DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m a retired person with many years’ experience playing finger-style acoustic guitar. I am seeking a like-minded person who lives between Lewiston-Auburn and the mid-coast Brunswick area to collaborate with. The ultimate goal is playing at the many “open mic” nights and expanding what can be done with a solo instrument and voice.

Any interested person(s) interested in this acoustic adventure can contact me directly at 207-504-1146 or via email [email protected]. Hoping to hear back soon.

—Tex, Topsham

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In the Dec. 18 Sun Spots there was a request asking that if anyone had been to the Jimi Hendrix concert at The Armory in 1968 to contact a gentleman in the UK who was writing a book about him. I have lost the address and am ready to contact him. Can you please reprint?

—Adam, Lewiston

ANSWER: The person you are referring to is author Richard Houghton. He only provided an email but if you don’t have access to a computer, mail the letter in care of Sun Spots and I will get the letter to him. The email is [email protected]

I thought it would be fun to include this excerpt from another “Experience” fan that was at that concert. I forwarded the original letter on to Richard and he was very happy to have it. Hopefully, the following will inspire others who were at the Armory on March 16, 1968 to sit down and write a letter to be published in Richard’s book.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: “Way back in 1968, rock music was evolving and becoming more creative with each passing day. Some music became “heavier” sounding and major artists such as Cream and Jimi Hendrix experimented with this new sound. I was about 17 years old at the time and playing in a local rock band. As young guys with great musical aspirations (but still in school) we practiced weekly and learned songs from the Top Forty list like most of the bands in the area.

“I remember seeing a small ad in the Lewiston Daily Sun one day that got my attention.  It was like a riddle but it meant Jimi Hendrix’s Experience was coming to The Armory. We bought our tickets as soon as they were available and greatly anticipated the Experience’s arrival to Lewiston.

“The night the Experience came to town, the whole crowd was hypnotized with the performance. Man, I never heard anything so loud in all my life. The bass just shook and Jimi’s right-handed Fender Stratocaster sounded so radical and gorgeous at the same time! Mitch Mitchell’s rapid-fire drumming and Noel Redding’s Jazz Bass runs and octaves melded and fused with Hendrix’s guitar wizardry. It was simply awesome just to be there, seeing the Experience with their wild clothes and hair.

“I do recall that the P.A. system provided could not match the instruments’ volume. Speakers were blown and replacements were brought in. It didn’t seem to take that long until everything was taken care of, with all the details unknown to us and the concert resumed to its wondrous end. It was definitely a very unique and musically inspiring and soulful experience.

I’m still playing guitar today, semi-professionally, at age 67!”

—Gerry, Auburn

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