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Chase Away the Winter Blues with Bald Hill, at Side By Each, Friday Jan. 20

AUBURN — The winter months, in Maine especially, place a higher priority on warm, friendly confines, fine ales and new material. All will be on hand when Bald Hill returns to Side By Each Brewing Co. here in Auburn on Friday night, Jan. 20. Showtime is 6-9 p.m.

And while we’re marking our calendars, please circle March 11: Bald Hill is scheduled to play Side By Each that evening, as well. When spring will be just around the corner. Technically.

The dead of winter, where all find ourselves now, is an surprisingly fruitful time for Bald Hill, those remarkably hep purveyors of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock and Americana. Vacation and travel tend to be more limited in January and February — leaving more time to practice and develop new material.

When the band holds forth on Jan. 20, expect plenty of old favorites, but also a raft of new songs from Mandolin Orange (now known as Watchhouse), Robert Plant & Allison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show, Tyler Childers, Merle Haggard and Emmylou Harris.

BH Back at It: Saturday at Side By Each

Bald Hill will return the stage this Saturday, Oct. 29, with a Halloween show at Side By Each Brewing Co., in Auburn.

Showtime is 6-9 p.m., and do come dressed for the occasion. The good folks at Side By Each are going all out Saturday night, two nights early: costume contest, Spooky punchy… They’re even unveiling a new beer!

Halloween 2022 can also be seen as a tipping point: Winter is coming. We can all feel it, in the air, and that means Bald Hill — everyone’s favorite, surprisingly hep purveyors of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock, traditional country and Americana  — will again rise to meet its joyous musical obligations. Surely the band’s eclectic selection of newgrass, folk rock, traditional country and Americana won’t sing themselves!

Join us at SBE, where we hope not to recognize you at all. At first.

Bald Hill at Davinci’s Friday night, April 15

LEWISTON, Maine — Bald Hill, those surprisingly hep purveyors of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock and Americana, will drop into the Grappa Room, here at Davinci’s Italian Eatery, this Friday evening, April 15, from 6-9 p.m.

Davinci’s, home to the best pizza and pasta in the Twin Cities, has started hosting live music this spring. On Thursday nights, local acts have been holding court in the expansive bar area. On Friday nights, starting with Friday’s Bald Hill show, the music will move into the Grappa Room, where two large, garage-sized doors will open — essentially connecting this erstwhile banquet space with the bar space.

Bald Hill will preside therein, around a central mic, with an acoustic set of bluegrass, alt-country and traditional tunes. Rumor has it that, come Friday evening, several new selections will be test-driven inside Davinci’s massive, brick-bedecked, former mill space.

Be advised that Bald Hill will be popping up and dropping in to play music all over Maine this spring. Fresh of its triumphant All Dead Revue, which drew 200 patrons and exhausted the glass supply at Side By Each Brewery on April 2, BH will take the Revue on the road in May — up north, to the Blue Ox Saloon in Millinocket, on May 28. That show will benefit Boreal Theater Community Arts. Three days later, the band will feature at the Music for Mavis concert series on the town green in Turner, May 31.

Bald Hill is poised to confirm several more dates for June and beyond. For news of those shows, stay glued to this space.

All Dead Revue set for Saturday, April 2 at Side By Each

AUBURN, Maine — Bald Hill, those surprisingly hep purveyors of blues inflected newgrass, folk rock and Americana, will host the third annual All Dead Revue Saturday night, April 2, here at the Side By Each Brewery (www.sidebyeachbrewing.com) on Minot Avenue.

Show time is 6 p.m., the culmination of an all-day deal at SBE called “Hippie Fest.” No cover for this event or the All Dead Revue, but neither are tie-dyes or mood rings provided. Accordingly, attendees are advised to bring their own — $1 off all pints for anyone wearing tie-dye or “dirty Dead gear”! — and to encourage any and all Deadhead friends/relations to show up, pipe up, and put their money where their love is.

The All-Dead Revue is exactly what the name implies: an entire evening of songs made famous by the Grateful Dead, mainly their original work, but also those tunes covered in dedicated fashion by Jerry & the Boys during their three-plus decades on the road.

Bald Hill routinely invites fellow bands and musicians to collaborate with the Revue. This year’s Super Group for a Night includes the rhythm section from Yellow Sun Wreckers (drummer Kim Chasse and bassist Todd Burrowes), pedal steel virtuoso Tim Howie (Pocket Full of Mumbles) and SoPo vocalist Ted McHugh, formerly of 2010 darlings Mountain Avenue. Ted & the Band are scheduled to knock out renditions of “Ripple”, “Hobo Song” and, if everyone behaves, “Sugaree.” That’s all we’re prepared to share regarding the April 2 set list, which, according to All Dead Revue tradition, remains a somewhat closely guarded secret. For the record, Bald Hill last performed the Revue on Jan. 24, 2020. So, “third annual” is something of a stretch. Maybe the band will gather the tribe for another show this calendar year, to catch up…

BH back at SBE Jan. 22, with special guest, Frank Fotusky

Frank Fotusky

AUBURN, Maine — Bald Hill, those surprisingly hep purveyors of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock and Americana, returns to the Side By Each Brewery on Saturday night, Jan. 22. The doors there at 110 Minot Ave. open at 11 a.m. The music begins at 6 p.m.

Bald Hill has accepted the invitation to perform monthly, in residence, all winter long at Side By Each. Next month, the band will host at SBE its annual All Dead Revue, a wildly popular Grateful Dead tribute featuring a collaboration of Bald Hill and multiple area musicians, a.k.a. Friends of Bald Hill (FOBH). Watch this space for further information on precise February dates — and news of other engagements.

Meanwhile, the Jan. 22 gig will showcase its own FOBH, the inimitable Frank Fotusky, sitting in on lead guitar. Frank plugs in to play with Yellow Sun Wreckers, a band featuring BH vocalist Renée St. Jean. But Fotusky is a nationally recognized virtuoso in the acoustic discipline known as piedmont-style blues. Indeed, Frank just released a new album last week, “Digging In John’s Backyard.”

Another great show in the offing. Y’all should come.

Nov. 26 Date Kicks Off Winter Residence at Side By Each

AUBURN, Maine — Bald Hill, those surprisingly hep purveyors of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock & Americana, have agreed to play “in residence” here at the Side By Each Brewery through the winter of 2021-22.

As such, the New Gloucester 5-piece will perform monthly, starting this Friday night, Nov. 26, from 7-9 p.m.

For information on future monthly performances, watch this space — and the Side By Each website (www.sidebyeachbrewing.com). Indeed, rumor has it that Bald Hill may play its December gig at the brewery on New Year’s Eve. Stay tuned.

The Nov. 26 engagement follows the BH show held Oct. 30, where a packed house welcomed live music back to Side By Each for the first time since March 2020.

“What a great crowd that was! Such incredible energy,” said Ben DeTroy, Bald Hill mandolinist, fiddler and chief band spokesperson, based on the fact that he resides on Bald Hill. “Folks are definitely starved for live music these days. We’re thrilled to address this issue, each month going forward, at Side By Each.”

Bald Hill Brings the Music Back: at Side By Each, Oct. 30

AUBURN, Maine — Wondering what to do the night before Halloween? Join Bald Hill, those surprisingly hep purveyors of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock and Americana, at the Side By Each Brewing Co., starting at 7 p.m.

Side By Each has quickly built an extraordinary reputation for amazing beer and food, all of it served in lively, socially responsible environs. But the award-winning brewery (home to the Humble Brag double IPA) has not hosted live music since, you know, before that thing… Bald Hill is proud bring it back this Saturday night, 30 October.

The Great State of Maine boasts so many breweries these days, it’s hard to keep them all straight. But Side By Each in Auburn, located at 110 Minot Ave. (just West of Mac’s Grille), is different. The beer is excellent, always a dozen or more on tap in a wide variety of styles. But there the ordinary falls away.

Side By Each is a socially responsible, sustainable operation. What does that mean? In addition to beers on tap, the growler culture is strongly fostered here. Glass jugs (and kegs) are filled to order, on site, via a handy-dandy apparatus that preserves beer quality far longer than your average tap-filled jug. The space itself is sprawling, to allow for a socially distanced experience. If that’s what you want. If not, belly up to the giant horseshoe-shaped bar.

Here’s another thing: No tipping at Side By Each, because the owners, both veterans of Maine’s elite brewing culture, are committed to paying their employees a living wage. Starting early in the morning, said staff brews up CBD coffee and espresso drinks, to sell alongside locally made pastries and breakfast sandwiches. Pinky D’s Poutine Factory, recently called out by Downeast magazine as one of Maine’s top 5 food trucks, prepares lunch and dinner from its new kitchen inside the Side By Each space.

As a New Gloucester-based 5 piece, Bald Hill has (you may have noticed) developed a real fondness for the beer, space, ethos and food at Side By Each. We recommend the Korean-style BBQ poutine, the Kuriro rice lager (Kuriro is Japanese for “Auburn”), and the German Weissbier known as Jam on Toast.  We also recommend you try them Saturday night, starting at around 7 p.m.

SoPo Revisited: Bald Hill at Fore River Brewery, July 25

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — After a long, pandemic-necessitated hiatus, Bald Hill is back on stage. Private parties have so far dominated the band’s schedule, as formal music venues are still sorting the new realities, inside and outside.

While private parties are great fun, they don’t well serve the band’s adoring public. So here’s the good news, friends:

Bald Hill will return to the Fore River Brewery on Sunday July 25. The New Gloucester 5-piece will hold forth in South Portland’s finest beer garden, on Alton Street, from 2-5 p.m.

Stay tuned to this space for more show info, as July and August are shaping up as very busy months for South/Central Maine’s surprisingly hip purveyors of blues-inflected new grass, folk and Americana.

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