The bluegrass group Breakin’ Strings will play at the Franco Center

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Breakin’ Strings members Cliff Gelina, Corey Bonnevie, Ed Howe, Hunter Webber and Brian Durkin. Photo submitted

Breakin’ Strings, a Maine-based bluegrass band, will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 at the Franco Center, 46 Cedar St. in Lewiston. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Cliff Gelina, who plays mandolin, guitar, double bass and dobro, is also a singer and songwriter. Gelina, along with Corey Bonnevie, formed the group in 2004 when Gelina was 15 years old. Bonnevie plays guitar, sings solo and in harmony, and is a songwriter. Several generations of the Bonnevie family have performed on the Maine bluegrass scene.

Band member Ed Howe is a violinist with over 25 years of musical experience, he has traveled the world playing music. He is also qualified as a sound engineer. Hunter Webber has over 20 years of experience and his banjo is a driving force for the band. He also plays the guitar. Brian Durkin is the newest member of the band and is a bassist. He has toured all over the world and is a singer-songwriter.

Two other members of the group not seen on stage are Sandro Medici, the cameraman and multimedia producer; and Lucien Patten, producer and chief engineer. They were the studio’s unheard of talent when the band released a new CD this year. The new CD showcases the band’s powerful sound with tight harmonies and instrumentation and includes the single “Hangovers and Heartaches”.

Advance tickets are $12 each before fees.

Tickets can be purchased online at francocenter.org or by phone at 207-689-2000.

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