Music, concerts and live bands

Angus (L) and Malcolm (R) Young, founder members of Australian heavy metal band AC/DC, flank Jose Luis Perez, mayor of the Madrid district of Leganes, following the inauguration of a new street with the group's name in this file photo taken March 22, 2000.

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young takes leave due to illness

By Reuters on April 17, 2014, at 6:18 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young will take a break from the Australian hard rock group he founded because of ill health, the band said in a statement on Wednesday. The pioneering group dispelled speculation that they would disband after Young, 61, took his leave, saying “the band will …
Mike Mills of R.E.M.

‘We were pretty damn good songwriters’ says Mike Mills of R.E.M. in advance of Record Store Day visit to Scarborough

By Kathleen Pierce on April 15, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
Mike Mills, bass player, songwriter and key vocal harmonizer for R.E.M. will visit Maine this weekend for Record Store Day. Mills will come to the Scarborough Bull Moose to sign limited editions of the band’s new release, “Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions,” on April 19. The four-LP box …
Maximum Blue plays bluegrass at the Black Bear Brewery taproom on March 21. Members of the band, which also plays swing and Celtic fiddle music, are (from left) Nancy Merrill on bass, Max Silverstein on fiddle, and Jeff Silverstein on guitar.

Maximum Blue showcases talent if three local musicians

By Dale McGarrigle, Special to The Weekly on April 15, 2014, at 9:55 a.m.
BANGOR — Fathers and sons do many activities together: playing catch, going to ballgames, fishing. Jeffrey and Max Silverstein of Bangor formed a band. Guitarist Jeffrey and fiddler Max make up two-thirds of Maximum Blue, and, along with standup bassist Nancy Merrill, they play a blend of bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, …

New music including Lana Del Rey, Say Lou Lou and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on April 14, 2014, at 4:38 p.m.
I premiered new tracks from The Black Keys and Tune-Yards on the show this week, while the retro section focused on classic power pop in the Big Star mold.
Oratorio Society and University Singers gathered together  for a rehearsal with Lucas Richman in Orono on April 7 for Sunday's Bangor Symphony Orchestra season finale.

A rousing end to a dynamic season, as BSO closes out the year with ‘Carmina Burana’

By Emily Burnham on April 14, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
For the first time in more than five years, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra played to a sold-out crowd at Sunday’s concert, which featured as its centerpiece Carl Orff’s monumental 25-part choral cantata, “Carmina Burana.” It was a fitting end cap to the BSO’s season. Not only was every seat full, …
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Descendants of Bluegrass to play at Next Generation

Bangor Daily News on April 14, 2014, at 12:02 p.m.
Friday, April 25, 2014 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Next Generation Theatre, 39 Center St., Brewer, Maine For more information: 207-989-7100 BREWER, Maine — The Descendants of Bluegrass, a New England-based Bluegrass band with family ties to legendary Bluegrass pioneers of Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, will appear …
Lead vocalist Win Butler (R) and his wife Regine Chassagne of rock band Arcade Fire perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California April 13, 2014.

Arcade Fire brings in Debbie Harry to close Coachella, slams VIP policy

By Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters on April 14, 2014, at 9:01 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Canadian alternative-rock group Arcade Fire closed the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday with special guest Debbie Harry but deplored the festival’s growing amenities reserved for VIPs only. Arcade Fire kicked off its set with “Reflektor,” the title song from last year’s album of the …
Walter Fagen and Donald Becker will bring Steely Dan to Darling's Waterfront Pavilion Aug. 29

Steely Dan to bring ‘Jamalot Ever After’ tour to Bangor Waterfront on Aug. 29

By Emily Burnham on April 14, 2014, at 6:59 a.m.
Fans of classic rock from the 1970s can rejoice — Steely Dan, featuring a reunited Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, will play the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on Friday, Aug. 29, as part of their 47-date “Jamalot Ever After” tour. Tickets for the concert, priced at $28.75 to $102.75, will go …
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Chris Ross

Chris Ross plays at Phippsburg Congregational Church, Friday April 25th

By susan brew on April 09, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
Friday, April 25, 2014 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Location: Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane, Phippsburg, Maine For more information: 207-389-1770 “SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR” CHRIS ROSS TO PLAY PHIPPSBURG CONCERT Recently named “Songwriter of the Year” at the 2014 New England Music Awards, Maine singer-songwriter Chris Ross will …
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Pineland Suzuki School founder to present concert

Bangor Daily News on April 09, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, April 18, 2014 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Columbia Street Baptist Church, 63 Columbia St., Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-945-6616 BANGOR, Maine – Violinist Betsy Kobayashi of Manchester, founder of Pineland Suzuki School, will present her Halleluiah String Quartet performing Joseph Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ” at …
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Carl Orff’s epic ‘Carmina Burana’ to Close BSO’s season

Bangor Daily News on April 08, 2014, at 4:27 p.m.
Sunday, April 13, 2014 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Location: Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine, Orono For more information: 207-581-1755;   BANGOR, Maine – The Bangor Symphony Orchestra will perform Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” on Sunday, April 13, at Collins Center for the Arts, under the direction of music …

New music including Cut Copy, EMA, Future Islands and Lucius on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on April 07, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
I debuted new tracks from How To Dress Well and the new Brian Eno and Karl Hyde album "Someday World," while this week's retro set commemorated the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death with a full slate of Nirvana songs.
From the community
The University of Southern Maine Youth Ensembles will
perform their annual spring instrumental concert on April 10 at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

USM Youth Ensembles to perform Spring Instrumental Concert 

Bangor Daily News on April 07, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Location: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, Maine For more information: 207-842-0800 PORTLAND, Maine – The University of Southern Maine  Youth Ensembles will perform their annual spring instrumental concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland. The USM …
Rickey Medlocke (left) and Gary Rossington, members of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, perform on the Bangor Waterfront in 2011.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company coming to Bangor Waterfront

By Aimee Thibodeau on April 07, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will return to the Bangor Waterfront on July 10, according to the band’s website. On Monday, the band announced 19 summer concert dates throughout the U.S. with English classic rockers Bad Company for the 40th Anniversary Tour. Skynyrd previously drew an estimated …
Matt Young (left) and Griffin Sherry, members of the holler folk band Ghost of Paul Revere, perform on stage at the Gracie Theater on the Husson University campus during the Acoustic Showcase for the Multiple Sclerosis Society on Friday.

Musicians perform at Husson during Acoustic Showcase for the Multiple Sclerosis Society

By Kevin Bennett on April 06, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
Cossandra Johnson, 9, sings with the Bangor Area Children's Choir during a practice at the First Baptist Church in Bangor Tuesday afternoon. The choir allows children interested in music to explore their passions beyond what some public school programs can offer. The nonprofit is funded by donations and caters to children ages 8-18.

A high note: Bangor Area Children’s Choir welcomes new director

By Natalie Feulner on April 04, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
A Bangor-based children’s choir is starting the season off on a high note after bringing in a new artistic director and ramping up efforts to attract more young singers. Robert Ludwig, the Bangor Area Children’s Choir artistic director, joined the organization last September after he and his wife decided to …

Music by U2, Everly Brothers among recordings chosen for Library of Congress registry

By Reuters on April 03, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
NEW YORK — Music by Irish rock group U2, jazz musician Art Blakey and rock ’n’ roll singers the Everly Brothers are among 25 sound recordings being added this year to the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. The list announced Wednesday includes nearly every musical category dating from …
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Band Henry Road

Community dance, contradance April 4 at Belfast

Bangor Daily News on April 01, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
Friday, April 4, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Location: American Legion Post 43, 143 Church St., Belfast For more information: 207-338-0979 BELFAST, Maine — Take a Dance on Henry Road: Belfast Flying Shoes Contradance Series beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, at American Legion Post 43, 143 Church St., …

New music including The Afghan Whigs, Thumpers, First Aid Kit and Cloud Nothings on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on March 31, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
New tracks from The Horrors and Todd Terje made their debuts on the show this week, while the retro set focused on alternative dance and electronic hits from the early '90s.
From the community

Musical variety show at Bangor Grange

Bangor Daily News on March 31, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. Location: Bangor Grange Hall, 1192 Ohio St. For more information: 207-973-3976 BANGOR, Maine — Cornell Mac and Bangor Grange will present a musical variety show at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Bangor Grange Hall, 1192 Ohio St. The show will be …
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