June 19, 2018
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Day two of KahBang starts mellow, ends with dance party

By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff

Sunshine, a pleasant breeze and diverse music filled the Bangor Waterfront on Saturday, as day two of the KahBang Festival started early in the afternoon. Around 1,000 people came in and out of festival grounds throughout the day, laying on the grass, sipping lemonade and enjoying some of the bands and DJs set up on four stages.

Festival-goers were still buzzing about the headliners from the previous night (Lupe Fiasco, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Atmosphere), but were game for Saturday night’s double bill of My Morning Jacket and Chromeo.

South Berwick residents Carter Innes, Brady Innes and Colin Tutelian all came north for both days of the festival and for all the bands — but especially to see Atmosphere, Lupe Fiasco, Chromeo and Maine rapper Spose. Spose performed a high-energy midafternoon set in the Dispatch ME stage with Portland funk powerhouse Sly Chi.

“Spose is my bro,” said Brady Innes, 14. “I’ve seen him in Portsmouth and he’s awesome. Tonight, when Chromeo is on, I’m going to dance with anyone that comes by. I can’t wait.”

His brother, Carter Innes, 18, said KahBang was his first multiday music festival.

“I think it’s pretty awesome that there’s something like this in Maine,” he said. “We’re really lucky to be able to see all these people.”

KahBang organizer Chris Michaud said that the day was running smoothly, and as per usual, he expected concertgoers to begin flooding in after 7 p.m.

“That tends to be the case. The daytime is super chill, and then the night just explodes,” said Michaud. “All the bands so far this year have been incredibly fun and easy to work with. Everyone is in a great mood. Jim James from My Morning Jacket was at Giacomo’s [in downtown Bangor] earlier today. It’s been nice to see people explore the city.”

Michaud said that there were just as many walk-up tickets sold as there were presale tickets. Most of the people in attendance in the afternoon were in it for the whole weekend and had planned to come for weeks.

“I won tickets off the Hot Water Music Blog,” said C.J. Bearse, 24, of Milford. “I’ve definitely been planning this for a while. Atmosphere was amazing last night.”

Tessa Roscoe, 24, of Bangor, was especially excited to see Mainer Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, who performed at 4 p.m. on the main stage.

“She’s amazing. I saw her last month at the State Theatre in Portland and she blew me away,” said Roscoe. “She has an incredible voice. I’m psyched to see people like that in Bangor.”

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