The Belfast Boat House at the foot of Commercial Street will again resound with toe-tapping, head-nodding music Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11 when the area’s own community chorus, the Penobscot Bay Singers, present their 37th pops concert, dubbed Pops Got Rhythm. The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., and admission will be $12 at the door.

With popular jazz pianist — and classical/liturgical music director, organist, arranger, etc. — Rick Dostie conducting from the keyboard, the group will offer hits and lesser-known gems from the 1930’s swing era into the ’50s. Ballads, jazz, blues and yes, a little bossa nova will be enhanced by veteran bassist Don Knowles and the young and talented Andy Clifford on drums.

Music by Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Fats Waller, Bobby Troup and Harry Woods (“Paddlin’ Madelin’ Home”) will be familiar to many, but arrangements by Dostie of some lesser known ballads such as Jimmy Kennedy and Hugh William’s “Red Sails in the Sunset” and Irving Berlin’s “Be Careful, It’s My Heart” are likely to become favorites … and then there is “Princess Poopooly Has Plenty Papaya.”

These varied pieces will be presented by the full chorus, soloists, duets and ensembles. And yes, there is usually room in the back if the urge to dance proves strong. Refreshments will be served during the break.

Penobscot Bay Singers, closing their 37th season, draw their membership from all over Waldo County and occasionally beyond. They offer three concerts each year, two classical/liturgical and the pops. The 38th season will begin in September; voice placement auditions will be announced in August. While member dues and concert income help defray the costs of good direction, accompaniment and some music, it is not enough to support  a full season or the use of guest instrumentalists. The Singers wish to support the broader music community and to continue to offer varied and well-performed music to the area, so they invite donations. PBS is a 501(c)(3) organization, so donations are tax-exempt. For more information, write to BS, P.O. Box 5, Belfast, ME 04915.

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