August 26, 2005
The popular Aroostook County-based rock and roll band and recording artists the Rock Dox, will headline the upcoming Greater Fort Kent Area Scarecrow Festival and University of Maine at Fort Kent Come to Campus Days, with a performance and dance at the UMFK SportsCenter on Saturday, September 17 at 9:00 p.m.
The band, with the common theme to help bring back the "glory days" of rock and roll, has been performing to sell out crowds throughout the State of Maine, and was recently asked to perform in a return engagement at the Trump Marina in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Originally comprised of a group of doctors, which explains the group's name, the Rock Dox now features musicians in professions as diverse as doctor and salesperson.
"Perhaps the greatest gift of the band is our innate ability to play live and transfer that internal musical energy and excitement to our audience. We are a band that creates a party at every show, and you can't help but have a good time," said Dr. Hank Ford, leader of the band and one of the group's founding fathers.
To create that party atmosphere in Fort Kent and to weave in the community and campus celebrations, the Rock Dox will have well-know Valley vocalist and UMFK student Samantha Boutot perform some numbers with the group.
This will mark the second time Boutot appears in Fort Kent with the Rock Dox. In April, she performed with the group to a sell out crowd at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
"We are thrilled that the Rock Dox will perform and that Samantha will sing with them," said Jason Parent, UMFK director of university relations and alumni affairs. "This should make for a great evening."
In planning the event, Parent and members of the UMFK Alumni Association board of directors and Chamber of Commerce volunteers working on the weekend festivities, identified the Rock Dox as the headline performers of the weekend as a result of the response to their performance in the community last spring.
"That event sold out a week before the dance was set to take place," said Parent. "Our SportsCenter, which provides a larger venue, will accommodate for more people to enjoy the band."
Organizers are planning for a large crowd to be in attendance. The event is open to the community and being marketed along with all Scarecrow Festival activities. It will also follow UMFK's annual alumni and friends banquet, planned for earlier the same evening at UMFK. In addition, the event is open to the UMFK student body.
"We have been wanting to invite the Rock Docs on campus to perform for our students for quite some time," said Raymond Phinney, chair of the Come to Campus Days planning committee and a member of both the UMFK Alumni Association Board of Directors and a staffer in student services at the institution. "This will provide a wonderful opportunity for our students to enjoy great music and to interact with the local community at the same time."
In addition to performances around and beyond Maine, the Rock Dox have released two albums. The first Fully Medicated, was launched at the Maine Potato Blossom Festival in Fort Fairfield in 2002. Recently, the band debuted their second album entitled House Call. They also recently signed an agreement with Walmart stores in Maine to carry both CD's.
The band includes singer John Dickey, guitarist Greg Beidelman, Dr. Hank Ford on bass, drummer Rich Newland, and Brian Mosher on keyboard and rhythm guitar.
Tickets for the Rock Dox dance in Fort Kent at UMFK are $5 each and are available at all Aroostook County Key Bank locations, at the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce office and at UMFK's Madawaska Alumni House on Pleasant Street in Fort Kent.
Advance ticket purchase is recommended as event organizers are not guaranteeing tickets will remain at the door on the evening of the dance.
Individuals purchasing tickets for and attending the annual UMFK alumni and friends banquet will receive free admission to the Rock Dox event.
For more information on the Rock Dox dance or to reserve tickets over the phone, call (207) 834-7557.