Mike Dow

Mike Dow

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In 1990, Troy Dunn assisted his mother in locating her birth mother and discovered his life's calling. Since then, Dunn has helped more than 40,000 people find lost or estranged loved ones, family members and friends. Some of their stories were profiled through five seasons of WE TV's highest rated program, 'The Locator.' Relationship insights gained through years of bringing people together informed Dunn's bestselling book 'It's Never Too Late.'    

Dunn is currently at work on a new series called 'APB with Troy Dunn,' scheduled for a Jan. 17, 2014 premiere on TNT. The cases for the first season of the series have yet to be selected by Dunn and his staff.   

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 22:42

N.O.R.E. and Reks to hit Tantrum Friday, Nov. 15

A few weeks ago, area hip hop fans lit up social media when news broke that N.O.R.E. and Reks have scheduled a show set for this Friday, Nov. 15 at Tantrum Event Center on 193 Broad Street in Bangor.  

The evening's headliner, N.O.R.E. (born Victor Santiago Jr.), burst onto the rap scene in 1996 as one half of the duo Capone-N-Noreaga.  After going solo, N.O.R.E. released the eponymous, platinum-selling 'N.O.R.E' in 1998.  Featuring cameos from fellow New York rappers including Busta Rhymes, the disc peaked at #3 on the Billboard album charts.  

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 23:40

Debut CD from Nevah: Tales From Nevahland'

For a number of years, the acclaimed Maine band Nevah have been approached by audience members who ask the question, 'Hey, do you guys have any CDs?' This would usually be followed by a tongue-in-cheek response from the group such as, 'I think we have a Beach Boys CD out in the car - maybe some Jimmy Buffet too.  I'll go get 'em for you.'   

After promising to issue an album for nearly as long as the band has been together, Nevah's first CD, 'Tales From Nevahland,' is available now at live shows and through their website,

Legendary band set to perform at Cross Insurance Center on Nov. 2

On Jan. 30, 1969, the seven members of Chicago (then known as Chicago Transit Authority) emerged from a New York City recording studio after four fierce days of recording for their debut Columbia Records album. Strict time constraints dictated by a label already nervous about issuing a two-record set by an unproven band necessitated swift results. 

When the musicians left the 30th Street studio, where Miles Davis had recorded 'Kind of Blue' 10 years earlier, they had an introduction packed with carefully crafted songs that merged pop with rock, jazz, soul and some wicked guitar.   

For 27-year-old Blair McMillan of Guelph, Ontario, his girlfriend, Morgan, and their two young boys, life is simpler these days - and McMillan says he has his young son to thank for it.   

On a beautiful spring day last April, Blair asked his 5-year old son, Trey, to join him outside for some playtime in the sunshine. 'He said, No, daddy.  I want to play on the iPad,'' said McMillan. 'I started to realize how times had changed and how different it is now. When I was a kid, me and all of my friends lived outside.'  

'That's just funny right there. I don't care where you're from,' a friend of mine said recently after seeing a YouTube clip of comedian Juston McKinney. He was right - McKinney's comedy is universal.  

Whether he's talking about life with his wife, children and dogs or growing up on the border of Maine and New Hampshire, McKinney, a veteran of 'The Tonight Show' (both Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien) and two Comedy Central specials, is as relatable to an auditorium of college students as he would be to a convention of seasoned firefighters. Perhaps an review of McKinney's recent DVD 'A Middle Class Hole' sums it up best: 'He's clean and he's hilarious.'  

Dynamic Bangor-based rock-pop-punk duo When Particles Collide (Sasha Alcott: guitar, bass, lead vocals; and Chris Viner: drums, vocals) are set to unveil their fourth recorded musical statement. 'EGO' is the aural equivalent of a fireworks shop, delivering five tracks of colorfully charged incendiary rock inside 20 minutes. Prepare to give your speakers a workout - these new songs sound massive.  

'EGO' will be available beginning Sept. 3 through Bull Moose ($6.98 both in-store and at for an exclusive two-week period before being made available elsewhere.   

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:26

This is Mickey Hart's brain on drums

In July, I was scheduled to interview Mickey Hart, legendary percussionist, music historian and music preservationist, for a piece in The Maine Edge. Shortly before the interview was to take place, I received a message that Mickey wasn't feeling well and had cancelled all interviews for the day. His pending tour preparations prevented a rescheduling, and I'm grateful to Danny Sigelman, journalist for City Pages, his city's arts and entertainment paper, for allowing me to incorporate quotes from his recent interview with Mickey Hart below.  

Mickey Hart's personal musical roots may be firmly planted in the past, but he refuses to spend much time there. At this point, no one would fault Mickey if he elected to comfortably rest on his laurels and spend his golden years spinning enthralling tales from 25 years as a key member of the Grateful Dead, one of rock's most iconic bands. But Mickey, who will turn 70 in September, has little interest in reminiscing.  

On a recent broadcast of 'The Howie Carr Show' (3 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays on WVOM, 103.9 FM and WVQM 101.3 FM), the syndicated talk-show host, author and Boston Herald columnist was discussing the final days of the recently completed trial of notorious Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger. 

Carr came close but stopped short of referring to the 'summer of Whitey' as 'the end of an era.' That's too trite of a phrase for Howie Carr - the sort of clich that he would make sport of on the air. But keen listeners knew where he was headed.

Eli Young Band is unquestionably one of the most popular country bands on the planet today. The group's impressive track record includes eight hit singles to date (including two #1 hits), the most played song on country radio in 2011 ('Crazy Girl' also the 2012 ACM song of the year) and a new single currently racing up the charts ('Drunk Last Night') from their upcoming fifth studio album. They could easily be headlining their own tour at this moment but when Kenney Chesney calls and invites you to go out on the road for the summer, you don't say no.  

Eli Young Band, all Texas boys, will be special guests during Chesney's concert at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Part of Chesney's 'No Shoes Nation' tour, this show features an additional opening Texas export, Kacey Musgraves ('Merry Go Round' and 'Blowin' Smoke'). At the time of writing, the website for Waterfront Concerts had a 'sell out warning' banner for this show. In other words, get your tickets now before it's too late. 


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