May 24, 2018
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Music yes, costumes optional at weekend shows

By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff

For Halloween this year, I decided to go with something that would more closely involve my personal wardrobe and not require yards of medical gauze (mummy, 2007), for example, or cover half my body in green and blue paint (’50s-style Martian, 2006). Money and time for cleanup are two things I don’t have this year.

No, for Halloween 2009 I’m digging into my closets, matching and rematching, and as of Thursday morning, I had narrowed it down to two possibilities: Margo Tenenbaum from “The Royal Tenenbaums,” or Edina from “Absolutely Fabulous.” Still haven’t decided which one I want to go with. The only downside to either? I don’t have a Patsy for my Edina, and I don’t have a Richie for my Margo (Mr. Rockin’ Out is going as a mad Scotsman).

Either way, this Halloween is rife with festivities, for young and old alike. For those more musically inclined, here are some of the many bands playing special Halloween shows on Saturday night.

BANGOR For starters, everyone should gather round West Market Square about 10 p.m. for the first-ever late-night costume contest, sponsored by Cumulus Media. Awards will be given in a multitude of categories, so come dressed in your best. Meanwhile, Paddy Murphy’s will host Celtic rock madmen the Bar Stuards, starting at 9:30 and going until everyone needs to go home. A bit down the road, Carolina Sports & Spirits will continue its tradition of fully costumed Halloween shows with a special performance from none other than the Blues Brothers — or rather, River Bottom Funk, dressed as the Blues Brothers. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. Of course, there are also DJs at both Luna Bar & Grill on Park Street, and at the Thai 1 Lounge on Main Street.

ORONO Downtown Orono will be a happenin’ place this Saturday, with two great rock shows across the street from each another. At Woodman’s Bar & Grill, the classic rock-influenced group Jack’s Wild — featuring state Rep. Adam Goode — will take the stage at 10 p.m. Over at the Bear Brew, a special performance from the legendary Eric Green Party will also start around 10 p.m., along with a costume contest.

BREWER For a more family-friendly musical atmosphere, the Next Generation Theatre on Center Street will host Anna Mae Mitchell and Rising Tide for the first “BooGrass!” a night of bluegrass with a spooky theme. And it’s not just one night — it’s two, with shows at 8 on both Friday and Saturday nights. Come in costume, have some special Halloween treats, and bring a donation for the Coats For Kids campaign. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors and students.

UNITY The Brew have rocked the party several times at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, and this year they are playing two big shows there, both starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Costumes are very much encouraged, as is a rock ’n’ roll attitude. The Brew sound like the Beatles, jam like the Grateful Dead, and employ vocal pyrotechnics like Queen. What’s not to love? Admission is $18 at the door.

BAR HARBOR College of the Atlantic will host songwriter extraordinaire Adam Ezra and his band, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. The band will rock out during a Halloween Festivus, playing its brand of folk-rock with a message. Admission is $10.


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