Concerts & Plays

Concerts & Entertainment

Thursday, July 30 

An Arts Jubilee tradition, the Annual Pops Concert takes place at 7 p.m. at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, N.H. This year’s concert by the Capital Jazz Orchestra presents a Frank Sinatra Centennial Salute. The first, and possibly the greatest American musical superstar, Sinatra was inarguably one of the most successful, multi-talented entertainers of the 20th century. The 6 p.m. warmup concert sees the return of the Valley’s own, Dennis and Davey. The evening climaxes with fireworks in celebration of Conway’s 250th Anniversary.

A maelstrom of rock ‘n roll, Celtic and bluegrass music will come to life when The Stanfields take the stage at 7:30 p.m. at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. FMI: 583-6747.

Friday, July 31 

World-renowned classical pianist and violinist Sevimbike Elibay and Barnhard Hartog will perform in a rare concert appearance at 7:30 p.m. at The Old White Church, 15 Salmon Falls Road, Bar Mills. In addition to their 2003 Carnegie Hall debut, together this brilliant German-American duo has performed in Germany, across Europe, into Asia and in the U.S. Tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. FMI: 929-6472.

The Deertrees New Repertory Company presents Rounding Third by Richard Dresser at 7:30 p.m. at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. This quirky comedy follows two mismatched Little League coaches as they cajole their young team into the playoffs. Also offered on Aug. 13 and 21.

Saturday, August 1

Denmark’s homegrown music fest, DamJam, turns four this year, with a celebration worthy of all summer music lovers. The festival, from 2:30 to 11 p.m. in Bicentennial Park, features the most diverse musical lineup to date, supported by fantastic food, drink, and art. Musical acts include Ruby Rose Fox, a Boston breakout talent; Saintseneca, a five-piece folk rock band from Columbus, Ohio; O’Death, a Maine Gothic alt-country group; and the electro-rock soundscapes of Portland’s Leveret. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the show.

The Saco River Theatre welcomes back the Rhythm Future Quartet, four young jazz virtuosos who are rising stars in the world of jazz and Gypsy jazz. The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held at the theatre at 29 Salmon Falls Road, Bar Mills. FMI: 929-6472.

The Downeasters Chorus will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. The gentlemen of the chorus certainly know how to sing and put together a thoroughly enjoyable evening. FMI: 583-6747.

Sunday, August 2  

Concerts on the Village Green in Naples welcomes hometown favorite  Tux Burke for an evening of 50s and 60s music as well as country tunes at 6 p.m. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the vestry of the Naples Methodist Church.

The Stone Mountain Arts Center’s annual fundraiser and anniversary celebration this year will feature guitar legend Bill Kirchen, hosted by SMAC’s own Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys, at 8 p.m. at the Center, located at 695 Dugway Road in Brownfield. The lobby and bar open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Admission is $75. FMI: 935-7292.

Its Play Readings for the 80th Anniversary Year of Deertrees Theatre in Harrison, at 6:30 p.m. This is a pay-as-you-wish event.

The renowned Duponte String Quartet will kickoff a month-long free concert series by the Mahoosuc Arts Council with a 4 p.m. chamber concert at the United Methodist Church of Bethel, 75 Main Street, Bethel. The quartet is known for bringing to life the human context of each score’s creation. Future concerts on Aug. 9, 16, 23 and 30 will be held on the Bethel Common.

Tuesday, August 4 

The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival presents Beethoven’s Archduke, beloved for the nobility of the opening theme and the exquisite variations, at 7:30 p.m. at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. Leading up to it will violin duets with piano by Shostakovich, and Mozart’s monumental string quartet in C Major, nicknamed “the Dissonant.” Tickets are $25; call 583-6747 or visit

Wednesday, August 5

Join Loon Echo Land Trust for an Acoustic Sunset Fundraiser on Hacker’s Hill on Quaker Ridge Road in Casco from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Singer Helena Nash will sing timeless songs that touch the heart, while the audience sits on blankets or lawn chairs in the open, grassy fields watching the sun set beyond the White Mounntains. Suggested donation is $10, $5 for children; rain date is Aug. 6. FMI: 647-4352.

The Bridgton Community Band will present a concert dedicated to Dale and Carol Honaberger from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gazebo at Stevens Brook Elementary School. The concert will include a saxophone feature remembering Carol, a baritone solo favorite of Dale’s, as well as several of Dale’s favorite marches. FMI: 647-5266.

The Alberto Maranhao Theater Dance Company will perform at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris.

Soprano Jane Berlin Pauley, accompanied by pianist Noelle Beaudin, will perform music ranging from Gershwin to Poulenc at 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Center at 12 Main, Center Sandwich, N.H. She has been a popular artist at Rutgers Summerfest and the Dartmouth Handel Society.

All the way from Scotland, Dallahan has come to Deertrees Theatre in Harrison to give a 7:30 p.m. concert of Celtic and folk tunes. Be prepared for a breathtaking musical journey delivered by award-winning musicians.

Thursday, August 6

Maine State Ballet presents the whimsical ballet, Coppelia, Aug. 6-15 at its theater at 348 U.S. Route One in Falmouth. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturdays. Coppélia is about an inventor, Dr Coppelius, who creates a life-size dancing doll and becomes infatuated with it, setting aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilda, who shows him his folly by dressing as the doll. Tickets are $17-$23, $2 discount for children and seniors. FMI: 781-3587.

It’s an Open Mic Night at 7:30 p.m. at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison.

From Aug. 6 through Aug. 22, M&D Productions presents Spamalot, by Eric Idle, John Du Prez and Neil Innes, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Your Theatre, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, N.H. FMI: 603-733-5275.

Come watch two amazing folk tales brought alive by the Peaks Island Puppets, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brick Church For the Performing Arts, Christian Ridge Road, Lovell.

The hard-swinging band Sugar Ray and The Bluetones are on tap for an Arts Jubilee Concert at 7 p.m. at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, N.H. They are one of New England’s most beloved blues institutions. The 6 p.m. early concert features Cat Heaven.

Friday, August 7 

The Deertrees New Repertory Group presents Lettice & Lovage, a play by Peter Shaffer, at 7:30 p.m. at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. The play is a family comedy about a tour guide who loves to embellish the history behind the property in her charge.

Saturday, August 8

Don Campbell will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. at Deertrees Theatre for “A Veterans Tribute through Music,” sponsored by Sabre Yachts. His music will not only honor vets but will be music that has been inspired by them throughout history. FMI: 583-6747.

The Norway-Paris Kiwanis Club will offer a Dinner on Broadway, when you will be chauffeured to Broadway at 5 p.m. from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School for a musical journey through the decades, complete with four-course dinner, in a beautiful setting. Dress in your favorite decade, from the 20s to the 70s. Tickets are $55; call Tina Croteau at 393-3612 or Mary Anna Palmer at 539-800. Cash bar available.

Saturday & Sunday, August 8 & 9 

The Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26 in Gray sponsors the very popular Attean Family Pow Wow, with native singers, musicians, food, dancing, drumming and crafts, along with wildlife appearances that will include an American bald eagle leading the Grand Entry at noon both days.

Sunday, August 9  

The last event of the summer at the Bell Hill Meetinghouse in Otisfield is a concert by Squid Jiggers, led by Dave Rowe, starting at 7 p.m. Thunderous music will once again fill to the ceiling with robust vocal harmonies and tunes produced by pulsing guitar, bass, bodhran, and tin whistles. Doors open at 6:30 for this free concert (donations accepted). The Meetinghouse is located at the top of Bell Hill Road.

There’ll be collaborative narration from the new Deertrees Repertory Company at a 2:30 p.m. matinee performance by the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival called Words & Music For All, based on Grand Sextets by Dvořák and Mendelssohn, with narration, for listeners ages 6-96, at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. This is a pay-as-you-wish event. FMI: 583-6747.

Concerts on the Village Green in Naples welcomes Stevie Cee and the Mrs., a Village Green favorite, for an evening of wonderful music at 6 p.m. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the vestry of the Naples Methodist Church.