The downtown Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will welcome Colin Hay for an evening of music Thursday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. While Hay’s distinctive voice and visage are familiar to millions as frontman, songwriter and vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (“Down Under,” “Overkill,” “Who Can it Be Now?”), Hay has been performing as a solo artist for more than 20 years. He will perform songs from his new album, “Gathering Mercury”; selections from previous solo albums; and favorites of the past.

The Scottish-born singer/songwriter has released nine solo recordings to date and his rich memorable voice is still alluring to fans across the globe. The past 10 years have found Hay re-introducing himself to a new generation of fans. The frequent use of his music in TV and film — including hit shows such as “Scrubs” (on which he has made several cameo appearances) and “Army Wives”; the hit soundtrack to the film “Garden State”; and the more recent “Morning Glory” — has proven the timeless appeal of his quizzical, curious, cynical yet open-hearted songs.

Chris Trapper, a singer/songwriter whose music can best be described as lyrically driven roots/pop with a knack for telling everyday stories filled with extraordinary characters, will open the evening. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and will be $30 day of show. For tickets and more information, call 594-0070 or visit

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