POLAND — The Jack McPhillips Memorial Fund has announced the 12th annual Remembering Tom Rowe: A Celebration in Song concert will be held at Poland Spring Resort at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

This annual gathering of musical pals of the late Schooner Fare member and Auburn native is organized by Rowe’s son Dave, a well-known professional musician.

Tom Rowe’s early career took off as a founding member of local rock band The Vehicle, and the evening includes a reunion of the group.

Over the years that the group has performed, more than 50 area musicians called themselves members, including Rich Keene, Mike McInnis, Mike Atkinson, Rollo Saucier, Dan Hall, Mike Asselin, Mike Abbott, Roger Landry, Dave Deas, Paul LaPointe and others. After Rowe left the band to play with other bands such as Voyage, The Flairs, and Schooner Fare, The Vehicle continued for several years through many incarnations.

“Rock ‘n’ Roll was a huge part of Tom’s musical career and where he honed his skills as a singer and musician,” said brother Russ Rowe, also a Jack McPhillips Memorial Fund board member. “In the early ’70s he would sing at a wedding service, perform at the reception, then perform an evening Top 40 show — all the time going to college and working the night desk at the Holiday Inn. Making music was his life and he loved every note.”

Also included in this show will be the “regular cast” of Schooner Fare, Dave Rowe, The Squid Jiggers, and Denny Breau.

Breau was a member of Tom Rowe’s first band, the Chord Majority, and his last, Turkey Hollow, which also included Dave Rowe. Breau also performed stints as a substitute in The Vehicle when the group needed a guitar player.

The concert benefits the Jack McPhillips Memorial Fund, a charity started by friends of Schooner Fare and Devonsquare. It is dedicated to helping people with immediate, fundamental financial needs who would otherwise fall through the cracks.

Tickets are available online at www.tinyurl.com/jmmf16 or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

FMI: www.jmmf.org.


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