1. Music at KahBang
First off, the KahBang Festival comes to its big climactic end this weekend, with the two day all afternoon and evening music festival on the Bangor Waterfront. Friday features an array of Maine bands and headliners Biz Markie, the Gay Blades, hip hop artist Zeek and funk band Re-Up, while Saturday’s got headliners OK Go and B.o.B playing with bands like Bad Rabbits, Static of the Gods, Free Energy and many more. All-you-can eat music, all weekend long. Passes are $30 (and some shows are free); get ’em at Bull Moose and at the gates.
2. Music at KahBang
In addition to the music festival, though, there’s lots of other KahBang events Friday and Saturday. In addition to a fantastic lineup of Maine film Friday evening, including the movies Canvas Man, The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes and a collection of short Maine documentaries at Bennett’s Market on Main St, there’ll be a free electronic music tent all night featuring Maine DJs, a silent disco both nights and after hours bands and DJs at bars and clubs all around town. For a full schedule of the more than 40 bands and 20 different events all weekend, visit kahbang.com.
3. Summer Sonic Tonic
If KahBang isn’t your scene, however, you can check out the super cool lineup at Waterfall Arts’ Summer Sonic Tonic, at the art gallery and learning space in rural Montville in Waldo County. Six bands will play sets throughout the afternoon in a mix of neo-classical, neo-traditional and folk-cosmic-blues. The performers are Amy Annelle, Ralph White, Whiffletree, MV & EE, Factory Seconds and Over a Cardboard Sea. The show starts at 2 and goes until 8, admission is $8, and for info, visit waterfallarts.org.
4. Canoeing festival
Canoeing fans should flock to Medway this weekend, as the annual Wooden Boats and Canoe Festival is set for all day Saturday at the Medway Recreaction Complex. Wooden Artisans and Canoes, native basket weaving and paddle making, wood crafts, scenic float plane rides, canoe demos, canoe-building demos, music, food vendors, a chicken BBQ supper and “Taste of Katahdin” lunch are all on the schedule for the day. For information, call 723-4443.
5. Movies: Self-revelation or action?
Finally, movie fans this weekend have two distinctly polarized choices. You can see “Eat Pray Love”, the Julia Roberts movie about yoga, traveling in India and Bali, and ogling Javier Bardem. Or, you can see “The Expendables,” a totally insane action movie starring every action star ever, from Sylvestor Stallone to Jet Li to Dolph Lundgrun. Yes, Dolph Lundgren! So, let’s recap. A Movie about yoga and self revelation, versus a movie about violence, explosions and gigantic biceps. Arguments erupt between married couples across the nation. Check your local listings.