ROCKLAND — The Third Annual Johnny’s Dream Show to benefit Maine’s veterans takes place on Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Rockland Elks Lodge 1008, 210 Rankin St. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the music plays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door.

Maine country musician John Brooks, who spearheaded the first event in 2018, is a member of the headliner, Whiskey Bent Band. He has played hundreds of benefits over the years and has always dreamed of putting one on to help veterans. The band also features vocalist/guitarist Lisa Overlock, her daughter Katie Higgins, her brother-in-law Kevin Overlock, and the newest member is Jon Shaw on drums and vocals.

Lisa has performed all over the Maine with such greats as Curley O’Brian, Dick Curless and Bob Elston. When she was 16, she opened for Reba McEntire. Lisa was named 2019 Female Vocalist of the Year by the Maine Academy of Country Music — and she won’t be the only MACM award-winner in Johnny’s Dream Show.

Kevin, who has played with Country Mist and a great lineup of other Maine bands, was named 2019 Instrumentalist of the Year. His resume includes playing with Johnny Tillotson and opening for Charlie Daniels, Gene Watson and Lee Greenwood. Higgins was named 2019 Rising Star of the Year by MACM.

Other guest artists include Chris Fyfe and George Harnish, who is also a member of Country Mist. Fyfe, who often performs in the Midcoast area, was named 2019 Male Vocalist of the Year, and Harnish received the 2019 Bob Elston Memorial Award. There will be some truly dream-worthy singing at the Elks Lodge.

Also playing a part in the concert is Bobby Kelley. Kelley was co-winner of the 2017 MACM award for best instrumentalist — and his instruments include guitar, fiddle, accordion, autoharp, piano, bass guitar, upright bass, mandolin and drums.

Performer Jared Alley of Belfast has been on the local country music scene since he was a child. If you close your eyes and listen to his smooth voice and guitar performances you would say Vince Gill is in the house.

Lisa’s father, Larry Johnston, will be on hand for a few numbers. She said he does “talking” songs, like Gene Hooper.

Abraham Knight is helping coordinate the benefit concert and will be master of ceremonies. Brooks and Rodney (Buzz) Overlock are handling the sound. There will be a 50/50 raffle, an auction item, and some food and drink sold by the Elks, as well as comfortable seating and space for dancing. Organizers give a shout out and huge thank you to the Rockland Elks for their continued support of this fundraiser and veterans.

Two dollars of each admission plus proceeds from the raffles and auction will go to Veterans Services at Togus. This year a plaque will be given to a local veteran.