ELLSWORTH — Hearing The Toughcats play “Ball of Wax” is like being on a sailboat, catching a breeze and beating down the bay. The North Haven band’s brisk dispatch of the short, colorful tune sparks the same brief high leaving listeners wanting more. And the trio will deliver more when they perform April 25 at The Maine Grind.
Several years ago, Jake Greenlaw, Colin Gulley and Joe Nelson formed The Toughcats to raise money for a local scholarship fund on North Haven. The three friends, when they weren’t doing odd jobs to make a year-round living, enjoyed making music together. The trio self-recorded “Ball of Wax” and other original songs at Waterman’s Community Center on North Haven.
Legendary indie music producer Kramer, the story goes, heard a few of The Toughcats’ tracks on the Web and offered to master their album “Pinata” released in 2006. Since then, the Maine island band has spent much time driving to gigs in their 1995 Dodge Ram van.
The Fifth Annual Spring Benefit for the Midwives Alliance of North America gets under way at 5 p.m. with dinner catered by Mount Desert Island chefs Jon Ho and David Lavalle. The Toughcats start playing at 6 p.m. A community jam session will follow. Tickets cost $15 per person and $25 per family. To reserve seats, call Pam at 244-0167 or Suzanne at 546-7577.