The first in a planned series of country music events is set for Sunday afternoon, June 4, in the second-floor auditorium of Lincoln Street Center, 24 Lincoln St. Maine’s Chris Fyfe Band will perform its popular Tribute to Merle Haggard.

Fyfe is a multi award-winning vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter with more than 40 years in the entertainment business. His first gigs were singing with an uncle’s band; by age 15, he was performing solo. Starting in the late 1980s, his band Aces & Eights was a mainstay in the country music scene for many years.

Recipient of the Maine Country Music Living Legend Award and an inductee of both the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame and the Maine Ole' Opry, Fyfe is hired regularly as a contract musician for studios and nationwide acts requiring his instrumental ability. He recently played the piano in stage shows for Johnny Tillotson, Tony Booth and Michael Twitty, among others.

“He’ll have the full band. He’s done these Merle Haggard tribute shows all over; we had him do one at the [Union] fair,” said Abraham Knight, who is helping facilitate the show.

Doors for the two-plus hour show will open at noon and the music begins at 1 p.m. There will dancing on the auditorium’s wooden floor, and refreshments will be available across the hall. As for the music, Haggard fans and more can expect to hear their favorites.

“He just does a whole lot of Merle Haggard songs, does some things from Asleep at the Wheel, like ‘Route 66,’ that type of thing,” said Knight. “He throws in a few other songs, and some of the other guys do some stuff, too. Tommy will do a few, of course.”

Indeed, the band features the Midcoast’s Fred “Tommy” Thompson on steel guitar, as well as Rockland native Robby Coffin on lead guitar, Jackson Gay on bass, Brian Hodgman on drums. Fyfe plays keyboards and sings.

“It’s a steady band, really good,” said Knight.

Tickets are $15, available in advance by calling Knight at 712-1314 and online at chrisfyfe.com. Proceeds from a 50/50 raffle, and any additional donations, will go to the Gary Owen House in Searsmont.

Next up in the Lincoln Street series will be another country Sunday on July 23; a veterans benefit show Oct. 1; and a Christmas Country Show on Dec. 3. For more information, give Knight a call.