 1964 Elie set the world record for continuous drumming by performing for 30 hours at Lewiston City Hall. In 1972, Elie joined Peppermint Rainbow which already had two Billboard Top 40 hit songs and toured for several months with Tommy James & the Shondells. Later he was hired to tour with Natalie Cole in the wake of her hit song “Jump Start My Heart.”

House, a pianist who holds the keyboards post at the First Universalist Church in Auburn, is well-known for his unique arrangements of ragtime, old timey, country and pop tunes. Performing in styles reminiscent of Liberace, Floyd Cramer and Scott Joplin, his recordings on the Outer Green label have been popular throughout New England.

Liberty performs frequently in Maine, and is well known for her recording of “The Maine Christmas Song” and her hit single “Working Days” which charted on the Cash Box Magazine Top 100.

Caron is one of Maine’s premier drummers, starting out with Terry & the Telstars in the 1960s. Caron was also a member of Oak which released two albums on the Mercury label and toured nationally with Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band. In 1980, Oak’s hit song “King of the Hill” climbed into the Top 40 on the Billboard charts.

A special addition to the show will include the official release of Knowlton’s new music video which is a tribute to the former Pettingill Elementary School. It features a cover version of Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You,” and combines footage of student activities while the school was in operation with dramatic scenes from its recent demolition. The music was arranged and mixed exclusively for Friends of Pettingill by Platinum and Gold Record recipient Harry King, and the video was shot and edited by Bill Maroldo.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at the Franco Center. Admission at the door is $15 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Pettingill mission to create a model park for the entire community.

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