Library Reboots Concert Series



BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library’s winter concert series is back and kicks off this weekend.

 

This year’s series opens with music by Joe Cough and Jason Newby, young contemporary artists who perform classic rock and blues. “Joe has a great voice and plays both piano and guitar,” said a library spokesman. “Jason has been in a number of bands in his travels including the Blues Growlers and Dirt Road. He is currently performing with the Bare-Ass Chickens in Bass Harbor.”

Joe Cough, Jr., left, and Jason Newby will kick off the Winter Concert Series at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. — JESUP MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Joe Cough, Jr., left, and Jason Newby will kick off the Winter Concert Series at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. — JESUP MEMORIAL LIBRARY

There is no admission charge, however donations are gratefully accepted. All proceeds benefit the library. There will be refreshments following the concert, which starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Mr. Cough was born in Portland on Nov. 27, 1987, on the second floor of a tattoo parlor on Exchange Street. After working as a construction worker, TV repairman, bicycle salesman and assembly line worker in a textile factory, he decided to try his hand at music and bought a banjo in a pawnshop in Knoxville, Tenn. “ I started touring around the Mason-Dixon line playing Pete Seeger tunes, while trying to maintain a movable bakery,” he said. “Later, I joined a troop of singing and dancing food-service coordinators, and learned to tap dance with a pair of Dumpster tap shoes. Afterward, I dropped out of college after realizing that I was no longer happy with what I was doing, and then in turn, went back to school, and currently reside in Bar Harbor and attend the College of the Atlantic.

Mr. Newby was born on Oct. 31, 1978, in Oklahoma City, Okla. “I’ve been singing and playing guitar so long it’s hard to pinpoint the exact date,” he said. “I guess I received my first guitar for my sixth birthday in 1984. I learned to play by spending countless hours during my formative years locked inside my bedroom, playing along with my records and cassettes. I started a band in high school in 1993, and we became quite popular, playing mostly classic rock and blues.” He dabbled in songwriting and eventually recorded an album with his first band, Chief. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard. “It came to my attention that a record label was interested in Chief. This news, however, came just after my enlistment in the U.S. Coast Guard, and I was forced to turn it down,” he said. “In every state I’ve been stationed since, I’ve been in a number of bands.”

For more information, call the library at 288-4245.

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