When Rex Fowler visits Aroostook County in early March to take the stage at the Caribou Performing Arts Center, he'll be returning to the region where he first became serious about singing and songwriting.
The former student at Aroostook State College (one of the University of Maine at Presque Isle's former names) is now a nationally touring, critically acclaimed musician. Fowler is part of the award-winning band Aztec Two-Step, and he recently embarked on another project with Tom Dean of the band Devonsquare – a 7-piece ensemble called the Nu-Utopians. The group performs the songs of John Lennon as a tribute concert and their CD Imagined was just nominated for the 2010 Independent Music Awards Tribute Album of the Year.
Fowler will return to northern Maine for the Nu-Utopians' John Lennon tribute concert at CPAC on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. Leading up to the concert, though, Fowler shared lots of memories about his college days and how they helped to shape the artist he would become.
"It was an amazing place for me to be," Fowler remembered of his time at Aroostook State College, "a small campus environment where I was encouraged to develop my identity as an artist, a musician."