Summer Nights, out with a bang

Aug 22, 2014
Tuba Skinny plays two Midcoast gigs Thursday, Aug. 28, heading to The Speakeasy in Rockland after Belfast Summer Nights.

Belfast — The seasonal outdoor music series Belfast Summer Nights will conclude Thursday, Aug. 29, with a three-band evening beginning 5 p.m. at the downtown corner of High and Main streets, closed for a block for the occasion. Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics and dancing feet — a half hour earlier than usual, due to the packed lineup.

Tuba Skinny, a band best known for playing their music on the streets of New Orleans, will bring the Big Easy sound to Belfast. Formed in 2009, Tuba Skinny has steadily evolved from a loose collection of street musicians into a solid ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional New Orleans sound to audiences around the world. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences — from spirituals to Depression-era blues; and ragtime to traditional jazz — Tuba Skinny’s sound evokes the rich musical heritage of their New Orleans home.

Also playing the last Belfast Summer Nights concert of 2014 is Catch a Vibe, one of the state’s favorite reggae/world beat ensembles Locals count among the members who include Mai Kheet, Baraka Oyuru, Glen Dubose, Ezra Rugg, Fitzie Niceness, Christopher Poulin, Greg Lindholm, Emily Newell, Nik Cody, Craig Raymond, Wells Gordon and Jesse Feinberg.

Rounding out the program are The Roustabouts, sure to get the dancers going. Members are Arthur Abbott, bass; Dennis Jackson, lead rhythm; Tom Nickerson, lead; Judd Stanley, keyboard; and Barry Way, drums.

As always, donations are welcome to keep the annual series going. For more information, call 322-7123.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

The Roustabouts
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