BRUNSWICK — Frontier Cafe is hosting a concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 that’s intended to lift spirits and benefit the construction of a children’s music academy.

The concert is the result of a collaboration between EmpowerME, a Maine organization focusing on empowering people and inspiring them to volunteer and contribute to positive causes, and To Live For, an organization devoted to sharing people’s inspiring stories and spreading the positive message they can bring. The end goal is to raise money to build a music academy that can host children from around the world for free.

The academy is the brainchild and dream of Hawaiian-based artist LT Smooth, an experienced guitarist and musician who overcame drug and alcohol addiction in his youth. His success has brought him alongside artists like Madonna, Alicia Keys, and more. Despite that, his focus is still on helping kids dealing with difficult situations and troubled pasts like himself, and he regularly holds concerts and talks to help empower kids. The music academy is his latest effort to help children, with the goal of a 12-week program that children from all over the world can attend.

“His life was actually transformed through music, and he wants to give back by building the Heart of Music Academy in Hawaii,” said Karen Lafferty of EmpowerME.
Donna Maria Bordeaux and Paul Knoll, co-founders of To Live For, first learned of Smooth’s efforts to build an academy while interviewing him after seeing him in concert. “We wanted to help this cause in helping to empower children,” said Bordeaux. To Live For regularly holds shows intended to inspire, so helping to benefit a school fits in with their goals.

In addition to Smooth, local artists Jackie Ellsworth and Chris Kemp White will be performing. Ellsworth is a ninth grader at North Yarmouth Academy who has been regularly singing and doing theater, and White is a local artist who has been playing in Maine for over 20 years.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Tickets in advanced are $15, and $20 the day of the event. For more information, visit