Old Blues Kats Close Out ESG’s 2014-15 Coffee House Season on May 2

Old Blues Kats

This is a show that’s sure to get your feet stompin’! Tickets are $12 at the door or you can pick them up in advance at Bob’s Home & Garden in Dover-Foxcroft. You can also reserve your tickets by calling 564-8596. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 7:00. Read on to learn more about performers David “DW” Gill & Doug Wainoris. We’ll see you at the show!

The Old Blues Kats

Dave and Doug started their musical journey together back in 1970 with a local Waterville, Maine based blues band called The D&A Blues Band, amongst other titles. The band’s major influences at this point were Chicago blues stylists like Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Paul Butterfield and Howling Wolf. The blues quartet configuration of guitar, bass, drums and harmonica, with vocals, was the format they used until 1976 when they formed the Blues Prophets. In 1977 the addition of piano filled out the classic blues quintet sound. All the while, travels to Chicago helped solidify and form the character of the sound they sought. These trips had the boys working with Big Walter Horton, Eddy Taylor, Otis Rush, as well as back in Maine, with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Jimmy Rogers plus Eddy Shaw and the Wolfgang. After the 1978 release of the self titled “Blues Prophets” LP on Astro-Jet Records, the fellas found themselves on stage in New Orleans at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, with Professor Longhair and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The formation of the Blue Flames in 1982 found Doug and DW fronting a new quartet with material ranging from the sounds of Magic Sam to Rockabilly, then to jump and swing, with Cajun and New Orleans influences added in for good measure.

   During the 80’s and 90’s the combo started creating their own compositions and arrangements while still maintaining the authentic sound and feel. Concert outings had them working with Jimmy Johnson and opening for Stevie Ray Vaughn and BB King. Doug developed his solo finger picking blues act, while recreating the music of Mance Lipscomb, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Nighthawk, Robert Johnson, John Jackson, amongst many others. Soon, DW came on the scene with the duo and they started doing Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jazz Gillum, Big John Wrencher, whilst inserting in the sets, some more of the original blues and Cajun tunes.

   Since 2002 the Blues Prophets have been performing around Maine reprising the quartet and quintet configuration. After collecting original tunes and arranging some old blues standards, the guys went back in the studio in 2012 and released the CD Astro-Jet Records 013, Blues Prophets “Keep On Jukin”. The Old Blues Kats blues duo of DW and Doug keep on performing for many special events, in order to preserve the blues tradition and pay homage to the original blues masters dating back to the early 20th century. America’s longest musical tradition is live and well in the hands of these Old Blues Kats and everybody has as much fun as the duo does when they swing into your town.

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“Meteora” Next Performer Up at the ESG Coffeehouse

Meteora

Saturday, April 4th will be the second to last performance in the 2014-2015 East Sangerville Grange Coffee House season. Hitting the stage: Meteora – a midcoast trio whose female lead Kat Logan has been part of the Maine folk music scene since 1990.

Logan has played with many bands including Driftwood, The Kevin Gilmore Country Band, and The Black Iris Jazz Trio. She has recorded with folk legend Gordon Bok and also recorded on the 2009 Grammy-nominated folk album “Singing Through The Hard Times.” Her styles include blues, country, jazz, and spiritual.

Meteora is known for its tight three-part harmonies. The group plays an eclectic array of original songs and folk ballads from a wide repertoire of world music, as well as traditional songs and original arrangements.

Tickets for the April 4th show are $12 and will be available at the door or in advance at Bob’s Home and Garden in Dover-Foxcroft. You can also reserve tickets by calling 564-8596. Doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 7pm. For more information about Meteora go to http://www.reverbnation.com/katlogan

 

The final 2014-2015 ESG Coffee House performance will be on Saturday, May 2nd, featuring The Old Blues Kats.

Announcing “Cultivating Our Community 2015: “Healthy Soil Matters!”

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East Sangerville Grange is pleased to announce its 3rd annual “Cultivating Our Community” event, which will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 10 to 2:30. This year’s theme is healthy soil — and why it’s important to everyone from home gardeners, to commercial farmers, to the well-being of our entire region. This year’s event is being presented in partnership with The Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District — and it’s FREE! A light lunch, sponsored by the PRYMCA’s Healthy Community Initiative, will be provided — so we’d appreciate if you’d let us know you’re coming so we can plan appropriately for the food. Just send an e-mail to Erin Callaway at [email protected] or call her at 343-0171. 

ESG Coffee House Welcomes Back “The Press Gang” , Sat. March 7

Press Gang

It has been four years since the Portland-based Press Gang last played at the East Sangerville Grange Coffee House – and they are returning to perform again none too soon. This high-energy trio delivers traditional tunes from Ireland, Quebec, Appalachia, Scotland and New England with real zest – and a fair bit of humor. The group is known for its “musical sense of adventure” and for shows that are always spontaneous and fresh. That’s what the audience can count on when The Press Gang plays at ESG on Saturday, March 7th. Since their first appearance at ESG in 2011, The Press Gang released its second CD and has expanded its tour circuit to include prominent venues in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. Their upcoming show is sure to be lively, with just the kind of oomph everyone needs during the last few weeks of winter. Tickets are $12 and available at the door or in advance at Bob’s Home and Garden in Dover-Foxcroft. You can also reserve tickets by calling 564-8596. Doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 7pm. For information about The Press Gang, click on our “Upcoming Events” tab or visit www.pressgangmusic.com

Free talk on American Chestnut restoration at ESG on Feb. 21st

 

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According to the U.S. Forest Service, chestnuts used to cover more than 200 million acres in the eastern United States. The tree was highly valued because its tall, straight trunks made excellent lumber. Then a blight imported from Asia in the early 1900s nearly destroyed the species, which has been the subject of intensive restoration efforts since 1995.

Successful restoration is happening thanks to development of a blight-resistant species. Dr. Brian Roth, Associate Director of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit, at University of Maine, Orono and member of the Board of Directors for the Maine Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation will talk about chestnut restoration and the benefits the work has to the Maine environment, wildlife, and society. The lecture, which runs from 3:00 to 5:30, is free and open to all. For more information send e-mail to [email protected]. You can learn more about the American Chestnut Foundation at www.me-acf.org and find directions to the Grange here on our website.

Folk Icon Bill Staines to Play at East Sangerville Grange on Feb. 7th

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One of the best-known singer songwriters from the American folk music scene is making his way to the East Sangerville Grange to play at the February Coffee House.

Bill Staines, a Massachusetts native who hit the Cambridge scene in the early 1960s, will perform on Saturday, February 7th at 7pm.

Staines, whose music is described as “a slice of Americana”, has appeared on Garrison Kieller’s Prairie Home Companion, Public Radio’s Mountain Stage and puts on nearly 200 shows a year around the country. His songs have been recorded by many other folk legends including Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Tickets are $12 at the door. You can also reserve tickets for the February 7th show by calling 564-8596 or go to Bob’s Home and Garden in Dover-Foxcroft to purchase in advance. Doors open at 5:30; show starts at 7:00.

ESG Proud to Support Showing of “Growing Local” at Center Theatre

The East Sangerville Grange is pleased to co-sponsor the showing of “Growing Local” at the Center Theatre on Friday, Feb. 6th. This is a one-hour collection of three shorts that take a look at the upsides and challenges of producing and buying local foods. Film runs at 7. There will also be an “Informational Farmers’ Market” so you can learn about local food options and organizations supporting local food in our area. Click here for more information about the film and here to go to the Center Theatre web site. The show is free but donations are welcome. This film premiered at the 2014 Camden Film Festival. It’s bound to be a good one!

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