AUGUSTA — Fond of the band that gave “Joy to the World”?

Looking for a reason to “Celebrate” the early 1970s?

Then you might want a ticket to Three Dog Night’s Aug. 27 performance at Gagne Memorial Field, on Old Belgrade Road.

The show features four of the founding members: Cory Wells and Danny Hutton singing lead vocals, original keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon and guitarist Michael Allsup. Newer members are Paul Kingery, bass and vocals; and Pat Bautz, drums.

The event, hosted by Le Club Calumet, will be held rain or shine, organizer Pat Boucher said.

“We want to show we can do other things in addition to the French festival,” said Boucher, a member and former officer of the club, referring to Le Festival de la Bastille.

He said he, Don White Jr., and others serve on a committee that organized the event under the name of North by Northeast Music Festival.

“There was a lot of talk among the group of us trying to find out what we could do down at the field every year,” Boucher said. “We kicked around a lot of ideas, and with the help of Ryan Cote of Blueberry Broadcasting, we were able to get connected with the right people.”

According to Boucher, Three Dog Night will perform their hits, including “Joy to the World,” “Celebrate,” “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Black & White,” “Shambala,” “One” and “Liar.”

Bouhcer said the club members hope the performance brings increased interest in Le Festival de la Bastille, which the club hosts every other year at the field.

Profits will be shared between the club — which runs a nonprofit foundation —  and the Maine National Guard Foundation Fund, which helps military families.

The Augusta show is sandwiched between performances by the band at the New York State Fair in Syracuse and at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va.

Boucher said there will be a beer garden on site as well as food for sale.  

While Three Dog Night is scheduled to perform at 8, ticket holders will be treated to two Maine bands, the Beatle-itos, a Beatles tribute band, most of whose members are from Hallowell; and the Brews Brothers, a Blues Brothers tribute band primarily from Portland.

“People should have a lot of fun,” Boucher said. “We go right from the ’60s through the ’70s.”

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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