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A look at KahBang 2011

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BANGOR - The KahBang arts and music festival came to an end this past weekend, but not without going out with a bang. The waterfront was alive with music highlighting talent from local Maine artists to the Grammy-nominated band My Morning Jacket. KahBang rocked the waterfront, attracting people from all walks of life.

The headliners Friday night were Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Lupe Fiasco. Grace, opened with their hit 'Paris (OooLaLa),' exciting the crowd for more. She truly rocked the stage with jamming guitars and organ solos, as people danced and hula-hooped their way into nightfall that created a great experience for all ages.

As the night moved on, the bright lights shown down on Chicago-raised rapper Lupe Fiasco. Sporting a full band behind him, he had great energy that vibrated through the crowd and really getting people up and shaking their groove thang well into the night

Saturday was perfect weather for the festival to continue. Portland funk band Sly Chi grooved out in the Dispatch Magazine tent, and was later joined by Wells, Maine-based rapper Spose, who brought people to their feet with some local hip hop talent in the mix.

What's great about a festival is the diversity if hip hop and funk aren't your cup of tea, you can explore the other stages that offered an array of jam bands, indie rock, and electronic beats all gearing up for the headliners of the evening, Chromeo and My Morning Jacket.

Chromeo was a draw for many, and bumping their electrofunk beats and smooth moves, they kept the crowd jumping. This two-man band really knew how to rock it by keeping the energy high and really playing to the crowd.

The headliners of the festival, My Morning Jacket, took to the stage later than expected, which kept fans waiting in anticipation for their arrival. As a large stuffed bear was placed in the drummers seat, the band walked out and announced the drummer had an allergic reaction to some shellfish earlier in the day and wasn't well enough to perform. While there might be some disappointment at this point, especially since some bands might not even play, for My Morning Jacket the show went on by playing a one-of-a-kind, all-acoustic show. It was something that they announced they had never done before.

KahBang was an overall great experience it's really grown over the last few years into a great melting pot of art, music and film. It combines local talent and world class acts into a week long celebration of culture, hopefully to be celebrated for years to come only getting bigger and better with time.

Last modified on Thursday, 27 October 2011 14:04

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