Mike Dow

Mike Dow

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If all goes well, a beautiful 5,000 sq. ft. home in rural Alberta Canada will soon trade hands for less than 20 bucks and a few well-chosen words, according to Alla Wagner, the home’s current owner.

Maybe it has something to do with years that end with the number nine. If you’ve wondered what’s up with so many semi-defunct bands announcing comeback reunion tours for 2019, you’re not alone.

While rumors continue to circulate regarding some of rock’s most unlikely reunions (Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Oasis and Pink Floyd among them), we can confirm that most – if not all – of the following groups will soon be brushing up on their respective back catalogs before hitting the boards this spring and summer.

Nobody keeps it real like Henry Rollins. Whether it was as front-man for ‘80s punk band Black Flag (set to embark on a rare reunion tour in April) or the eponymous The Rollins Band or his spoken word albums or various campaigns for world hunger relief and other causes close to his heart, Rollins has always been one of our most gifted and effective communicators, regardless of medium.

Rollins’s 2018 Showtime special “Keep Talking, Pal” finds the seemingly tireless artist in front of an adoring crowd in Portland, Oregon. It’s now available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft Xbox, Vudu, Spectrum and Dish Network.

Though he’s quick to remind you that he isn’t a comedian, you may be convinced otherwise after watching Rollins deliver an hour of absorbing tales – some of which had me laughing out loud.

From meeting RuPaul and David Bowie (Rollins added the Bowie story to his set as a way to deal with the grief of losing him) to expressing why he believes that women should rule the world, you can almost hear the synapses in his brain firing as he moves around the stage; his audience entranced.

Rollins checked in with The Maine Edge to talk about his new special and how he prepped for it.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 19:10

Modest proposals: The road to ‘I do’

I’ve had the extraordinary opportunity to play a role in the wedding of hundreds of wonderful couples over the last 30-plus years.

I was the DJ. It was my job to set the tone by playing music during the reception, and sometimes during the ceremony, and handling announcements, including the introduction of the wedding party and generally keeping guests informed and entertained.

Every wedding that I worked on was different, thanks to the hundreds of wonderful couples who trusted me to assist in making their day a memorable one.

During my initial meeting with each couple, I would always ask about how they met in addition to details related to the proposal.

If the bride and groom agreed, I would share the story with their guests at some point during the reception.

It might sound like a small thing, but that story segment was a big hit. To this day, I meet people who remind me about specific stories related to a certain wedding they attended where I shared those personalized details of a couple’s coupling.

I recently reached out to some of those couples and asked permission to share part of their story with you. Three of the couples profiled are part of a large group of friends for whom I've been called up for many memorable receptions.

Additionally, our resident genius assignment editor, Allen Adams, shares the proposal story between he and his lovely wife, Sheridan.

(Editor’s note: That’s “Super Genius” to you, Dow. And yes, my wife is indeed lovely – lovelier than I deserve.)

Actor Barry Williams, best known for portraying older brother Greg on the classic TV sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” says he’s looking forward to reuniting with his former castmates for a very special project involving the old homestead, due this September, after which he’ll host a Western Caribbean “classic TV” cruise populated with a dozen stars.

The instantly recognizable “Brady Bunch” home located at 11222 Dilling St. in Studio City, California, was purchased last August by Discovery Inc. (owners of HGTV) for a reported $3.5 million, with an aim toward a total restoration of its former ‘70s glory.

The project is being turned into “A Very Brady Renovation” – a series due to begin airing this fall and starring all six actors who portrayed the Brady siblings.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 13:50

Coming soon: A new music preview for early 2019

A number of mega-selling artists in multiple genres have scheduled new albums for 2019, including some still awaiting an assigned release date (Adele, Coldplay, Carly Rae Jepson, Madonna, The Raconteurs, Tim McGraw, and The Who, among many others). Here’s a sampling of the titles we expect to hear over the next month.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 13:48

Diedrich Bader talks ‘American Housewife’

The ABC family sitcom “American Housewife,” starring Katy Mixon (“Mike & Molly”) and Diedrich Bader (“The Drew Carey Show”), returns to air this week in a new time slot following a two-month hiatus. The 2017 winner of the People’s Choice Award for best new comedy can now be seen Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

As Greg Otto, Diedrich Bader says his character is closer in personality to the actual Bader than any other character he’s portrayed.

BAR HARBOR - “I attend a lot of live theatre and I can guarantee that you will never see another show like this one,” says writer and MDI native Mike Perlman of what might be the most preposterous stage show ever mounted – “The Summoning of the Flamingo of Love.”

As Robin, the caped crusading sidekick to Adam West’s Batman on the popular 1960s TV series of the same name, actor Burt Ward helped rescue Gotham from a variety of diabolical arch villains. In real life, Ward, with his wife Tracy, have rescued and re-homed nearly 16,000 dogs in southern California through their Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions organization, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019.

The original rhythm section for Heart - one of classic rock’s most successful and revered bands - is still locked in and delivering those iconic songs as faithfully as possible, says bassist and co-founding member Steve Fossen (a member of Heart from 1973 to 1982), of his band Heart by Heart.

Along with former Heart drummer Michael DeRosier (1975-1982), vocalist Somar Macek, Lizzy Daymont on guitar, keyboards and vocals, and guitarist Chad Quist, Fossen says Heart by Heart is committed to playing the music with as much reverence and respect as possible.

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