Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra, Michael Cressey at 11 August Belfast Summer Nights

BELFAST – If you’ve been to Midcoast Maine in the past decade, you’re probably familiar with the Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra, better known as MoJO. For the uninitiated, MoJO is an 18-piece band reminiscent of classic 1940s swing bands – think Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington, with plenty of modern songs thrown in for fun and excitement.

On Thursday August 11, MoJO brings together all those horns, drums, guitars and singers for a frolic through the ages during Belfast Summer Nights. Opening for MoJO is Michael Cressey, a former singer-songwriter from Belfast who has been writing great tunes for over 45 years. Last year he wrote a humdinger, ‘Tough Town’, about the Belfast of Chicken Days – there’s no way Belfast Summer Nights could pass that up! Come listen to Cressey’s songs and reflect on how the community has evolved over the decades.

The show starts at 5:30 p.m. at Steamboat Landing Park, 34 Commercial Street. Avoid parking downtown and take the free YMCA Summer Nights shuttle. Park at the Waldo County YMCA and board the bus which leaves at 5:10 PM. He will return to the YMCA at 7:30 p.m.

Bring a picnic, seating, friends and family, a good attitude, and dancing shoes. Don’t bring your dog. No entry is charged, although a hat is passed for voluntary donations. This concert is made possible thanks to the support of First National Bank and First National Wealth Management, the City of Belfast and tax sponsor Waterfall Arts. For more information, visit facebook.com/belfastsummernights or call 207-322-7123.

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Henry R. Wright