The Menzietti Family Band will play at the Northeast Harbor Library on April 7. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Menziettis to play coffeehouse

MOUNT DESERT — The Menzietti Family Band will play at the First Friday Coffeehouse, the last of the season, at the Northeast Harbor Library on Friday, April 7.

An open mic session with Blue Gene as master of ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. All performing artists are welcome to read a poem or a short story, or to play an instrument. Each person has about 10 minutes at the mic.

Starting at 8 p.m., The Menzietti Family Band will play a mixture of blues and rock, some original, some covers. The band includes Annie Menzietti on guitar with vocals, Tony Menzietti on drums and vocals, and Ivey Menzietti on bass and vocals. The music will be suitable for all ages.

The Menzietti family moved here in 1965 when their father became chief of maintenance in Acadia National Park. The family moved into the Gate House across the road from the Jordan Pond House. As the family grew to seven children, six blond girls and one boy, they built a four-story A-frame house near the Rockefeller ice house on the Jordan Pond Road. Their father owned the general store in Seal Harbor.

Their mother was very musical and was choir director in the church. All the children went to rehearsals and sang. Since their mother wouldn’t allow TV, they entertained themselves. Sarah Fraley gave them lessons for a year, enough to allow them to explore musically on their own. Annie Menzietti knew what she wanted, which was folk music. Later, after playing with the band the Cool Swells in the 1990s with Charlie Crofoot, she became more drawn to the blues.

These days, the family band is down to three members: Annie, Ivey and Tony Menzietti. Along with their day jobs, they travel up and down the coast playing at clubs, weddings, often three times a week. Annie Menzietti likes best to play blues, and she writes songs. Tony Menzietti likes rock and country best. Ivey Menzietti plays everything, including flamenco guitar.

The First Friday Coffeehouse is free of charge, but donations are gratefully received. Refreshments will be on sale in support of the MDES Greenhouse Project.


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