Mike Dow

Mike Dow

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BANGOR – The inaugural concert for the 2019 Outlaw Music Festival drew thousands of fans to Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor last Friday night to hear headliners Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, Alison Krauss, The Revivalists, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Particle Kid.

It’s funny how something as ordinary as hearing a new song on the radio can send a person burrowing down a rabbit hole so rich with hidden trails and secret passageways, he’s still there decades later savoring every moment.

Phish is currently on a 26-date summer tour and will soon arrive in Bangor to play back-to-back shows at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25 and 26.

Most every fan in attendance will have a different story about what brought them to Phish (insert Volkswagen Minibus joke here). Oh yeah, Phish fans have to put up with a lot of crap. It’s all good, man. We can take it.

The moment I received a message from The Maine Edge’s resident Super Genius assignment editor Allen Adams asking me to share the story of my path to Phish, I began compiling a list of details.

(Editor’s note: I’ve been looking for an excuse to have Mike go long on Phish for years; his passion for the band is palpable. With the band’s return to Bangor, I got what I wanted – and you all are getting something special.)

This is how I came to Phish and why I hope to never leave.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 16:35

Spotlighting some new June tunes

With eagerly anticipated new titles on the way from heavy hitters like Ed Sheeran, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews and Madonna, summer 2019 is shaping up to be tunefully memorable. As many new releases are timed to coincide with the heavy touring season, the music industry is hoping that global sales will continue to rise for a fifth straight year.

Here’s a sneak peek at a few just-released titles and a taste of things to come.

Netflix’s new horror thriller “The Perfection” freaked me out in a way that a movie hasn’t done for a long time. As I watched, I realized that it would be very difficult to say much about it without giving away some key plot points. Suffice to say all of my preconceptions and expectations were shattered. Cheers to writer and director Richard Shephard for reminding me that the best scary movies are the ones with twists I didn’t see coming.

Shortly before the May 24 premiere of “The Perfection,” I spoke with Steven Weber, one of the film’s stars, for a conversation mostly revolving around the movie … with a little “Wings” exchange at the end.

The new EPIX stylized series “Perpetual Grace, LTD” has aired only two episodes as of this writing but it’s already generating Emmy buzz for star Sir Ben Kingsley over his portrayal of diabolical small-town New Mexico preacher Pastor Byron Brown. Think of this noir-ish thriller as “Ma and Pa Kettle from Hell.”

Kurtwood Smith (“That 70s Show,” “Robocop,” “The Ranch”) has a recurring role as Uncle Dave, and says working with Kingsley is something all actors would love to do.

“A lot of people have wondered what happened to me and where I’ve been,” former Saturday Night Live star Chris Kattan said at the outset of my interview with him about his new memoir “Baby Don’t Hurt Me.” It’s a deeply personal and fast-paced read that is equally captivating, hilarious and heartbreaking.

BANGOR – Three well-known Maine bands are slated to come together for a night of music to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Sunday, May 26, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., at Penobscot Pour House, located at 14 Larkin St. in Bangor.

OLD TOWN - Veterans of all eras will be honored during Old Town’s sixth annual “We Honor Veterans” celebration, including a 5K run/walk and parade, to be directly followed by a ceremony and concert at Riverfront Park, in downtown Old Town on May 27.

Burlington, Vermont based singer-songwriter Henry Jamison’s first headlining tour will bring the acclaimed music-maker to Portland’s One Longfellow Square, on Tuesday, May 28, in support of his latest album “Gloria Duplex.”

Jamison’s music has been streamed more than 100 million times, including “Florence Nightingale” - the track Jamison cites as his favorite from his latest record. He recently shared a new live video of the song on his social media pages.

Prior to a Maine performance last year, I interviewed Jamison about his new music and the tour he was about to embark on.

(Author’s note: My sincere apologies to Anthony Gomes. I interviewed him for this story on Tuesday, May 14. Due to a mysterious digital glitch, the interview was not retrievable for transcription. We covered a broad range of topics over 20 minutes. While I recall the essence of his responses, I don’t have enough confidence in my short-term memory to attempt to recreate them here.)

Guitarist Anthony Gomes is set to bring his trio to Rockland’s Time Out Pub on Sunday, May 26, at 4 p.m. for what he promises will be a show full of “high voltage blues.”

Gomes, 2017 European Blues Award winner for Best Musician/Live Performance, will bring his “Peace, Love & Loud Guitars” tour to Maine with bassist Sean Holland and drummer Jeremy Howard.

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