Larry Stettner ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Music festival returns to celebrate Stettner



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Mirthapalooza II, the 2nd annual music festival of local bands in celebration of the late community leader Larry Stettner, will take place at the Legion Hall on Saturday, May 26, from 5-10 p.m. The event, presented by the Barn Arts Collective and the Village Green Arts Association, will benefit the Common Good Soup Kitchen.

Stettner, co-founder of the Common Good, was a community leader who promoted music, mirth and fellowship. After his passing last May, local musicians united to create a concert in his honor. Mirthapalooza was such a success that the organizers decided to make it an annual event.

“One of the first projects I collaborated on with Larry was booking music for the Common Good’s Cabin Fever Nights,” said Brittany Parker, Barn Arts Collective’s producing artistic director and Mirthapalooza organizer.

“As someone who was new to the community, Larry knew this would be the perfect way to introduce me to many of the area’s talented musicians. I now have the pleasure of performing with them on a regular basis, and it is my absolute privilege to bring everyone together to honor his memory with Mirthapalooza.”

The evening features the Common Good Band, Ruth Grierson and Debbie Krysak, the Kelley Farm Trio, Stephen Bowman, the Blake Rosso Band, Why Not?, Bee Parks and the Hornets, B.M. Kupiec, the Trisha Mason Band, Gus La Casse and Peter Lindquist, Big Tree, Timbered Lake, Bluegene and Richard Sassaman, and the Rio Bisbee Band. Barn Arts Founding Artistic Director Andrew Simon will be the master of ceremonies.

Admission is by donation. All proceeds go to the Common Good Soup Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides hot meals to local residents in need as well as free popovers all summer and fall in Southwest Harbor.

Visit barnartscollective.org.