It will be a throwback to the days of Stacey's County Jamboree tonight, as Dick Stacey and others gather to pay tribute to Dick Curless.

I miss Stacey's in Brewer, and gathering with friends to listen to live music seven nights a week. When I worked the evening shift, I used to love heading up Wilson Street to catch last call, and say hello to the bands. For anyone who's not familiar with Stacey's, it was a downstairs bar, located in a hotel that was replaced in 1996 by Rite Aid on Wilson Street in Brewer.

Starting in 1973, Dick Stacey hosted a weekly program on WVII-TV that showcased local talent. Some of it was good and some of the performers were....not so good. But it was always entertaining. Stacey's good humor kept things moving and upbeat. The stars of the show, however, were the members of the amazing backup band, who would play anything they were asked to perform. Before the days of recorded karaoke tracks, there was the backup band on Stacey's County Jamboree.

Tonight, Dick Stacey will return to the local Country music scene as he helps to host a tribute to one of Maine's most famous performers, Dick Curless. The Fort Fairfield native is best known for his anthem about Aroostook County's Hainesville woods, 'Tombstone Every Mile.' The tribute band will be comprised of musicians who all, at one time or another, performed with Curless.

It's Senior Citizen Day at the Bangor State Fair, so anyone over 55 gets in for free. I'm hoping to get over there for the show, which starts at 8 p.m. So, by golly, (as Dick Stacey would say) maybe I'll see you at the fair.

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