Rockport Village rocks Great Cabin Fever Escape
Rockport — People from all around took advantage of an opportunity to shake of the winter doldrums Feb. 7 at Rockport Opera House during the Third annual Great Cabin Fever Escape Concert presented by local promoter John Orlando in collaboration with Bay Chamber Concerts.
“It was awesome to see ages range from early 20s to late 70s come together and enjoying each other through music,” Orlando said. “It was a great reminder that we do have the desire to get out and dance, see friends and enjoy quality music in February.”
Orlando also said another reason for the event was to help raise money for a good cause.
“This year a part of the proceeds will go to WERU 89.9 fm to help support community radio,” he said.
The Wiyos were the headlining act, bringing early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music to the harbor village. A national opening act, The Wiyos have opened for artists like Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp.
The opening act, Dolphin Strikers, rocked the crowd with original music with a local theme. Made up of mostly local schooner captains, Dolphin Strikers blend heavy blues with sea shanties and rock-and-roll to get the audience on their feet.
D.J. Terry Frank got the crowd dancing prior to the show and kept them on the dance floor during sets.
“It could have come together any better,” Orlando said. “Having local guys like the Dolphin Strikers be part of the evening touches deep to the roots of the Midcoast and what it is famous for: sailing, the sea and hard, hard work.”
He added, “Landing The Wiyos for this event was huge, they are a super cool act that plays amazing music that is not only the fabric of Americana but life here in the northeast.”
The idea for the concert was conceived as a way to help people overcome the seasonal cabin fever and go out and enjoy friends, family and music.
“I dare to say that cabin fever was defeated tonight,” he said.
Orlando said this year's event would have not been such a success without the help of a bunch of people.
“This event would not have happened if it wasn’t for Bay Chamber Concerts, our sponsors and the town of Rockport,” he said. “The town has been wonderful to work with and Monica Kelly at Bay Chamber Concerts really gave us the boost and administrative support which allowed this event to be a huge success.”
Orlando employed the services of many locals to help put the event together and support his cause.
“I had some great people willing to step up and help me make sure that the event happened,” Orlando said. “I’d like to thank Capt. Robert Iserbyt of Rockport Charters, Village Cabinet and Remodeling, Scott’s Place, Camden Coast Real Estate, Jamie Weymouth and Cold Mountain Builders for their support.”
Orlando is already working on next year’s event and promises that it will be bigger and better than previous years.
“I can’t think of a better way to bring money into the local economy and get locals out of hibernation then live music and the chance to cut a rug,” he said.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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