Haiti Benefit Concert

The Wicked Good

The Wicked Good, performing with "Mardens Lady" Birdie Googins, provided a Saturday night audience with more than two hours of Maine-based humor and songs as a benefit concert for the earthquake survivors in Haiti.


Wicked Good — in deed

Concert raises $1,800

The people of Haiti would likely have a difficult time comprehending the Maine-based humor of the Wicked Good Band, but those same people will have no difficulty appreciating the results of what that humor produced on Saturday night at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church.

The Wicked Good Band, accompanied by Birdie Googins, the “Marden’s Lady” generated more than two hours of their special humor at  a benefit concert for Haiti’s earthquake survivors. More than 130 people attended the concert in the church’s sanctuary and more than $1,800 was raised.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s mission to help the people of Haiti. Through Feb. 26, nearly $13 million had ben received for the UMCOR Haiti Relief effort. Click here for more information about UMCOR’s ongoing efforts: UMCOR. For more information and photos about Saturday’s concert, click here:

Led by the church’s own Stephen Bither, the Wicked Good Band, through banter, music and interaction with the audience, explored Maine’s sometimes quirky ways of life through subjects like road kill, lobster tomalley, “hunting” for clams at high tide, and work furloughs. Birdie offered her own twists, promoting herself as a “super model” and would-be Queen of the United States, and later joined the Wicked Good Band for their original song, “State ‘O Maine.”

In addition to Stephen on keyboard, the Wicked Good Band included Bill Schulz on washtub bass, Jere DeWaters on washboard, guitar and harmonica, Steve Purington on jug, John Battis on sax and Roger Snow on trombone.

Thank you to everyone to provided cookies, brownies, and cupcakes that were sold at intermission. The “treats” raised an additional $200 for the Haiti fund-raiser. And thank you to Stephen and Birdie for a memorable evening of entertainment and fun.

If you are interested in more information about Birdie, click here: Birdie

Here are more images of Saturday night’s concert:


Birdie promotes her campaign to be Queen of the U.S.





Stephen Bither kept the evening lively with his music, humor and banter with other members of the Wicked Good Band.



Birdie Googins joined the Wicked Good Band for their original song, "State 'O Maine."



Jere DeWaters played guitar, harmonica and his trademark washboard, while Steve Purington was adept at his jug-playing.



With her status as the "Marden's Lady," Birdie considers herself a super model.



Jere DeWaters was never predictable when he picked up his washboard.



Bill Schulz, left, taught the audience the way Mainers clap.



During intermission of the concert, treats were offered while images of the earthquake in Haiti were displayed on the back wall of the Narthex.



Aria Tuki and others were busy selling cookies, brownies and cupcakes at intermission.

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