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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

LIVE MUSIC IN MAINE from NEVAH this July + more!

Okay … big things are happening over the next two weeks for the NEVAH band, starting with a private concert tomorrow (Thursday - July 10th) for the Bangor Veterans home. Phil the NEVAH bass man wrote a terrific piece called "Remembering Those Who Served" in the previous post.

Then … NEXT Wednesday … July 16th NEVAH (that's us) … will be performing in Round Pond at the Historic Little Brown Church located on rte 32 Round Pond Village. 

NEVAH performing LIVE music in Maine
The Rpund Pond show starts at 7:30pm … with a suggested donation of $10.00 - a portion of the proceeds goes to help maintain the historic facility. 
… children are free (unless you want to make a donation).

And … if that isn't enough, two days later, which makes it Friday - July 18th, Hal - the NEVAH banjo guy, Richard the NEVAH mandolin maven and Larry the NEVAH guitar guru are performing as a live acoustic music trio in the big Easy Lounge and Cafe located within the Charles in … in Bangor. Music starts at 9pm.

Live Acoustic Music in Maine from …
Hal Meyers the NEVAH banjo guy, Richard Silver the NEVAH mandolin maven
… and Larry LeBlanc the NEVAH guitar guru

Oh… oh … oh … and the following Friday on the 25th Hal, Richard and Larry will be playing the Wrong Turn Pub located at the Kenduskeag Golf and Country Club. (please see poster for details).

Live Acoustic Music in Maine from …
Hal Meyers the NEVAH banjo guy, Richard Silver the NEVAH mandolin maven
… and Larry LeBlanc the NEVAH guitar guru

Eh-Yup July is a NEVAH Month … and there is more coming your way. So check out or this FB page for future LIVE NEVAH music events.


the NEVAH banjo guy

Friday, July 4, 2014

Remembering Those Who Served

            Summer means a lot of different things to us here in Maine.  After a long trying winter we relish the blue skies, the fresh air, and the warm temps that finally make their way up to us in July.  For the guys of NEVAH, July and summer have a very special meaning with an event dating back before we were actually a serious "group," - playing at the Veterans Home in Bangor Maine.
            If memory serves me right, which at my age I begin to question, it has been over 10 years since we first visited and played for the Veterans for their yearly family cookout.  At the time a loosely knit group of people, me, Kim my wife, Charlie Earley, Richard, Ed, Dr. Eric, Jack, Hal, and Dan Groshan happily accepted an invitation to offer up a little music for this event.  Going under the name of "Never to Late" we played for an hour and a half and it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.  Here were the people who put their lives on the line defending our great nation, many of them from what is now called the "greatest" generation, tapping their feet, dancing, and singing along to some songs they knew.  Thoughts of my Dad and his brothers, all of whom served during World War II, flooded my mind and it was difficult to hold back the tears as the realization hit me that if it wasn't for all of these people we probably would not be there playing music and enjoying our freedom.
            So here we are many years later eagerly anticipating our annual July performance which this year will take place on Thursday, July 10th.  Some things have changed, members of the band, vets who have gone on to their reward, but the commitment from the band now named "NEVAH" remains the same - Honor those who have given so much to protect and preserve our freedoms, our Veterans.
            It  seems very fitting to me to post this today, July 4th - Independence Day - on the behalf of our current line-up Ed Russell, Richard Silver, Hal Meyers, Larry LeBlanc, Jack Anderson, Eric Brown, Richard Knipping, and yours truly Phillip Pitula - the men of NEVAH, so in the words and music sung by Kate Smith we say to you,
                                                  "GOD BLESS AMERICA"