Good Times for Hard Times — a benefit concert




Make any donation at the door.

On Saturday, June 27th at 7pm at THE HARLOW GALLERY, Dave Peloquin and Bob Webb will present Good Times for Hard Times, an evening of American traditional and popular music to benefit the Harlow Gallery and the Kennebec Valley Art Association — a 501(c)3 nonprofit supporting the arts in central Maine for over 50 years. Come spend the day in Hallowell enjoying the Hallowell Riverfront Celebration (events start at 11 and go until 7pm and include the KVAA’s Outdoor Art Fair at the Waterfront), and top off your day with a masterful musical performance.

Make a donation at the door.  Free tickets are available in advance at the following locations in Hallowell: Vallee Real Estate, Boynton’s Market and the Harlow Gallery.  One night only!  Seating is limited, get there early — when we’re full its standing room only!  Sponsored by Chris Vallee of Vallee Real Estate.

Dave Peloquin and Bob Webb still believe in the power of music to transcend fear, while making great entertainment all the while. Their “Good Times for Hard Times” Concert will offer American folk and popular music from our collective past, a celebration of all the great music created by regular American folk during the past 150 years. And with nearly 80 years of experience betweenthem, they always present a varied and unusual repertory from the American songbag, performed in harmonizing tenor and baritone voices, with accompaniment on guitars, concertina, and America’s “own” musical instrument, the 5-string banjo.

So much wonderful music came out of the hardships and trials of America’s greatest Depression, which began in 1929. Out of the troubles of “Main Street” came the great sons of Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, and the beginnings of the unique career of Pete Seeger. From time immemorial, music has provided a respite and an “escape” from everyday fears and worries. Yet, musicians have always used the context of their times to weave a wish for real social change into their lyrics.