Johnson Hall’s free waterfront concert will feature an unfinished blues band


Unfinished Blues Band Photo by Troy R. Bennett

Johnson Hall’s free waterfront concert will feature the Unfinished Blues Band at 6 p.m. Friday, July 1 at Gardiner Landing on Depot Square in Gardiner.

It all started in the 20th century, in the 1980s, when hair metal bands ruled. The radio was jammed with synthesized pop. Emerging hip-hop was all the rage.

That’s when three teenage buddies decided it was the right time to start an American blues rock band. They loved Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Muddy Waters and BB King. Their classmates didn’t know what to think of them, but they danced anyway.

Calling themselves Unfinished Business, Rob Babson, Dean Clegg, and Troy R. Bennett began hosting dances, barbecues, gang battles, and late-night parties around their high school in Maine. After graduating, they continued acting, but not together. Fate had other plans for them. Over the next 30 years, each followed different paths through parallel lives of professional music making.

Now, after a three-decade hiatus, they’re back together as the Unfinished Blues Band.

They’re still focused on the basics: Swinging Drums, grooving basslines and soulful guitar.

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