Inaugural Celebration to Showcase Maine-Centered Entertainment and Food

Governor Janet Mills announced now that her Inaugural Celebration – which will choose place on Thursday, January 5th from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Centre – will function leisure from Maine-based musicians as nicely as food and drinks from throughout the condition.

“The inaugural celebration pays tribute to our amazing condition and folks,” stated Governor Janet Mills. “I am thrilled to showcase the amazing foodstuff, cultures, and tunes that make our point out so exclusive.”

Enjoyment for the evening includes the RJ Miller Trio, Gina and the Crimson Eye Flight Crew, and Retrospecticus. The menu for the celebration pays tribute to cultures and tastes of the individuals of Maine. From Franco-American tourtière and poutine, to New-American African chicken and peanut stew, to mini italians & Greek/North African lamb kefta, the diversity of Maine and its flavors will be on exhibit. In addition, neighborhood purveyors and sponsors will be featured in vintage New England fare with a twist, such as Shuck’s Lobster mac & cheese, Maine Coast Fishermen’s monkfish stew and Maine Grains corn and maple muffins. Desserts will include things like Maine Needham Organization, Bixby Chocolates, and Espresso by Design and style.

The Inaugural Celebration will be emceed by Blake Hayes of Coast 93.1. In line with earlier observe, the “cocktail apparel, Bean boot optional” party is by invitation-only. The celebration will characteristic a significant stage for entertainment, a dance floor, tables, food items stations, and income bars. Charges will be covered by a $30 ticketing charge, as effectively as by donations raised by the Mills Inaugural Committee.

The party is open up to the press but will call for qualifications in get to protect. More specifics on credentialing and protection logistics will be unveiled later on currently. 

Timeline (Topic to Improve) and Track record on Entertainment

  • 7:00 p.m.:   Welcome from the Emcee, Blake Hayes
  • 7:05 p.m.:   Tunes and Dancing, RJ Miller Trio

The RJ Miller Trio characteristics Maine primarily based drummer and composer RJ Miller, guitarist Peter Herman, and bassist Dan Klingsberg.  Extensive a fixture on the New York Town jazz and experimental music scenes, the globe trotting, Maine-bred drummer can be listened to on recordings like “Alive in Japan” (Aaron Parks), “Ben Entrada La Nit” (Bill McHenry), and his individual digital solo debut album “Ronald’s Rhythm” (2013).  Miller teaches tunes at the Maine Arts Academy, Bowdoin University, Colby Higher education and University of Maine Augusta, even though preserving musical connections/associations in Europe and New York, backing the singer Paula Cole on her operate of U.S. performances in the summertime of 2022.

  • 7:45 p.m.:   Songs and Dancing, Gina and the Pink Eye Flight Crew

When Boston-primarily based vocalist Gina Alibrio moved to Portland, she joined forces with members of Rustic Overtones, Jaw Gems, Sister Sparrow & the Soiled Birds and Model Airplane to sort “Gina And The Pink Eye Flight Crew.” Alibrio’s vocals have been in comparison to the blues comprehension of Susan Tedeschi with a knack for songwriting aligned with the likes of a youthful Christine McVie. The energetic nine-piece collective tackles originals with a aptitude for the funky and seasoned professionalism. The Flight Crew catalogue draws from a list of Pop, Soul, and R&B favorites that could shock you, but most absolutely will make you move.

  • 8:40 p.m.:   Ben Waxman, Co-Proprietor of American Roots, Introduces Governor Mills
  • 8:45 p.m.:   Governor Mills Features Transient Remarks
  • 8:50 p.m.:   Songs and Dancing, Retrospecticus

Retrospecticus is a significant energy dance band specializing in well-known new music spanning above 7 many years.  The band is fronted by the talented and soulful vocalist Stephanie Fogg and directed by her husband and pianist Matthew Fogg. Collectively the pair have executed along with artists as diverse as Otis Redding III and Delvin Decision from The Voice and venues as vast ranging as an intimate seaside wedding ceremony along the Maine Coastline to Carnegie Hall.