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Posted: February 27, 2013

Rock legends, local bands: F.O.G. Festival

Written by: Shannon Bryan

The F.O.G. Festival unites rock legends and iconic local band members and musicians to benefit Good Shepherd Food Bank

Presented by Greg Martens

WHAT: John Popper of Blues Traveler and Chris Barron of Spin Doctors will join local music all-stars for the 5th annual F.O.G. Festival (Friends of Greg). Over 100 musicians are expected to perform and help raise money for Maine’s Good Shepherd Food Bank.

WHEN: February 28, March 1 and March 2, 2013

WHERE: Port City Music Hall and The Big Easy, Portland, Maine

WHO: Performances include Chris Barron performing with Lazy Lightning and Band Beyond Description; Barron performing solo; Barron with John Popper; Barron with Popper and The Shakes; Barron and Popper with The Fogcutters Big Band; Popper with John Clavette Band; Los Lotharios; Anna and The Diggs; DIRIGO; Blues Brothers Tribute Band; Birdi Googins; and more.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
At Big Easy, 9pm to 1am
Chris Barron performs with Lazy Lightning and Band Beyond Description
Tickets: $5 at the door / 21plus

March 1, 2013
At Big Easy. 7pm to 8:30pm
Chris Barron performs solo, then with John Popper and The Shakes
Tickets: $10 advance ticket purchases at Bull Moose, $12 Day of show/21 plus

March 1, 2013
At Port City Music Hall, 9pm to 1:30am
John Popper with Chris Barron, backed by The Fogcutters Big Band, followed by Los Lotharios
Tickets: $20 in advance at Port City Box Music Hall box office or get tickets Online, $25 Day of Show/18 plus

March 2, 2013
At Port City Music Hall, 9pm to 1:30am
John Popper performs with John Clavette Band, Anna and The Diggs, DIRIGO, Blues Brothers Tribute Band, special comedy set by Birdi Googins
Tickets: $10 in advance at Port City Music Hall box office or get tickets online, $15 day of show/18 plus

Good Shepherd Food Bank. Since 1981, Good Shepherd Food-Bank has worked diligently to establish essential partnerships with many others concerned about ending needless hunger here in Maine. (

The F.O.G. Festival has raised thousands of dollars for Good Shepherd Food Bank and hungry Maine families since 2009. Festival organizer, and the “G” in F.O.G., Greg Martens has longstanding friendships with Chris Barron of Spin Doctors, John Popper of Blues Traveler and many others. The relationships were formed when Martens worked as a concert tour merchandise manager. March 1, 2013 also happens to be Greg’s 50th birthday. So F.O.G. can only be described as the perfect jam storm—A benefit for the Good Shepherd Food Bank, the chance to experience jam scene legends, backed by and playing with local music all-stars, and a massive birthday bash.

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