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Micah Blue Smaldone to open for James McMurtry at Criterion Theatre

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BAR HARBOR -- Maine musician Micah Blue Smaldone has been announced the opening act for James McMurtry on Feb. 27 at the 1932 Criterion Theatre.

'I really enjoy playing in Bar Harbor in the winter,' Smaldone says. 'I'm looking forward to coming back to the Criterion and am excited to have the opportunity to share the stage with James McMurtry.'

Smaldone was a founding member of the Pinkerton Thugs, a punk band formed in Kennebunk that was well known in Boston during the mid-'90s. He was a member of several bands between the Pinkerton Thugs and his solo work, including Out Cold, The Racketeers and The Shods.

Smaldone's solo work is more reminiscent of blues musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt than punk acts like the Clash. He released his first solo album, 'Some Sweet Day,' in 2003. It was the first of four studio albums, the most recent being 'The Ring of the Rise,' released in 2013. He tours regularly across the United States and Europe.

Smaldone is no stranger to Bar Harbor. He has played at the Lompoc on several occasions, both as a solo performer and as part of the Providence band String Builder. This won't be his first time playing at the Criterion either. He was one of the performers who participated in All of Us II: A Tribute to Brown Bird, a fundraiser for the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, held this past October.

James McMurtry with Micah Blue Smaldone will play the 1932 Criterion Theatre for one show on Saturday, Feb. 27. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with music starting at 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $30 for balcony, $25 for orchestra and $20 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the theater or online at www.criteriontheatre.org.

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is a newly restored, nonprofit venue dedicated to preserving this historic space for artists, musicians, performers and audiences. Recently reopened, the Criterion has hosted first-run Hollywood films, live theater, music, dance and children's programming. For more information about the Criterion, visit www.criteriontheatre.org. The 1932 Criterion is proud to be a part of this community and honored to serve in this capacity.

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