Trekkers is holding its 13th annual Trekkapalooza event on Friday, April 27 at The Strand Theatre, located on 345 Main Street in Rockland. This year’s theme is “Road Trip”. The concert will showcase a diverse and talented set of Maine-based acts in an energizing and fun Battle of the Bands.
Returning from a 2014 appearance at Trekkapalooza is Drive By Todd, a zesty alternative rock band hailing from Midcoast Maine. Established in 2013, the band has taken on various forms before assuming its current incarnation, the “triumvirate of rock”: Jake Nagy on lead guitar; Peyton Feener on drums, and Joanna Grierson as the vocals/rhythm guitar/bass. You can learn more about Drive By Todd at www.facebook.com/drivebytodd.
The band line-up this year includes five newcomers to the event. The first new participant is Group Therapy. Founded almost by accident when they all started showing up regularly at the same places to play music, Group Therapy isn’t so much a moniker as it is a service the group sees it to be for themselves, and those audience members willing to soak it in. Playing together locally for a few years now, the band members have found a sound of their own, and infused it into the songs that they love and respect. With songs ranging from homey folk, to groovy bass lines, to dual guitar leads, it’s their hope that you’ll find a little something you love in what they do with some of your favorite songs, too. Always looking to be more of a “musical collective,” if you will, having fun is the name of the game for these guys. With a strong rhythm section, the real heartbeat of the band comes through for the workman like vocals and guitar work to play off. They may not solve all your problems, but a little Group Therapy session has not steered them wrong yet! Band members include Bruce Gamage (Vocals, Guitar); Spike Hyssong (Bass); Jason Karam (Guitar, Vocals); Chris Lane (Guitar); and Derek Lane (Drums).
The line-up also includes The Extension Chords, a teen Jazz Combo based in Midcoast Maine, have been playing together since 2016 and have enjoyed performances from art galleries to nursing homes. Their old time-fusion style guarantees them an interesting performance at this years’ Trekkapalooza event!
Another newcomer to Trekkapalooza is The Once Over. This band all started with a phone call and a desire to do something beyond playing cover tunes. So four seasoned and talented local musicians got together and started taking original songs and concepts to the next level. After several months of collaboration on original music as well as bringing back some fun classics, The Once Over is preparing to give live music in the local area CPR. They will perform a few songs that they hope you enjoy listening to as much as they do. The band members include: singer & song-writer Sean Cash on bass and lead vocals (Brooks, Maine); singer & song-writer Cody Tibbets on drums\vocals, (Jackson, Maine); song-writer Eric Robitaille on lead, rhythm guitar\vocals (Hope, Maine); and its okay, he’s Canadian, Brice Sinclair on keyboard\vocals (Brooks, Maine).
John Coleman and Scott Simmons are 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. The Tune Squad is a psychedelic blues/rock trio formed in Lincolnville consisting of Rick McClellan (lead vocals/guitar), Kedrick Carson (bass/vocals), and Matt Green (drums) The band has 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 & roll and bringing it to the here and now.
Each band will compete to win a cash prize and the coveted title of “Bus Band 2018”. Audience members and a panel of local judges and will decide the winner. The design for this year’s poster, program and T-shirt was created by current 11th grade Trekker, Philomena Marsh.
Trekkapalooza began in 2005 as the brainchild of Elias Edwards-Jenks, a Trekkers alumnus who graduated from Georges Valley High School in 2006. During his senior year at GVHS, he came up with a “Battle of the Bands” idea as part of a senior project focused on fundraising for non-profit groups. Edwards-Jenks was a Trekkers student at the time and was looking for a way to help the organization sustain its youth-serving programs. Each year since, Trekkapalooza has provided local bands the opportunity to showcase their music at this popular annual fundraiser.
Trekkapalooza continues to be student led. A four-student committee is at the helm this year: Amber Johnston, Alex Mahar, Krista Butler and Sam Miller.
The committee wishes to thank their generous sponsors. Their lead sponsors include Applewood Dental, FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, Fisher Engineering, Grasshopper Shop, Harbor Builders Associates, Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital and Horch Roofing. Their supporting sponsors are as follows: 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.
This popular event will start at 7:00pm; doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10.00 in advance or $12.00 the day of the event. Trekkapalooza is a chemical free event for all ages.
Tickets are on sale now by calling the Trekkers office at 207-594-5095 or ordering online through at www.trekkers.org. All proceeds from the show will benefit Trekkers, a youth mentoring organization that serves 7th through 12th grade students growing up in the communities of Cushing, Owls Head, Rockland, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston.
Trekkers is a non-profit, 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. For more information about Trekkers, please visit www.trekkers.org or contact the Trekkers office by calling 207-594-5095.