Trekkers’ 10th annual Trekkapalooza, knocked down by a winter snowstorm, will give spring the kick-off it deserves Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Trekkapalooza is a chemical-free event for all ages and often sells out the house.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the event. They can be purchased by calling the Trekkers office at 594-5095 or ordering online through the “donate here” page link at

This year’s Battle of the Bands competition features a Beatles theme. Each band will compete to win a cash prize, playing at least one Beatles cover; the winner, chosen by a combination of judges’ scores and audience vote, will win the coveted title of Bus Band 2015.

The lineup includes three bands that are new to Trekkapalooza. Making their debut performance will be Something in the Water, a power trio band from Rockland playing funk, alternative, pop and indie music. The band includes Brendan Whittaker on guitar, Chris Carlson on bass, Marcus Carter on drums and Annette Young on vocals. Another first-time Trekkapalooza participant is Galactic Seagull, a band of students from Oceanside High School East including André Mercier on lead guitar, Zack Bernard as drummer, Max Yankura on bass, Owen Shay as tambourine player and Reagan Billingsley as lead vocalist. Also new this year is four-member band Fading Dawn, a rock ‘n’ roll band consisting of Dylan Hitz (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Alex Winn (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jordan Roubinek (bass/backing vocals/keyboard) and Tyler Bilodeau (drums).

The event will welcome back Trekkapalooza 2013 winner Just Teachers, a band of educators from the Midcoast that includes Adam Bullard (vocals and the occasional guitar), Matt Smith (vocals, electric and acoustic guitar), Ian McKenzie (keyboards), Piet Lammert (drums and vocals) and Lucas Benner (bassist). Also returning to defend their Trekkapalooza 2014 title is the three-person Hologram, featuring a combination of ukulele, piano, guitar and vocals from Lexi Smith, Fiona Smith and Lyra Kalajian. Rounding out the competition is Trekkapalooza 2009 participant J-Dawg and the Hounds, which includes former Oceanside High School teacher and ceramic artist Richard Alfred Johnson along with Mike Miller, Max Miller, Peter Carriveau and Michael McGuire.

Judges for this year’s competition are Oceanside High School East Principal Renee Thompson; Oceanside High School East teachers Sue Bragg and Ian Carey; and Oceanside High School students Leila Chammas and Jordan Carpenter. The design for this year’s poster, program and T-shirt was created by Trekkers student Alayna Joyce.

All proceeds from the show will benefit Trekkers, a youth-mentoring organization that serves seventh through 12th grade students up in the RSU 13 communities.

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