Biz Markie, OK Go to headline Bangor’s KahBang festival

Posted May 03, 2010, at 6:52 p.m.

The KahBang Music, Art and Film Festival announced late Sunday night the first round of bands for the music portion of its 2010 festival, set for Aug. 13 and 14 on the Bangor Waterfront. High-energy pop-rockers OK Go, famed for their creatively choreographed music videos, and rapper, DJ and comedian Biz Markie, best known for his single “Just a Friend,” headline a list of up-and-coming bands from all over the country. OK Go will appear tonight on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” at 12:35 a.m. on NBC.

“You can definitely expect more bands to be announced in the coming weeks,” said KahBang

Executive Director Timothy Lo. “There’s plenty more that we’re waiting to confirm. In terms of scale, this is only the beginning.”

Other bands include New York electro-rock band and 2009 KahBang alumnus The Gay Blades; Philadelphia power pop band Free Energy; Boston soul-rock group Bad Rabbits; New York City indie rockers The Aviation Orange; Seattle, Wash. classical rock band Hey Marseilles; and Providence, R.I. band Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes. Maine bands include Bangor indie rockers Good Kids Sprouting Horns and Portland’s Holy Boys Danger Club, Grand Hotel and In the Audience.

After KahBang’s first effort on Aug. 15, 2009 brought in more than 1,000 paying concert-goers, organizers set out to offer an expanded festival for 2010. In addition to the now two-day music festival, there will be a full week of events, beginning Friday, Aug. 6 and leading up to the festival.

KahBang After Dark events, featuring an array of musical acts and special film and art happenings in downtown Bangor bars and restaurants, will be offered each night of the week. There also will be the KahBang Music Lounge, which will offer music during the daytime in a yet-to-be-determined high-traffic downtown location.

“We wanted to feature some of our bands in a more intimate setting,” said Lo. “It’ll all lead up to the big weekend show. The goal is to have a constant presence in downtown Bangor all week long.”

This year’s event will also feature a weeklong film festival, set for Aug. 6-13, which is currently accepting submissions in the narrative, documentary and short film categories. The deadline to submit a film is June 7. Visit www.kahbang.com/film for more information.

“We’ll be using mostly downtown venues, like the Bangor Opera House and the Union Street Brick Church, but the Bangor Mall Cinemas are also really interested in hosting films,” said Joshua Gass, creative arts director for KahBang. “We’ll announce the lineup soon after the June 7 deadline, along with some of our guest speakers.”

The film festival will give out awards in six juried categories for: first-time film festival participants, documentaries, short films, narrative films, experimental and art films, and Maine-made films. There will also be a KahBang Audience Award, with the winner voted on by audience members.

This year’s KahBang also will feature a number of visual artists who will create installation pieces in downtown Bangor. Artists and installations are expected to be announced in July.

According to Lo, ticket sales for KahBang already have outpaced last year’s sales. Currently, an online-only early bird VIP ticket package is available until June 4 at www.kahbang.com, which offers access to all KahBang events for $40. After June 4, the all-access pass will cost $50. An early bird film-only pass for $10 and an early bird music festival-only pass for $20 also are available until June 4. After June 4, prices will go up $10 for each kind of pass. Additionally, tickets at full price are available at all Bull Moose stores.

“We only have a certain number of early bird passes allotted, so get them now,” said Lo. “They will not last until the deadline.”

For the most up-to-date information, visit www.kahbang.com.

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