11th Annual Battle of the Bands Fundraiser!

This year’s “Battle of the Bands” competition features a ‘70s theme, with each band playing at least one number from the 1970s!  The six Maine-based bands will be competing to win a cash prize and the coveted title of “Bus Band 2016”.  The winner will be chosen by a combination of judges’ scores and audience vote!

Judging this year’s competition are Oceanside High School East Assistant Principal Jesse Bartke, Oceanside High School East Teachers Louis-Pierre Lachapelle and Steve Weston, and Oceanside High School students Kyle Waters and Chloe Finger. 

We will also have a new aspect for the event this year, with two teams from Oceanside High School competing in a fun Lip Sync challenge, with the winner decided by crowd popular vote!

Team 1: Dancing Kweens

Team 2: Mayonnaise Spreaders

TREKKAPALOOZA is a chem-free event open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30pm.

The design for this year’s poster, program and T-shirt was created by Alex Barstow.

The Bands:


A Rockport-based bluegrass band, MINER'S CREEK is, at its core, a family band, consisting of song-writing, mother/daughter duo Resa & Emily Randolph and husband/dad/banjo/mandolin player Whitney. Peter Proeller adds his rich bass voice and old-timey banjo to complete the circle. The band’s sound is rooted firmly in the bluegrass tradition with a heavy sprinkling of folk, Latin,  Appalachian, blues, old timey, and jug band. Each member of the band brings their own passion and spin to the final product, to create a new, distinctive take on bluegrass music.



Rounding out the competition is Trekkapalooza 2015 participant, Fading Dawn, a hard rock/metal band from Camden. They started off playing small shows around the Camden/Rockport area, and then started playing in larger cities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. The band draws influence from multiple genres of music, ranging from metal to pop punk. Some of the biggest influences are Rush, Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, Linkin Park, All Time Low, Black Sabbath, Green Day, and many others. 



The show also features another newcomer, Playin' 'Possum, who have been performing folk, rock and bluegrass music in one configuration or another since 2001. David, Gigi and Peter Hynd are the members of this family trio of musicians. David is the lead singer and backbone of the band with his steady rhythm guitar-playing and rich knowledge of music and lyrics. Gigi, David's wife, plays the upright bass and sings accompanying harmonies and an occasional lead. Peter plays tasteful leads on acoustic or electric guitar, sometimes joining his parents with a vocal as well. They enjoy singing an eclectic mix of songs of their favorite musicians, ranging from Gordon Lightfoot, Alison Kraus, and Tony Rice to the Beatles and the Band.



The line-up also includes Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra (MoJO), an extraordinary 18-piece Midcoast-based big band.  They play a huge variety of modern to traditional jazz, with something for everyone.  Their band members’ love of the music grabs enthusiastic audiences for unforgettable joy rides.  The Midcoast is their home, their community, and they are happy that their music can help support Trekkers.



The Dirty Birds, formerly known as Two Birds One Stone, are a killer acoustic classic rock band made up of Jason Karam on lead guitar, lap steel and vocals; Mike Falconeri on guitar, harmonica and vocals; and Don Joray on lead guitar and vocals. The Dirty Birds can’t wait to take flight over the Strand stage to help raise money for Trekkers!


Reserve tickets soon -- TREKKAPALOOZA usually sells out! 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.

Show Dates & Times:

3/25/16 - Friday

7:00 pm,

$10/Advance, $12/Door. Available by calling the Trekkers office 207-594-5095, or online through the “donate here” page link at Doors open at 6:30pm.

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