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Cheslie Kryst, a 28-year-old attorney from Charlotte, North Carolina, says she was in prayer in the suspenseful seconds just before she was declared Miss USA during the final competition in Reno, Nevada earlier this month.

BREWER - A special dinner and auction to help fund the ministry of The Brick Church, 126 Union St. in Bangor, is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, from 4-8 p.m. The event will take place at Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Road in Brewer, according to church administrator Chris Marley.

Since March 7, Wisconsin-based chiropractor Steve Ruppel has been taking a little more time off than usual to go to the movies. Actually – a lot more. He’s been screening just one movie – “Captain Marvel” – and as of last week, he had seen it 130 times.

The drummer Bruce Springsteen calls “the soul of dedication and commitment” is set to bring his 4-piece band, Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, to the Waterville Opera House for an evening of good time rock and roll classics on Saturday, October 5.

“It’s not a concert, it’s a party,” Weinberg tells The Maine Edge.

The powerhouse drummer that has served as the engine for Springsteen’s E Street Band since the fall of 1974, and also fueled The Max Weinberg 7 through 3,500 shows with Conan O’Brien, says he’s still a music fan at heart and is having the time of his life playing the music of his heroes with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox.

As the band’s name suggests, Max and his band perform a vast array of material, but unlike most concert events, this band relies on the audience to design the set-list.

Weinberg launched this unique interactive party/concert concept in the summer of 2017. The band’s itinerary this year will take them around the US and Canada and includes dates in Italy and Amsterdam.

“Mighty” Max Weinberg checked in with The Maine Edge to talk about why he loves playing with his band; why he encourages audiences to shoot photos and videos during his concerts and why fans of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are still “the greatest in the world.”

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 11:20

Celebrating four decades of The Dogs!

One of Maine’s most enduring musical ensembles is celebrating a milestone this year as The Dogs commemorate 40 years as a band by recording new music for the first time since the late 1980s.

Meanwhile, The Dogs’ concert schedule is busier today than it has been in years, thanks in part to the three most recent members to join the band.

The Dogs’ lineup in 2019 features the band’s two founding members – lead guitarist Curt Bruton and drummer Buddy Adams – along with bassist and business manager Walter Stanley, guitarist and vocalist Rich Stacey and vocalist Cheryl Oliver, the first female member of The Dogs in the 40-year history of the band.

OLD TOWN - A music-themed fundraiser to aid a local musician stricken with a rare form of cancer has been scheduled for Sunday, May 5. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. at the Old Town Elks Lodge.

If you’re not watching season three of IFC’s “Brockmire,” you’re missing one of TV’s funniest (and darkest) comedies of all time. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. through May 22.

Richard Kind (“Spin City,” “Mad About You,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) joins the show this season as Gus Barton, the new broadcast producer for Hank Azaria’s Jim Brockmire, a severely damaged old-school whisky-voiced major-league baseball play-by-play announcer.

I should get this out of the way up front. I have a deep love for this show. Any attempt at writing a purely impartial story about it would be a waste of my time and yours.

The season two finale of the hit fantasy drama “American Gods” is set for this Sunday at 8 p.m. on Starz. Orlando Jones stars as Mr. Nancy, a spellbinding trickster spider-man whom Jones says he was born to play.

Based on the bestselling 2001 novel by Neil Gaiman, “American Gods” takes place in a world ruled by two types of gods. The old gods are still cranky after all these years and man do they hate change. The new gods rule with technology, media and money, and use it in their mission to dominate the globe while attempting to send the old gods packing.

Once in a blue moon (in this case, a pink moon) a new blues-based band or artist arrives on the scene with an undeniable piece of music that makes me want to hear more. Stevie Ray Vaughan did it in 1983 with “Texas Flood.” Robert Cray accomplished the same thing in 1986 with “Smoking Gun.” The Black Crowes did it in 1990 with “Jealous Again,” as did Susan Tedeschi in 1998 with “It Hurt So Bad” and The Raconteurs in 2006 with “Steady, As She Goes.”

The new Los Angeles-based band Shadow & The Thrill sent me on a search for more after hearing “Misery,” the first taste of their debut album “Sugarbowl.” It’s a gargantuan-sounding slice of soulfully sinuous groove-based blues rock. I hoped the track was a bellwether and not the exception. After checking out more of the band’s great new songs, including “Just Enough,” “Shake the Devil” and a wild cover of Tommy Bolin’s “The Grind,” my interest was piqued.

Come to find out, Shadow & The Thrill is brand new project from some familiar names. Guitarist and lead vocalist Tony Cardenas-Montana (Great White, Slash, Asia) and in-demand New Orleans-based session and touring drummer Brentt Arcement are joined on “Sugarbowl” by a band of heavy hitters. The album’s massive sound comes courtesy of master mixer Syliva Massy (Tool, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers).

I reached out to Tony Cardenas-Montana in the hope that he would peel back a few layers of mystery surrounding the music of this great new band.

A teenaged con artist determined to exact revenge on the family she believes did her wrong is at the heart of “No Good Nick,” a new Netflix family mystery dramedy starring Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin as Liz and Ed Thompson, parents of two high school-aged children, played by Kalama Epstein (“Jeremy”) and Lauren Lindsey Donzis (“Molly”).

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