KahBang to bring concerts to Portland pier

Attendees cheer as OK Go takes the stage at KahBang on the Bangor Waterfront in Aug. 2010. In the front row photographing and cheering (from left) are Katie Todd, 17, of Jonesport, Paiden Carver, 17, of Beals Island, Zach Smith, 17, of Jonesport and Iain Kurry, 13, of Falmouth.
Attendees cheer as OK Go takes the stage at KahBang on the Bangor Waterfront in Aug. 2010. In the front row photographing and cheering (from left) are Katie Todd, 17, of Jonesport, Paiden Carver, 17, of Beals Island, Zach Smith, 17, of Jonesport and Iain Kurry, 13, of Falmouth.
Posted April 12, 2011, at 10:53 a.m.
Last modified April 12, 2011, at 10:27 p.m.

The KahBang Festival announced Monday morning that it will partner with the city of Portland to bring concerts to the Maine State Pier this summer, from June until September.

In a press release, KahBang executive director Timothy Lo said he hoped to do a similar thing for Portland that the group already has done for Bangor’s Waterfront.

“We’re a team of 20-somethings determined to do awesome things,” said Lo. “We took an empty field in Bangor and turned it into an amphitheater, and we want to do something similar for Portland — give the city the outdoor venue they want and deserve.”

The Maine State Pier has been the site of a number of outdoor concerts in recent years, including Wilco, Ray LaMontagne, John Fogerty and Guster. KahBang organizers, however, saw an opportunity to create a summer concert series with consistent programming.

“We scouted it out, and it seemed like a great place to try a continuously operational summer series,” said Chris Michaud, KahBang’s communications director. “It’s a really good market to showcase our talents at booking shows, and we felt Portland would really enjoy our product.”

KahBang’s Bangor festival will remain exactly the same. The Portland shows will in no way change anything about the nine-day music, film and art festival in downtown Bangor, this year set for Aug. 5-13, according to organizers.

“It’s a completely autonomous entity. This is just Portland,” said Michaud. “It won’t affect anything in Bangor. We don’t have anything to announce yet, but it will be bands that are KahBang centric. It’ll be the kind of thing you wouldn’t be surprised to see on the Bangor KahBang stage.”

Michaud said the final pieces are in place for an announcement about this year’s Bangor festival, and that the major lineup would be revealed next week.

“We just had our headliner confirm, so we’re just getting everything ready to let everyone know what’s happening next week,” he said.

For information on tickets and other KahBang Festival announcements, visit the festival’s website at www.kahbang.com.

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