Ska band El Grande will perform at R Space at Lincoln Street Center Saturday, June 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the lower level of the community arts center, 24 Lincoln St. Opening will be Midcoast bands Philosoraptor, Lost Generation and Gentlemen of Society.

The dance/concert is chem-free and for all ages; those younger than 14 must be accompanied by a guardian. Admission will be $5 at the door.

El Grande is a groove-rock supergroup from Portland. Their unique sound has been accredited to their diverse musical inspirations ranging from Fishbone and The Police to Bob Marley and The Clash. Their grooves vary between laid-back reggae to upbeat ska and punk. El Grande’s rhythm section consists of front man Chris Gironda on vocals and guitar, Sam Yawdik on drums and Shane Fenton on bass. Rounding out the lineup is El Grande’s Keith Orlando playing alto sax and guitar and Carlo Bufano on keys. The Grandes have played with such greats as The Toasters, Streetlight Manifesto, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, Big D and the Kid’s Table, The Pietasters and Westbound Train.

Rockland’s Philosoraptor is a dynamic trio of Dave Butler on bass, Kyle Sareyani on guitar and Derek Tripp on drums. They recently came together, rocking the house at an R Space show and the recent edition of Trekkapalooza.

Lost Generation of Appleton has been together for about three years now and has an EP out that includes three original songs. Band members include Nathan Schultz on lead vocals and guitar; Melissa Simmons on vocals and guitar; Dakota Summers on bass guitar; and Dave Schultz on drums.

The Gentlemen of Society has developed into a musical powerhouse since their formation in April of 2009 in Belfast. They combined the forces of soulful and majestic guitar virtuoso Nathan Howard with rhythm expert/vocal deity Dominic Williams. From there they added the bass slappin’ skills of James Knight and topped it off with a drummer named Wes Sterrs.

Coming up at R Space is an open mic and coffeehouse on Thursday June 17 with Ellen Tipper as featured performer. Experimental rock band Arms Against a Sea will be performing Saturday, June 26 with The Class Machine, Machine and No Sane Man.

R Space at Lincoln Street Center is a new venue created to present music and performing and visual art for and by the youth of our community in a safe environment, free from alcohol and other drugs. Future plans include instruction in a number of aspects of music, to encourage area youth participation and provide them with opportunities in the musical arts.

To help R Space financially, tax-deductible donations can be made out to “Lincoln Street Center,” with “R Space” in the memo, and sent to Lincoln Street Center, P.O. Box 1631, Rockland, ME 04841. For more information, call 542-6705 or visit

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