BANGOR, Maine — Dr. Ian Dickey has done a lot to help children with cancer in his 10 years as an orthopedic surgeon.
But being Maine’s only orthopedic oncologist specializing in treating and operating on adults and children with cancer wasn’t quite enough for the Vancouver, British Columbia, native.
So about four years after forming a Rolling Stones cover band called The Stone Doctors with fellow musicians and friends, he hit upon the idea of playing benefit concerts.
“Music is a phenomenal therapy and release, and it’s a great way to spread an awareness and maybe get people more involved in helping a cause somehow,” said Dickey, who says he plays guitar with an amplifier once used by Keith Richards and provides backing vocals.
The Stone Doctors will headline the fourth annual Chords for a Cure benefit concert Saturday featuring six acts over a 12-hour period at My Fork restaurant in Bangor.
The show will start at 1 p.m. with opening act Juicebox. Riverbottom Funk takes the stage at 2:30 p.m., followed by an acoustic set by Eric Mihan’s 161 at 4, Mud Season at 4:30, Oversoul at 6:30 and the Stone Doctors at 8:30.
The Stone Doctors have been together for 10 years, despite most of the members living in Montreal. Only Dickey and Orono resident Chris Leek, an anesthesia technician who shares lead and rhythm guitar duties with Dickey, are from Maine. They are based at Eastern Maine Medical Center. The other members are bassist Randy Shute, who runs a printing shop in Montreal; drummer Phil Taschereau, a sales manager for high-pressure liquid natural gas fittings; keyboard player Dan Gideon, a civil engineer and Marc Dore, vice president of a Montreal brokerage house. The backup singers are divorce attorney Shaina Bronsen and Natasha Caron, city manager of Morin Heights, Quebec.
Admission is $10 per person. Ticket sales directly benefit EMMC’s Cure Kids Cancer project and the ALS Association for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. My Fork owner Louis Littlefield is also kicking in a percentage of the sales from food and drinks.
“The most we’ve raised from this event is $8,000, but we’re shooting to fill the joint and raise $10,000 this time,” said Dickey.
While he was performing his residency at McGill University in Montreal, Dickey and his bandmates played local functions a few times a year. When he came to Maine in 2005, they still got together at least once a year to play a traditional Halloween event in Montreal. They did their first benefit in Orono six years ago and have been doing two a year, with the other being at Sugarloaf USA’s skiing facility in the spring, the last two years.
Chords for a Cure has become therapeutic for participating bands as well as fans.
“A few of my patients were there last year, which was the first time we had the other bands play, and the impact those kids had on these bands was obvious,” said Dickey. “They all wanted to come back and play again this year.”