Heather Masse to perform at PAC

THE HEATHER MASSE BAND with special guest Ben Hammond will perform at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on the Fryeburg Academy campus on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

FRYEBURG — The Heather Masse Band together with special guest Ben Hammond will perform at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and are available for purchase online at www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac or by calling the Box Office at 935-9232.

The theater is located at 18 Bradley Street on the campus of Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg. Parking is free.

Avoid the mad dinner rush to make it to the concert on time. Instead, enjoy a gourmet dinner served in their incredible lobby before this performance. The night’s menu will be grilled marinated chicken with a lemon caper sauce, wild rice, chilled green beans in basil, Caesar salad, rolls, dessert and coffee. Dinner prices are $20 adults and $9 children. All dinners must be reserved online or by calling the Box Office at least two days in advance of the performance.

New York City singer and songwriter Heather Masse grew up in the rural town of Lovell, and began singing at an early age. Trained at the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer, she is steeped in the jazz tradition, which informs her distinct approach to singing folk, pop and bluegrass.

A member of the Billboard-charting folk supergroup The Wailin’ Jennys, Heather has performed at the top venues, sharing the stage with the world’s most acclaimed pop, classical and jazz acts, including Elvis Costello, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow and the Boston Pops Orchestra. She has been a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, both as a solo performer and as a member of The Jennys.

In 2009, Heather released her first full-length album, “Bird Song” — her solo debut on Red House Records. Showcasing her luscious alto voice and her superb songwriting, the CD is acoustic pop music at its best — thoughtful and soulful and sure to be a hit with fans of Norah Jones and Alison Krauss. For more information about Heather visit www.heathermasse.com

Born in the tiny town of Hiram and graduating with a degree in Music Technology from McGill University in Montreal, Ben Hammond has since been relentlessly touring, from New England to New Zealand to points in between, playing his unique brand of live-looped acoustic soul-pop at a variety of festivals and hundreds of venues. He has appeared as a guest vocalist/beatboxer at the Montreal Jazz Festival and has also recorded a live DVD, “Solo at Stone Mountain Arts Center,” directed by award-winning cinematographer Mike Dana at Brownfield’s Stone Mountain Arts Center.

Schooled in jazz, raised on rock, fascinated with music the world over, Hammond can just as easily be found strumming a soulful original tune as he can live-looping an a cappella improvisation of beatboxing and four-part harmony, recklessly remixing some of the best music of the past century. For more information about Ben visit www.benhammondmusic.com

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