Roots, Rhythm & Soul, in Searsmont

Jun 19, 2017
Photo by: Fatima Talib Roosevelt Dime

Searsmont — Necessary Music Productions is working with the Roots, Rhythm & Soul tour playing across the Midwest and East Coast, making its only Maine appearance Friday evening, June 23, at Threshers Brewing Co.

Roosevelt Dime, led by Lincolnville native Eben Pariser, returns to Waldo County with Jenna Lotti, a soulful singer/songwriter from Boston; and Harry Jay & The Bling, spirited neo-soul funksters from Washington, D.C., via Berklee School of Music. The tunes will commence at 6 p.m. and run late. Each band will play a one-hour set, capped by Roosevelt Dime.

A new wave of artists is putting their own stamp on the classic sounds and styles of Americana, from roots and R&B to folk, funk and soul. The Roots, Rhythm, & Soul Tour brings together three of the shining stars of the scene, bonded by a kindred creative spirit and respect for the music — both where it's been and where it's headed.

Roosevelt Dime seamlessly combines the feel-good groove of classic Rhythm and Blues with acoustic Americana instrumentation to craft an infectious signature style and sound. Hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., the band started in the age-old New Orleans street busking tradition, only it was the bustling avenues of the Big Apple that nurtured their crowd-pleasing sound.

Harry Jay & The Bling is a contemporary R&B/funk ensemble. Originally hailing from the D.C. area, the band formed during the members’ first semester at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Their high-energy live shows and formidable musicianship has won over audiences from New England to the mid-Atlantic.

Originally writing poetry for self-medication, Jenna Lotti began penning open-book lyrics at age 15. After several years attending local open mics and recording her original compositions on YouTube, she put a band together and took to the legendary Boston music scene. There, she received the nod for Limelight Magazine’s 2015 Female Vocalist of the Year; and was nominated for Female Performer of the Year in 2016 and 2017 by The New England Music Awards. She has performed alongside national acts such as Hunter Hayes and Buddy Guy, as well as local star Ruby Rose Fox.

Gates will open 5 p.m. for this outdoor event; there will be a food vendor on-site, and beer will be sold inside the tasting room only. Harry Jay & the Bling opens the show at 6 p.m., followed by Jenna Lotti at 7:30 p.m. and Roosevelt Dine at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance via EventBrite and $12 day of show at Threshers (cash only). A family ticket pack (two adults, two kids) is $25.

Necessary Music returns to Threshers Saturday night, June 24, for a 7 to 10 p.m. show by The Midnight Riders, who opened for The Mallett Brothers last weekend.

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