Thursday, Aug. 16
The Blacksmiths Music Ministries, a local nonprofit ministry, are hosting their second annual “Love Them Enough To Tell Them” concert cruise aboard the Songo River Queen II in Naples from 7:30 to 9 p.m., with boarding at 7 p.m. For every $13 ticket you buy in advance, you get a free ticket. Buy tickets online at www.lovethemcruise.eventbrite.com. The concert will feature the music of Joel and Janna and The Blacksmiths, who have played on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House as well as at the White House in Washington D.C. For more information, call 743-6982.
Jennifer Armstrong will perform Gwilan’s Harp by Ursula Le Guin, along with other musical tales, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brick Church for the Performing Arts in Lovell. Jennifer, who has performed all over the country, will bring bagpipes, fiddle, guitar, harp and stories from her Celtic-American heritage to present an intriguing and imaginative evening that may include opportunities for audience participation. Her performances have the quality of community celebrations. The donation is only $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. FMI: 925-1500.
Saturday, Aug. 18
DancingTrees, a local nonprofit focusing on families, animals and the environment, is holding its annual Christmas is for Everyone Blues Music Festival at the Magic Lantern Theater, featuring the legendary sounds of award-winning soul blues artist Johnny Rawls, as well as Happy-Hardcore Maine artist Pete Finkle. Doors open at 4 p.m. Ticket are $15 and include admission to all shows, dinner and snacks. FMI: Jacki, 539-2670.
The band Brazen Cane will perform at a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Waterford World’s Fair fairgrounds, 36 Irving Green Road. The snack bar will be open for light refreshment and free ice. FMI: 890-7669.
Sunday, Aug. 19
The Paul & Ellen Duo will perform country and blues at the last Sunday Summer Concert in Naples, from 6 to 7 p.m. on the Village Green. The rain date is Aug. 26. FMI: 693-3408.
The Swift River Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Mahoosic Art Council’s free concert series at 4 p.m. at the Bethel Common in Bethel. Rain location is Bingham Auditorium, 45 Church Street, Bethel. This group of Dixieland enthusiasts have been playing together all over Maine and New Hampshire for the past seven years, delighting audiences of all ages. A rich horn section is supported by a lady drummer who really rocks. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs.