Dean Stevens and David Dodson will perform a benefit concert Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway. Proceeds from the evening of original and traditional songs in English and Spanish will benefit sister parish projects in El Salvador.

For 25 years, Stevens has delighted audiences of all ages throughout the Americas. An exuberant performer of distinctive style and wit, he combines and intricate, self-taught guitar style with a versatile and expressive singing voice. His material explores a variety of personal and social topics, paints sketches of people and places, celebrates the Earth and annoys the narrow minded.

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Stevens is a lifelong student of Latin America. He learned Spanish at an early age, and readily absorbed the musical and topical influences of the region. He travels frequently to Central America and has become known for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of refugees returning to El Salvador and Guatemala.

Midcoast singer/songwriter Dodson will bring his energetic, enthusiastic, fun-loving style to the fore. Dodson performs many different styles of music honed by years of playing dance halls in Texas, rock ‘n’ roll in Boston and acoustic guitar whenever he gets the chance. His songs cover a variety of subjects, from the sublime to the bizarre.

Dodson and Stevens are longtime friends, having toured the Midwest singing as a duo and functioning as accompanists for each other. CDs will be available. Proceeds from the show will benefit education, nutrition and self-help projects in poor communities in El Salvador. Crafts from El Salvador and Brazil also will be for sale.

Tickets at the door will be a requested donation of $10, $20 for a family.

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