June 04, 2020
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Dog Mountain Band performs bluegrass concert on Saturday in Bar Harbor

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MelRice | BDN
MelRice | BDN

BAR HARBOR — The Dog Mountain Band brings traditional bluegrass harmonies to the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, June 29 as part of the continuing Jesup Concert Series. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Like all programs at the Jesup, this one is free and open to all, though donations are always welcome.
This five-member band will bring its signature fun and high energy to a 15-number set that includes “Armadillo Breakdown,” “Cripple Creek” & “Ashokan Farewell.” Band members are Linda Soukup on harmonies and violin; Mike Ryan on lead vocals and guitar; Jim Vekasi on harmonies and mandolin;Stan Wass on banjo and dobro; and Fred Benson on harmonies and standup bass.
Ms. Soukup is a classically trained violinist who has been playing since fourth grade. She has always played in community orchestras and chamber groups. Before joining Dog Mountain a year ago, she played harmony fiddle and sang vocals in a folk duo, and did double duty on back-up violin and harmonies in a rock band.
Mr. Ryan first picked up a guitar when he was 24 and discovered bluegrass a few years later – then dropped out of music to make a living. He started playing again after retiring to Mount Desert Island in 2003, first with Ralph Stanley and Friends and then with Dog Mountain.
Mr. Vekasi has been pickin’ and singiperforming since he was a teenager. He has been a founding member of local groups Green Mountain Railway, Halfway There, Big Moose, and Dog Mountain.
Mr. Wass has been playing bluegrass since the 1960s in bands from Kentucky to Connecticut. He plays all the bluegrass instruments but concentrates on banjo and dobro when playing with the Dogs.