Every time a new form of technology becomes popular, there’s always a small but vocal contingent of naysayers who bemoan its negative effects on society. Cell phones make people rude! Who needs 500 TV channels? You’ll pry my CD collection out of my cold, dead hands!
Same goes for Twitter, the social networking site that I myself signed up for four months ago, after nearly a full year of resisting it. Say all the nays you want: I like it. After all, I found out about more than a few of the concerts that I now have tickets for this summer via Twitterers such as myself. Not to mention all the other events, news items and cool little bits of mental candy that flow constantly to my phone and Web browser. So what if it reduces people to one sentence, computer-addicted drones? I got my Wilco tickets way early. Rock.
Whatever comes next in the great and rapid onslaught of new technology, I and a handful of others will undoubtedly pooh-pooh it until we secretly find a personal use for it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to tweet about how I’m writing my column.
Port City Music Hall, Portland
Man, this place gets all the good shows! I guess that since nothing has filled the State Theatre void for the past four years, these guys stepped in. On May 29, BK3 and the Brew will funk it up here. Two weeks later, check out quirky indie-popsters They Might Be Giants with Bar Harbor songwriter Audrey Ryan on June 12, followed in short order by bluesman Corey Harris and Culture on June 14.
Susan Tedeschi and Shemekia Copeland share a rockin’ blues-lady bill on June 23, and Afro-pop superstars the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars play on June 28. Ska kings the Slackers are set for July 2, Femi Kuti, son of African music god Fela Kuti, will play on July 9, and one of my favorite bands of all time plays its first Maine gig in five years: the legendary Ween takes the stage on July 10.
The Asylum, Portland
You’d better be a sick guitarist if you’re gonna wear a KFC chicken bucket on your head: Buckethead plays here on May 27. Reggae legend Gregory Isaacs and Lionize will perform on May 30, followed a few weeks later by Lettuce, featuring Maine soul man Nigel Hall, on June 12. On June 21, alternative rockers Cracker will play.
Space Gallery, Portland
The Secret Chiefs 3 and Kayo Dot play intricate post-punk and will bring it to Portland on May 27, with their show at Space. On June 3, indie rockers Pink Mountaintops will play, followed by the Handsome Furs on July 5.
Pink Martini will lounge-i-fy this gorgeous Portland auditorium on June 15, and, in another reunion-type tour, rock legends Crosby, Stills and Nash will perform on July 25.
Maine State Pier, Portland
It’s a shame there aren’t more shows here — outdoors, on the water? Man, oh man — but the one show that is set for the summer is pretty fantastic. Wilco and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes will play a duel bill here on July 17.
One Longfellow Square, Portland
This cozy, intimate venue plays host to folk and roots stars; this June and July, check out Richie Havens on June 6 and Popa Chubby on July 17.
The Station, Portland
Local and regional bands hone their chops here, but on July 14, Bam Margera’s favorite band CKY will play with Hail the Villain.
Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield
Jazz-roots chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux will play here on June 24. On July 17, Shawn Colvin plays, and the vastly underappreciated cult favorite Aimee Mann performs on July 19.
Strand Theatre, Rockland
Irish singer-songwriter Luka Bloom performs here on July 12, and former Maine resident Jonathan Richman, along with alt-country songwriter Vic Chesnutt, will play on June 20.
Waterville Opera House, Waterville
Blues legend Taj Mahal and his trio play a benefit for the Waterville Opera House on June 17.
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