In an event with no precedent in Maine broadcasting, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network is presenting a live radio, TV and Internet simulcast of a concert featuring Maine folk veteran David Mallett Saturday, Oct. 23 beginning at 8 p.m. at Husson University’s new Gracie Theater.

“The Gracie Theatre was designed and built with exactly these sorts of cross-media capabilities in mind, and we’re happy to be able to tap into such a valuable community resource,” said Charles Beck, MPBN’s vice president for programming.

Mallett, one of Maine’s most admired and durable folk singers, is no stranger to live performances — most recently Oct. 16 in Camden — or to public broadcasting. He has been doing concerts for nearly 40 years and twice has been a featured performer on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” most recently in May 2008 when the syndicated public radio program was broadcast live to a nationwide audience from the Bangor Auditorium.

On that program, he performed his 1975 hit “The Garden Song,” which has been performed by everyone from Arlo Guthrie to The Muppets; as well as “Fishing,” a song that set words penned by Henry David Thoreau in his classic “The Maine Woods” to original music written by Mallett for his 2007 CD release, “The Fable True.”

The Oct. 23 concert will be hosted by MPBN music director Suzanne Nance, who also hosts the network’s “Morning Classical Music” program each weekday morning. Tickets for the concert, which is a benefit for MPBN, are still available for $25 by calling MPBN Audience Services at 800-884-1717 weekdays during regular business hours; online at; or at the door on the night of the concert.

The Midcoast station of MPBN is 90.5 in Camden.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to