ELEPHEST benefit tonight 4-10 pm.
Don’t miss Creatures of Habit, Just Teachers, Tom Ulichny founder of the Midcoast Music Academy, Gary Clancy, and students from the Korinnsdance Art and Fitness Center. Plan on buying your supper from our top-notch vendors.
You may choose to sit on the ledges or grass on the slope behind the Camden Snow Bowl or bring a chair or blanket to watch the entertainment on the back deck of the A-Frame.
All proceeds from ELEPHEST will benefit us here at Hope Elephants. We are a local 501c3 nonprofit organization located in Hope, Maine that is dedicated to caring for aging and injured elephants and educating the public about the plight of elephants worldwide.
“Creatures of Habit” has been known as one of New England’s premier dance bands since the 1980s, and best known for their ability to get people up on their feet. The band is made up of Rick Johnson, Elwood (Zelmo) Doran, Phil Clement, Chris Cokinis, and Ezra Rugg. The band members are passionate about making and using music to help raise spirits and funds for the community, people in need, or causes they care about. Rick Johnson, singer and leader of the band said, “This is my home, my community, my friends and my family. I’m glad to do what I can to help out this great cause.”
“Just Teachers,” winners of 2013 Trekkapalooza, is made up of faculty members and administrators in the Camden Hills Regional School system. Matt Smith isn’t just the assistant principal of Camden-Rockport Middle School, he’s the band’s principle singer and guitarist. Joining him in creating rollicking rock and roll that students and their parents enjoy in equal measure are Nick “Blaza” Blais on bass, Adam “bully” Bullard on vocals and guitar, Ian “kenzo” McKenzie on piano and Piet Lammert on drums. They invite their friends, students and parents from all of the local school systems to come and support Hope Elephants.
Tom Ulichny, founder of the Midcoast Music Academy in Rockland, and graduate of Berklee College of Music will be joining in to share his talents. Tom has studied tabla extensively in India, various percussive instruments and styles in both the Virgin Islands and throughout the United States. He will be performing his very unique form of Americana—Robert Johnson meets Ravi Shankar Blues—in a rare public performance. A hit at last year’s Rocktoberfest, Tom is someone you won’t want to miss.
Back by special demand to compliment the festive atmosphere at ELEPHEST are performances by the students of Korinnsdance Art and Fitness Center. Last year, the audience stood mesmerized by the choreography, energy and fun as Korinn Scattoloni and her Zumba dancers took the stage.
“We’re excited to continue this tradition of bringing music lovers, elephant lovers, conservationists and communities together in the spirit of celebration and support,” said Jim Laurita, DVM (AKA Dr. Jim), one of the founders of Hope Elephants and the veterinarian who provides round-the-clock care to Rosie and Opal. “ELEPHEST is going to be great fun and by attending, people are helping us care for these elephants.”
We are grateful to ELEPHEST sponsors: Margolis Electric Inc, Midcoast Music Academy, Standard Waterproofing, and several area families including: Louis and Giavanna Sergi, the Howard-Girard Family, the Guerriero Family, Cathy and Parris Varney, and the Sorchini Family.
“We couldn’t do this without the support of our sponsors,” said Dara Sorchini a volunteer who organizes events for Hope Elephants and whose husband, Gary Clancy is the occasional guitarist for “Creatures of Habit. “These businesses and the people who run them are the backbone of our communities. What they’re doing to support Hope Elephants is, pardon the pun, huge. We are extremely grateful.”
Vendors: Ample food and drink will be available for purchase from: 2 Smokin’ Guys, Big Bob’s Big Dawgs, The Smoothie Truck and Mainely Bartenders.
Tickets are available at the site or can be purchased in advance at K2 music in Camden (next to Reny’s), the Camden Hospital for Animals (across from Hannaford), at the Hope Elephants Barn (49 Hatchet Mountain Road, Hope), and the Hope General Store.. Buy in advance and save: 2 adult tickets for $25 ($15/ticket at the door); 2 student tickets for $12 ($8/ticket at the door). There is no cost for children under five.