There’s a new twist on music at a Sunday, Sept. 18 benefit auction in Camden. Bidders will enjoy live music, but they may also take the musicians home.

Besides listening to great musicians play during the auction and lobster dinner, bidders may bid on two bands to play at their event All That Jazz, the Friday night house band at the Elm St. Grille in Camden has volunteered to be auctioned off for a gig at the home or event of the successful bidder. Not be outdone, Bill Barnes, jazz guitarist, and Wayne DeLano, saxophonist, will offer their services as a duo at another gig for the winning bidder. Dates for the gigs will be negotiated around the band’s schedules.

“I hope the guys’ egos can stand being deflated if the bids are low,” said Bill Hahn, band leader of All That Jazz.

All this music will happen at the benefit auction and lobster bake happening Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Camden American Legion Hall, 91 Pearl St. from 4 to 7 p.m.

Besides All That Jazz, (which members include Hahn on piano, Dave Pierce on guitar, Renny Stackpole on bass, Hank Lunn on drums and Wayne DeLano on sax), and guitarist Bill Barnes, attendees may hear Sam McKenna on keyboards, and Wyatt McLean on guitar.

If hearing all that fine music isn’t worth the price of admission to the auction (it’s free), the opportunity to bid on a vintage Fender Telecaster guitar and amp, as well as Don McLean CDs signed by the artist, CDs donated by WBACH and a gift certificate from the musician’s haven, Northern Kingdom, should be.

It’s not just about music, it’s also about food. From 5 to 6 p.m. there will be a lobster bake hosted by Bill and Daryl Hahn of Thomaston. Tickets are $25 for sale in advance at Thomaston Grocery, Stop ‘n Go in Camden, and in person or buy phone/credit card from the Country Inn in Rockport, 236- 2725, or Elm St. Grille, Camden, 236-7722. Dinner will include fish chowder from Elm St. Grille, boiled lobster, corn, clams, potato, salads and dessert.

One major auction is Patrisha McLean’s book, “Maine Street” signed by the author at the event, with Down East Books donating as many books as people wish to bid on. Auction items also include jewelry, a Neal Parent print, a Christie Smith print, other signed books, whoopie pies from Wicked Whoopies, baskets of goodies from local shops such as Market Basket, a sleeping bag, a drill and much more. Many of the prizes are gift certificates, including a scenic plane ride, two batches of a dozen live lobsters, a photo shoot with Patrisha McLean, a PhotoShop lesson with Christie Smith, stays at the Country Inn, the Cedar Crest Inn and the Humble Farmer’s B&B in St. George. There are also passes to the International Film Festival events, massages, hair cuts, books, meals at great local restaurants, ice skating passes, movie tickets, Snow Bowl lift tickets, movie tickets and more.

The auction and lobster bake will benefit the family of Kevin Moholland, cook at the Elm St. Grille, who died suddenly in July. His wife, Chandra Moholland, appears in “Maine Street.” The Moholland family lives in a Habitat for Humanity house in Thomaston.