Lenny Hatch plays the congas while playing with Primo Cubano.

A two-night music festival is planned for Aug. 6 and 7 at the Paris Hill Country Club at 455 Paris Hill Road. in South Paris.

Show starts at 5 p.m.; rain or shine.

The family friendly outdoor benefit concert will feature live music and food. Adult and non-alcoholic beverages also will be available. Bring your own chair.

Now in its fourth year, this two-night summer event kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 with WOXO Radio’s, Heidi Adam as Master of Ceremonies. Attendees soon will be dancing in the aisles to the Latin stylings of opening act, Primo Cubano. Using traditional instruments and singing call and response and three-part harmonies in Spanish, Primo Cubano captures the authentic feel of Cuba’s vibrant music scene dating back to the turn of the 20th century. The band’s highly danceable blend of Latin dance music like Bolero, Salsa, Cha-Cha and Son, a precursor to Salsa, will get your feet tapping and your hips swinging to the rhythm of the beat.

Get ready to party when the legendary Classic Rock Orchestra takes center stage at 7 p.m. This unique Maine-based six-piece classic rock band accompanied by a full orchestra has wowed audiences and won the hearts of fans performing Rocks’ greatest anthems. Powerhouse vocalists Johnny “Jam” Martinez and Susie Pepper together with their phenomenal band: Gary Backstrom, Steve Hodgkin, Chris Eastburn and Joe Boucher energize their audiences with electrifying performances of Journey, Kansas, Heart, Pat Benatar, Queen, Toto, Boston, and more.

The party continues at 5 p.m. on Saturday Night, Aug. 7, when local favorites The Latch return for their second year. Back by popular demand, this group of talented teens delighted 2019 audiences playing hits from the fifties to today and including everything from alternative and country to golden oldies, pop and soul.

Members of Motor Booty Affair with organist James Kennerley. Photo by Tim Pro Media, LLC.

Next, Motor Booty Affair will pump up the jam at 7 p.m. Playing the most infectious, fun dance songs of all time, Motor Booty Affair has been entertaining audiences for decades with their high-energy groove, quality sound and outrageously colorful costumes. A crowd favorite, they will light up the stage and get the crowd grooving to the funky beats of 70’s greats, Earth wind and Fire, KC and the Sunshine band, the Bee Gees, Barry White and more.

With the support of local sponsors, Norway Savings Bank, Baker Newman Noyes and Oxford Federal Credit Union and in collaboration with Paris Hill Country Club, proceeds from the Paris Hill Music Festival Benefit Concert will support 4-H scholarships for Western Maine youth; and will benefit the Friends of the historic First Baptist church located on the common atop scenic Paris hill.

Originally built in 1803 this stately white church with its grand clock tower graces the town commons and provides a nostalgic focal point for this pastoral country community. According to church documents, the 906 lb. church bell was originally cast by the Paul Revere foundry for the Town of Paris in 1821 and in 1883, the church voted to accept renovations to place the current clock in the bell tower. Offered to church officials by Abraham Lincoln’s Vice President, and Paris Maine native, “the Hon. Hannibal Hamlin…the clock struck for the first time in November of 1883” and is still wound weekly by volunteers who have assured that the resounding gong of the bell has rung out faithfully every hour of every day for nearly 150 years.

Today, the Mission of the Friends of the Church is to maintain the cost of upkeep on this historic building, the clock tower and 200-year-old Paul Revere bell and the adjacent commons through fundraising events. The building is available to rent for family and class reunions, weddings, celebrations of life, auto club gatherings, corporate picnics and other events.

Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for children 6-12. VIP tickets also are available.

For more information, visit parishillmusicfestival.com.

 

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