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Busy summer calendar brings music, other activities to Bangor

Brian Swartz | BDN
Brian Swartz | BDN
Dressed in period garb, Dana Lippitt of the Bangor Museum and History Center speaks to visitors participating in a Mount Hope Cemetery Tour sponsored by the BMHC. Five such tours are scheduled this summer.
By Brian Swartz, Of The Weekly Staff

As summer gets underway in Bangor, local folks and visitors “from away” can peruse a busy Queen City calendar that offers everything from downtown concerts to a sidewalk art festival to international baseball.

The Seventh Annual Downtown Bangor Outdoor Market will be held from 5-8 p.m., Thursdays, from June 21-Aug. 30. Vendors set up along Broad Street and in West Market Square.

The outdoor market coincides with the Cool Sounds concerts, held each Thursday at Pickering Square next to the municipal parking garage. Each concert starts at 6 p.m. and runs for 90 minutes. The performers scheduled for 2012 are:

June 21: Rockin’ Ron, performing country, doo-wop, oldies, rockabilly, and surf.

June 28: Mellow Endeavor, an Aroostook County acoustic rock trio performing jam and rock.

July 5: The Half Moon Jug Band, performing bluegrass and country.

July 12: Rog & Ray, a southern Maine-based duo performing tropical rock.

July 19: Everett Dumas, a singer-songwriter hailing from Millinocket and Orrington who performs acoustic rock and pop.

July 26: The RetroRockerz, a band performing music from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Aug. 2: Stesha Cano, a singer-songwriter performing blues and soul. Her debut album, “Like a Bee,” was released last October.

Aug. 9: The KahBang Street Party will feature music acts from the KahBang Festival.

Aug. 16: The Veayo Twins — Kristen and Katherine — performing alternative and modern music.

Aug. 23: The Marshall Ford Swing Band, an Austin, Texas-based that will be in town for the American Folk Festival and will perform Western Swing music at this particular Cool Sounds concert.

Aug. 30: The Time Pilots, a Maine-based performing ’80s’ music with an attitude.

Located at 145 Harlow St., the Bangor Public Library has scheduled a Summer Music Series that features different performers. Each concert starts at 7 p.m.; the dates and performers are:

June 27: Kneisel Hall chamber music quartet from Blue Hill.

July 11: Lidral Duo, which will perform jazz.

July 18: Timbered Lake, a duo comprising Diana Newman and Crow Suncloud.

July 25: Larry and Leslie LaTour with Larry Corbett. A husband-and-wife duo based in Bangor, the LaTours have produced three CDs.

Aug. 1: Skip Bean.

Aug. 8: The Mainely Country Band, a quartet comprising Sonny Bickford, Jerry Durgin, Lee Mallory, and Jeff Simon.

Aug. 15: Kit Soden with violinist Aliza Thibodeau. Soden’s new album, “Into the Silence,” will be released in August.

Aug. 22: Heart of Maine Chorus, an all-women singing group.

Aug. 29: The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Hancock County will perform works by Gilbert and Sullivan.

The Bangor Waterfront Concerts ( will bring many well-known acts to Bangor Waterfront Park this summer. Each concert takes place alongside the Penobscot River and provides fans with the opportunity to connect with their favorite groups.

The current concert schedule is:

June 22: Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour

July 5: Shinedown, with special guests Papa Roach and Adelitas Way

July 6: Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Eli Young, and Edens Edge

July 8: Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent

July 27: Happy Together Tour

Aug. 19: Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, and Cracker

Aug. 22: Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford

Aug. 31: Big Time Rush with Cody Simpson

Sept. 1: Keith Urban and David Nail

Sept. 2: Jason Aldean, with special guests Luke Bryan and Deejay Silver

Sept. 28: Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy.

Although its famous gazebo has vanished, the Bangor Band will play a full concert schedule this summer:

June 26, 7 p.m.: Fairmount Park.

July 3, 7 p.m.: Maine Veterans Home, Hogan Road.

July 4, 7 p.m.: Pickering Square.

July 10, 7 p.m.: Next to the Beardsley Meeting Building, Husson University.

July 17, 7 p.m.: Next to the Beardsley Meeting Building, Husson University.

July 24, 6:45 p.m.: Chapin Park.

July 31, 7 p.m.: Pickering Square.

Aug. 7, 7 p.m.: Next to the Beardsley Meeting Building, Husson University.

Aug. 14, 7 p.m.: Pickering Square.

The Bangor Museum and History Center offers two history-themed tours this summer.

• The Devil’s Half Acre Tour explores the “wicked side” of Bangor from the mid-19th century, when less than reputable characters gathered at the seamier businesses flourishing along lower Broad Street and the buildings adjacent to the Penobscot River. Tours start at 7 p.m.; tour dates are July 10, July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 21, Sept. 11, and Sept. 25.

• The Mount Hope Cemetery Tour introduces participants to the history and historic folks buried at Mount Hope, a beautiful “garden” cemetery located on Outer State Street. The tour dates and times are July 6, 5 p.m.; July 21, 10 a.m.; Aug. 3, 5 p.m.; Aug. 18, 10 a.m.; Sept. 7, 5 p.m.; and Sept. 22, 10 a.m.

For more information about these tours, call (207) 942-5766 or (207) 942-1900 or log onto

Other events on the Bangor summer calendar include:

July 4: The Fourth of July Parade will start at the Brewer Auditorium, cross the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge, and proceed along Main and State streets in Bangor. A fireworks display will be launched over the Penobscot River at 9:30 p.m.

July 14-15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily: Celebrate summer at Leonard’s Mills, Route 178, Bradley, as Colonial re-enactors demonstrate many traditional activities. For more information, call (207) 974-6278 or

July 25, 5-9 p.m.: The Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor will be open for public visitation. Bring binoculars and a camera to capture the outstanding views available from this historic site.

July 27-Aug. 5: The 163rd Annual Bangor State Fair will bring such entertainment as A Grizzly Experience, the Disc-Connected K9s, and Wolves of the World to the Bangor Auditorium and Bass Park. The $10-per-person admission provides unlimited access to all midway rides.

Aug. 4: WLBZ TV Sidewalk Art Festival in downtown Bangor.

Aug. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Bangor Summer Arts & Crafts Show, behind Pickering Square Garage.

Aug. 9-12: The KahBang Festival will bring music entertainment, indie films, and other activities to Bangor Waterfront Park and the Bangor Opera House. For more information, log onto

Aug. 11-18: The Senior League Baseball World Series will feature teams from around the world competing at Mansfield Stadium, Thirteenth Street, Bangor.

Sept. 8: Bangor Car Show at Bangor Waterfront Park.

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