Emily Burnham

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Crews construct the stage for the Jason Aldean Concert on Sunday at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor.

From rigging to rocking: A behind-the-scenes look at how Waterfront Concerts make the magic happen

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 04, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
Robbie Snow, production manager for Waterfront Concerts, has seen a lot in his five seasons working with the organization, including Rob Zombie’s custom-made fog-belching locomotive set piece, used on stage during his 2013 concert at the Mayhem Festival; Lady Antebellum’s crew, backstage grilling burgers and watching college football before their …
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Most exciting places in Maine survey names college towns, Portland, Rockland, Bangor to list

on Sept. 03, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
The real estate blog Movoto, in a follow up to their “most boring cities in America” survey earlier this summer, released their state-by-state list of the most exciting cities, across the country. As one might expect, Portland topped the list for the Pine Tree State — but other towns including …

From Maine to Manchester, life changes inspire trilogy of albums from An Overnight Low

on Sept. 02, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
In between periods while teaching high school English in Biddeford, Chad Walls would daydream. Mostly about how he might plan his great escape from the life he was becoming increasingly bored with. “I just needed a change,” said Walls, now 42, who played in the Portland-area power pop band Frotus …
The musical "“Honky Tonk Angels"” is about three ladies who set off for Nashville with nothing more than a dream and a song in their hearts. Penobscot Theatre’'s season-opening production of the show starts Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Bangor Opera House.

Three ‘Angels’ sing their hearts out in country-themed Penobscot Theatre season opener

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 01, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
Heather Astbury Libby, Brianne Beck and Laura Hodos have one big, important thing in common, and it’s the rare gift that’s helped them bond: These ladies can sing. That talent is what’s put them into the roles of Angela, Darlene and Sue Ellen, the three ladies in the musical “Honky …
Jason Aldean performs at the Darlings Concert Pavillion on the waterfront in Bangor on Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Cowboy boots, bluejeans and country star Jason Aldean wrap up Waterfront Concerts season

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 31, 2014, at 10:18 p.m.
It’s hard to tell which show was the biggest one of the 2014 Waterfront Concerts series. It might have been Dave Matthews Band back in June, but it very well could have been the Jason Aldean concert on Sunday, a show that capped off three full days of concerts and …
Steely Dan's Donald Fagen performs at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion on Friday.

Steely Dan plays both hits and back catalog gems at Friday night concert in Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 29, 2014, at 11:16 p.m.
It felt like fall Friday night, which felt appropriate for the Steely Dan concert that happened at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor that night. Steely Dan’s music is full of references to the passage of time, to change, and to the memory of school — in …
Tim Reynolds (left) and Dave Matthews perform "Two Step" at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor in this June 2014 file photo.

Return of the rock: What’s behind Maine’s rise as northern New England’s music mecca

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 29, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
Ten years ago, live music fans in Maine mostly were out of luck. In 2004, there was no venue on the Bangor Waterfront. The State Theatre in Portland was on the verge of closing. There was no Port City Music Hall. The Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland slowed down …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Aug. 29-31: Special bonus Labor Day edition

on Aug. 28, 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
1. It’s Labor Day weekend! While that’s NOT the end of summer — there’s still AT LEAST TWO MORE WEEKS of summery weather before fall really kicks in! — it still signifies change. Friday night in Bangor, the Bangtown Swingers get sexy at Nocturnem Drafthaus, the powerful guitar and vocal …

Statewide touring show roundup, fall 2014: From metal to mellow

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
State Theatre, Portland Start September off with a bang at the State Theatre, as rockers Chevelle take the stage with Kyng on Sept. 3. A few weeks after that, the Wilco frontman now known as Tweedy (pictured) plays with Hospitality on Sept. 28, and a few weeks after that, there’s …
Alanis Morissette, 90s pop icon, performs an intimate, acoustic show on Saturday at the Maine State Pier in Portland.

Acoustic show from Alanis Morissette draws mellow crowd to Maine State Pier in Portland

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 24, 2014, at 5:58 a.m.
It may be a Waterfront Concerts show, but the Maine State Pier in Portland is a very different venue from the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor. It’s intimate, it’s laid-back, and concerts are occasionally punctuated by the sound of horns from the incoming Casco Bay Ferry, rather than the trains …
Maria Dyer (second from right) and Mike Perocchi (right) dance illuminated by the cellphones of Chris and Lilly Randall during the 2014 American Folk Festival.

Dragons, drums and a giant boot kick off 13th annual American Folk Festival in Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 22, 2014, at 9:59 p.m.
The 13th annual American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront started off with flowers, dragons, drums and a giant boot. The L.L. Bean Bootmobile, to be exact, and the Chinese Folk Art Workshop, which led the annual kickoff parade from the Sea Dog Brewing Co. toward the Railroad Stage on …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Aug. 22-24: When the cat’s away, the mice will play…

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 11:29 a.m.
1. It’s American Folk Festival weekend here in beautiful Bangor, Maine. You know what that means — music, people, beer and chicken on a stick. CHICKEN ON A STICK, PEOPLE. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. near the Sea Dog Brewing Company, and the first music of the night is …

Brothers release “Pyronauts,” first album for undefinable Portland duo Caro Khan

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
Brothers TJ and Chris Whitmore spent most of their childhood moving around all over the world. Their dad was in the military, so they lived in lots of places: Japan, the Philippines, a number of southern states, before finally landing in Maine — South Portland, to be exact. Along the …

Faces of the World Acadian Congress: Family, friends and fun

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
Sonia Duguay (L) and Natalie Poitras, Moncton, New Brunswick Are you of Acadian decent? Sonia: Partly! My grandmother is a Dugas from up Caraquet way. Natalie is a Poitras. We went to the Caraquet Acadian gathering before, so for this year we enhanced our costumes. We went a little bit …
Keyboard Cat, Grumpy Cat and Henri, le Chat Noir are just some of the cat celebrities that will be featured in the Internet Cat Video Film Festival, set for Aug. 23 at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

A ‘Caturday’ to remember: Internet Cat Video Film Festival to stop in Farnsworth

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 18, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
It was an ordinary day in 2006, perhaps in 2005. The exact date is now lost, forever, in the annals of history. Nothing special, really, except that on that day a revolution was born. It was a day that one cat — a British Shorthair, to be exact — asked …
Ployes with brown sugar are seen Friday during the 2014 Acadian World Congress in Edmundston, New Brunswick.

Au fricot! A food trip through the World Acadian Congress, from pig roast to chicken stew

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 17, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
There’s a lot of food to be eaten at the 2014 World Acadian Congress — there is 17 days of it, after all. And there are lots of traditional Acadian dishes, from poutine to sugar pie, from pea soup to pot-en-pot. I had only one weekend to try as many …
A packed parade marches during Tintamarre on Friday on Main Street in Madawaska.

‘We’re making friends for life’: Tintamarre parade draws thousands to Madawaska

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
They came with bells on, bearing pots and pans, whistles, washtubs and rusty old buckets. Some had metal sheets and cowbells, and some blew ceaselessly on plastic horns. Whatever they had to make noise with, they used. It was a Tintamarre, the traditional Acadian parade that for the 2014 World …

5 Things To Do This Weekend, Aug. 15-17: We’re gonna need a bigger boat

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
1. OK, so maybe the weather won’t be ideal this weekend — we’re looking at highs in the lower 70s at best, showers here and there statewide.  Friday night in the Bangor area there’s plenty of cool stuff going on, like rock duo The Thriftways at Paddy Murphy’s, the Aurora …
The Broadway tour of "Sister Act" will perform at the Collins Center for the Arts on Jan. 16, 2015.

‘It’s about finding the right mix’: 2014-15 Collins Center season a balanced blend of events

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 14, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
The upcoming season at the Collins Center for the Arts kicks off with a concert that exemplifies much of what’s different at the University of Maine performing arts center. It’s a rock show, tickets are relatively inexpensive ($28-$33), and it’s a co-presentation with Waterfront Concerts. Jam band moe. will take …
Jim Poole (right) of Kenduskeag drops money into a donation bucket held by festival volunteer David Pelkey during the 2012 American Folk Festival in Bangor.

American Folk Festival organizers promise ‘another great year,’ renew plea for donations, volunteers

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 12, 2014, at 6:52 p.m.
The 2014 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront begins in 10 days, and organizers are putting the finishing touches on everything, from the schedule to the volunteer shifts to the beer. Yes, the beer. That’s something AFF media coordinator Dan Cashman is particularly proud of. “We’re going to be …
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