Singer/songwriter Marc Douglas Berardo will make his first Midcoast appearance Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. Berardo is likened to John Prine and James Taylor for his sweet singing voice and song-length short stories about American life. Joining him in Belfast will be the inimitable Johnny Juxo on keyboards.

Berardo is originally from Rye, N.Y., and currently is based out of the port town of Westerly, R.I. Often portrayed as a storyteller, Berardo is known for writing song-length stories containing fictional characters and themes in fine detail. In the past year he has shared the stage with folk, rock and acoustic heavyweights including The Doobie Brothers, Cheryl Wheeler, Red Molly, John Hiatt, Chuck Brodsky, The Pousette Dart Band, Lucy Kaplansky and Livingston Taylor. As a sometime member of The DesBerardo Band with his brother Chris, Marc has been a part of shows with classic rock acts with legendary bands Little Feat, the Marshall Tucker Band, Levon Helm, America, David Allen Coe, Reckless Kelly and others.

Berardo has been recognized in national song contests and showcases. Last year, he was awarded the Michael Terry People's Choice Award at the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Performing Songwriter Contest. He was a finalist in the 2015 South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, the 2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival, the 2014 SolarFest Songwriter Showcase and the 2010 Sisters Folk Festival. Along with Bob Sima, he was awarded the first Ramshead OnStage “Rammie Award" for Best Show of the year in 2013, the same year he released “Whalebone, My Mistakes.”

Keyboard wizard Juxo, from Providence, R.I., plays all around the country, and his faithful accordion is never far from his arms. This two-hour show promises to be a rollicking and moving night of original music and original versions of the best singer/songwriter tunes from America.

Admission will be $10 at the door. Beer and wine will be available on a donation basis. For more information about the performer, visit marcdouglas.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.