ELLSWORTH — GoldenOak, an indie-soul-folk band based in Portland, will play a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at The Grand. Proceeds will support Healthy Acadia’s farm-based food collection and donation program that supplies surplus nutritious produce to people experiencing hunger.
GoldenOak, which is fronted by siblings Zak and Lena Kendall, who come originally from western Maine’s Sandy River Valley, also includes Mike Knowles on electric/upright bass and drummer Jackson Cromwell. Zak Kendall, a College of the Atlantic alumnus, sings and plays guitar. Lena Kendall sings and plays clarinet.
The band has opened for The Ghost of Paul Revere, the Mallett Brothers Band, Lady Lamb and The Dustbowl Revival.
Last December, GoldenOak’s six-track EP, “Foxgloves,” was named “EP of the Year” by the Portland Music Awards.
The June 8 concert at The Grand benefits specifically Healthy Acadia’s Downeast Gleaning Initiative. The program coordinates the collection of fruits and vegetables from local farms and markets for distribution to food pantries, school backpack programs and other community programs to curb hunger.
Since 2013, Healthy Acadia has gathered and redistributed nearly 228,000 pounds of food from across Hancock and Washington counties. The initiative reduces farms’ food waste and gives community members a greater chance to maintain a healthy diet and reduce related-disease.
“We are excited to partner with The Grand and GoldenOak to celebrate the Gleaning Initiative, which increases access to healthy food for thousands of individuals each year,” said Rachel Emus, Healthy Acadia’s food programs coordinator. “We hope people come out to enjoy this great music.”
“It’s amazing to see organizations like Healthy Acadia working to make healthy choices more available, and bring unused food from farms to the folks of Maine who need it through their gleaning initiatives,” Zak Kendall said. “We are inspired by their work and are proud and honored to partner with them for this event.”
Doors open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 7:30. Tickets cost $18 apiece in advance and $20 at the door. To reserve seats, call 667-9500 and visit grandonline.org.