SEARSMONT — Mes Amis returns to Searsmont to play the Live OUTSIDE the Library summer concert series on the lawn of the Community Building Saturday, Aug. 6, at 4 p.m.

For those not familiar with this accomplished Midcoast band, Mes Amis is a Gypsy jazz group led by guitarist, vocalist and composer Steve Lynnworth. The band plays an infectious mix of traditional Gypsy, Latin and American jazz standards along with many of Lynnworth’s original compositions (including “The Searsmont Strut” that premiered during their last appearance in Searsmont in winter 2020).

Appealing to listeners young and old alike, the insistent rhythms, bouncing bass lines and sweetly intricate melodies are easy on the ears for those unfamiliar with jazz, and yet can stand the scrutiny of an aficionado. As it was so aptly put by Rich Tozier, host of MPBN Radio’s Jazz Tonight, “Who couldn’t like that?”

The core of the band is a trio, with Lynnworth handling the vocals and much of the lead work. Backing him up are Harry Richter on guitar and Wells Gordon on upright bass. Richter provides “La Pompe,” the steady backbeat typical of the style, while Gordon delivers an authoritative thump as he holds down the bottom. For this date they are joined by Shane Ellis, a master clarinet and sax player. Click here for more information about the band.

The concert is presented free to the public. Bring a camp chair or a blanket, and a picnic if you’d like. The concert will be moved inside the Community Hall in event of inclement weather.

This concert is funded in part through the Friends of Searsmont Library and fundraising by the library’s Board of Trustees.