S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3
despite the annual depression associated with
tearing the August page off of the calendar on
the wall, I always particularly enjoy September
here in Maine. The packs of tourists thin
significantly, the pace mellows, the light
changes, the landscapes are contrast-y &
brilliant, the days are bright, dry and warm and
the nights are pleasantly cool. This is the
secret-summer month that the locals savor… and
save for last.
With that said, the band
gig schedule is still going strong so if you
were too busy to catch a show this season, come
check out some tunes while you can still kick
back in shorts and sandals on a deck or patio…
it won't be long now!
A FEW QUICK REMINDERS:
Just a heads-up that the more robust online
version of this newsletter is viewable here:
NEW FACEBOOK BAND PAGE
& TWITTER REMINDER
Just a brief
reminder that we now have a band Facebook
and Twitter page. Like 'em today! Tell your
THE SHIPYARD LABOR DAY SUMMER ENDER BENDER 2 - PARTY & PIGROAST TO BENEFIT THE MAINE CCA!
Our inaugural Labor Day show
last summer at The Inn on Peaks
Island was easily one of the
most memorable events of the
summer for the band. Picture
perfect bluebird sky, ocean
breeze, 70 degrees, a few
hundred people hanging and
enjoying incredible food and
great live music under the huge
tent on the back lawn of the
gorgeous Inn on Peaks… and
plenty of tasty Shipyard brews
to go around! When they asked us
back for The Summer Ender Bender
2, they didn't have to ask
Once again, The
Spooner Band will be joining
forces with our good buddy Dave
Gagne of Post Provost and
Eastwave Radio. A stellar
vocalist, guitar player and
songwriter that we've been pals
with for years. Dave will be
kicking things off with a set
starting at 1pm… we'll be taking
the stage when he wraps up.
Once again, proceeds from
the event benefit Maine chapter
of the Coastal Conservation
Association. CCA Maine is a part
of the nation’s largest marine
conservation association with
more than 90,000 members through
15 state chapters and is
dedicated to the protection and
restoration of marine life for
the enjoyment of all. CCA Maine
is the only grassroots volunteer
and nonprofit organization
dedicated to conserving Maine’s
saltwater sport fishing and
Entrance to the event is FREE to
the public and will feature
giveaways from a wide variety of
Casco Bay Lines Peaks ferry at -
11:15am, 12:15pm or 2:15pm!
Don't miss this one folks!
Monday, September 2
The Inn on Peaks
Ideal ferries that
day are the 11:15am, 12:15pm or
For more info.
92.5 THE RIVER'S PARTY IN HAVERHILL, MA - THE RIVER RUCKUS!
Our good pals at WXRV, 92.5 The River, Boston's biggest and best-est Triple A station, have been strong Spooner Band supporters for years. Whether they're playing our tunes on the air or inviting us to join great bills of stellar bands at their various seasonal events, they always come through for us. We're thrilled that they've invited us down to be a part of The River Ruckus in Haverhill, MA on Saturday, September 7th. This will be a great day of food, activities, family fun and live music all taking place alongside the lovely Merrimack River. Other bands on the schedule include: Marina Evans, Skinny Cleveland and Aldous Collins among others!
We'll be kicking off the afternoon of music starting at 2:30pm!
Saturday, September 7
Downtown Haverhill, MA
Free to the public
For more info. visit:
THE SPOONER BAND'S DEBUT AT HENRYFEST IN NORTH YARMOUTH - A BENEFIT FOR 317 COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER
For years, the majority of my favorite Maine musicians have either told me amazing things about 317 Main or have served as respected faculty members at this unique music center.
Based in Yarmouth, Maine, 317 Main's talented faculty provides instruction on a wide range of instruments and musical genres, offering inspiration, camaraderie and collaboration to musicians of all ages and abilities. 317 Main is a nonprofit organization in operation since 2004, founded on the simple idea that music is the perfect vehicle for bringing people together and that everyone interested in playing music, regardless of age or level of experience, deserves outstanding instructors and a stimulating environment.
317’s largest annual fundraising event is HenryFest – a fun, family-oriented outdoor music festival held on a Sunday afternoon in September at beautiful Skyline Farm in North Yarmouth.
Since its inception in 2004, HenryFest has attracted national and regional artists to play alongside 317’s own faculty and student ensembles. HenryFest draws over 1,000 people and features delicious local foods, a free children’s activities area, and much more.
This year's musical acts include:
Anger, Walsh, Gordy & Doty, The Forge, The Diana Hansen Band, Cumberland Crossing and a 317 Main Student Ensemble!
Admission is $20 per person and $40 for a family tickets. Tickets are available at the gate on the day of the show. On-site parking is free. Advance tickets are available at the Front Desk at 317 Main.
Sunday, September 8
95 The Lane
North Yarmouth, ME
For more information visit:
A RARE SOLO SET AT DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
I'm looking forward to throwing the trusty acoustic into the van and heading north to lovely Hanover, NH for a set of solo tunes at Dartmouth College. If you're in the area, come by!
Wednesday, September 11
For more information, visit:
OPEN STUDIO PARTY TO
BENEFIT SAFE PASSAGE!
For those of you who have still not made it to Portland-based photographer's Richard Sandifer's amazing zen garden and studio off of India St. in Portland, you're missing a gem of spot! Richard and his wife Monica have been great friends of ours for years and we're very pleased to be returning to their beautiful courtyard at 151 Newbury Street for one of their fabulous open studio benefit events… in this case for Safe Passage.
Safe Passage is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working in Guatemala City to bring hope, education, and opportunity to the children and families living in extreme poverty around the City's garbage dump. The program includes approximately 550 children, ranging in age from 2 to 21 years, coming from nearly 300 families in the surrounding neighborhoods.
This will be a great night for a great cause with plenty of food, music and beverages... in addition to a set of tunes from the Spooner Band, the talented songwriter Caroline Cotter will kick things off and the music continues into the later hours with DJ Johnny Mambo.
Here is the official invite from Richard and Monica to you! Please spread the word, all are welcome:
Photographer Richard Sandifer 2013 Open Studio - Fine art photography for sale at auction prices. Join us for an unforgettable late summer evening and take a journey into the alluring world of professional fine art photography. Treat your senses to a selection of Portland’s finest musicians. Experience the soothing effect of our Zen garden and patio. Fantastic networking opportunities. One night only, rain or shine, Friday, September 20th from 4:30 pm to midnight.
The event will feature live music by the Jason Spooner Band and Caroline Cotter. At 9:00 pm, get ready for the Latin dance party with DJ Johnny Mambo. Catered by Portland Pie Co. with refreshments by Shipyard Brewing Company. A benefit for Safe Passage, all proceeds will be donated to this philanthropic organization. Please click here to make your ticket donation.
Friday, September 20
4:30pm to midnight
Live music starts at 6pm
The Richard Sander studio
151 Newbury Street
For more information:
Open Studio event on Facebook:
Tickets & sponsorship opportunities:
On RGS site as PDF and links:
A UNIQUE SHOW AT A VERY UNIQUE VENUE - THE BRICKHOUSE
IN SCARBOROUGH, MAINE!
Ever thought it would be a cool idea to have a pub in your home? I certainly have… Ever also thought it would also be a cool idea to have bands perform in that same pub in your home? Sure! Ever then realized it would be a ton of work and logistical madness to have a pub and several shady musicians in your home and quickly given up on the idea? Not Paul Williams of Scarborough…
What the hell am I talking about? Find out on Saturday, September 21 at The Brickhouse located at 259 Broadturn Rd. in Scarborough, ME.
Hint… The Spooner Band will be there!
For more information and to RSVP, go to:
THE SECOND ANNUAL BEER + WINE = WATER EVENT AT
THE OCEAN GATEWAY
Another charity group that we're very pleased to be joining forces with this month is the Portland chapter of the national organization Engineers Without Borders. EWB will host the inaugural "Beer + Wine = Water held at the Ocean Gateway Terminal on Thursday September 26, 5-10 p.m., and tickets are now on sale. The event is being held to raise funds the organization's water-focused work in Ghana, Africa.
The night will be festive featuring live music from the Spooner Band along with an array of tempting appetizers and treats from Lake Region Caterers and accompanying beer and wine tastings from local purveyors including Geary’s, Shipyard, Allagash, Baxter Brewing, Gritty McDuff's, Maine Mead and Pine State Beverage. An extensive silent auction with attractive items including sailing excursions from Portland Schooner Company, a spa package from Fabu Salon and Day Spa, roundtrip Amtrak Downeaster tickets, a Gritty McDuff's gift basket, gift cards from local restaurants and merchants, and more will round out the festivities.
Kathy Kern, an engineer at TY Lin International and one of the event organizers, hopes the event will educate people about the chapter's work in Africa while also providing a fun fall waterfront outing.
Only in its third year, EWB Portland Maine has already sent two teams to the village of Dorgobom in Ghana to initiate a water supply project to provide clean, safe water for this community.
Engineer and scientist volunteers from local engineering firms including AMEC, Arcadis-US, Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers, Haley & Aldrich, HDR, Power Engineers, TY Lin International, and Woodard & Curran raised funds and sent an initial team in spring 2011 to survey the needs, meet the village leaders, and plan and design a pilot system, laying the groundwork for a more comprehensive project. A second team returned in March 2012 to increase the scope of the project -- building a rain water harvesting system to collect drinking water--and conduct research required to build a water filtration system for a polluted water supply near the village.
“The people of Dorgobom are so grateful for our work there,” said Scott Winchester, owner of Winchester Mechanical, who went on the inaugural trip. “The success of our pilot system went a long way toward earning the trust of the village. We show up with resources and ideas, and they pitch in with hard work and a commitment to maintaining the new systems."
With help from the funds to be raised at the Beer + Wine = Water fundraiser, another team of engineers will go back to Dorgobom in spring 2013 and focus on the filtration system. “They have a nearby water source, but it is infested with bacteria and parasites common in the area," said Richard Jacobson, an engineer at AMEC. “Our hope is that we can augment the rain water harvesting system…giving them an adequate supply of clean water all year long.”
Tickets to Beer + Wine = Water are $30 each and are available by sending a check payable to EWB Portland Maine to:
EWB Portland Maine
c/o Kathy Kern
39 Glenridge Drive
Portland, ME 04102
OR FOR TICKETS CALL 207-317-1122
Thursday September 26
The Ocean Gateway Terminal
For more information visit: