Lombard Gets Back To Her Roots at Franco Arts Center

LEWISTON – The Franco Center welcomes Anna Lombard in concert on Saturday, Oct. 5 for a show that its management feels lucky to have landed.

“Anna Lombard is a monumental talent that represents the state’s best chance in a long time of getting Maine on America’s music radar,” said Executive Director Louis Morin, who sought her out because of her potential to break out nationally. It was only after he booked her concert that he learned of her family’s roots in Lewiston, as Lombard herself explains.

“My grandmother, whose maiden name was Breton, was from Lewiston,” said Lombard, who is 28. “My earliest memories of childhood were visiting my great-grandmother and my great aunt, who still lives there after working for many years at Cushman’s shoe factory.”

Lombard, who lives in Portland, is on quite a roll since the mid-August release of “Head Full of Bells,” her first solo CD after years performing and releasing albums with the groups Gypsy Tailwind and Anna and the Diggs. Portland radio station WCLZ-FM has been playing the CD’s first single, “Leave Town,” in its heavy rotation and is giving away tickets to the Franco Center show on the air.

ReverbNation, the online independent music web site with over 3 million subscribers, listed Lombard in its “Five Artists You Should Hear” feature. “Head Full of Bells” spent weeks at #2 on the local CD sales charts at Bull Moose outlets statewide after its release, and the great reviews keep pouring in. Lombard will have copies of the CD for sale at the Franco Center.

Her show will feature an all-star backing band that includes Paranoid Social Club’s Trent Gay on guitar and Jon Roods of Rustic Overtones (and also Gay’s band-mate in PSC) on bass. Filling out the rhythm section is former Rustic Overtones drummer Tony McNaboe, currently visiting Maine after leaving the state a couple years ago to pursue a music career in that other L/A – Los Angeles.

Local musicians Nick Racioppi and Rich Lambert perform an opening set starting at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. They’re available 24/7 by phone at 689-2000 or online at www.francocenter.org, or may be purchased in person at the Franco Center box office from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

While her maternal grandparents hail from Lewiston, this show marks Lombard’s first here in the city.

“I’m truly looking forward to opening the ears of the city to a new name and a new sound, and hope to win them over at the same time,” said Lombard.

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