Captain Ray & The Castaways: Tom Petty Tribute to Benefit Sweetser

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Come join us for an evening of music and help support a great organization. Captain Ray and the Castaways will perform an ultimate evening of Tom Petty hits to benefit Sweetser. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. He and his band sold more than 80 million records in their career.

Sweetser provides mental and behavioral health, developmental and educational services to more than 20,000 children, adults and families throughout Maine. For information about Sweetser or sponsorship opportunities contact Jodie Hansen at jhansen@sweetser.org or call (207) 294-4476.

 

The Kingston Trio

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 8:00 PM
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The THE BAND Band

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If you like the music of The Band, you’ll love The THE BAND Band, the most exciting and musically satisfying tribute to The Band on the scene today!

The THE BAND Band returns to Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, bringing the music of The Band alive with authentic, true-to-form renditions of their extraordinary repertoire. From hit songs such as “The Weight,” “Up On Cripple Creek,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” and deep cuts from their classic albums, to their historic collaborations with Bob Dylan, The THE BAND Band delivers with the passion and commitment for which The Band was renowned. With the TTBB Horns, you’ll experience the power and excitement of The Band’s legendary concerts, as famously documented in the Martin Scorsese film, The Last Waltz.

The THE BAND Band has shared the stage with notables such as Richie Havens, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Aztec Two-Step, Marshall Crenshaw; and the individual band members have performed or toured with original Band members Rick Danko and Levon Helm, as well as Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, John Hall, Patti Smith, Keith Richards, Steve Forbert, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Roy Rogers, Roger McGuinn, Robbie Dupree, Max Weinberg, Clarence Clemons, Willie Nile, Maria Muldaur, Genya Ravan, Jimmy Vivino, The Shirelles, and countless others.

Come on out and catch the show!

 

Martin Sexton

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 8:00 PM

“The real thing, people.” -Billboard

In 2018 American singer-songwriter Martin Sexton extends touring in support of his ninth studio release Mixtape of the Open Road. The Wall Street Journal and CMT premiered tracks from the album that since garnered much critical acclaim. “Outstanding taste in songwriting as well as a soul-marinated voice.” -Rollingstone

Syracuse native Sexton got his start singing in the streets and subways of Boston in the early 90’s. Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared in television series such as Scrubs, Parenthood, Masters of Sex and in numerous films, though it’s his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for more.

 

John Mueller's Winter Dance Party

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The official #1 tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper!

John Mueller’s “Winter Dance Party”® is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour and the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates. Each live concert performance includes over two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50’s era: That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh, Boy, Rave on, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, and many, many more.

John Mueller, the critically acclaimed former star of the U.S. touring version of the London/Broadway hit musical “Buddy..the Buddy Holly Story,” performs as Buddy Holly with Linwood Sasser as the Big Bopper and Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens. The very authentic and energetic four piece band (guitar, drums, stand up bass and sax) includes Grammy award winning Mike Acosta on saxaphone.

The Winter Dance Party show has performed in front of over 2 million people on national TV for the Jerry Lewis Telethon, has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada at theatres, performing arts centers, ballrooms, corporate events, casinos and even for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with John Mellencamp, Marshall Crenshaw and others.

It is the only show endorsed and honored by Buddy’s widow Maria Elena Holly.

Highlights over the years have included performing with Grammy winner Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra, receiving the keys to the city of Green Bay, WI from the Mayor, playing in the legendary Surf ballroom on the same day Buddy, Ritchie, and the Big Bopper did 50 years prior and performing on stage with Maria Elena Holly (Buddy’s widow), Niki Sullivan (an original Cricket band member) and Tommy Allsup (original Winter Dance Party guitarist and legendary Nashville producer.)

The show also performs with full orchestration for symphonic pops concert presentations and has performed with the Detroit Symphony, the Columbus Ohio Symphony, the Jacksonville Florida Symphony, the Grand Rapids Michigan Symphony, the Philly Pops Orchestra and many more.

“Flawless….rings as clear and true as a chord from a Fender Stratocaster.” – The Chicago Tribune

“An air tight band with energy-packed execution of a long string of classics. Rather than museum pieces or mere fodder for oldies radio, these songs had all the vitality and punch that they carried 50 years ago.” – Springfield State Journal Register

“Winter Dance Party captures Holly era…a dead-on re-creation of the ’59 show.” – Kalamazoo Gazette

“John Mueller(as Buddy Holly) gives a stunning portrayal. Highly recommended.” – Chicago Sun Times

 

Judy Gold

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Judy has had stand-up specials on HBO, Comedy Central and LOGO. She has also written and starred in two critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (GLAAD Media Award – Outstanding NY Theater, Drama Desk Nomination – Actor).

Judy received rave reviews portraying Gremio in The Public Theater’s all female production of The Taming of The Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park. She also co-starred in Off-Broadway’s Clinton! The Musical, and Disasater! The Musical.

Judy recently appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She can be seen on the new Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, and Netflix’s Friends From College, she has recurring roles on Pop TV’s NightCap!, and TBS’s, Search Party. Judy was featured in Woody Allen’s series Crisis In Six Scenes on Amazon, and also appears on the hit web-series The Other F Word, which is featured on Amazon Prime.

Judy’s other most recent TV appearances include guest-starring roles on Louie, Broad City, Friends From College, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Difficult People, 30 Rock, 2 Broke Girls, Melissa & Joey, The Big C, and She also won two Emmy awards for writing and producing, The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Judy was the host of HBO’s At The Multiplex with Judy Gold, and was an original cast member of Tru TV’s World’s Dumbest. Judy is the host of the hit podcast Kill Me Now on CBS’ play.it and iTunes. Judy has made numerous appearances on The Steve Harvey Show, The View, The Today Show, and The Wendy Williams Show. She has written for The New York Times, Huffington Post, CNN.com.

 

Recycled Percussion

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Technically speaking, Recycled Percussion is a junk rock band performing on recycled instruments. Creatively speaking, Recycled Percussion’s performances are a dynamic mix of high-energy rock drumming, guitar smashing, and DJ spinning blended into recyclable junk music. Since Justin Spencer formed Recycled Percussion in 1995, the band has been unstoppable. Their junk rock music became a national phenomenon week after week during their smash hit performances on “America’s Got Talent” in 2009. Playing over 4,000 shows and over 400 corporate events in over 15 countries, the group has also done guest appearances on “Carson Daly”, “The Today Show”, “China’s Got Talent” and the Latin Grammy Awards. After being featured on the cover of “USA Today” and being voted National Act of the Year a record-breaking six times, the band gained world-wide recognition.

In 2010, they sealed the deal and became headliners in Las Vegas! Taking 2016 by storm, Recycled Percussion has elevated their energy level, created new performance elements and continues to bring junk rock music to the Las Vegas Strip nightly in the Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood.

THEIR PHILOSOPHY Recycled Percussion is passionately committed to being socially responsible demonstrated through their messaging to children to achieve their dreams; their dedication to helping the homeless; and their innovative rock and roll performances. Their goal is to positively impact not only the community in which they live, or their hometown, but to impact everyone who becomes a part of the Recycled Percussion Experience!

 

Copley - James - Pic

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Al Copley, Doug James and Greg Piccolo are all former members of the 70s and 80s version of Roomful of Blues and are back jammin’ the jumpin’ blues together again. In the last year or two they have completed a new recording with Duke Robillard and Rich Lataille, of the 70s version band which will be released soon. Before Roomful was founded in 1968, Al played in Greg’s band and after Roomful went for horns in 1971, we found Doug and he joined us. The passion of the Music was our viewpoint, we played for ourselves, but found that audiences loved to swing dance to the jumpin’ blues.

 

IMAGINE - A Beatles Tribute by Joe Boucher

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

In 1969, The Beatles walked across Abbey Road and away from the studio where they created the most important body of work that any rock band has before or since. Throughout the 1970’s and into the 1980’s John, Paul, George and Ringo each continued to write and record countless iconic songs keeping them front and center in the eyes and ears of the world.

IMAGINE, brings together the solo hits of the individual Beatles as they might have sounded had they continued together and if their legendary producer George Martin would have crafted these songs along with them.

 

George Winston

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 8:00 PM

George Winston grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. During this time, his favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B, including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmy Smith, and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, Blues and rock (especially the Doors), George began playing organ in 1967. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also at this time came up with his own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano.

Since 1972 George has released thirteen solo piano albums: AUTUMN (1980), WINTER INTO SPRING (1982), DECEMBER (1982), SUMMER (1991), FOREST (1994), LINUS & LUCY-THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI (1996), PLAINS (1999), which was inspired by his Eastern Montana upbringing, NIGHT DIVIDES THE DAYTHE MUSIC OF THE DOORS (2002), MONTANA-A LOVE STORY (2004) and GULF COAST BLUES & IMPRESSIONS-A HURRICANE RELIEF BENEFIT (2006), LOVE WILL COMETHE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI VOL 2 (2010), GULF COAST BLUES & IMPRESSIONS 2-A LOUISIANA WETLANDS BENEFIT (2012), and SPRING CAROUSEL-A CANCER RESEARCH BENEFIT. In 2001 George released REMEMBRANCEA MEMORIAL BENEFIT, a seven song EP of piano, guitar and harmonica solos, to benefit those affected by 9/11. He has also worked with the late George Levenson of Informed Democracy (www.informeddemocracy.com) on three projects: a solo guitar soundtrack for SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES, and soundtracks of piano, guitar and, harmonica solos for PUMPKIN CIRCLE, and BREAD COMES TO LIFE. In addition, he has recorded the solo piano soundtrack for the children’s story THE VELVETEEN RABBIT for Rabbit Ears Productions.

George is also working on solo guitar and is recording the masters of the Hawaiian Slack Key guitar for an extensive series of albums for Dancing Cat Records (www.dancingcat.com). Slack Key is the name for the beautiful solo fingerstyle guitar tradition, unique to Hawaii, which began in the early 1800s and predated the steel guitar by over half a century.

He is also recording his main inspirations for his harmonica playing: Sam Hinton, Rick Epping, and Curt Bouterse.

Please join us in support of a local food bank by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert. There will be collection baskets at the entrances.

 

THE HIT MEN

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM

THE HIT MEN … Legendary Performers with Frankie Valli, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Tommy James & More! You loved Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Tommy James and the Shondells, Rod Stewart, Carole King, Jim Croce, Three Dog Night… Take a star-studded journey back through rock and roll history with The Hit Men – legendary performers who sang and played with some of the greatest artists of our time. The Hit Men perform a Billboard Chart topping show of songs to which you danced, dated, sang along and knew every word. You’ll even remember where you were when you first heard these “best time of your life” gold and platinum hits. The Hit Men are not a tribute band. They are the actual musicians and singers you heard on the original records, listened to on the radio, watched on TV and saw in concert. During this exciting multi-media production, The Hit Men will take you behind the scenes with “insider” stories about what it was like on the road and in recording sessions with Frankie, Tommy, Carly, Cat, Jim, Elton and many more. Relive the greatest years of rock and roll with The Hit Men. You’ll leave the theater feeling like you are 23 years old again!

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