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Breau-Miller-West announce third annual ‘summit’ concert

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LEWISTON - Three of Maine’s premier guitarists - Denny Breau, Mark Miller and Arlo West - have set a date to join forces for a third annual concert, scheduled for November 26 from 1-4 p.m. at a new venue this year - the Lewiston Elks Lodge #371, located at 1675 Lisbon Street in Lewiston.

The trio call themselves Breau-Miller-West, and will be accompanied at the show by Frank Coffin on bass and Ron Bouffard on drums.

“This is something that we started talking about doing 15 years ago,” Arlo West said during an interview. “The three of have always been so busy, it was next to impossible to align everyone’s schedule. Two years ago, we said ‘Let’s just make it happen.’”

The first Breau-Miller-West concert in 2015 was a sellout.

“We knew there was a hunger for a show like this but you never know what to expect,” said Mark Miller. “After the first one, I remember we just laughed. We had so much fun, and the audience loved it. It’s a beautiful classy atmosphere where people come to listen. They don’t come to talk or spend time on their cell phone. The audience really appreciates good music and they really listen.”

The second Breau-Miller-West concert in November of 2016 also sold out.

“This third one is going to be a little different in terms of content,” Denny Breau said. “We started the previous shows with an acoustic segment where the three of us took a solo turn. This time, we plan to get the energy up from the beginning.” 

“People want to see us really cook from the start, so that’s what we’re going to do,” Miller confirmed.

Denny Breau, Mark Miller and Arlo West have each developed their own fan bases over the last five decades; all three have worked with many high-profile musicians.

Breau’s parents (Hal Lone Pine and Betty Cody) were RCA recording artists and Maine Country Music Hall of Famers.

He is the younger brother of legendary late jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, voted one of the world’s top 25 guitarists by Guitar Player magazine. Chet Atkins was both a collaborator and a family friend to the Breaus.

Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive) was a guitar student of Lenny Breau’s and founded the Guitarchives record label to oversee Breau’s recorded musical legacy.

Mark Miller was born in Houlton and raised in East Millinocket. He formed his first band, The Stingrays, at age 11.

A lifelong lover of blues and jazz, Miller’s touch on guitar so impressed Brad Delp, lead singer for the band Boston, that he and Miller collaborated for three years on a prospective Delp solo project which remains unreleased.

When Miller was married, Delp happily assumed the position of Best Man.

Not long before Delp’s death in 2007, he twice traveled to a recording studio in Hallowell to add vocals to Miller’s CD “Whatcha Gonna Do?”

Miller opened for B.B. King twice, and has shared stages with Boston, Johnny Winter, Waylon Jennings, Peter Wolf, Pat Travers and many others.

He has lived in Sarasota, Florida since 2015 and performs regularly with the bands Gumbo Boogie and The Billy Rice Band, featuring musicians Chaz Trippy and Burt Engelsman (The Gregg Allman Band), Mike Kach (Dickey Betts & Great Southern), Neil Larsen (George Harrison, B.B. King, Miles Davis) and Pat McDonald (Charlie Daniels Band).

Miller is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Lenny Breau Memorial Trophy.

Arlo West has lived in the Lewiston/Auburn area for most of his life and has recorded 14 albums to date.

After his friend Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) suggested a move to Austin, Texas in the 1980s, West immersed himself in the local music scene and worked for several years at the prestigious Dallas Sound Lab studio.

West’s company Creative Forensic Services is a forensic audio and video recorded evidence lab located in Lewiston. West is a contributing forensic consultant for CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, History Channel and many other media outlets. He has provided forensic testimony and consultation in many high-profile cases, including those of Michael Jackson, Natalee Holloway and Trayvon Martin.

As a musician, West has toured Sweden multiple times and has developed a strong following in the Scandinavian nation.

“We each bring our own following to this show,” West said of the Breau-Miller-West concert. “Denny and Mark are just monster players. They are very scholarly in their approach to guitar.”

“Arlo West is one of the best musicians, writers, and producers, I’ve ever heard,” said Miller. “And Denny is an all-around excellent guitarist. When the three of us get together, it’s magical.” 

Denny Breau says he is equally enthused about performing with Miller and West.

“I really admire Arlo’s prowess on guitar,” he said. “He’s one of the premiere guitarists in the rock-blues genre. When I think of Mark Miller, I think of impeccable tone and his soulful approach. I admire him for his skills on so many levels, including the touch of jazz that he brings to the blues.”

Tickets for the Breau-Miller-West concert are available at Main Street Music in Auburn, Musician’s 1st Choice in Augusta and will also be available at the door.

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