Music, concerts and live bands

U.S. blues legend B.B. King performs onstage during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, in this file picture taken July 2, 2011.

Blues legend B.B. King dies at 89

By Bill Trott, Reuters on May 15, 2015, at 8:12 a.m.
Blues legend B.B. King, who took his music from rural juke joints to the mainstream and inspired a generation of guitarists from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, has died in Las Vegas. He was 89. News of King’s death, confirmed late Thursday on a Facebook page linked to the …

Acadia Music Group presents kickoff show at Andy’s Brew Pub

on May 13, 2015, at 10:40 a.m.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Andy’s Brew Pub, 2521 Atlantic Highway, Lincolnville, Maine LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — Acadia Music Group Inc. has announced a special Summer Kick-Off Show at Andy’s Brew Pub in Lincolnville. David Scott Norton and his Honky-Tonk band, will perform 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at …

Midcoast Music Fest – Ghost of Paul Revere and Anna Lombard

By DRA on May 12, 2015, at 5:04 p.m.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Location: Darrows Barn at DRA’s Round Top Farm , 3 Round Top Lane, Damariscotta, Maine For more information: 207-563-1393; Born of the waters of the Saco River, brothers in all but name, the Ghost of Paul Revere is Maine’s holler-folk …

New music including Metric, Sharon Van Etten, Little Boots and Tame Impala on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on May 12, 2015, at 9:56 a.m.
I premiered new tracks from Tei Shi, Torres, Rose Windows and Ducktails on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on classic UK shoegaze bands from the early ’90s.

Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton concert to benefit Common Good Food Pantry

By jim mitchell on May 11, 2015, at 3:20 p.m.
Monday, May 25, 2015 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: 18 Village Green Way, 18 Village Green Way, Southwest Harbor, Maine For more information: 804-937-2115 Internationally acclaimed Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton will be performing in concert May 25 in Southwest Harbor. An award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist …
Seether lead singer Shaun Morgan performs during the Rise Above Fest, held May 9 on the Bangor Waterfront.

Rise Above Fest draws 86 noise complaints, down from last year

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 11, 2015, at 12:10 p.m.
BANGOR | The number of noise complaints from area residents stemming from Saturday’s Rise Above Fest at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion was significantly down from the 2014 festival featuring heavy-metal rock bands, according to a city official. Tanya Emery, Community and Economic Development Director for the city, said in an …
Hundreds of hopeful contestants and well-wishers crowd the Maine State Pier on July 9, 2014, in Portland, where American Idol held auditions all day.

‘American Idol’ ending after Season 15 on Fox

By Reuters on May 11, 2015, at 11:21 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — “American Idol” is finally coming to a close. The fifteenth and final season will premiere January 2016. Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will return as Season 15 judges, along with host Ryan Seacrest. While searching for the final “Idol” superstar, the last season will …
Slash opens his set during the Rise Above Fest, held Saturday, May 9 on the Bangor Waterfront.

Rocking for a cause: Waterfront Concert season opens with Rise Above Fest

By Emily Burnham on May 10, 2015, at 3:34 p.m.
For the first show of the 2015 season of the Machias Savings Bank concert series at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, there were lots of people in the audience for whom the event held special meaning. Rise Above Fest, held Saturday, May 9, featured an array of headlining rock …
  Row 1:   Jordan Casey, Nora Spratt, Mia Sawyer, Silas Bartol, Julia Hammond
            Row 2:   Alec Fisichella, Phillip Wright, Samantha Barry, Hayden Stacki, Luke Bartol, Milo Lani-Caputo, Nathan Shemwell.

Winners of Young Composers Competition named in Blue Hill

on May 08, 2015, at 12:57 p.m.
BLUE HILL, Maine — The Bagaduce Music Lending Library announces the results of its 19th Annual Young Composers’ Competition & Festival.  Thirty-three young composers from across the state of Maine submitted original compositions for review by a team of expert judges.  Winners were announced and awarded cash prizes at the …

New Renaissance Singers spring concert

on May 07, 2015, at 10:57 a.m.
Friday, May 29, 2015 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: First Congregational Church of Brewer, 35 Church St., Brewer, Maie BREWER, Maine — The New Renaissance Singers “Seasons of Love” spring choral concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, at First Congregational Church of Brewer, 35 Church St. This …

Sibelius 150 Jubliee Concert

By Jacqueline Harjula on May 06, 2015, at 10:48 a.m.
Friday, May 15, 2015 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Thomaston Federated Church, 8 Hyler Street, Thomaston, Maine For more information: 207-975-1476 An evening of music by Jean Sibelius performed by Concert Pianist Craig Randal Johnson to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Sibelius’ birth. Refreshments, including Finnish coffee bread (pulla,nisu). …

New music including Future Islands, Disclosure, Django Django and My Morning Jacket on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on May 05, 2015, at 9:28 a.m.
New tracks from Tame Impala, Built To Spill and Best Coast made debuts on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused (mainly!) on NYC bands from the early to mid-2000s.
Emmet Meara

‘Louie, Louie’ wasn’t a great song, but it never failed to get a party started

By Emmet Meara on May 04, 2015, at 12:47 p.m.
It was the worst of songs. It was the best of songs. It was “Louie, Louie” and we danced to that damn song more than anything but maybe “Midnight Hour” and “Wooly Bully.” For reasons unknown, my apartments and houses always were designated party central. As the appointed host, my …
Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain in 1992.

Artful HBO doc may come as close to grunge icon Kurt Cobain as possible

By Hank Stuever, Washington Post on May 04, 2015, at 12:28 p.m.
Like Jim Morrison before him, Kurt Cobain exists in a dorm-room-poster afterlife, sanctified by fans, many of whom were born after his suicide in April 1994 and who flock to his recordings with the certainty that the music of Nirvana speaks directly to them. To its eternal credit, the music …

FA Jazz Band performance to benefit food cupboard

on April 30, 2015, at 10:43 a.m.
Sunday, May 3, 2015 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, Main Street, Sangerville, Maine SANGERVILLE, Maine — The Foxcroft Academy Jazz Band will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft, Main Street, Sangerville. Admission is by donation and …

Student Piano Performance at All Souls Church

Bangor Daily News on April 30, 2015, at 9:57 a.m.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-942-7354 BANGOR, Maine — Student Piano Performance, featuring 19 students of eight piano teachers as part of the Arlan A. Baillie Steinway Performance Series, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, All …

Cystic Fibrosis Music Fundraiser to feature local musicians

Bangor Daily News on April 29, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Sharp’s Sail, Power and Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St., Rockland, Maine For more information: 207-596-0200 ROCKLAND, Maine — Cystic Fibrosis Music Fundraiser will be held noon-4 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Sharp’s Sail, Power, and Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St. The …

‘Louie Louie’ singer Jack Ely dead at 71

By Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post on April 29, 2015, at 2:51 p.m.
The song that made Jack Ely famous is one in which he can hardly be heard. Recorded in a single take at a tiny Portland, Oregon, studio in 1963 with Ely craning his neck to shout into a microphone raised several feet above his head, his cover of “Louie Louie” …

New music including The Chemical Brothers, Health, Mew and Built To Spill on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on April 28, 2015, at 9:41 a.m.
I premiered new tracks from Blur, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Best Coast on the show this week, while the retro alternative set took a look back at the electroclash scene of the early 2000s.
Rachmaninoff Choir May 14, 2015

The Rachmaninoff Choir Comes to Bangor

By Nancy Marks on April 27, 2015, at 2:43 p.m.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 234 French St, Bangor, ME For more information: 2079470156; St. John’s Episcopal Church will host a concert of the Rachmaninoff Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and Greek Repertoire performed by The Rachmaninoff Choir at 7pm …
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