Musicians, entertainers and people of all ages will gather Saturday, Sept. 14, from 4 to 10 p.m. for Elephest 2013 at the Camden Snow Bowl, Barnestown Road. The music festival, dubbed Rocktoberfest when it debuted last year, will feature favorite local bands including Creatures of Habit and Just Teachers.

Tickets are $15, two for $25 in advance, for adults; and $8, two for $12 in advance, for children, free for those younger than 5. All proceeds benefit Hope Elephants, a local 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for aging and injured elephants and educating the public about the plight of elephants worldwide.

Since the 1980s, Creatures of Habit has been called known for their ability to get people up on their feet. The popular band features Rick Johnson, Elwood (Zelmo) Doran, Phil Clement, Chris Cokinis and Ezra Rugg. The band members are passionate about making and using music to help raise spirits and funds for the community, people in need or causes they care about.

“This is my home, my community, my friends and my family. I’m glad to do what I can to help out this great cause,” said Rick Johnson, singer and leader of the band.

Just Teachers, winners of this year’s Trekkapalooza, is made up of faculty members and administrators in the Camden/Rockport regional school system. Matt Smith, the assistant principal of Camden-Rockport Middle School, is the band’s lead singer and guitarist. Joining him in creating rollicking rock ‘n’ roll that students and their parents enjoy in equal measure are Nick “Blaza” Blais on bass, Adam “Bully” Bullard on vocals and guitar, Ian “Kenzo” McKenzie on piano and Piet Lammert on drums. They invite their friends, students and parents from all of the local school systems to come and support Hope Elephants.

Tom Ulichny, founder of the Midcoast Music Academy and graduate of Berklee College of Music, will be joining in to share his talents. Ulichny has studied tabla extensively in India; and various percussive instruments and styles in both the Virgin Islands and throughout the United States. He will perform his distinctive form of Americana, (Robert Johnson meets Ravi Shankar blues) in a rare public performance. Ulichny was a hit at last year’s Rocktoberfest.

Also back by special demand to compliment the festive atmosphere at Elephest will be the students of Korinnsdance Art and Fitness Center. Last year, the audience stood mesmerized by the choreography, energy and fun as Korinn Scattoloni and her Zumba dancers took the stage. Ample food and drink will be available for purchase from 2 Smokin’ Guys, Big Bob’s Big Dawgs, The Smoothie Truck and Mainely Bartenders.

Elephest is sponsored by Margolis Electric Inc, Midcoast Music Academy, Standard Waterproofing and several local families including Louis and Giavanna Sergi, the Howard-Girard Family, the Guerriero Family, Cathy and Parris Varney and the Sorchini Family.

“We’re excited to continue this tradition of bringing music lovers, elephant lovers, conservationists and communities together in the spirit of celebration and support,” said Dr. Jim Laurita, DVM, one of the founders of Hope Elephants and the veterinarian who provides round-the-clock care to residents Rosie and Opal.

Elephest could not happen without the support of its sponsors, said Dara Sorchini, a volunteer who organizes events for Hope Elephants and whose husband, Gary Clancy is the occasional guitarist for Creatures of Habit.

“These businesses and the people who run them are the backbone of our communities. What they’re doing to support Hope Elephants is, pardon the pun, huge. We are extremely grateful,” she said.

For more information or to purchase tickets, email Cindy Hamden at (include Elephest in the subject line). For credit card purchases, email Andrew Stewart at Tickets also can be purchased at Camden’s K2 Music, KAX Office Center and Camden Hospital for Animals; and at the Hope Elephants Barn, 49 Hatchet Mountain Road, in Hope.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or