LINCOLN, Maine — Sean Chambers will return his Chicago, Texas and Delta blend of blues music to the 2012 Lincoln Homecoming Festival this weekend thanks to a good word from his drummer, a Lincoln native.
The Sean Chambers Band will play a 2½-hour set at Cobb Field starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with the end of his show dovetailing with the fireworks presentation around 9:30 p.m.
Lincoln is lucky to get such a talented headliner, said Amanda Woodard, the town’s events coordinator. The nationally recognized blues-rock band has opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd, B.B. King and Stone Temple Pilots. Chambers was featured in Guitar World and Vintage Guitar magazines over the last year and returns to Lincoln’s Homecoming for the second straight year.
“One of the magazines actually voted him one of the best guitar players in the world,” Woodard said Wednesday.
A hometown connection made last year’s appearance happen. Chambers’ drummer, Paul Broderick, is best friends with former Town Manager Lisa Goodwin’s brother, Goodwin has said.
The main Homecoming festivities start at 9 a.m. Thursday with yard and book sales at the Ballard Hill Community Center and Lincoln Memorial Library. They end Sunday afternoon with a one-on-one basketball tournament at Prince Thomas Park and a free concert at the Full Gospel Tabernacle at 2:30 p.m.
Homecoming features a fireworks show, parades, dances, barbecues, a road race, auctions, car shows, live music, sidewalk sales, high school class reunions, athletic competitions and lots of food.
The event is Lincoln’s largest. It usually draws 10,000 to 12,000 people and jams streets, hotels and motels, crowds sidewalks on Main Street and fills restaurants around town. It is held at Cobb Field, downtown, Veterans Square, Lincoln Memorial Library and Prince Thomas Park, among other sites.
Fifty individual events are listed on the schedule the town prints. The events list is available at http://www.lincolnmaine.org/homecoming.asp.
Workers at the town office won a Spirit of America Foundation Award in 2011 because of the thoroughness of their efforts.
Vendors set up tents and booths in the parking lot at Veterans Square off Main Street and town Recreation Department workers were plugging in electrical lines on Wednesday in preparation for the fair and carnival that will be going on there daily.
Motorists should be aware that a children’s parade through downtown will start at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the Public Safety Building, Police Chief William Lawrence said. They should use alternate routes to get around the closures of High, Main, Lee and Fleming streets and West Broadway on Saturday morning or expect to get caught in a lengthy traffic jam that will last several hours, Lawrence said.
Police will be manning roadblocks and maintaining extra patrols during the event.