Trekkers’ fifth annual Trekkapalooza will showcase a diverse and talented set of Maine-based acts in an energizing and fun Battle of the Bands. The featured bands are eligible to win a cash prize and be crowned best Bus Band of 2010.

Trekkapalooza 2010, previously set for Jan. 2 but postponed due to a winter storm, will take place Saturday, May 29, at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 pm. This is a chem-free event for all ages and is always a great time.

Tickets of those who purchased tickets in advance for the original date still will be good at the door. Those who have yet to get their tickets can still do so for $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Trekkers office at 594-5095.

A number of Midcoast bands are featured this year including Waldo County’s OdLaw (yes, that’s “Waldo” spelled backwards). OdLaw brings together songwriter/musicians with very different musical backgrounds to create an alternative, pop, country, blues, new/old wave sound. The power trio features Gary Grant on percussion; Sam Ladd, guitars and vocals; and bassist/singer Jerry Weaver. The band has an album in the works, which can be sampled at

Tastes Like Chicken, named Bus Band 2009 at the last Trekkapalooza, started in 2007 as an after-school program in Rockland. The band has played at Rockland’s Summer Solstice Celebration and during the pub crawl of the North Atlantic Blues Festival. Tastes Like Chicken features Cole Barbour and Aaron Clarke on guitar, Jake Nagy on bass and Joe Njache on drums, with vocals all around. They rehearse in a greenhouse next to Barbour’s house and have released a demo CD.

Lost Generation is a punk rock band from Appleton that has been together for about three years. Members include Nathan Schultz as lead vocalist and guitarist; Melissa Simmons as vocalist and guitarist; Dakota Summers as bass guitarist; and Dave Schultz as studio-drummer. Lost Generation has an EP out that includes three original songs — “Switched Positions,” “Wait” and “Same Old Thing.”

The Vicky Andres Band is known to local and regional music fans alike, as Andres wrote and sang her first song at age 3 and has been a musician ever since. The self-taught Andres began playing guitar at 14, influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmy Page and the raw sounds of alternative rock. Her vocals have been described as a mix of Grace Slick and Ann Wilson with a little Melissa Etheridge thrown in. Her band features two talented musicians, the ever-in-demand Jason Dean on drums and Max MacFarland on 11-string bass, adding the perfect amount of edginess.

Chaos Sauce is a collective of musicians that includes members of Knox County’s Waiting On Ian. The rock/progressive/alternative/funk/fusion outfit features Elias Edwards-Jenks on guitar, keyboards and vocals; Ian Cook on bass guitar; Peter Griffith on drums and percussion; Thomas Meehan on drums, percussion, guitar and vocals; and Ned Rich on guitar, drums and vocals. Earlier this month, Chaos Sauce opened for Rustic Overtones at the Augusta Civic Center.

The Rockland-based Philosoraptor combines David Butler on bass, Kyle Sareyani on guitar with local drum eccentric Steve Grima on the kit. Butler and Grima played together in a former band, while this new punk band is newcomer Sareyani’s first appearance.

All proceeds from the show benefit Trekkers, a nonprofit, outdoor-based mentoring program that connects caring adults with young people through expeditionary learning, community service and adventure-based education. For more information, visit or contact Don Carpenter, executive director, at 594-5095 or

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to