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KahBang festival announces more acts

By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Rising hip-hop phenomenon B.o.B. will join previously announced headliners Biz Markie and OK Go for the 2010 KahBang Music and Art Festival, set for Aug 6-14 in downtown Bangor. A full week of music, art and film events is set for Aug. 6-12, leading up to the two-day music festival on the Bangor Water-front on Aug. 13 and 14.

B.o.B.’s debut album, “B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” sold 84,000 copies in its first week, landing him the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Albums listing. Singles “Airplanes” and “Nothin’ On You” are currently charting at 3 and 8 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. He has collaborated with rappers Eminem and T.I., Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo.

“We’ve been working with B.o.B. for a long time,” said Chris Michaud, communications director for KahBang. “We knew his album was going to blow up, and it did. One thing people said about last year was that they wanted more live hip-hop. So that’s what we got.”

Other supporting acts announced Wednesday include Boston-based funk and hip-hop band Re-Up, recently seen opening in March for The Roots at the University of Maine. Indie rockers Static of the Gods, pop group Gladshot, Portland-based indie-folk songwriter Putnam Smith and southern Maine indie-pop group The Sea Captains round out the bill. Another handful of groups is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

The six new acts join the 12 other previously announced groups for a total of 18 thus far. Another new group will come out of the seven Maine-based bands announced Tuesday for the KahBattle of the Bands. They include the Brewer-based electro-pop group Autopirate, Fryeburg pop-punk band Connery, Ellsworth High School alternative rockers The Impartial Crowd, Orono rockers Most Of Us Can Stand, Bangor funk rockers Mud Season, Orono jam band Restless Groove and Orono electronic rockers Ghost Safari.

The seven groups, selected by a panel of 11 local judges, will compete in a concert set for 7 p.m. Friday, July 16 at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School. The winner will receive a slot on the main stage at the KahBang Festival and a professional recording session with Maine Street Music Studios in Bangor. KahBattle is co-sponsored by United Way of Eastern Maine, who will benefit from ticket sales.

“We got 17 total submissions that were literally from all over Maine,” said Emma Pope-Welch, organizer of KahBattle and marketing director for United Way of Eastern Maine. “United Way really wanted a way to connect with youth in a new and exciting way. We’ll have some neat speakers and events going on in between the bands. It’s going to be a really fun event.”

In early July, KahBang organizers will announce the lineup for the film festival. Michaud said KahBang has partnered with the Bangor Opera House, the Union Street Brick Church, Bangor Mall Cinemas and River City Cinema to bring a diverse array of movies to the Bangor area that week. Films will be shown at the afore-mentioned venues, as well as on a big screen in Pickering Square.

“It’s a very different and eclectic lineup,” said Michaud. “Nothing like it has ever been seen in Bangor.”

Films already announced include “Blood Into Wine,” a documentary about Maynard James Keenan, the singer for the cult rock band Tool, and his winemaking business in Arizona. Others include “Commercial Appeal,” about award-winning filmmakers and their backgrounds in directing commercials, “Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived,” and “Audience of One,” a documentary about a small church that starts a movie production company and aims to make a $50 million sci-fi blockbuster.

Tickets for KahBang come in three levels — $15 gets you admission to all film events; $25 gets you into the two-day music festival plus one film screening; and a $45 all-access ultimate pass gets you into everything. For more information and tickets, visit

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