BANDING TOGETHER FOR NICK KNOWLTON

BANDING TOGETHER FOR NICK KNOWLTON—Planning is underway for a fundraising gala celebration to beat the band—and to help the popular singer beat his recent diagnosis of esophageal cancer—Sunday, March 12, at the Lewiston Ramada Inn starting at 1 PM. The event will feature an array of musical luminaries that have been part of L-A’s historic music scene. The Planning Committee includes, seated (l-r): Brie Knowlton, Nicholas Jr., Krista Knowlton and Elaine Poulin; standing (l-r): Gini Haines, Doug Haines, Louis Philippe, Pete Nadeau, Debbie Morin, Bill Moraldo, Denny Breau, Ed Boucher, Jeannie Martin, Bette Sanborn, Joline ten Eyck and Danny DiBiase.

BANDING TOGETHER FOR NICK KNOWLTON—Planning is underway for a fundraising gala celebration to beat the band—and to help the popular singer beat his recent diagnosis of esophageal cancer—Sunday, March 12, at the Lewiston Ramada Inn starting at 1 PM. The event will feature an array of musical luminaries that have been part of L-A’s historic music scene. The Planning Committee includes, seated (l-r): Brie Knowlton, Nicholas Jr., Krista Knowlton and Elaine Poulin; standing (l-r): Gini Haines, Doug Haines, Louis Philippe, Pete Nadeau, Debbie Morin, Bill Maroldo, Denny Breau, Ed Boucher, Jeannie Martin, Bette Sanborn, Joline ten Eyck and Danny DiBiase.

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February 2017

A fundraising gala for widely-acclaimed popular singer Nick Knowlton is being planned by friends and family upon hearing of his recent diagnosis of esophageal cancer.

BANDING TOGETHER FOR NICK is set for Sunday, March 12, at the Lewiston Ramada Inn, where Knowlton has performed for many years with bands and as a DJ, and where many of his talented musical friends throughout his five decades of performing will be converging from across the country to take to the stage and pay tribute to the local legend…and to help raise money for hospital and medical expenses.

Since the late 80s, Bette Sanborn has been singing in local bands including the popular Good & Plenty Band at the Ramada, where Knowlton also worked with many groups.  In 1996, Knowlton created “The Nick & Bette Show” and there developed an instant bond and long-lasting friendship.

Today, Sanborn continues to guide the hospitality and entertainment offerings at the Ramada as Dining Room Manager and is looking forward to “a big, big event.”

“Nick being a champion for causes he strongly believes in is remarkable,” said Sanborn.  “This is going to  be an outpouring of musicians and friends who want to give back to Nick after all he has done for so many in the community.”

Ed Boucher, who managed Knowlton’s early bands and whose EAB Recording productions catapulted the local singer to regional and national status, sees the event as a way to help a friend known for his community outreach in his own time of need—in a big way.

BANDING TOGETHER FOR NICK is an opportunity for generations of loyal music fans who have helped shape the L-A music scene to reconnect and share memories with the great bands that Nick fronted and they followed—Terry & The Telstars, White Fluff, Poorboy, Katahdin, Katfish, and others.

“Expect the unexpected,” the producer resounded, “When old friends throw a celebration like this, magic happens, memories are made and it shows that when we band together we can make a difference and everybody has a great time.”

Boucher is advising folks to get their tickets early because he predicts a sellout event. “Nick knows everyone and everyone knows Nick,” he explained.

A star-studded parade of musicians and singers who have all contributed to the rich narrative of L-A’s music scene since the 60s will join the many friends, family and fans expected to make this event an unforgettable milestone gathering.

Among the bands scheduled to perform is Terry & The Telstars, with its original members (Knowlton in front on vocals, Danny Caron on drums, Pete Nadeau on keyboards, and Terry McCarthy on guitar).

Caron, who is flying up from Wilmington, NC, is very much looking forward to an historic reunion.  The band got back together for a PAL HOP Reunion in 2010 and reportedly enjoyed it so much they decided to continue performing for several more events, he reported.

Caron credits the good Lord for putting together four 14-year-olds from Lewiston, Maine, all with a dream of becoming rock stars, and launching them on an incredible musical and spiritual journey called Terry & The Telstars.  The rest is history that continues to be made.

Caron expressed his humility and amazement that people still enjoy the aura that Terry & The Telstars created years ago.  “Everybody re-lives part of their past when they come to events like this.  Here we go one more time with the boys, Nick,” the drummer youthfully exclaimed.

Among the bands scheduled to play are:  Denny Breau & Friends, The Girls of L-A, Good ‘N Plenty, and of course Terry & The Telstars.  Performers include:  Billy Belskis, Roger Blais, Ed Boucher, Ron Bouffard, Danny Caron, Frank Coffin, Danny DiBiase, Bonnie Edwards, Bob Elie, Kathy Haley, Shawna Haley, Malinda Liberte, Jeannie Martin, Moe McKenna, Arthur Melendy, Debbie Morin, Paul Murphy, Pete Nadeau, Louis Philippe, Bette Sanborn, Laurie Sidelinger, Mike Willette, Jeff Wright and more.

Bill “BC” Cloutier and Dave Dean, long-time radio personalities in Central Maine, will share the emcee duties.

The doors open at 1 PM. Tickets are $15 and are available online at https://ticketing.thecolisee.com, or by calling the Androscoggin Colisée box office at 783-2009.

Shortly after his diagnosis last December, an online fundraising effort was launched to help with inevitable financial burdens.  At this writing, almost half of the $50,000 goal has been reached.  Donations can be made at gofundme.com/nickknowlton.

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–Louis Philippe

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4 Responses to “BANDING TOGETHER FOR NICK KNOWLTON”

  1. Joline TEN EYCK Says:

    Love it!!! Bought our tickets yesterday.Mahalo

    On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 12:24 PM, Reindeer Press Releases wrote:

    > Ringer posted: ” February 2017 A fundraising gala for widely-acclaimed > popular singer Nick Knowlton is being planned by friends and family upon > hearing of his recent diagnosis of esophageal cancer. BANDING TOGETHER FOR > NICK is set for Sunday, March 12, at the Lewiston ” >

  2. MOM & DAD Says:

    HI ! PAUL BOUFFARD HERE HAD THIS SAME ESOPHAGEAL CANCER BETH ISREAL IN BOSTON WENT IN ENGOSTOPICALLY & CUT THE CANCER OUT & IN MY SECOND PROCEEDURE USED CRYOGENICS ( FROZE ) IT MUST GO THO MORE TIMES TO MAKE CERTAIN ALL IS GONE & OK MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU NICK

  3. So glad this event is being planned. My son and I will be there to celebrate one of the best guys I’ve ever known. We all love you, Nick!

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