BLUE HILL — Kick off the 2019 summer season with Maine funnyman Tim Sample, who will introduce Baltimore’s premier jazz band, Tongue in Cheek, the 10-woman Ellacappella, the Big Moose Contra Dance Band, Orono pianist Evan Young and George Stevens Academy’s jazz combo “Jam Bake” at Bagaduce Music’s 2019 Blue Hill Pops Concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, in the GSA gym.
“A Downeast Sampler” is the theme of this year’s concert where Jam Bake will welcome diners to the Pre-Pops Dinner and Auction, featuring a delicious barbecue prepared by Brooklin’s Bianco Provisions, followed by a lively Downeast auction.
Tim Sample will serve as master of ceremonies, sharing his wry observations of life in Downeast Maine. A native of Boothbay Harbor, he spent 11 years broadcasting his “Postcards from Maine” essays on the Emmy Award-winning television show “CBS Sunday Morning” hosted by Charles Osgood. Newsman Charles Kuralt has called Sample “Maine’s humorist laureate.”
Sample will introduce Tongue in Cheek, performing New Orleans, Paris and Chicago styles of jazz that critics have called authentic and innovative, as the pops concert’s house band. Band members include Zach Serleth, banjo; Matt Andrews, violin; Ed Goldstein, tuba; Sami Arefin, guitar; and Bridget Cimino, vocals.
Ellacappella will take the stage too with its lush harmonies. The group, which has been singing together since 2004, will offer a variety of music from Broadway to gospel. Its members include Lisa Lesko, Ashley Terwilliger, Bonnie Hardy, Sherry Pfister, Joyce Newkirk, Karen Milliken, Rebecca Duhaime, Kaylin Kott, Jen Myers and Di Klausmeyer.
The Bar Harbor-based Big Moose Contra Dance Band will entertain audience members arriving for the concert. Members include Bob McCormick on bodhran and penny whistle; Ruth Grierson, David Reiley, Fred Benson, Susie Fay and David Rapkievian on fiddle; David Quinby on upright bass; Charlie Richardson on banjo and guitar; Keith Davis, David Dawson, Mike Fay and George Rossi on guitar; Debbie Krysak on ukulele; Nancy Neff on accordion; Anne Damm on keyboard and melodica; Eddie Damm on tenor banjo; Jim Vekasi on mandolin; and Michael Marion on five-string banjo and concertina.
Evan Smith, a winner of Bagaduce Music’s 23rd annual Young Composers Competition, will make a cameo appearance, performing his piano composition “Venice.”
As in past years, the Blue Hill Pops will conclude with a traditional sing-along of patriotic songs, led by Sample, Tongue in Cheek and Ellacappella.
Major corporate sponsors for the 2019 Blue Hill Pops Concert are Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Bianco Provisions, Stanley Subaru, Tradewinds Marketplace and Wallace Events.
Table seats, reserved chairs and bleacher seats are available in a wide range of prices, beginning at $10. Dinner tickets are available for $60 per person. For tickets or more info, call Bagaduce Music Community Outreach Manager Michele Corbeil at 374-5454, email [email protected] and visit bagaducemusic.org.