There will be a JamFest benefit for local musician Paul Mellyn, who needs surgery to repair nerve damage in his elbow, Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Round Top Barn, Business Route 1. Doors will open at noon, and the live music will run from is 1 to 6 p.m.

“We’re hoping that the early opening will give folks a chance to come on in, enjoy some food an get ready for a full day of music,” said event organizer Larry Sidelinger of Damariscotta.

People will want to make sure they stay through the day so they can participate in the live auction and raffle, and be sure to stick around for the end “because there’s going to be one heck of a jam session,” said Sidelinger.

Food is being provided by local restaurants. Annie O’Rourke’s will offer its signature fish chowder; the Newcastle Publick House will be firing up its BBQ cooker for the key ingredient in pulled pork sandwiches; and King Eider’s Pub will be offering wings and sausages on the grill. Schooner Landing will run a full cash bar (no coolers are allowed at the event).

The music will start with the Ben Shute Band featuring local high schoolers Ben Shute, Nick Finney and A. J Lane with a guest appearance by Olivia DeLisle. These young folks rocked the Maine Blues Fest this summer in Naples.

Next up, the Holy Mackerels will bring their special brand of folk and rock to the stage. Then The Old Grey Goose, with Smokey McKeen, Carter Newell and friends, will have toes tapping to some great fiddle and squeezebox tunes. Local favorite and home-grown guitar legend Stevie Jones of The Boneheads also will hit the stage, joined by a couple of other local stars, Jack Tukey and Mike Nelson.

The JamFest also will feature appearances by the Katahdin Valley Boys, the Firewater Creek Band and Kevin Kimball from Blue Steel Express. Rounding out the afternoon will be a huge jam session featuring Maine musical gem Denny Breau, along with all the musicians of the day.

Tickets are $10 at the door and are available in advance at Schooner Landing in Damariscotta, Annie O’Rourkes in Waldoboro or at the Newcastle Publick House. For more information, contact Sidelinger at 632-4878 or

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