Pure Prairie League, Jonathan Edwards and Chris Ross at the Grand May 9

Posted March 15, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.

The Grand, downtown Ellsworth’s historic 1938 art deco theatre, is excited to host a fundraising concert for the Maine People’s Alliance featuring Pure Prairie League, Jonathan Edwards and Chris Ross on Friday, May 9th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are reserved seating and are $47. All proceeds benefit the Maine People’s Alliance.

“Falling In and Out of Love!” – “Amie!” – “Let Me Love You Tonight!”

These are just a few of the hits of Pure Prairie League, the American country-rock band whose roots began in the 1960s in Waverly, Ohio. The band has maintained itself as a successful country-rock band, releasing ten albums and enjoying hits with different configurations of the group.

Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, Jonathan Edwards delivers songs of passion, songs of insight and songs of humor—all rendered in a pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. He is a veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor nostalgic. “I’ve been…doing what I do best, which is playing live in front of people. I’ve been concentrating on that and loving it,” he says.

Chris Ross is Maine’s newest sensation. A recent recipient of New England’s Songwriter of the Year Award, Ross tells stories with his songs. Reminiscent of Maine’s Ray LaMontagne and Bruce Springsteen, this singer/songwriter, is a force all his own. He connects emotionally with his audience and his range of material, strong vocals and dark humor is earning him more followers all the time.

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