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Battle of the Bands will benefit Acadia Hospital Foundation

By Dale McGarrigle, Special to The Weekly

It’s only rock ‘n’ roll, but Acadia Hospital likes it.

That’s because three musical groups with members from Maine will contribute their talents to the Acadia Hospital Foundation’s second annual Battle of the Bands at 7-11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at the ballroom of Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Proceeds from the event will benefit the hospital’s Child and Adolescent Services.

The three bands participating in the event are the international Stone Doctors, the RetroRockerz from the Bangor area and the Time Pilots from the Portland area.

Dr. Ian Dickey of Bangor (vocals/guitar) explained that the Stone Doctors was started as a musical group of friends from Montreal, who loved playing live music, especially that of The Rolling Stones, and supporting great causes that help the community. The band is the cornerstone of the biannual Chords for Cure concerts started in 2007 to raise funds for local Maine children in their fight against cancer, and the band has added the Acadia Battle of the Bands to its annual schedule.

The group’s members, in addition to Dickey, are Garry Ciambella of Montreal (vocals/guitar), Chris Leek of Orrington (guitar), Randy Shute of Pointe Claire, Quebec (bass), Dan Gideon of Montreal (keyboards), Phil Taschereau of St. Sauver, Quebec (drums), Natasha Caron of Morin Heights, Quebec (vocals), and Shaina Bronfen of Montreal (tenor saxophone).

Playing with the Stone Doctors is the Bangor Brass horn section: Brian Nadeau of Bangor (trumpet), Sonja Hanningon of Bucksport (alto saxophone and flute), Jim Miller of Bangor (trombone), and Dan Barrett of Orono (bass trombone).

The Battle of the Bands is special to the Stone Doctors because “music and youth are synonymous, and an event to use one to help the other seemed so logical,” Dickey said.

The RetroRockerz, a group of area professionals, play classic rock from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

New to the party this year are the Time Pilots, who play rock dance music from the 1950s to the present. Band members are Ed Cobb of South Portland (drums), Chris Skidgel of South Portland (guitar), Jon Goodman of Scarborough (bass and keyboards), Josh Herbert of Old Orchard Beach (guitar and bass) and Seth Holbrook of Portland (lead vocals).

The group decided to head north to the event because “it just seemed like it would be a really fun time to play with the RetroRockerz and the Stone Doctors while helping out Acadia, which is such an important community partner in the Bangor area,” Goodman said.

Tickets for the event are $30 per person; the price includes popcorn, appetizers and a cash bar. “Our goal was to get as many people to the event as possible,” explained Alan Comeau, communications officer for Acadia Hospital. “We want everyone to dance and have fun.”

In addition, those attending the event can vote by dropping money into one of three receptacles, one for each band. Throughout the evening, a running total will be announced, allowing attendees to further donate to support their favorite band.

The bands’ efforts will benefit Acadia’s youth programs, which support the needs of the client and his or her family through medication management, individual therapy, family therapy, education and support. The client’s care is directed by a psychiatrist.

Robyn Greene, director of Clinical Outpatient Services Pediatrics, works in developing programming, supervising the clinical staff, and overseeing the current children’s outpatient programming as well as providing direct service such as individual counseling, family therapy and group therapy.

Greene said that clients come from all demographics. “We assist children who have difficulties [such as depression, trauma, anxiety, attention deficit], which clinically prevent the child from participating in their daily lives,” she said.

“Some of our children need assistance with identifying the appropriate social skills, others have difficulty coping with emotions appropriately and act out aggressively. Some of our children have suicidal tendencies and cannot keep themselves safe, but are safe enough with parental or caregiver supervision to be able to be home through the night,” Greene said.

Last year’s event attracted 162 attendees to the O’Donnell Lounge on the Husson College campus. In addition to moving the Battle to a larger venue and adding another band to diversify the available music, Comeau said that organizers learned other lessons as well.

“We’re lowering prices and have added a silent auction. We’re also trying to get more employees to come,” he said.

Acadia officials appreciate the efforts of the three participating bands. “We are pleased to have three outstanding bands performing at this year’s Battle of the Bands,” said Daniel B. Coffey, Acadia’s president and CEO. “The Stone Doctors and the RetroRockerz are returning for a second round, while the Time Pilots are bringing their high-energy style to the event. We think people will have fun voting for their favorite, and we appreciate the bands’ willingness to engage in some friendly competition to benefit Acadia’s youth services.”

Tickets may be purchased at acadiahospital.org or at the door. For information, call 973-6113.

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