Music, concerts and live bands

Millinocket-based musician Mark "Guitar" Miller playes one of the guitars made by Dave Levesque of Millinocket.  Levesque makes cigar box-style instruments under the name T-Bone Guitars.

Millinocket machinist styles wild cigar box electric guitars

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 23, 2015, at 2 p.m.
David Levesque wants to make an electric guitar shaped like a Thompson submachine gun. Once he does that, he might make one that resembles a Harley-Davidson. Maybe a guitar cut like a chain saw will follow those, he says. “A lot will depend on the themes,” Levesque …

Millinocket man creates T-Bone Guitars

By Gabor Degre on April 23, 2015, at 1:58 p.m.
Millinocket man makes cigar box electric guitars out of his home shop.
Bangor Area Children's Choir

Bangor Area Children’s Choir spring concert on May 1

on April 23, 2015, at 10:57 a.m.
Friday, May 1, 2015 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: First Baptist Church, 56 Center St., Bangor, Maine BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Area Children’s Choir will present its 2015 spring concert, “The Road Home,” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at First Baptist Church, 56 Center St. The program is inspired …

New music including Crystal Castles, Wolf Alice, Passion Pit and Peter Bjorn & John on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on April 21, 2015, at 9:27 a.m.
New tracks from U.S. Girls, Tei Shi and Zella Day debuted on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on the ladies of ’90s alt-rock, in honor of the new reissues of Tori Amos’ first two albums.
Tom Rowe playing his tin whistle with Schooner Fare.

Schooner Fare and friends gathering for magical night of music: Remembrance, charity, merriment

By David Rowe on April 20, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
AUBURN | Some of Maine’s greatest past and present musicians will gather May 9 for a concert and fundraiser celebrating the late Tom Rowe, formerly of the legendary Maine band, Schooner Fare. Among the many accomplished performers will be the remaining original members of Schooner Fare as well as …
Husson University welcomes Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Paula Cole to the Grace Theatre on Friday, April 24, 2015.

An Evening with Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Paula Cole to Close the Gracie Theatre’s Season

By Eric B. Gordon on April 20, 2015, at 12:35 p.m.
Husson University welcomes Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Paula Cole to the Grace Theatre on Friday, April 24, 2015. Poetic and fiercely touching, Cole’s unique music reveals her personal perspectives on love and life. The evening will include famous hits, plus songs from her upcoming new album, Raven. The concert is …
Carol Noonan and Jeff Flagg operate the Stone Mountain Arts Center in two converted barns in Brownfield. One barn (not pictured), constructed in the 1990s, was originally used to build fishing nets, the other first went up around 1810.

‘If these beams could talk’: A story of why Maine barns are having their moment

By Kathleen Pierce on April 20, 2015, at 5:56 a.m.
BROWNFIELD | In the quiet western Maine town of Brownfield, a painstakingly restored 1810 barn that survived the great fire of 1947 has been transformed into a vibrant music venue that draws audiences far and wide. Together with its younger sister, a second barn built in 1996, it’s home …
Singer Taylor Swift poses at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, in this file photo taken March 29, 2015.

At the top of the pop music heap, there’s no criticizing the view

By Chris Richards, The Washington Post on April 17, 2015, at 3:14 p.m.
If you’re truly listening, you already know that today’s music is every bit as magnificent and horrible as it ever was. But read enough contemporary music criticism and you might buy in to a more flattering hallucination. Now, when a pop star reaches a certain strata of fame — and …

Fourth Sunday Damariscotta Area Shape Note Singing April 26

on April 16, 2015, at 12:09 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 2015 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: St. Andrews Church, 11 Glidden St., Newcastle, Maine NEWCASTLE, Maine — There will be a Fourth Sunday Damariscotta Area Shape Note Singing session 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 26,  at St. Andrews Church undercroft in Newcastle, 11 Glidden St. The shapenote singing is a free, …

Piano concert by The Transcontinental Piano Duo April 19

Bangor Daily News on April 16, 2015, at 11:39 a.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-942-7354 BANGOR, Maine — Piano concert by The Transcontinental Piano Duo composed of Elaine Greenfield and Janice Meyer Thompson, playing music for one piano, four hands: “Beethoven to Bernstein,” …

Bangor Band Memorial Concert

By BangorBand on April 16, 2015, at 10:14 a.m.
Sunday, May 3, 2015 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Peakes Auditorium, Bangor High School, Broadway, Bangor, Maine For more information: 2079444193; On Sunday, May 3rd, the Bangor Band will present its annual Memorial Concert at 5 p.m. at Bangor High School’s Peakes Auditorium. The event commemorates the history …
Singer Percy Sledge performs after his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, during a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York in this March 14, 2005 file photo

Percy Sledge, singer of ‘When a Man Loves a Woman,’ dies at 74

By Patricia Reaney and Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters on April 14, 2015, at 4:29 p.m.
NEW YORK — Soul singer Percy Sledge, best known for his recording of “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died at his home in Louisiana at age 74 after battling liver cancer, his representatives said Tuesday. Sledge, dubbed “The King of Slow Soul,” recorded the song for Atlantic Records in …

New music including Ratatat, FFS, Chromatics and Ryn Weaver on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on April 14, 2015, at 9:24 a.m.
I premiered new tracks from Ben Browning (the bassist from Cut Copy) and Florence + The Machine on the show this week, while the retro alternative set featured college rock standards from the year 1987.
Wyatt Simmons, 7, of Friendship listens during a guitar lesson at the Midcoast Music Academy in Rockland with school founder and director Tom Ulichny Thursday.

Midcoast Music Academy puts ‘rock’ in Rockland

By Abigail Curtis on April 14, 2015, at 5:30 a.m.
Vera Fine, a sweet-faced 14-year-old, looked fierce behind the drumset one recent afternoon as she worked hard to get a beat in a Jimi Hendrix tune down pat during a music lesson at the Midcoast Music Academy. Her teacher, Tom Ulichny, played the melody on an electric …
Hiroya Tsukamoto

Hiroya Tsukamoto Performs at Acoustic Artisans May 24

By Jennie Kain on April 13, 2015, at 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, May 24, 2015 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Acoustic Artisans, 594 Congress St. Second Floor, Portland, ME For more information: Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took …

Josh Nelson to bring music to Bangor synagogue

on April 09, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Josh Nelson, star of Off-Broadway show “Shlomo Carlabach,” will give a musical performance “Josh Nelson Coffee House” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Congregation Beth El, 183 French St. The program is presented in memory of AnnCharlene Dresner. For information, call 945-4578.     This post …

Bangor Community Chorus final concert of 45th season

on April 09, 2015, at 11:09 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Community Chorus will close its 45th year with a concert at 7 p.m.  April 25, at First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St. Come listen as the group performs music with the theme, “Singing Simple Gifts.” Donations appreciated. This post was contributed by a community member. Submit …

Grange to Welcome New Band to Bangor

By swederolf on April 08, 2015, at 8:17 a.m.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Bangor Grange Hall, 1192 Ohio St., Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-973-3976; Bangor Grange will be welcoming a great, new band to their historic grange hall as part of their Spring series of suppers and shows on Saturday, April …

25th Annual Pan New England Steelband Festival in Blue Hill

By Diane Bossert on April 08, 2015, at 8:16 a.m.
This year, Flash! in the Pans will be hosting the 25th annual Pan New England Steel Band Festival on May 2ndand 3rd, 2015 here in Blue Hill. Special events and activities start with hosting 20 steel bands from all over New England, making our Festival a true cross-cultural experience for …
David Reinke

GSA student to represent Maine at All-Eastern States Music Festival

on April 07, 2015, at 4:05 p.m.
David Reinke, a senior at George Stevens Academy, has been selected to be pianist in the All-Eastern Honors Jazz Ensemble performing in Providence, Rhode Island on April 11th. The ensemble will be part of a larger bi-annual event organized by the National Association for Music Educators (NAfMe) that will also include a concert …
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