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KahBang to feature several free shows

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Thirteen of the musical performances in this year’s KahBang Festival, which began last Friday and runs through Saturday, Aug. 14, are free.

Sam & Yuri, Good Kids Sprouting Horns, Restless Groove and Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes are just a few of the performers who will take to Stage C, dubbed the free midway vendor stage, during KahBang’s finale, a two-day waterfront music festival on Friday and Saturday.

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Stage C will be set up in the waterfront parking lot, next to the Sea Dog, in the midst of the KahBang festival’s concessions area.

“What we want is for people to come and check us out,” Joshua Gass, KahBang creative director, said Sunday.

The festival’s midway will include “food, music, street performers,” and is the gateway to Stage A and B, where beloved rapper Biz Markie and The Gay Blades will take the stage Friday night, and chart-topping hip-hop sensation B.o.B, and Internet phenomenon OK Go will perform on Sunday.

Twelve other bands will play on Stage A and Stage B, starting around 2 p.m. each day and running until the headliners take the stage at 10 each night. Access to the Stage A and B banner shows cost $30 for the weekend.

In total, more than 40 bands will perform in downtown Bangor — either in area bars and restaurants, or at the two-day waterfront festival — in the course of the nine-day KahBang, which also features local art and a film festival.

A total of 17 films are part of the KahBang film festival which has daily screenings at either the Bangor Opera House, the Union Street Brick Church or Bangor Mall Cinemas.

“We’re showing movies every night,” Gass said. “The featured movie is Thursday night at 7 p.m. We’re showing a documentary on Maynard Keenan, who is the lead singer of Tool. He started a winery” and the documentary shows how, at first, people didn’t take him seriously.

Now, his wine is winning awards, he added.

“We’re going to have a tasting after the show of some of his wines,” Gass said.

Every night has a KahBang at Night event, featuring Maine bands, DJs and comedians.

“For the last two nights we’ve been at the Thai Lounge, and on Tuesday we’ll be at Luna [Bar & Grill],” Gass said. “Wednesday we’ll be at Paddy Murphy’s with the Mallet Brothers, a country-rock fusion, and will have comedy night at Ipanema [Bar & Grill].”

Thursday night is the pre-game event at the Sea Dog Brewing Co., with six bands.

The art part of the festival features an exhibit titled “The Art of the iPhone” on display at 20 Broad St. and the Flannel Gallery, sponsored by Flannel Magazine, with local artists and local band merchandise for sale at 29 Broad St.

“We’re in town just for the length of the festival,” Travis Bourassa, Flannel Magazine co-founder, said of the art and band T-shirt gallery.

In addition to the framed photos, the gallery also has CDs LPs and band merchandise for sale, and “everything here is from Maine,” he said.

“It’s a very cool scene,” Sean Collinson, Flannel Magazine co-founder, said of the KahBang festival.

After the performances end on Friday and Saturday night, a late-night Silent Disco will begin at 11 p.m. The disco is an all-ages, chem-free dance party made famous by the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tenn., in which participants wear wireless headphones to hear the music.

“You will see 100 people dancing but with no [audible] music,” Gass said.

Gass issued an invitation to everyone from the region to come downtown and to the waterfront to check out the KahBang festival.

“We hope people will come each night and check it out,” he said.

KahBang film festival passes are $20; music festival passes are $30, and all-access passes are $50. For information about tickets and all things KahBang, visit www.kahbang.com.

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