The Midcoast will be treated to a full day of live music and more Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Camden Snow Bowl as Five Towns Communities That Care and the West Bay Rotary Club present the Harvest Hootenanny, a joint fundraiser.

The fun will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to a great lineup of musical acts, several of which feature homegrown talent, there will be food vendors; family activities; pumpkin carving and pie baking competitions; and the inaugural CTC Olympics starring local firefighters, police officers and town administrators. The competitions and Olympics are scheduled between music sets.

Lincolnville raconteur Rosey Gerry is emcee-ing the event and will perform with the day’s opening act, The Breezemere Bottom Boys. The local ensemble initially formed to play at the then newly-built Breezemere Park bandstand during Lincolnville’s Bicentennial celebrations eight years ago. They play old-timey roots music enlivened with gospel bluegrass.

Next up, at noon, will be singer/songwriter Lisa Redfern, who has returned from California to her native Maine. A longtime veteran of the Sweet Chariot Music Festival on Swan’s Island (and, this year, the Camden Snow Bowl), Redfern combines folk, bluegrass, country, gospel, blues and swing in her original music. Even those without one of her eight acclaimed albums may recognize her pipes, as she has done voice-over work for a number of Fisher-Price Toys (Silly Sentence Caterpillar, Mouse’s Word House and First Words Bee) and Play Along Toys (Care Bear’s Harmony Bear). She is the 2010 National Parenting Publications Gold Award for Children’s Music.

Redfern will be followed at 1:45 p.m. by Camden native Wyatt McLean and yes, that name might ring a bell. Singer/songwriter McLean, who credits a Meatloaf songbook for getting him into music, plays acoustic guitar and counts among his musical influences Flatt and Scruggs, Frank Sinatra and 1950s-era folk acts. The Colby College freshman is studying economics, history and pop culture of the 1930s.

And speaking of sons of famous musicians, The Mallett Brothers Band, set to go on at 2:45 p.m., is a brand new alt country outfit that is perfectly comfortable drawing on musical histories that include punk rock, Americana, folk, funk, metal, hip hop and bluegrass. Brothers Luke Mallett, on vocals and acoustic guitar; and Will Mallett, on vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, also write many of their band’s songs. Expect soaring harmonies, a touch of twang and howl, acoustic explorations and boot-tapping rhythm.

The Harvest Hootenanny welcomes back a couple of local natives for its one-two musical punch conclusion. First on the lodge stage, at 4 p.m., will be Roosevelt Dime, a Brooklyn, N.Y. based outfit that includes Lincolnville-native Eben Pariser on wash-tub bass and vocals. Roosevelt Dime is riding high on its just released CD, “Steamboat Soul,” and that named offers a clue as to he five-piece band’s eclectic sound: they call their blend of acoustic jug-band blues, classic Motown soul and modern alt-country King’s County Steamboat Soul.

Capping the afternoon at 5:15 p.m. will be Portland’s Gypsy Tailwinds whose electric guitarist/vocalist, Maxwell Cantlin, grew up in Camden. The seven-piece band comprises of some of Portland’s most talented working musicians and was named Best Roots Act in Portland in the Portland Phoenix’s 2010 Best Music Poll. The band is fronted on lead vocals and guitar by Dan Connor and Anna Lombard, who has just returned after a maternity leave. In a matter of just three years, Gypsy Tailwind has gained strong local and regional followings, as well as garnering fans from across the country with its soulful Americana.

Tickets are $9, free for children younger than 12, and are available in advance at HAVII in Camden; Northern Kingdom Music in Rockport; The Reading Corner and Rock City Books & Coffee in Rockland; and The Green Store and Bell the Cat in Belfast. For more information, call 236-9800 or visit Proceeds will benefit Five Towns Communities That Care and the West Bay Rotary Club.

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