Trekkapalooza turns 13 with Road trip

Apr 13, 2018
Drive By Todd

Rockland — Trekkers is going on a musical Road Trip for the 13th annual Trekkapalooza Friday night, April 27, at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Doors for the chem-free, all-ages show open 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m.

Themed Road Trip, this year’s battle of the bands offers a diverse and talented set of Maine-based acts. Each will compete to win a cash prize and the coveted title of Bus Band 2018, with the winner decided by the audience members and a panel of local judges.

The one returning band is Drive By Todd, a zesty alternative rock band hailing from Midcoast that competed in 2014. The band has been through various forms before assuming its current incarnation, the "triumvirate of rock" that is Jake Nagy on lead guitar; Peyton Feener on drums; and Joanna Grierson on vocals/rhythm guitar/bass.

The rest of the lineup comprises newcomers to the event. They include Group Therapy, founded almost by accident when they all started showing up regularly at the same places to play music. Together for a few years now, the band members have found a sound of their own and infused it into the songs ranging from homey folk to groovy bass lines and dual guitar leads. A strong rhythm section provides the beat, given heart by workman-proud vocals and guitar work. They may not solve all listeners’ problems, but a little Group Therapy session has yet to steer them wrong. Band members include Bruce Gamage on vocals/guitar; Spike Hyssong on bass; Jason Karam on guitar/vocals; Chris Lane on guitar; and Derek Lane on drums.

The Extension Chords is a Midcoast teen jazz combo that has been playing together since 2016 and has enjoyed performances from art galleries to nursing homes. Their old-time fusion style guarantees an interesting performance at this year’s Trekkapalooza.

The Once Over started with a phone call and a desire to do something beyond playing cover tunes. Four seasoned and talented local musicians got together and, after several months of collaboration on original music, as well as bringing back some fun classics, they are ready to take stage. The band members include: singer/songwriter Sean Cash of Brooks on bass/lead vocals; singer/songwriter Cody Tibbetts of Jackson on drums/vocals; songwriter Eric Robitaille of Hope on lead and rhythm guitar/vocals; and Brice “it’s okay, he’s Canadian” Sinclair of Brooks on keyboard/vocals.

John Coleman and Scott Simmons perform together as The Good Guys. Brought together by a love of music — talking about music, thinking about music, writing music and playing music, The Good Guys love a catchy tune, a solid groove and big harmonies. If they're not feelin' it, they're not playin' it.

Rounding out the competition is The Tune Squad, a psychedelic blues/rock trio formed in Lincolnville. Rick McClellan on lead vocals/guitar, Kedrick Carson on bass/vocals and Matt Green on drums have been gigging consistently up and down the coast of Maine since 2016, focusing on delivering their original music. With only a guitar, bass and drum kit, they are tapping into the bare bones of rock ‘n’ roll, bringing it to the here and now.

As always, Trekkapalooza is a student-led production. The four-student committee at the helm this year comprises Amber Johnston, Alex Mahar, Krista Butler and Sam Miller. The design for this year’s poster, program and T-shirt was created by 11th grade Trekker Philomena Marsh.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $10 in advance by calling the Trekkers office at 594-5095 or ordering online at trekkers.org. Tickets day of show will be $12. All proceeds will benefit Trekkers, a nonprofit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. This year, Trekkers will serve more than 240 students from the communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston.

The Trekkapalooza committee wishes to thank the event’s generous sponsors. Lead sponsors include Applewood Dental, FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, Fisher Engineering, Grasshopper Shop, Harbor Builders Associates, Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital and Horch Roofing. Supporting sponsors are AJ Works, LLC; Atwood Lobster, LLC; Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - The Masiello Group; Brooks Trap Mill; Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home; Eastern Tire & Auto Service, Inc.; Epifanes, NA; Glen Cove Dental Associates; Jeff’s Marine; Lonza Rockland, Inc.; Monhegan Boat Line; Mount Pleasant Dental Care; Mr. Tire Company; Ocean Pursuits; Once A Tree; Rockland Savings Bank, FSB; and the Schooner J.&E. Riggin.

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

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