Synergy Benefit Concert Happening September 14
Rustic Overtones to headline Synergy
August 29, 2013
Rustic Overtones is a 7-piece Portland, ME based funk/rock band known most predominantly for their raw performance power.
Synergy is a fun and unique fundraising event sponsored by the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area in partnership with Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN). It will be held on September 14 from 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington. Bring the family, chairs or blankets, and enjoy four and a half hours of great live music.
The Achords start things off with their spot-on harmonies and unique blend of bluegrass and folk. Mike Fraley from Farmington and Brent Laflin of New Vineyard have been performing together for the last three years, and recently returned from performing in Kentucky, where the roots of their music lie. For more information visit facebook.com/pages/The-Achords/179585628730869.
The Achords are followed by local favorite Mason Strunk. Fifteen-year-old Strunk, grandson of American folk icon Jud Strunk, has opened for comedian Bob Marley and has played with noted folk singer Johnathan Edwards at the Bluegrass Festival at Saddleback in Rangeley. He plays regularly at the Rack in Carrabassett with former members of Jud's band.
Next up is Shades of Blue. Members of this quartet began playing together 18 years ago when they met as students of the University of Maine at Augusta’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program. They continued to perform together in various groups until the band was formed in its present configuration in 2008. Since then, Shades of Blue has enjoyed an extensive playing schedule in mid-coast and down-East Maine, pleasing audiences with an eclectic mix of old time jazz favorites, blues, original compositions, and reggae. For more information visit: http://www.julianegardner.net/shades-of-blue.html
Rustic Overtones is a 7-piece Portland, ME based funk/rock band known most predominantly for their raw performance power. Widely considered to be “one of the most impressive live acts to ever come out of Maine” (Dispatch Magazine), the band’s collaborative efforts include work with the likes of David Bowie/Tony Visconti, Imogene Heap, Funk Master Flex, and Rustic member Ryan Zoidis also plays with the bands Lettuce and Soulive. Recent awards include 2013 New England Music Award Best Live Act/New England, 2012 New England Music Award Best Band/Maine, and 2012 Portland Phoenix Best Male Vocal. For more information visit therusticovertones.com.
Top of the Hill Grill will be on-site with their food truck, offering a selection of sides and sandwiches, from their well-loved pulled pork sandwich to veggie options. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well, and a 21+ area will feature wine and beer for those of age.
Proceeds from Synergy will help FCHN increase its mobile health outreach, and allow the United Way to increase support for children’s services, transportation, homelessness prevention, and mental health services.
Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 day of) for those 19 and over. Those 6 – 18 years of age, or students with a college ID, pay just $10 ($15 day of). Tickets may be purchased by calling the United Way at 778-5048, visiting the United Way at 232 Broadway in Farmington, or online at uwtva.org. Tickets are also available at Healthy Community Coalition and at Franklin Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, and at Carlisle’s in Rumford.
This outdoor concert will be held rain or shine.
This event is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Black Diamond Sponsors: Colonial Valley Motel, Mount Blue Motel and Collins Enterprises; Franklin Savings Bank; Verso Paper – Androscoggin Mill; and Dr. Sharmila Das-Wattley, Blue Square Sponsors: Otis Federal Credit Union, and Village Realty, Inc.
Green Triangle Sponsors: 3-D Games Farmington – Opening in Skowhegan in September; Aubuchon Hardware; Bangor Savings Bank; Calzolaio Pasta Company; Clearwater Veterinary Clinic; End of the Rainbow Alternatives; Expenet Technologies; Full Bloom, Inc., Hammond Lumber; The Franklin Group; The Homestead Kitchen, Bar, Bakery; Madore’s Market; Mt. Blue Drug; Mountain View Cottages & Guide Service, Oquossoc; Norton Eye Care, Rick’s Market; Sugarloaf Ambulance/Rescue Vehicles; Ted Berry Company, Inc.
Media Sponsors: Turner Publishing, Inc. and WKTJ FM 99.3.
Additional support provided by Main-Land Development Consultants, Inc.; Michael Motors, and Snipper’s Salon.
Major In-kind support is appreciated from Comfort Inn and Suites Farmington/Wilton; L/A Music Productions; Titcomb Mtn.; UMF Fitness and Recreation Center; and Farmington Coca-Cola.
And don’t miss earlier that day Titcomb Mountain’s Pass Blass Event from 11:00 – 2:00. Reduced season’s passes will be sold and Olympic Champion Seth Wescott will be on-site from 12-2 p.m.!
FMI about this benefit concert, or to purchase tickets, call 778-5048 or visit uwtva.org.
Concert goers enjoy the music and casual vibe at Synergy - a family-friendly event.
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