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North Carolina-based Steep Canyon Rangers have established themselves as one of America’s preeminent bluegrass bands and they’ve done it through a combination of shared vision, a love for the form and a persistent drive to evolve.

The Grammy-winning sextet, known for their ability to tailor a show for any type of venue, says they’re ready to present their “performing arts” face when they grace the stage of Orono’s Collins Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 21.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 12:25

Hooray for beer! Celebrating National Beer Day

Written by Allen Adams

Beer is booming in Bangor and beyond.

This region has become a hotbed for interesting and talented beermakers in recent years. The craft beer explosion has been a remarkable thing to watch as more and more passionate brewers decide to try and bring their sudsy dreams to fruition.

BANGOR – This is a city built on secrets.

We’re not talking about the typical everyday mundane secrets, the little things that you’ll find in any city. No, we’re talking about the deep-down secrets. The weird secrets. Secrets like ancient crowns with mysterious social powers or a cohort of prominent figures who are probably robots.

Those secrets.

We here at The Maine Edge have never been ones for what you’d call “real journalism” – that’s never really been our beat. As a rule, we like to stay in our lane as far as that goes. But longtime readers know that every once in a while, we’re swept up into the whirlwind of a story that won’t let us go until we reach its (almost-certainly strange) ending.

This is one such story.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:15

The hits keep on coming – A 2018 MLB preview

Written by Allen Adams

It might be hard to believe, considering how much snow we’ve seen recently, but spring is here. Whatever the weather says, the truth is that baseball season is just around the corner! Spring training is coming to a conclusion – we’re on the verge of seeing games that count!

There’s plenty to be excited about in 2018. The Houston Astros look ready to hit the field as defending champions for the first time in their history. We might get our first legitimate two-way player in nearly a century thanks to the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani. Young superstars like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are playing for what will likely prove to be record-shattering free agent contracts. Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw will continue to build on their Hall of Fame careers.

And once again, I have staved off the inevitable reality of age; we have not one, but two major league baseball players who are older than I am – pitcher Bartolo Colon, now with the Minnesota Twins, and outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who has returned to the Seattle Mariners, the team where his storied MLB career began.

As for the specifics – who knows? There are going to be a lot of home runs and a lot of strikeouts. There will be stars who perform to expectations and unknowns who shock the world. There will be delightful highs and unfortunate lows. There’s no way to say for certain what will go down on the field in 2018.

But let’s give it a go anyway.

(Division winners – x; Wild Card teams – y)

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 13:46

Another year of scientific celebration with MSF

Written by Allen Adams

BANGOR – The greater Bangor area is set to once again come alive with its annual celebration of science.

The Maine Science Festival is back for its fourth year of reminding us that science isn’t some remote thing separate from our everyday lives. No, the truth is that science is everywhere. It’s all around us, serving as an integral part of everything that we do.

Starting on March 15 and running through March 18, the MSF is offering dozens of events at venues all over Bangor. These events, large and small, are all dedicated to bringing aspects of science to joyful, vivid life.This is a chance to see for yourself how science impacts your world; you might be surprised at how large a part it plays in your life. And while there are some events that are ticketed, the vast majority of what’s happening over these four days is free.

We’re including a schedule of events, but there’s not nearly enough space to go into detail for all of the wonderful programming that’s going on over the span of MSF. For more information, head to www.mainesciencefestival.org for details on anything that piques your interest.

The songs are the most important thing for me. It’s important that people don’t just hear this album as a throwback record. I want them to hear it as new songs in this world.” – David Myles, on his latest album “Real Love”

Nova Scotia-based singer and songwriter David Myles has a hard time sitting still.

The music-obsessed JUNO award-winning father of two admits that if he hadn’t taken time out for this interview with The Maine Edge, he would have been at the piano or on a guitar, relishing in the joy of discovering a new melody or chord sequence.

Myles’ remarkable new album “Real Love” was released last autumn in Canada and is now available in the US and worldwide on vinyl, CD and mp3. According to Myles, the new record is the result of a personal deep dive into the music of country legend Don Gibson, the dark emotion of Roy Orbison and early rock pioneer Buddy Holly.

“I love that era of singer where they kind of still sang country ballads where the vocals were kind of slow, relaxed and they kind of crooned,” Myles said. “They were great singers but they were just taking their time while the band rocked behind them.”

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 16:43

Who’s thanking the Academy? A 2018 Oscars preview

Written by Allen Adams

It’s Oscar time again!

This year marks the 90th Academy Awards. 90 years of Hollywood’s biggest night of self-celebration and self-congratulation. 90 years of dazzling gowns and dapper tuxedos and impactful acceptance speeches and inane interviews on the red carpet. 90 years of excitement and disappointment.

As someone who loves the movies, I love the Oscars. Sure, they’ve grown increasingly out of touch over the years (though there’s been some solid bounceback in the last few). So what? There’s something exciting about rewarding the best of the best – even if what seems like the best of the best today might not seem so great later on down the road.

This marks the 11th Oscar preview I’ve written for The Maine Edge. I’ve been doing this for over a decade. And while I’ve gotten pretty good at determining just who is going to win, the reality is that there are always going to be some surprises. Hell, just look at last year, when “La La Land” was the winner for Best Picture … until it wasn’t.

OK, so maybe we won’t see THAT big a surprise this time around, but that’s the joy of it – you just never know.

Here’s a look at my predictions. I've included write-ups for the big ones - the four acting categories, director and Best Picture - and just picked the winners for the rest.

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:32

Acoustic evenings with Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin

Written by Mike Dow

ORONO/BROWNFIELD - Longtime friends Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin are about to hit the road together for the first time in March for an acoustic tour of songs and stories which will include shows at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono and the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield.

The duo will perform songs from each of their careers while swapping stories about their music and lives.

Lovett and Colvin’s first Maine stop on this tour is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, at Orono’s Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine at 7 p.m. The next night, the pair will offer up their acoustic evening of songs and stories at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield.

In his excellent 2017 memoir “Change of Seasons,” John Oates - best known as one half (along with Daryl Hall) of Hall & Oates (the most successful musical duo of the rock era) - recounts the heavy influence that traditional American folk, blues and roots music has had on his life.

Readers of that chronicle (due to be reissued in paperback this May) won’t be surprised to discover that Oates has just released a brand-new album paying tribute to some of the originators of the music of America’s heartland.

Through five decades of Hall & Oates, a period that saw the duo rack up seven platinum and six gold pop and rock albums, 34 charting Billboard hits (including six #1 singles) and more than 80 million in sales, Oates has never forgotten about the folk and blues singers that captivated him during his formative years.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 14:08

A Valentine’s variety pack

Written by Allen Adams

Valentine’s Day is almost here!

We’re not here to tell you that your feelings about this particular holiday – good, bad or indifferent – are right or wrong. No, we thought that with the day fast approaching, rather than just offer up the standard V-Day blah-blah-blah, we might instead share with you some random assorted thoughts about love and the holiday and the stuff that sometimes comes with it.

The following are lists of things that are connected to Valentine’s Day or pop culture’s portrayals of love … more or less. We’re taking a look at a few bests and worsts in entertainment’s takes on romance, along with some drink ideas and gift no-nos and whatnot.

It ain’t Cupid’s arrow, but at least we took our shot. Enjoy!

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