Seven bands and a chicken barbecue will launch a capital campaign to renovate the heart of Jackson, its community center, Saturday, Sept. 1 in front of the building, 583 Village Road. Everyone is invited to bring your a chair, cooler, some dancing shoes and a good appetite. The music will begin at 2 p.m., and the chicken comes off the grill starting at 3 p.m.

Performers will include Waylon Speed, The Rugged, Element, Alan Orcutt, Dale Hustus, Sean Cash and the International Submarine Jug Band. Also on site will be a bounce house and other family activities including a sack race. All are welcome to this freewill donation event.

The cost for the chicken dinner is $10 and includes half a chicken, corn on the cob, baked potato, roll and drink. Two local legendary barbecue sauces will be featured: Anne Robert’s of Brooks Fair fame; and Jackson’s own John Ludden with his secret sauce from the Lower Place. Pre-ordering is encouraged; dinner can be reserved by calling 722-3195 or 722-4228. There also will also be hot dogs, nachos and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for sale, as well as the Stone Fox Creamery Mobile Cone on site.

Waylon Speed plays what band members call filthy-rotten underground outlaw dirt rock. Their original songs offer floor-stomping beats ranging from country to metal.  Visiting from Burlington, Vt., the band features Brooks native Kelly Ravin.

The Rugged offers raw, rootsy rock. Travis Lloyd, Cody Tibbetts and Tim Valliere comprise this Jackson trio playing barn-burning originals.

This event will mark the Waldo County debut for Element, which plays classic rock and country covers, each selected for its dance-inducing capabilities.

Orcutt returns to his old stomping grounds.  Always a crowd favorite, he performs on guitar and vocals.

Hustus brings old-time favorites to the stage.  Equally comfortable singing in a church, a theater or around a campfire, he has a love for music sure to rub off on listeners.

Singer/songwriter Cash offers musical meditations on life, interspersed with wit and occasional wisdom. His songs have a jazz feel.

The International Submarine Jug Band features Russ Lloyd, son Travis, Neal Parent, Wes Cotton and “a few other characters,” guaranteeing fun music from a fun band.

In the case of rain, the event will move indoors. For the latest music schedule and updates, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or