Memorial Day through late October
95 Ocean Restaurant Featured Entertainers
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From sharing the stage with acts ranging from Steve Martin to Hall and Oates, to performing at a Presidential birthday, the musicians of Ocean Ave. have made music all across America. Now they call the coast of Maine their home.
Lisa Mills, lead vocalist credits her ear for harmony to her hundreds of a capella performances with Women of Note. You can hear the church in her voice when she sings the blues. Her interpretations of today’s hits bridge any age gap; she knows it’s the song that matters. Lisa divides her time among WoN, Ocean Ave. and her soul blues revue, The Windmills.
Don Wessel, who has over 2,500 stage appearances to his credit – playing jazz, country and Irish gigs in houses, bars and music halls. His solo harmonica album “On Orkney” received airplay on NPR’s “Thistle and Shamrock.” He makes music from the mountains to the seaside with Ocean Ave. and as a solo instrumentalist playing the revolutionary Parker Fly guitar.
Curt Bessette & Jenn Kurtz
Award winning songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Curt Bessette and vocalist Jenn Kurtz offer a mix of popular music spanning several decades, in addition to their own original songs. Long time favorites throughout New England, they’ve received great reviews in hotels and concerts for their great harmonies and rapport with their audiences.
“…warm, effortless vocal approach and elegant songwriting.” (The Portsmouth Herald)
Jim Ciampi has enjoyed being a performing musician since college and has been the leader of his own band since 1988. After returning to his hometown of Portland via Boston College, he was the founder of the first music program at his alma mater, Cheverus High School. He continued to lead a top flight band while teaching, and then moved into the business sector of events. His true passion for performing and event management allowed him to pursue his dream of establishing a premier event facility that produced hundreds of events, weddings and national concert artists.
Today Jim focuses on being a performer as he continues to lead The Jim Ciampi Band, a versatile engaging 7 piece dance band, as well as perform as a soloist and in smaller combos throughout New England.
“I immensely enjoy the opportunity of providing piano entertainment here at The Nonantum. I love the variety of styles that compliment a refined atmosphere whether that be standards, pop or some vocal backdrop to enhance a special occasion or a great dining experience. I look forward to seeing you here at The Nonantum and perhaps playing a few of your favorites!”
Gary Richardson is a Portland musician and a solo acoustic guitarist with more than 45 years’ experience playing, teaching, composing and producing. Gary regularly performs his own arrangement and original music, as well as creating and producing music for TV, radio and documentaries. Recent projects include music for Angry Orchard, Gorham Savings Bank and Sylvania. A season pro who has worked in all facets of the music business, Gary’s experience and enthusiasm make him an ideal producer, arranger, musician, support and coach.