One of New England’s most exciting acoustic bands, Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys, will present a concert of original and traditional bluegrass music at the charming little Wayside Theater in Dexter on Friday, August 1. The group, which has entertained throughout the Northeast and has several overseas tours to its credit, has been a top draw at concerts around the Pine Tree State for the past several years. This year the Plowboys will visit Maine just once, and are delighted to bring their unique sound to Central Maine with a special show at the Wayside.
The concert, beginning at 7:00 PM, will feature old and new country songs, gospel quartets, blazing instrumental showpieces and finely-crafted original numbers. Bluegrass music has grown tremendously in popularity over the past couple of years, fueled by the “O Brother” phenomenon and a new appreciation of authentic “roots” music. Banjo Dan and the Plowboys, who have toured and recorded since the 1970’s, remain in the forefront of this movement. Their energy and drive, warmth and humor, continue to engage audiences wherever they play. Soaring harmonies, soulful lead vocals and sparkling instrumental solos remain a hallmark of their performances. Simply put, BDMP are poised to deliver one of the best bluegrass shows you’re likely to hear in these parts.
The Wayside Theatre is a nonprofit organization based in the former North Dexter Grange Hall on Route 23. Raising funds through a variety of theatrical and musical presentations it is serving the community by re-establishing the grange. According to Dan Lindner, the group’s namesake, “This is just the sort of intimate venue we love playing. We haven’t been in this part of Maine for years, and we’re really looking forward to bringing good bluegrass to the ‘Moosehead Trail.’”
Tickets are just $8 at the door and the Wayside Grange will offer light refreshments before the show and during intermission. For more information call the Wayside at 207-924-8813.
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