The John Nowak Duo will perform Saturday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. The following weekend, Half Moon Jug Bandwill perform Saturday, Aug. 22, again from 5 to 8 p.m. at Belfast Breeze Inn & Music by the Bay, 192 Northport Ave.

John Nowak grew up in a musical family and began playing trumpet and singing for audiences at age 7. He has been performing professionally for more than 50 years and has had the privilege of performing with many wonderful musicians, mostly in the small jazz combo arena. He has entertained on cruise ships as well as in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and New York.

Before moving to Bangor, Nowak could occasionally be found singing with the Unified Jazz Ensemble in Annapolis, Md. He also has performed on several recordings both as a vocalist and trumpeter. His passion, however, is music from The Great American Song Book and since moving to Maine, he has been performing these tunes with many of the best jazz musicians in the area. Nowak has released two CDs in recent years, “Once More With Feeling” and "Don't Hold Back."

The Half Moon Jug Band started as a merry band of sidewalk subversives entertaining passersby and annoying shopkeepers on Exchange Street in Portland more than 15 years ago. These days, the band can be found playing concerts and festivals all over the Northeast. HMJB also has made many live appearances on television and radio including WCSH’s “207,” WGME’s “Daybreak,” WPFO’s “Good Day Maine,” WMPG’s “Local Motives” and WCTN’s “Shine.”

The three-man mob of musical desperadoes plays homemade music in the jug band tradition, using banjoes, kazoos, guitars saxophones … and silliness

These performances are part of the Saturday Dinner Show series. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the dinner is at 6 p.m. Dinner shows are $25 per person with a set menu, which can be checked out online each week; admission for just the music is $10. The inn also has a weekly Tuesday Jazz Supper Club and other events; for more information, call 505-5231 or visit


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