Songwriter, guitarist and poet Mike Rogers will perform from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at The Maine State Library, 230 State St., in Augusta. 

The 78 year-old, blind entertainer has been performing for more than 45 years and has recorded on more than 40 albums. He has opened for Emmy Lou Harris, Tom Rush, The Eagles, James Montgomery and others.

He and his wife, Beverly, represented Maine and Georgia at the 1999 International Very Special Arts Conference in Los Angeles and his folk group, Salt River.  He also represented Maine at the New England Artists Conference in 2000.

For this show, Rogers will be joined by his wife to add poems and some vocal harmony, and his friend and band mate, Dan MacLellan on bass and vocal back-up.

Rogers’ performances are laced with his wry humor, painting portraits of people “outside the circle” in song, story-telling and poetry. Sometimes edgy, sometimes gentle, his characters are all real people from his journey through life and he places emphasis on understanding and accepting others. 

Rogers accompanies himself on his guitar and his signature harmonica. His comfort with his audience comes from 15 years of teaching high school as well as the music business.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the library at 287-5600.

 

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