March roared in like a lion with the high-octane appearance of the acclaimed “celtgrass” group We Banjo 3 at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, and the month continues with an open mic and the annual Caribbean Night, featuring the island sound of the Pan Fried Steel steel-drum band.
In what has become an annual rite of spring, the many drummers of the Pan Fried Steel group will bring their sun-on-your-back and sand-between-your-toes sound to the stage on Saturday, March 24. Downstairs, the opera house bar will be serving up a special island punch in addition to beer and wine, and the Friends of the Opera House have promised to have island-inspired desserts on hand for hungry dancers.
The doors will open early, at 6:30 p.m., and the music starts at 7 p.m. Whether dancing or sitting back and enjoying the concert, this is a night for everyone. Wear flip-flops, if desired!
Advance tickets are available through the box office at 86 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor, which is open Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by calling 633-5159. Advance discounted tickets are $10. Regularly priced tickets are $15 and are available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and at the door.
The winter open mic series continues on Friday, March 9, upstairs in the historic opera house bar. Past open mics have included solo, duo, trio, and quartet groups of vocalists and instrumentalists in addition to poets. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for early arrivals and sign-ups and the mic goes live at 7 p.m. This month’s open mic will be hosted by Chip Schwehm and Bruce MacDonald. There is no admission charge, but donations to support the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor are encouraged.
Other upcoming events this spring include the Hometown Hootenanny, the Scotti River Trio, and Asleep at the Wheel in April, followed by the Duke Robillard Band and the Grammy-winning Rodney Crowell in May. New events are added weekly, but for the most up-to-date calendar, go to boothbayoperahouse.com.