Tickets are on sale for a deep-winter evening of music that promises to feel like a hot sultry evening in a 1940s Parisian nightclub. The George Cole Quintet from San Francisco will perform Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St.

The George Cole Quintet’s superbly crafted and melodically sophisticated original music is reminiscent of the best of George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer and Cole Porter; and the band’s highly stylized approach, technical mastery and fast and furious guitar playing is in the tradition of Django Reinhardt. The mix of high-energy guitar playing, soaring violin flights by Julian Smedley and propulsive “le pomp” rhythm guitar style creates a dynamic musical experience that is heightened by crooning vocals, a gift for comic gab and romantic duets with vocalist Molly Mahoney.

Cole has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and sold out shows at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, Caliph; and he dazzled audiences at a Grammy Artist’s Showcase. In addition to fronting his own quintet, he was lead guitarist for Bay Area bands Big Blue Hearts and Beatnik Beach. Cole has toured with Joe Walsh; performed with Warren Zeon and Buster Poindexter; and recorded with producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen and Paul McCartney). He played on Chris Isaak’s platinum selling “Forever Blue” album and has been a guitar instructor to many young musicians including Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dint of Green Day. The preview the George Cole Quintet, visit

The Midcoast’s own amazingly talented singer/songwriter Savannah Creech will open the evening. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets range from $10 to 15 and are available online at Advance tickets also may be purchased in advance by stopping by the center’s office weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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