Runnin’ Down a Dream: The Tom Petty Tribute Band will perform on stage at the Franco Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 19 in Lewiston.
This Maine-based band features members Mike Boucher on vocals and guitar; Harry Coddington on lead guitar; Roger Howard on drums; Marty Mclellan on guitar and vocals; and Steve Brown on keyboards and vocals. For over 40 years Tom Petty created timeless classics with the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, The Traveling Wilburys and released solo albums until his unfortunate death in 2017.
“Our show faithfully captures the style and ambiance of a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert, allowing audiences to experience the music of this extraordinary artist,” said band member Roger Howard.
Mike Boucher started playing Tom Petty songs in his high school cover band. During the 1990s, Boucher began to focus his talents on songwriting and continued to sing and perform his music for East and West Coast audiences.
In 2007, Boucher tapped Harry Coddington to lend his all-around guitar skills to alt-country band The Gaffers. More recently, Boucher has performed in the Portland area with his roots rock band Jeezum Crow. Boucher also owns Sonic Pictures, a video production company based in Portland, Maine.
Coddington started playing guitar shortly after seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan’s show in 1964, when he was six years old. Initially he was impressed by bands of the 60s and 70s such as Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cream, The Hollies, The Zombies, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Derek & The Dominos and the Allman Brothers. He was also fond of country and instrumental bands such as Johnny Cash, The Ventures, Willy Nelson, The Hellecasters, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, The New Nashville Cats and Johnny Hiland.
Coddington won first place “New Country Instrumentalist” from the Downeast Country Music Association for the year 2000. He has played in many different bands in Florida and now Maine. He has an affinity for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, which made the idea of starting this band natural.
Roger Howard started taking drum lessons at age 12 and joined his first garage band at age 16. From there he went on to play in an assortment of bands in five states. His wide variety of musical styles includes blues, country, alternative, rock, and rhythm and blues.
Since moving to Maine in the 1980s, Howard has been part of the Maine music scene. His stage experiences have taken him from local bars and clubs to private functions, town fairs, campgrounds, festivals and tour boats. From the start, Howard focused on the business side of being in a band, always ready to go out and meet club owners, managers and booking agents.
Marty Mclellan made his coffeehouse debut performing covers of Neil Young, Grateful Dead, Jim Croce and James Taylor at Hobart College in Geneva, New York in 1982. After that gig, he was lucky enough to connect with a local musicians club. and formed his first band, Xtra Stok.
In 1995 Mclellan began performing with local musician Ken Goodman in what would become Blues Barn. The band got a new drummer and a new name. Dirty McCurdy marked Mclellan’s first real experience as a leader. The band covered mostly rock and roll, but also covered original material while continuing to adhere to the blues standards they had set in the Blues Barn years.
Steve Brown’s musical career began in the late 1970s when he joined the band White Water in central Maine playing an old Wurlitzer electric piano. This led to a brief Holiday Inn tour with an Elvis Presley tribute show.
Over the years, Brown has become an in-demand keyboard player in the New England area. He was a member of some well known bands including Ricky and the Giants, Elmore Twist Band, Gary Black and the Blues, 43 North and the LA Harley Band. He was the first keyboard replacement for dozens of other bands.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door the day of the show and can be purchased online at francocenter.org/shows or by phone at (207) 689-2000. Tickets can also be purchased in person at our box office between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Doors and the cash bar open one hour before the show.
The Franco Center is located at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Parking is available on the grounds of the mill. The building is handicap accessible on the Lincoln St. Alley side.