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Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:52

Howie Day to play Husson's Gracie Theatre this Friday

Written by Mike Dow

Singer-songwriter Howie Day, a native of Brewer, will return to play his first Bangor-area concert in more than a decade this Friday evening, October 24, at Husson University's Gracie Theatre.

Day says he is looking forward to the hometown show. 'I think the last show I did in the area was at UMaine and that must have at least 10 years ago,' he told me in an interview last week.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:48

Pugwash rock Portland on first U.S. tour

Written by Mike Dow

The opening moments of Pugwash's first Maine concert, last Thursday at Portland's Empire, set the tone for the evening. As the Irish band walked onstage to cheers, whoops and hoots, front-man Thomas Walsh greeted the crowd and heard his voice echo in the vocal monitor. 'Could you please remove the reverb?' he asked the man in charge of the mix. 'We're an anti-reverb band, you see. We don't want to sound like Simon Le Bon.'

As if they were reading each other's minds, the group launched a brief and mockingly dramatic reverb-soaked version of Duran Duran's 'Save A Prayer' much to the delight of the audience, some of whom had driven many hours to greet the Pugs on the fourth show of their first U.S. tour. 'Some came here from Kentucky to see us,' an incredulous Walsh commented later. 'You people are amazing.'

Writer Jesse Fink recalls the epiphany that lifted him from the dark funk that had permeated his life since going through a painful divorce. 'I was missing my wife and feeling quite despondent,' he told me in a phone interview from his home in Sydney, Australia.

'Instead of doing something stupid, I put on Gimme a Bullet' from AC/DC's Powerage' album. There was something about that song that kind of saved my life that night. The next day, I wondered What was it about that music that lifted me up at that time?''

Acclaimed Dublin band to play Portland Empire on Oct. 9

If you have yet to experience the musical joy on earth that is Pugwash, please allow me to introduce you to 'A Rose in a Garden of Weeds: A Preamble Through The History of Pugwash,' a compilation of 17 delectable nuggets of pure pop genius recorded by the Dublin, Ireland band between 1999 and 2011. Released this week by the passionate music lovers at Omnivore Recordings, the collection is designed as a Pugwash-primer and is a generous dip into a wonderfully rich catalog of gorgeous songs.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 23:29

The Honky Tonk Angels' take flight

Written by Allen Adams

PTC production features foot-stomping country classics

BANGOR Area audiences are getting the chance to experience a little slice of honkytonk heaven.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 22:39

Lady Antebellum draws thousands to Bangor Waterfront

Written by Jodi Hersey

BANGOR - There are thousands of country music fans in Maine and over 8,000 of them attended the Lady Antebellum concert at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on Saturday night. Every one of them who could, stood to their feet the moment the country trio walked onto the stage, and they remained standing until the group's very last note. The trio, comprised of vocalists Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley along with guitar/mandolin player Dave Hayward, opened with their 2013 single "Compass" from their album 'Golden.' The song is a mix of country, blue grass and folk music all rolled into one upbeat toe-tapping number driven by the sounds of the mandolin.

"The best way to stay warm is to dance," Kelley told the crowd before the trio launched into the song "Our Kind of Love" followed by "Just a Kiss," from their 2011 album 'Own the Night.' Next, Lady Antebellum transported the crowd back in time to their first radio single, "Love Don't Live Here," during which Kelley and Scott pointed their microphones to the crowd to let them belt out the lyrics to finish the number.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:15

2014 American Folk Festival Called "A Great Success"

Written by PR

Festival favorites combined with new editions create a memorable weekend on the Bangor Waterfront

BANGOR The 2014 edition of the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront is in the books, and festival organizers are calling it a great success.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:20

This perfect place' Woodstock's Michael Lang looks back

Written by Mike Dow

Forty five years ago this week, four very unlikely partners joined forces to stage what turned out to be the granddaddy of music festivals.

Michael Lang, whose previous festival experience included the Miami Pop Festival in 1968, became close friends with fellow Brooklyn native Artie Kornfeld, a Capitol Records producer and songwriter. The pair formed an alliance with two young businessmen (and aspiring TV script writers), John Roberts and Joel Rosenman.

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