Music, concerts and live bands

Hope Chernesky of Houlton stole the Northern Star finale from the instant her bow unleashed a hair-raising demonstration of just how powerful a 13-year-old girl with determination can sound. Her rendition of Lindsey Stirling

Teen violinist wins Northern Star title

on March 22, 2017, at 11:24 a.m.

James Cotton, hard-blowing harmonica master of the blues, dies at 81

By Matt Schudel, Washington Post on March 19, 2017, at 8:29 a.m.
James Cotton, who learned to play the harmonica as a child in the Mississippi Delta and went on to be a major figure in blues music as a sideman to Muddy Waters and as a Grammy Award-winning solo performer, died March 16 at a hospital in Austin. He was 81.
Chuck Berry on stage at Hidden Valley Ranch, in Irvine, California, in a July 2001 file image. Berry died at 90 on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Chuck Berry, wild man of rock who helped define its rebellious spirit, dies at 90

By Terence McArdle, The Washington Post on March 18, 2017, at 10:09 p.m.
Berry hits such as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Maybellene” and “Memphis” melded elements of blues, rockabilly and jazz into some of America’s most timeless pop songs of the 20th century.
One of the original members of the music group Sister Sledge',Joni Sledge performs "We Are Family" at the CD launch party for the "We Are Family" CD and DVD All-Star Katrina benefit CD in Los Angeles, Aug. 14, 2006

Joni Sledge, of ‘We Are Family’ group Sister Sledge, dies at 60

By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times on March 12, 2017, at 10:22 a.m.
Joni Sledge, who belonged to the four-sister disco-era group Sister Sledge, best known for its No. 1 hit “We Are Family,” died Friday at her home in Phoenix, a spokeswoman for the group announced. She was 60.

Calling All Music Lovers

By Cheri Robbins on March 08, 2017, at 1:56 p.m.

BSO delights audience with music of ‘Star Wars’ movies

By Judy Harrison on March 08, 2017, at 1:43 p.m.
The orchestra’s annual pop concert featured the music that John Williams has written for seven films in the Star Wars saga.

Penobscot Coffee House music buffet on March 17

on March 07, 2017, at 10:21 a.m.

Tommy Page, singer and music executive, dies at 46

By Seth Kelley, Reuters on March 05, 2017, at 3:04 p.m.
Tommy Page, the pop star-turned-music executive known for the song “I’ll Be Your Everything,” has died. He was 46.
Jimmy Buffett performs at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on the Bangor Waterfront on Aug. 18, 2016. His was the biggest concert of 2016. City officials continue with contract talks with the company that manages the pavilion.

Bangor still in talks with Waterfront Concerts over new contract

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 27, 2017, at 8:50 p.m.
The city has been negotiating what was at first described as a 10-year contract with Waterfront Concerts since the end of the concert season last year, according to Council Chairman Joe Baldacci.

Horace Parlan, jazz pianist who overcame disability, dies at 86

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Feb. 26, 2017, at 2:29 p.m.
Horace Parlan, a jazz pianist who overcame limited use of his right hand to develop a distinctive punchy style that made him a stalwart of the hard-bop movement of the 1950s and 1960s and a notable collaborator with such stars as Charles Mingus and Dexter Gordon, died Feb. 23 at a nursing home in Naestved, Denmark. He was 86.

Jazz piano and trombone player wanted

on Feb. 24, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
Musician Al Jarreau performs on stage at the Vienna State Opera House as part of the annual Vienna Jazz Festival in Vienna, Austria on July 5, 2007.

Al Jarreau, seven-time Grammy-winning singer, dies at 76

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Feb. 12, 2017, at 4:41 p.m.
Al Jarreau, a Grammy Award-winning singer whose versatile tenor voice and vibrant stage style blurred the lines between jazz, soul and pop music, died Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 76.

Nicolai Gedda, ‘electrifying’ Swedish-born operatic tenor, dies at 91

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Feb. 12, 2017, at 1:17 p.m.
Nicolai Gedda, a Swedish-born singer who was one of the most renowned lyric tenors of the 20th century, performing dozens of roles on the world’s leading opera stages, died Jan. 8 in Tolochenaz, Switzerland, where he lived. He was 91.
 Will Mallett of the Mallett Brothers Band perform their new album “The Falling of the Pine" at Stearns High School in Millinocket last Saturday. The album evolved from an encounter with the book “Minstrelsy of Maine: Folk Songs and Ballads of the Woods and the Coast,” and is comprised from lyrics from the book, set to newly arranged music.

Maine’s mythic past is set to music on new album from the Mallett Brothers Band

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 08, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
“Maine is such an important part of our identity as a band.”
Musician Lady Gaga arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Nov. 20, 2016.

Lady Gaga takes Super Bowl spotlight, but how will she use it?

By Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters on Feb. 01, 2017, at 7:39 p.m.

Music buffet at Penobscot United Methodist Church

on Jan. 18, 2017, at 11:37 a.m.
Noreen Silver, the principal cellist for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, plays a snippet of the F.J. Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major on Jan. 10 at her home in Bangor.

BSO soloist, conductor think small for upcoming concert

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 18, 2017, at 8:09 a.m.
Noreen Silver, principal cellist for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, will play with the orchestra F.J. Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major at the BSO’s upcoming Jan. 22 concert in Orono — a piece that, as she says, leaves the musician very much exposed to the listener.

For artists of color, Obama leaves a musical legacy too

By Travis M. Andrews, The Washington Post on Jan. 11, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
What can be lost in these “listicles” is the unprecedented impact Obama had on artists of color, from giving relatively unknown performers like BJ the Chicago Kid an enormous platform to inviting rappers into conversations about criminal justice reform.

Foxcroft Academy winter student recital at Dover-Foxcroft church

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 1 p.m.

Portland Chamber Music Festival presents ‘Variations on Light’ at SPACE Gallery

on Dec. 28, 2016, at 10:12 a.m.