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Friday, October 16, 2015

A tale from NEVAHLAND

     It is hard to believe that so many years have passed since that fateful night at the Fountain House when a weary traveler walked in on, what was then Never Too Late, playing their normal Wednesday night rehearsal/gig.  At first I thought Gerry Garcia had been resurrected and had decided to grace us with his presence, but lo and behold it was not Gerry but a fellow troubadour by the name of Lawrence LeBlanc.  It seems he was on his way to "Winter Harbor" to hear some live music but as chance would have it he ended up in "Winterport" instead, talk about "can't get there from here."  He seemed a likeable fellow who just happened to have his instruments with him and wondered if he might be able to sit in on a few tunes.  Now for all musicians who have been in this situation before you would appreciate my reluctance in allowing someone to join us on stage but in this case there was something about Larry that made me say "please do."  The rest became NEVAH history as this gentleman proved to be quite an accomplished musician who provided us with the missing piece needed to round out our sound.

Larry is on the right

     What can one say about Larry? multi-talented (guitar, mando, dobro, fiddle, squeeze box, and peddle steel), creative (Last bus to Bangor, Gypsy Brown, a song we just called "Larry's instrumental, and others that we NEVAH got to touch on.), petulant (sometimes defensive and a little thin skinned at times, but hey I gave him a break, he grew up in Lynn, Mass), voracious (I thought I played a lot until Larry came along and related his weekly schedule of "fiddle group" "Petersen Project" "open mic night" "mid coast duo" and on and on, ad infinitum), dedicated (when Larry learned a song, whether a cover or another band mates original offering, you could tell he worked on his parts, constantly honing his leads or rhythms, making it his own), accomplished (although we constantly joked about it, Larry is a Marine Biologist, or was it Scientist, or maybe Scuba diver, it still is questionable, along with being a husband to his lovely and talented wife Adria, who thankfully put up with us and provided some great videos of the band over the years).
      You might be wondering about the reason behind my musing as it relates to "my friend" Larry, well wonder no more, it's unfortunate but Larry and Adria are leaving us, returning to Massachusetts for work related reasons.  Larry will always have a home in Maine and a band to return to "NEVAH."
We will sorely miss him and know some lucky players at some bar in Mass will have this "guy" come up to them and say " I was on my way to (fill in the blank) to hear some live music and I have my instruments with me, can I sit in on a few tunes?"  If they are as smart as we were they will find a truly good hearted, talented individual, who will make them a better band than they were, our friend forever "Larry Leblanc"

Thursday, October 15, 2015

NEVAH had a great time at Smugglers Den Campground in Southwest Harbor during OctoberFest.  We thought we would share some pics and vids from the day - enjoy


Our sound GURU Mark

Good friends Ann & Steve


Hal, Richard & Phil

Larry, Ed, Eric

Jack of all trades

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August is here and with it comes NEVAH's appearance at the Orono Library for the Summer Concert Series.  This happens on Wednesday, August 12th and we hope to see old friends and new acquaintances for a good time like you NEVAH had before!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NEVAH @ 4Points BBQ in Winterport - Sat June 13th

Hey fans and friends …

I am delighted to let you know that NEVAH … oh yeah … I said NEVAH is performing this coming Saturday - June 13th - at the Legendary  4Points BBQ & Blues House - 

The show featuring Phil Pitula on Bass, Ed Russell on Flute, Sax and Percussive thingys, Richard Silver on Mandolin, Lawrence LeBlanc on Guitar and Banjo, Eric Brown on Congas and Snare, Jack Anderson on Pedal Steel and Guitar, Mark Shane on the Audio Console and me (Hal) on Banjo and Guitar … and everyone on Vocals (even caught Mark humming a few tunes during practice) … starts rockin' at 6pm and ends at 9pm (it's the law).

NEVAH - LIVE Acoustic Music in Maine at the 4Points BBQ in Winterport
… so come on by for some smokin' BBQ, great beer, and some hot musical entertainment 
145 Main St. - Winterport Maine.
Call for tickets and further info: 207-223-9929
… Oh yeah - hope to see you ALL there …

the NEVAH banjo guy

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Friday, March 20, 2015

NEVAH in Concert at the Bangor Grange March 21st

Hey there friends and fans of NEVAH …

We know this is last minute - but thought, in  case you wanted something to do - tomorrow - Saturday March 21st … you might want to come catch a post St. Patricks day … NEVAH concert at the Bangor Grange.

NEVAH brings LIVE music to the Bangor Grange - March 21st, 2015
The show will be a blast … lots of fun and surprises too.

There is a ham and corn beef supper and show combo for $14.00 or they can see just the show for $8.00.

Supper starts at 5:30 and the show begins at 7:00.

Hope to see you all there …


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CFR IV as promised

Some wonderful pictures thanks to Kim Pitula of our Valentines Day Show

Hal & Richard
Ed & Larry

Phil & Ed

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cabin Fevah Relivah IIII "with love"

This is just a quick thank you to those "hearty" Mainers that did not let the weather forecaster's "sky is falling mentality" stop them from coming to the show.  It is an old accepted show business adage that the "show must go on" and it did.  Stayed tuned for pics & clips in the upcoming week.  Thanks again!

Friday, February 6, 2015


Just one week away from Cabin Fevah Relievah IV …

"With Love" 

… at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer, Maine. Tickets are STILL only $10.00 …  - tickets can be purchased at the door, or if you prefer … please call: 207-989-7100 for reservations (highly recommended)

NEVAH decided to take a walk down memory lane and are looking forward to a very special guest who will grace the stage. 
NEVAH's Cabin Fevah Relievah 4 … with Love at the Next Generation Theatre
Feb 14th - Valentines Day!!

Get your tickets "early" and bring someone you love. We look forward to seeing all of our friends!!!!!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

NEVAH's Banjo Guy - Hal Meyers Performing Live Acoustic Music at the 4Pts BBQ in Winterport

Well, well, well … friends and fans of NEVAH, thought I'd let you know that I (Hal the NEVAH banjo guy - hmmm kinda rhymes) … will be performing at the incredible 4pts BBQ and Blues House in Winterport, Maine … this Friday - January 16th from 5pm to 8pm. Tel: 207-223-9929

I hope you all can make it, lots of live acoustic music played on Banjo and Guitar, laughing, great BBQ, beer, singing, singing-alonging (especially to the tunes you know), more beer which ultimately leads to more laughing and very loud singing …
Hal Meyers Live Acoustic Music in Maine at the 4Pts BBQ in Winterport Maine

… oh, oh, oh and prestidigitation, sleight-of-hand … okay some pretty cool magical-type tricks performed right in front of your very eyes. Did I mention beer?

… and if I'm really lucky hopefully some of my NEVAH brethren will come on down and join me for a few tunes. Oh yeah …

Hope to see you all this Friday.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


From all of us in NEVAH … 

… Phil Pitula on Bass, Ed Russell on Sax and Flute, Richard Silver on Mandolin, Larry LeBlanc on Guitar, Eric Brown on Congas, Jack Anderson on Pedal Steel, Mark Shane on Sound and Hal Meyers on Banjo …

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hard at Work


"NEVAH" from an undisclosed location somewhere in Nevahland working toward this year's CABIN FEVAH RELIEVAH, more to come.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


The members of NEVAH, Richard, Ed, Hal, Larry, Phil, Jack, Eric, and Mark want to wish all of our friends the happiest of Thanksgivings.  Take the time to be with friends and family and be thankful for all you have and we can't wait for "CABIN FEVAH RELIEVAH PAS QUATRE" stayed tuned!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Some NEVAH Guys - Playing LIVE Acoustic Music in Maine this and Next Weekend

Okay … Fans and friends of NEVAH …

… even though TONIGHT the3guys … NEVAH's Richard Silver on Mandolin and guitar, Larry LeBlanc on Guitar, Dobro and Mandolin and Hal Meyers on Banjo and Guitar (and all 3 on vocals) are at the Wrong Turn Pub from 8pm to 11pm… and I should be pushing only that … I'm going to give you a sneak peak for next FRIDAY & SATURDAY too (as in also) …
The3Guys bring Live Acoustic Music in Maine to The Wrong Turn Pub - tonight Oct 25th
Tonight SATURDAY OCT 25th … the3guys at The Wrong Turn Pub 8pm to 11pm
Next FRIDAY OCT 31st (Halloween) … the3guys are again at The Wrong Turn Pub 8pm to 11pm
The3Guys bring Live Acoustic Music in Maine to The Wrong Turn Pub - Friday HALLOWEEN - Oct 31st
Next Saturday NOV 1st (Day After Halloween - so it's almost like Halloween, only not) … I'm playing solo at the 4Pts BBQ in Winterport from 5pm to 8pm - and hopefully I'll entice some of my NEVAH friends to sit in for a few tunes throughout the evening
Hal Meyers, NEVAH's Banjo guy appearing solo with LIVE Acoustic Music in Maine
at the 4Points BBQ - November 1st
… hope to see you at one or ALL of the appearances -

Monday, October 20, 2014

3 NEVAH Band Guys Performing LIVE Acoustic Music at the WRONG TURN PUB - Sat Oct 25th

Hey fans of NEVAH …

Wow - this Saturday - October 25th - the3guys … Richard, Larry and Hal (all NEVAH musician-istas)… are playing at the Wrong Turn Pub located at the Kenduskeag Golf & Country Club.

Should be a lot of fun - terrific food, beer flowing like … beer … great tunes, smoking "licks", fine singin', big laughs and a little magic too.

The music starts at 8:00 pm and goes until around 11:00 pm. 

Three NEVAH band guys … Hal Meyers, Richard Silver and Larry LeBlanc
are performing LIVE Acoustic Music at The Wrong Turn Pub
located at the Kenduskeag Golf and Country Club
However, you never know, we might start a little earlier and end a little later … I guess we'll play it by ear (pun intended).

Hope to see you all there …

p.s. I hope you like the poster … since we're so close to Halloween I thought I'd give it a touch of "spookiness".

Monday, September 29, 2014

NEVAH brings LIVE music to the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer - Oct 4th

YES!!!! … it’s happening this SATURDAY OCT 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

What you ask?
… the NEVAH band is presenting our first EVAH Fall Fling

It’s a delightful, funtabulous evening of LIVE musical entertainment with lots of musical surprises in store.

Where you ask? 
… at the one and only Next Generation Theatre - 39 Center St., Brewer Maine

Maine's NEVAH band presents LIVE Music at the
Next Generation Theatre in Brewer
The cost?
Tickets are only $10.00 per person

Who do you call?

For reservations and advanced ticket purchases please contact: 207-989-7100

Monday, September 1, 2014


BREAKING press release from NEVAH … 


We are NEVAH, a Maine band, bringing A LIVE MUSIC SHOW to the WORLD FAMOUS NEXT GENERATION THEATRE, October 4, 2014 AD from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. We present a unique concert experience with an abundance of original and familiar tunes. We’ve coined the word, “prograssabilly” to describe the blending of progressive, newgrass, folk, rock, soulful sounds and shimmering vocals into a cohesive musical event which will change the course of the universe and the lives of each audience member. 

NEVAH - performing LIVE Music in Maine at
the Next Generation Theatre - Oct 4th
NEVAH is a fairly large band, eight (8) musicians with instrumentation running the gamut from acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo to electric guitars, electric bass, saxophone, flute, pedal steel & dobro along with a percussion section (drums and congas). Our individual musical tastes vary from bluegrass to folk to rock and roll, jazz, waltzes and the list goes on. And somehow, we … Phil Pitula, Ed Russell, Richard Silver, Larry LeBlanc, Dick Knipping, Jack Anderson, Eric Brown and Hal Meyers … “blend”. 

And we have even more exciting news too … Mark Shane … the audio guru will be running our sound for this and hopefully future events.

We look forward to seeing you at the Next Generation Theatre on Oct 4th.

The NEVAH Band / nevah on Facebook

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NEVAH Band Members playing- LIVE MUSIC IN MAINE - this Friday - 4Points BBQ and The Big Easy Lounge

Hey fans and friends of NEVAH … got a terrific start to the weekend for you …

NEVAH's Phil Pitula is playing some hot Blues along with our good friends Lauren and Trent - also known as the BLOOD ORANGE MARTINIS - at 4Points BBQ & Blues House … this Friday, Aug. 29th. 

NEVAH's Phil Pitula playing in the BLOOD ORANGE MARTINIS
at 4Points BBQ and BLUES HOUSE
in Winterport - Friday August 29th 

Awesome BBQ and blues spot right in the heart of rocking downtown Winterport! Hope we see you there!

… and …

On the same evening …

NEVAH's – The3Guys – Hal, Richard and Larry – are performing at the BIG EASY LOUNGE & CAFE at the Charles Inn in Downtown Bangor Maine. Lots of Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Singing, Laughing, Drinking, more laughing, more singing and definitely more drinking … 

NEVAH's - The 3 Guys Hal, Richard and Larry
Playing LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC in Maine at the Big Easy Lounge
in Bangor - Friday August 29th
We start playing at 9:00pm and finish at midnight-ish.