RANGELEY — The Rangeley Friends of the Arts will be hosting two bands as part of the Americana Rangeley Festival, Oct. 5 through 8. This Columbus Day weekend festival is presented by Moose Alley and sponsored by Skowhegan Savings Bank.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, enjoy The Dave Mello Blues Trio and Sunday, October 7, enjoy JJ Appleton and Jason Ricci. Both shows are at 7 p.m. at the RFA Lakeside Theater, 2493 Main St. Other featured bands during Americana Rangeley include Matt and the Barnburners, Ragged Jack, Elmore Twist, The Tom Ball Band, Joe & Friends and more.

Dave Mello offers live blues entertainment covering Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Reed and many other great blues classics.

JJ Appleton has joined forces with Grammy-nominated Jason Ricci, a world heavyweight champion harmonica player, bluesman, songwriter and personality. Their new recordings are a rebirth and deep breath of fresh air for both parties. They record 100 percent unplugged (nary a guitar pickup or bullet mic in sight), and mix gutbucket-noir blues, roots with dirt still on them and a sprinkle of Cajun Americana.

As well as the RFA Lakeside Theater, participating venues around Rangeley include Moose Alley, Sarge’s and others. Tickets, which are event wristbands, are $10 and are available online or at the door at any of the venues. The wristband gets you into every event all weekend.

For their complete schedule of events, visit rangeleyarts.org.

JJ Appleton and Jason Ricci will appear at the RFA Lakeside Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, as part of the Americana Rangeley music festival over Columbus Day Weekend.

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