CAMDEN — The Camden Opera House, 29 Elm Street, welcomes back Portland rocker Pete Kilpatrick for a full-band concert Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter Dan Blakeslee will open the show, returning to the tradition of a rollicking concert to head into the toboggan nationals weekend.
The opera house has a tradition of a rousing concert just prior to the U.S. National Toboggan Championships.
“Previous years have seen Rustic Overtones, Mallett Brothers Band and The Ghost of Paul Revere, to name a crowd-pleasing few,” said the Opera House, in a news release.
Maine singer, songwriter and band leader Pete Kilpatrick performed a sold-out solo show here last June and returns with his full band for this year’s Winterfest concert.
As a solo artist and as PBK, Kilpatrick has released nine albums, including “Echo,” recorded around the corner from the opera House at Hearstudios. He and his band have shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Rusted Root, Blues Traveler and many more.
“Special guest Dan Blakeslee is a Maine folk troubadour with a wandering soul, taking his award-winning songs of grit and grace around the country,” said COH.
He also is a visual artist who has created rock posters, album covers and beer labels.
Tickets for the Pete Kilpatrick Band show are $22 in advance and will be $25 day of show. Masks are required inside the Camden Opera House, and the choose-your-own reserved seating system inserts a couple of social distance seats each side of ticketing parties. Tickets may be purchased online at www.camdenoperahouse.com or by calling the box office at 236-3154.
Earlier at the opera house are SoundCheck shows (one hour/$10) by Laurie Jones on Friday, Jan. 28; and string quartet Take 4 on Friday, Feb. 4.
On Sunday, Feb. 13, The Literary Salon returns at 2 p.m. with Love, Belfast – an hour-long reading by Belfast poets, led by Belfast Poet Laureate Judy Kaber (admission is free but tickets are required).
Foursome Red Tail Hawk will present a SoundCheck show Friday, Feb. 18.
And on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 27, local author/illustrator Stephen Costanza will present his latest book, King of Ragtime, in multimedia fashion.
For more information on upcoming events and tickets, visit the website, updated regularly.