Original Music Composition Ushers Pirate 'Invasion'
The band Straight Up are (from left) Dave Minard, John Keyser and Angel Minard will be providing an original menacing theme song to herald the arrival of pirate ships during the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous on Saturday, June 22.
A local band has composed a menacing theme song to herald the arrival of pirate ships during the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous on Saturday, June 22.
They will also be playing during the volunteers celebration at the end of the Pirate Rendezvous, beginning at approximately 4 p.m., open to the public, and located at Schooner Landing Restaurant and Marina.
The Straight Up band, is made up of Dave and Angel Minard of Richmond and John Keyser of Jefferson. The band delivers "their own brand of rock originals and covers in an unfettered style which Dave likes to call 'straight up,' hence the band name," Keyser said.
The ominous music as the pirates approach will be a great addition to the event, according to Greg Latimer, director of the Pirate Rendezvous.
"Sailing vessels move slowly, and it takes a while between when they're first spotted to when they're within range of our shore batteries so the engagement can begin," Latimer said.
"We've always wanted some kind of eerie music to help this time pass and build excitement for the coming battle, and we're looking forward to Straight Up's tune, written especially for this event."
A sound stage run by Paul Mellyn will provide the hardware for delivering the music to the crowds. Large speakers (of the same type always used at the Pirate Rendezvous for announcements) will enable guests on both sides of the river and on the bridge to hear the music.
"We're hoping that Straight Up's original composition will really enhance our guest experience for the event, and we look forward to having some more fun with them at the volunteers celebration," Latimer said.
The love of music is strong in Dave Minard's family. His father was an accomplished musician in his own right who once handed Dave a guitar, and said, 'Here, figure it out.'
Since then he's been doing just that, playing country, blues, oldies, and his favorite -rock 'n roll. Dave also handles the majority of vocal chores with an uncanny ability to play solid rhythms while singing. His wife, Angel, is right beside him on stage as well. Her love of rock music prompted her to pick up the electric bass that she deftly uses to lay down a solid foundation.
Earlier this year, they added veteran drummer John Keyser to their group. Keyser is well known around the Rockland area, having played with the bands Sound City, and Core. His many years of club performance have honed his ability to keep the crowd moving with a solid beat.
The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous is Saturday, June 22 beginning at the Buccaneer Breakfast at the Damariscotta Baptist Church at 8 a.m., with the Pirate Bazaar and Kid's Pirate Camp opening at 10 a.m.
Pirates attack at high noon and the rest of the day is filled with activities focused on children as everyone works together to find the pirate treasure hidden in-town.
The event benefits children through three different efforts: Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes, the GSB Field Hockey Team and Boy Scout Troop 213.
The Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous is sponsored this year (so far) by Renys, Ames Supply, Damariscotta Bank & Trust, Cheney Insurance, Newcastle Square Realty, and Colby & Gale.
The generous sponsors help with expenses that range from the attacking pirate ship to prizes for the games, allowing more revenue from the Pirate Rendezvous to benefit the local charities it supports.
Additional sponsors may be joining those mentioned above, and anyone who would like to provide a sponsorship is encouraged to use the following contact information.
For more information on the Pirate Rendezvous, and photos from past invasions, check http://www.piraterendezvous.com or contact Greg Latimer (the pirate "Scribe") at 380-9912 or email@example.com.