Breakin’ Strings band members Cliff Gelina, Corey Bonnevie, Ed Howe, Hunter Webber, and Brian Durkin. Submitted photo

Breakin’ Strings, a Maine-based bluegrass band, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Franco Center, 46 Cedar St. in Lewiston. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Cliff Gelina, who plays mandolin, guitar, upright bass, and dobro, is also a singer and songwriter. Gelina, along with Corey Bonnevie, formed the band in 2004 when Gelina was 15 years old. Bonnevie plays guitar, sings lead and harmony, and is a songwriter. Several generations of Bonnevie’s family have performed in the Maine bluegrass scene.

Band member Ed Howe is a fiddler with over 25 years of musical experience, he has traveled the world playing music. He also is skilled as a sound engineer. Hunter Webber has more than 20 years of performing and his banjo is a driving force for the band. He also plays guitar. Brian Durkin is the newest member of the band and is a bass player. He has toured all over the world and is a singer-songwriter.

Two other members of the band not seen on stage are Sandro Medici, the camera man and multimedia producer; and Lucien Patten, producer and chief engineer. They were the unheard talent in the studio when the band released a new CD this year. The new CD features the band’s hard-driving sound with tight harmonies and instrumentation and includes the single “Hangovers and Heartaches.”

Advance tickets cost $12 each before fees.

Tickets can be purchased online at francocenter.org or by phone at 207-689-2000.

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