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Hello!

Well, 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:

ONLINE NEWSLETTER

Just a heads-up that the more robust online version of this newsletter is viewable here:

www.jasonspooner.com/newsletter.asp

 



 

 

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 friends!





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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 twice.

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 marine resources.

Entrance to the event is FREE to the public and will feature giveaways from a wide variety of great sponsors.

Take the Casco Bay Lines Peaks ferry at - 11:15am, 12:15pm or 2:15pm!

Don't miss this one folks!

Monday, September 2
1-5pm
No Cover
The Inn on Peaks Island
Ideal ferries that day are the 11:15am, 12:15pm or 2:15pm

For more info. visit:

www.innonpeaks.com



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
2pm
Downtown Haverhill, MA
Free to the public

For more info. visit:

www.teamhaverhill.org/projects/community/river-ruckus



 

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
12pm
Skyline Farm
95 The Lane
North Yarmouth, ME

For more information visit:

www.317main.org/news/2013/08/26/henryfest-2013



 

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
Dartmouth College
Collis Cafe
10:30PM

For more information, visit:

www.dartmouth.edu



 

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
Portland, ME

For more information:

Open Studio event on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/events/199087100242183
 
Tickets & sponsorship opportunities:
openstudio2013.eventbrite.com

On RGS site as PDF and links:
www.rgsphoto.com/#/open-studio/POSTER_website8x19wsponsors



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:

https://www.facebook.com/events/639198996111479



 

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

or e-mail

Emily.gervais@powereng.com


Thursday September 26
The Ocean Gateway Terminal
Portland, ME
5pm

For more information visit:

www.ewbportlandmaine.org

 

 



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Live Shows This Month
Sunday, September 1
6pm
Portland Lobster Co.
Portland, ME

Monday, September 2
3pm
The Summer Ender Bender 2
Labor Day Pig Roast on Peaks Island
Sponsored by Shipyard Brewing
The Inn on Peaks
Peaks Island, ME

Saturday, September 7
2pm
River Ruckus
Sponsored by 92.5 The River
Haverhill, MA

Sunday, September 8
12pm
Coveside
South Bristol, ME

Sunday, September 8
12pm
HenryFest
Skyline Farm
North Yarmouth, ME

Sunday, September 15
6pm
Portland Lobster Co.
Portland, ME

Friday, September 20
4:30pm
Open Studio to Benefit Safe Passage
Presented by photographer Richard G.
Sandifer
Portland, ME

Saturday, September 21
8pm
The Brick House
259 Broadturn Rd.
Scarborough, ME

Sunday, September 22
6pm
Portland Lobster Co.
Portland, ME

Thursday, September 26
7pm
Beer + Wine = Water
Ocean Gateway
Portland, ME


 











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