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Tribute and fundraiser to honor Maine music legend

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LEWISTON/AUBURN Tributes and fundraisers have always been part of Ed Boucher's life, but for Lewiston's legendary music industry guru and impresario of the L-A music scene, this one is different: This one is for him.

On Saturday, May 18, from 4 to 10 p.m., at the Royal Oak Room at Ironhorse Court (, One Bates Street, Lewiston, friends and fans will gather for "The EAB Tribute" being organized to help defray costs of an unexpected medical diagnosis late last year.

A star-studded parade of local, regional and national music industry friends are expected to attend the festivities, which will feature a roast by some of his closest friends followed by an all-star jam session with an array of well-known players.

The public is also invited. Tickets can be obtained by visiting or by calling 857-9002.

Those not able to attend the event can still contribute to the cause through the same website.

"We want to recognize Eddie for all he's done for Maine music and now we want to get some money in his pocket at a time he needs help," said Bill "BC" Cloutier, former WBLM disc jockey who worked with EAB booking and managing bands and producing events, and who is now chair of the Tribute planning committee.

Hosting the event along with BC will be Nick Knowlton, a well-known artist and arguably one of EAB's most successful protgs.

A unique silent auction of signed memorabilia by famous music and sports celebrities is being coordinated by Andrew Govatsos who some will remember as leader of his own rock band, Govatsos, and bass player for Poorboy in the '70s before becoming one of the top concert promoters in Maine, along with BC.

In an effort to help raise more money, Govatsos has donated three framed autographed pieces for auction: promotional posters from Fleetwood Mac and Green Day and an album cover from Josh Groban. Also being auctioned will be signed memorabilia by famous Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics players, with special guest auctioneer Phil Castinetti, owner of Sportsworld in Boston (

In addition to BC and Knowlton, the event planning committee includes Danny Caron, Andrew Govatsos, Gini Haines, Marty Lang, Bill Maroldo, Shirley Morgan, Tom Nickerson and Louis Philippe.

"Over the past 50 years, Ed Boucher has been one of the most significant contributors to the New England music scene," said Knowlton. "It's time that we recognize and honor Ed's selfless devotion to creating music as an accomplished musician, as a recording engineer and as a true visionary," he added.

Edward A. Boucher-that local guitar player from Pierce Street-was still in high school when he began his rock star career with his brother, Paul, in The Royal Knights. The band exploded with popularity and energized and inspired legions of fans and musicians throughout New England.

Upon graduation from St. Dom's in 1962, he began his EAB empire promoting concerts and events, booking and managing bands - 24 of them - shepherding a crop of local talent and passionately guiding their careers.

He expanded his brand of entertainment in 1969 when he opened EAB Studios on Lisbon Street, putting Lewiston on the map of major industry contenders and working with top-notch local artists and developing them into regional and national recording stars.

The list of recording artists that have made great music at EAB Studios embraces many genres and crosses many borders. Rock stars, Country stars, Gospel groups from Lewiston to California and Texas to Canada: The Blend, Denny Breau, Buffalo Chip T., Catfish, Bill Chinnock, Devonsquare, Foxx and Company, Games, Govatsos, Mike Gervais, The Imposters, The Innkeepers, Jeff Joseph, Joshua, Katahdin, Oliver Klaus, Love Inc., Oak, Rick Pinette, Poorboy, Rush, Schooner Fare, Judd Strunk, Terry & The Telstars, White Fluff and Xerus to name only a few.

EAB - the man who wears his love for God and Country on his sleeve - is well-reputed for his endless energy and hard work and never thinking twice when it comes to helping anyone in need. He created inspiring and legendary radio and TV jingles (Mardens, Sausage Kitchen, VIP Discount Auto Center, Roopers, Country Kitchen, Lamey Wellahan, China-Dinah ... to name only a few), crafted multi-media campaigns for businesses and motivated many with his musical support for community causes.

While he has no intention of slowing down, Eddie was diagnosed with colon cancer in the fall of 2012, but in order to have surgery he would first need to deal with several other medical challenges. He prepared diligently and had surgery in November followed by months of chemotherapy. The cancer had been successfully removed from his colon, but it was later discovered that lesions had metastasized on his liver.

"I don't even feel like I'm sick,' Boucher said, adding, "I'm still out there presenting jingles."

On May 1, Eddie again had surgery, this time for the successful removal of those cancerous lesions.

With a great prognosis and his always-positive attitude, he has renewed focus on some big projects, primarily "The Christmas Story."

"I'm gonna keep doing what I've been doing," said Eddie. "All I know is music."


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