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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. 

 

The music you love speaks volumes about the kind of person you are. Those who are most passionate about their music also tend to spread the word about why that music is important to them. It can be a revealing method of social networking.  

A new app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch from Stereotypes makes it possible to not only share favorite music videos from YouTube, it allows users to become a 'VJ' by recording a short video introduce it. Think of it as a new take on MTV for the YouTube generation.  

Boston-based radio talk-show host and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr has spent a considerable part of his career exposing the thugs and mobsters of Boston's organized crime scene.   

Regular listeners to 'The Howie Carr Show' (3 to 7 p.m. weekdays on WVOM 103.9 in Bangor and WVQM 101.3 in Augusta) know that crime kingpin Whitey Bulger was at the top of Carr's list - and, as Carr will explain, he was on Whitey's list. Now that Bulger has been captured and tried (Carr attended the trial), Carr has announced an all-new 'Evening of Crime' billed as a night of 'spellbinding tales of organized crime in Boston,' coming to Bangor on Friday, Aug. 16 at Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road. 

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 Kenny 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. 

Richard Williams, guitarist for Kansas, says that it doesn't seem possible that his band is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. 'It really is incredible to me,' Williams told me in a recent phone interview. 'I feel like I've lived 10 lifetimes over the last 40 years.'  

From the start, the members of Kansas were unified in the belief that they had what it took to reach the big time. From their humble beginning as a local Topeka band playing proms and bars to (a few years later) racking up huge radio hits like 'Carry on My Wayward Son' and 'Dust in the Wind' and selling out two nights at Madison Square Garden, Williams says that when 'the big time' arrived, the members of Kansas had no idea how popular they had become.

It's difficult to imagine a concert packed with more fun than this year's 'Last Summer on Earth' show, Sunday night at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion.  

Barenaked Ladies returned to Bangor for the second summer in a row and brought with them Ben Folds Five and Guster, two other bands who came of age in the 1990s.  

The concert opened with an unannounced set by British singer-songwriter comedian, Boothby Graffo, a longtime collaborator of Barenaked Ladies.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:08

Captain Sig' Hansen of The Deadliest Catch'

Fishing first, camera second' 

As captain of the fishing vessel 'The Northwestern,' Sigurd 'Sig' Hansen thought he had seen it all. He's witnessed the lives of friends and crew permanently altered in a split-second. He's broken up vicious on-deck fights. He's weathered Bering Sea storms that came close to sinking his boat, and he has seen rival fishermen seemingly forget the most basic rules of humanity. What he didn't see coming was the fame he has attained for doing a job that has been part of his Norwegian ancestry for generations.

Friday, 28 June 2013 08:15

Catching Phish in Maine: A look back

As Phish prepares for the first show of their summer 2013 tour, at Darlings Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on July 3, a look back at some of the legendary band's Maine visits is in order.   

Although details surrounding many of Phish's early shows remain sketchy, most authoritative accounts agree that the band's first three Maine appearances took place in January 1989 with an initial stop in Bar Harbor at College of the Atlantic's Gates Center Auditorium on January 20th.  

On the following evening, Phish headed up route 1A for a show in Orono at the now defunct Oronoka restaurant and motel, famous for their "Food You'll Remember" and meals that were seemingly never-ending.  It is believed that the group spent the night upstairs at this venue where they returned for another show almost exactly one year later.

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