June 18, 2018
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KahBang, United Way plan KahBattle of Bands

By Joni Averill

KahBang? KahBattle? KahWhat?

You can imagine my confusion when I first heard the words “KahBang” and “KahBattle” spoken at a United Way of Eastern Maine committee meeting earlier this year.

It sent my head spinning, because I had no idea what in the world was being discussed.

Turns out it was about music, fundraising and raising the awareness of young people about the purpose and mission of the United Way.

KahBang, for oldies and the uninformed, like me, is the KahBang Music, Art and Film Festival planned for Aug. 13-14 on the Bangor Waterfront.

According to a previous Bangor Daily News story, KahBang executive director Timothy Lo has announced the festival will feature not only “a list of up-and-coming bands from all over the country,” but it also will be expanded to include a full week of events, beginning Aug. 6, in downtown Bangor bars and restaurants to present music “in a more intimate setting,” all leading up to the weekend show.

Visual arts, daytime music and a weeklong film festival are also part of the event, making for a lively, high-energy attraction geared toward young people but appealing to all art lovers.

So, what does KahBattle have to do with KahBang?

It’s a way to get there, with one terrific outcome.

Through the efforts of Emma Pope-Welch of the United Way, KahBang agreed to join with the United Way and invite local musical talent to participate in KahBattle, the first KahBattle of the Bands, to benefit United Way of Eastern Maine.

The entry deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, and bands from throughout Maine are encouraged to enter up to four songs, with two of them being originals.

The winner will receive a spot to perform on opening day of the 2010 KahBang Festival and a professional recording session with Maine Street Music Studios of Bangor.

Pope-Welch and United Way staff have been working hard on this project, I can assure you, and are looking forward to hosting KahBattle of the Bands at 7 p.m. Friday, July 16, at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School.

Admission is just $5, and all proceeds will benefit United Way of Eastern Maine.

According to the United Way release, “a panel of local celebrity judges, as well as audience shout-out voting, determines which bands are rock idols and which are one-hit wonders.”

For more information about sponsorships and-or how to enter, visit www.unitedwayem.org or e-mail emmap@unitedwayem.org.

“We’ve had some excellent talent submit, so far,” Pope-Welch said, and she reminds local bands that there is still time to send in their music.

“We’re thrilled that KahBang wanted to partner with United Way to get our message in front of youth in a new and exciting way,” she said.

And I agree. United Way of Eastern Maine is reaching out to young musicians with this opportunity, and reaching out to fans by keeping the cost of admission to KahBattle as low as possible.

In addition to the KahBattle of the Bands, United Way also has a film competition under way in which the finalists of the LIVE UNITED student film competition will be screened.

The films will focus on education, income and health.

For people interested in attending KahBang, all information, including prices for all-access passes, film-only passes and music-festival-only passes, can be found at www.kahbang.com.

Pope-Welch reminds you that this unusual, new United Way fundraiser, KahBattle of the Bands, is all about youth and “music, music, music.”


I know it’s a tough election, with so many choices and so many decisions that have to be given considerable thought, but today is the day you get to exercise your right as a citizen and make your vote count.

Today is primary day: decision time.

I heard on the radio that perhaps half of you are undecided whom to vote for, no matter what your political affiliation, and that perhaps half of you are not sure how you want to vote on the referendum questions.

Then the commentators went on to say that folks who are undecided often DO NOT VOTE.

That really bothered me.

I’m glad my husband and I voted early. It was tough, but we did our research, and we made our decisions.

Please, go to the polls.

Make your decisions.

Exercise your right to participate in the process of your government.

Above all, remember you do not have to be enrolled in a political party to vote on the referendum questions.

Your vote does count.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.com; 990-8288.

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