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Lita Ford was only 16 when she became lead guitarist for The Runaways, the hugely influential 1970s female rock band fronted by Joan Jett.

Ford (like Jett) became a powerful female presence in a male-dominated industry, went solo with top 10 success in the 1980s and lived rock dreams that even she couldn't have imagined.

Editor's Note: Wire Reports contributed to this article.

ORONO After taking home yet another Grammy for his incredible stylings on Banjo with his wife Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck will be coming to the Collins Center for the Arts on Feb. 29 at 7 p.m.

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have collaborated in the past, most visibly in their Sparrow Quartet with Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee. Until last fall, though, any performances they gave as a two-piece were decidedly informal - a pickin' party here, a benefit show at Washburn's grandmother's Unitarian church there. It was inevitable and eagerly anticipated by fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare that these partners in music and life (who married in 2009) would eventually do a full-fledged project together.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:20

Marty Balin on flying high and low with Jefferson Airplane

Written by Mike Dow

With two new albums, a Grammy Award, and the loss of two band-mates (on the same day), the past few weeks have been a little surreal for Marty Balin, founder of legendary San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane and vocalist for Jefferson Starship.

On Feb. 15, Balin and the members of Jefferson Airplane were feted by the Recording Academy with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy at the 58th annual ceremony.

ORONO On Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 3 p.m., cellist Inbal Segev, known for her 'warm, pure and beautiful tone' (Strings Magazine) will perform as guest soloist in Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in concert at Collins Center for the Arts (2 Flagstaff Road), led by Music Director Lucas Richman. The program will also include Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks and Brahms' Symphony No. 2. Segev will conduct a master class on Friday, March 4, at 4 p.m. at Minsky Recital Hall at the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. It will be free and open to the public.

Segev has worked closely with Richman in the past, most recently performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on the world premiere recording of his 'Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra,' which appeared on his album 'IN TRUTH: Lucas Richman,' released on Albany Records in September 2015. Segev gave the world premiere of Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra in May 2013 with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Richman.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:50

Why Ringo rules

Written by Mike Dow

With the welcome news that Ringo Starr & His All Star Band are set to play Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on June 8, it's a good time to assess some of Starr's greatness. The Beatles would not have been the group we know today without him.

For starters, he completed the group. They truly became The Beatles when Ringo officially joined the band in August 1962, four years after John, Paul and George began playing together. When Ringo accepted the job, the chemical reaction synthesized by the coming together of those precise personalities created a form of divine magic that can never be duplicated.

Ringo: 'Every time he (Pete Best, previous Beatles drummer) was sick, they would ask me to sit in.'

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:26

Live Nation Country Megaticket

Written by Wire Reports

BANGOR Waterfront Concerts is proud to present the 2016 Live Nation Country Megaticket as part of the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series.

This is your season ticket to eight of the top selling Country shows across the US this summer. See the biggest superstars in country music today, plus the superstars of tomorrow. The Megaticket includes Dierks Bentley with Randy Houser, Came and Tucker Beathard on June 4; Florida Georgia Line with Cole Swindle, The Cadillac Three and Kane Brown on June 23; Kenny Chesney with Old Dominion on July 9; Luke Bryan with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch on July 17; Toby Keith on July 21; Darius Rucker with Dan + Shay and Michael Ray on July 29; Miranda Lambert with Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne on Aug. 21; and Rascal Flatts with Kelsea Ballerini on Sept. 4.

ORONO Laurie Smukler and Robert McDonald will be performing at the Minsky Recital Hall in Orono on Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.

'Our all-Bartk program includes the First Rhapsody, and both the Violin and Piano Sonatas; No. 1 and No. 2. The Rhapsody was dedicated to the great violinist Josef Szigeti, who was good friends with Bartk. It is full of folk melody and is a real virtuosic show piece. The sonatas were written within a year of each other, both for the fiery and beautiful woman violinist Jelly D'Aranyi, with whom Bartk was smitten,' said Laurie Smukler in a release. 'The relationship with the older Bartk did not develop into a romance, but the two did perform the sonatas together. The pieces themselves are full of romantic lyricism, intensity, exoticism, and rhythmic excitement, in addition to Bartk's trademark use of folk music.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:44

Farewell to The Man Who Fell To Earth

Written by Mike Dow

 

'Come on, it can't be real,' I thought to myself at 2:30 am on Monday. I saw the headline but it didn't make any sense. And then I found the official post on his Facebook page. The thoughts were coming all at once and none of them made sense. 'David Bowie died? That isn't possible. He just released a new album on his birthday. There must be a mistake.'

Way back when, I really thought there was a chance that Bowie came to Earth from another planet. Maybe he just went home.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 15:05

Berenstain Bears Live at the Collins Center

Written by Wire Reports

ORONO The Berenstain Bears are coming to the Collins Center on Jan. 17 at 3 p.m.

Stan and Jan Berenstain originally published 'The Berenstain Bears' in 1974 and have gone on to publish over 300 books and create three animated television series, an upcoming feature-length movie and now a brand new musical! Approved by the authors themselves, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical is an adaptation of three of The Berenstain Bears' most beloved books: 'The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers,' 'The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food' and 'The Berenstain Bears' Trouble at School.'

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 14:37

Les Pecheurs de Perles' in HD at The Grand!

Written by Wire Reports

ELLSWORTH - The Live in HD high-definition simulcast series of productions from The New York Metropolitan Opera continues its 2015 2016 season at The Grand on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. with a presentation of Georges Bizet's gorgeous opera of lust and longing 'Les Pcheurs de Perles' (The Pearl Fishers). The opera stars German soprano Diana Damrau, Lela, the beautiful Hindu priestess in this production directed by Penny Woolcock ('Doctor Atomic'). Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for Grand members and $20 for students (15 and under).

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