The Oxford Horse Thieves and The Rig will again join forces Friday, July 8 for a night of music, celebration and community. The evening will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St./Route 1. Admission will be a $5 donation.

The Oxford Horse Thieves will get the crowd on their feet with their brand of old time rock ‘n’ roll; and several of The Rig’s members will perform during the evening.

The Oxford Horse Thieves are now a five-piece rock band featuring Ben Smith on drums, Cami Leidenfrost on keyboards, Doug Maple on guitar, Jack Deupree on bass and Jen Feldman on alto and tenor sax. accomplished fiddle player Abby Leidenfrost joins the Thieves on stage when possible.

The show will benefit The Rig, based at 56A Elm St./Route 1, an organization that serves Midcoast 9th- through 12th-graders, primarily from the towns of Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton, Lincolnville and Rockland with representatives from three public high schools and two private high schools.

The Rig is a resource for not only high school students who are active in various aspects of running the organization, but also for a number of students who do not regularly participate in extracurricular events. The Rig provides a safe place for these students to hang out after school as well as opportunity for adult mentoring and conflict resolution. Members of The Rig facilitate the monthly Rig Round Table and organize and promote events like the popular open mic and movie screenings.

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