Mike Dow

Mike Dow

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A rare opportunity to catch the leader of influential genre-defying band SeepeopleS in an intimate acoustic setting is scheduled for Friday, November 29, when Will Bradford performs a free show at Black Bear Brewery, 191 Exchange St. in Bangor.

Bradford says he loves performing in Bangor, where he grew up from the mid-1980s to the early ‘90s.

“I like to think that I lived in Bangor long enough to qualify as a local,” Bradford said with a laugh while his band took a break during the Boston recording sessions for its next record, “Field Guide For Survival in This Dying World,” due in 2020. It will be the first new SeepeopleS’ music since 2015’s 25-track double album “Dead Souls Sessions”

In what promises to be an evening full of hits, Pink Houses will perform the music of John Mellencamp live at Seasons Downunder Club, Main. St. in Bangor, on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 9 p.m.

A four-piece band from southern Maine, Pink Houses formed earlier this year after guitarist and singer Doug Hoyt gave some thought to an idea posed by his wife and some of their friends.

Hoyt has led a number of bands over the last 30 years, and many of them have performed a mix of his original music and some well-chosen cover songs. A committed lifelong fan of British and American rock and roll, Hoyt says The Who will always be his favorite band of all, but that the music of John Mellencamp has always resonated with him.

It’s been 25 years since Kenny Wayne Shepherd stepped into a recording studio, giddy with anticipation over the sessions that would become his platinum-selling debut record “Ledbetter Heights.” Barely 17 years old at the time, the Shreveport, Louisiana guitar-slinger had been labeled heir apparent to the blues-rock throne, or alternately, simply “The Kid,” for years. Keenly aware that an army of brow-furrowing blues purists were prepared to pounce upon anything they perceived as inauthentic, Shepherd opted to let his fingers do the talking.

After nine albums (including seven #1 blues records), many hundreds of performances, world tours, five Grammy nominations, Blues Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and stages and studios shared with his heroes, Shepherd long ago ceased the need to prove his worth to others, but he says he’ll never stop trying to create the best music he’s ever made.

Santa’s gonna need a bigger sack. Fans of classic rock have a wealth of new material to wade through with this season’s explosion of exhaustive vault clearing box sets, either in stores now or on the docket for release over the next several weeks.

Among the sets already out: Sweeping multidisc collections from the Steve Miller Band (“Welcome to the Vault”), The Doors (“The Soft Parade 50th”), The Kinks (“Arthur”) and the latest edition of Bob Dylan’s ongoing “Bootleg Series,” with more to come through mid-December.

The gatecrashing escapades of former Los Angeles Times reporter Adrian Maher should earn props from the most tenacious of paparazzi. Pulling from 25 years of personal experience, interviews and anecdotes, Maher’s new book “Uninvited: Confessions of a Hollywood Party Crasher” is a hilarious chronicle of the reporter’s various adrenaline-fueled capers as part of a select group of dauntless Tinseltown interlopers.

A freelance journalist for UPI, Newsweek, Time and the L.A. Weekly, Maher has also written, directed and produced dozens of programs for Discovery, History, National Geographic, and others. I interviewed him from his home in Santa Monica, California for this Maine Edge profile of ‘Uninvited.’

Most performers could tell you about the night they “died onstage” – when nothing seemed to work and they just wanted to crawl off and vaporize. The list of entertainers who actually did draw their final breaths in front of an audience is a surprisingly extensive one, but there has never been a book to collect them – until now.

“The Show Won’t Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage” (Chicago Review Press) is an anthology of history’s most compelling onstage deaths from author and entertainment publicist Jeff Abraham and coauthor Burt Kearns. Abraham’s clients have included George Carlin, Jeff Foxworthy and The Smothers Brothers.

Documentary filmmaker and paranormal explorer Dakota Laden took an unforgettable road trip earlier this year when he hopped into an RV with his sister Chelsea and best friend Taylor to spend a night in 10 allegedly haunted abandoned locations to put each to the test. The result is “Destination Fear” – Travel Channel’s newest paranormal series, airing Saturdays at 10 p.m.

Laden says he’s been fascinated with the paranormal since he was a kid, when he and his sister experienced terrifying activity firsthand in their home. Beginning in 2008, he shot a series of experimental YouTube videos with friends, including a “Ghost Adventures” parody that actually landed him a stint on the show for two years.

On “Destination Fear,” we see the trio, accompanied only by a two-person camera crew, as they explore abandoned asylums, hospitals and penitentiaries – locations selected by Laden but not revealed to the rest of the group until shortly before their arrival. After an initial walkthrough, the trio splits up to spend the rest of the night alone and record what happens. I spoke with Laden, a native of Lakeville, Minnesota, for this interview from his current home in Las Vegas.

BANGOR - A sold-out craft fair featuring 375 vendors will occupy every available space in Bangor Mall during the weekend of November 9 and 10, according to organizer Kathy Harvey, who says the response from the public has surpassed anything she expected.

“I’ve been blown away by the many messages and photos from our vendors,” said Harvey, owner of Furniture, Mattresses & More, located in the former Macy’s building at Bangor Mall.

HAMPDEN - Hampden Academy’s state of the art Performing Arts Center will come alive with music associated with late Maine jazz legend Don Stratton during its Fall Jazz Night concert, scheduled for Monday, November 4, at 7 p.m.

As part of the tribute, several guest artists connected to both Don Stratton and Hampden Academy will take part in the concert, according to Pat Michaud, director of bands and instructor of Music Industry and Music Theory for R.S.U. #22.

It may not look a lot like Christmas (yet) but it’s coming, and with it comes a slew of new holiday-themed albums designed put a little jingle in your step.

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