Rare sighting of Outerspace, Prophets ahead

Feb 10, 2018
The Outerspace Band

Midcoast summertime legends Outerspace Band and Maine’s own Blues Prophets are teaming up in March for a couple of rare dates together. In addition, Outerspace Band is part of a Go Big For Hunger fundraiser that includes the Maine Dead Project, NOLA star Cyril Neville, lobster and bowling.

Tickets are going fast for the concert dates: Friday night, March 9, at T&B’s Outback Tavern, 6 Jefferson St., Waterville (doors open 6 p.m., music 7 to 10 p.m.); and Saturday, March 10, at the Portland House of Music (doors open 7:30 p.m., music 8 to 11 p.m.) Tickets for the Waterville show are $16 in advance, $20 day of show, plus ticket fees, at brownpapertickets.com. Blocks of 10 tickets for the March 9 show can be bought by sending a $150 check, payable to Big Chief Band, to Jeff Davison, 29 Morning St., Portland, ME 04101. Tickets for Portland are $15 advance/$20 day via portlandhouseofmusic.com.

Hailing from Massachusetts but making Maine its adopted home, The Outerspace Band played up and down the Eastern Seaboard thrilling audiences in the 1970s, ‘80s and beyond while garnering a swarm of faithful followers. OSB even played the White House for Susan Ford's graduation party. The band never sticks to a playbook and their performances go wherever the music takes them (including Vinalhaven).

The Blues Prophets began as The New England Blues Prophets, rehearsing in the basement of a house in Fairfield in 1976. The band traveled to the blues bars of Chicago, played many stages in New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Boston and throughout Maine. During their travels, the musicians — who include North Atlantic Blues Festival co-founder/director Jamie Isaacson — met and jammed with living legends of the day such as James Cotton, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, Professor Longhair, Jimmy Johnson and Bonnie Raitt.

Adding her voice to both bands in March is soul siren Andrea Re, singer for the Blues Prophets in the early years who went on to perform in many popular acts and lead her own popular band, Clouds. Re also is a wonderful percussionist, touring with Jackson Browne.

The benefit event is set for Saturday, March 3, the second of two nights Neville will play at Portland House of Music. Both nights are fundraisers for Go Big For Hunger, founded in 2016 by Camden native and life-long Maine live music advocate Greg Martens. Donations to the all-volunteer effort go directly to supporting frontline feeding of kids and building the network required to sustain the fight against childhood hunger.

Tickets to the March 3rd 6 to 8 p.m. preconcert fundraising VIP Lobster Bowling Party are $60, which includes bowling with Neville and a 7 p.m. lobster dinner at Bayside Bowl. They are available through Martens; send email to jambandmuseum@yahoo.com. For information on Neville’s concerts and the nonprofit, visit gobigforhunger.com.

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