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BANGOR For the past five years, KahBang has been bringing more and more culture to the area. First came music, then art, then film and beer - and each year is bigger and better.

Headlining the Festival this year is rock band Dr. Dog and Odd Future group member, hip-hop artist Earl Sweatshirt. New additions include St. Lucia, Gentleman Hall, Vacationer, X Ambassadors, Caro Khan, My Pet Dragon, Spencer Albee and North of Nashville. KahBang is also showcasing emerging musicians from all over North America, playing genres that include indie, electronic, rock, hip-hop, country-rock, electro-pop, rap and indie- folk.

"Not since our founding year in 2009 have I been more excited for our event. We took an approach this year that focused on building a festival and not just a concert, and I'm overwhelmed by the result. We have more to offer to the public than any year before, and most of it is free,' said Tim Lo, executive director of KahBang. 'For our returning fans this is the richest experience they'll ever have. Get ready for one amazing KAHBANG weekend. We're excited to host New England and visitors from afar.'

In its fifth year, KahBang has changed the structure of the Festival and is offering most events free of charge to the general public. Available at no cost are multiple music stages and all art and film on Waterfront Festival Grounds. Information on the KahBang Film Festival and complete film line up may be viewed at The Main Stage, Dance Stage, Bangor Brew Fest and Campsite Stage are separately ticketed events. Tickets to these events are available at or at the KahBang office at 84 Harlow St. in Bangor.

'Our team has spent the last nine months planning the coolest birthday party we could think to throw ourselves. KAHBANG is all about discovery and we decided very early on to adapt our format to allow more people to experience our event without having to buy a ticket,' said Joshua Gass, the creative director for KahBang. 'The music lineup is the most diverse we have ever assembled, and we have already had incredible response from people all over the country letting us know how excited they are to participate in this year's event. We began this festival in part to showcase Bangor and we are encouraging people from New England and all over to come and explore what KAHBANG and this region has to offer. I don't believe they will be disappointed.'

KahBang kicks off with a free concert in West Market Square at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8. Festival Grounds will open at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9. For information on Bangor Brew Fest, please visit

The Artists

The Arts District' will be located on Waterfront Festival Grounds, Aug. 9 through 11.

The KahBang Art Festival is free to both Festival Pass holders and the general public.


In Nov. 2008, 'Flannel' began as a hand-cut, D.I.Y zine featuring art from our friends. Now, 'Flannel' is a statewide art publication featuring works from both established and up-and-coming Maine artists. 'Flannel' strives to showcase Maine art in its most raw and gritty form. 'Flannel' is made by Mainers, for Mainers.

'Flannel' is an annually published Maine art and culture publication. 'Flannel' is produced and printed in Portland, Maine.


In addition to exhibiting as part of the Arts District, Jeffrey Prymowicz will be creating a limited series to honor both KahBang Film Jury Prize winners as well as Official Selection filmmakers at the 2013 KahBang Film Festival Closing & Awards Party. A 2011 Art Festival favorite, KBA is excited to welcome Prymowicz back this August in a more collaborative aspect.

JEFFREY IRIZARRY, Illustration  [In collaboration with FLANNEL]

SHAYNA BLUMERT, Screen Print [In collaboration with FLANNEL]

JONESSA RAMOS , Koaleske Clothing Line , Mixed Media [In collaboration with FLANNEL]

ERIK SCHWAB, David Foster Wallets [Duct Tape Art]

SHAWN BREWER, Fast Food Prints [Mobile Screen Print ]

SARAH GREGOIRE, Photography [Digital]

EMMA SOUCEK, Photography [35 mm]

SUSAN SMITH, Sculpture, Painting




LYDIA ROSE, Figurative Paintings

ANN CORREIA, Acrylic on Canvas

STEVEN BROOKS, Recycled Sculpture


SEBASTIAN MEADE, Sculpture- 'Yarn Bombing' / 'Guerrilla Knitting'


'Poet Street Collective is a community of poets in flux sometimes we're a small press, sometimes we're a reading series, often we're making a poetics out of whatever's at hand. On Saturday, Aug. 10, we'll be setting up in the KahBang Art District with a pop-up literary salon and reading room. We will be writing live poems and we'll have space for you to kick back and read from our mobile mini-library or add a poem to our improvised KahBang anthology. Join us from 12 to 3 p.m.' Jess Rowen, curator


KahBang Film will be re-launched this year by the KahBang Festival's non-profit sister organization, KahBang Arts. It will feature dozens of free film screenings, juried awards for competitive screening categories, a midnight film showcase, and new this year, a VHS Screening Night.

'We were pleased to select a number of new filmmakers, as well as international and local filmmakers. While we are excited to announce several world premieres, we will also be screening acclaimed independent films winning awards at other esteemed festivals such as SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca and The Slamdance Film Festival,' said Meg Shorette, executive director for Kahbang Arts. 'It was our [KahBang Arts'] goal this year to revitalize the Film Festival, and we are poised to have an incredible weekend, with more filmmakers in attendance than any other year. Enriching and growing the indie film community is important to us, and we're very excited about this year's selections.'

Highlights from this year's Official Selections include 'The Dirties,' a feature film in the Gen-Next Competition which highlights first-time and emerging filmmakers. Budding auteur Matthew Johnson, discovered at the Slamdance Film Festival, delves into the dark world of high school bullying in this chilling indie drama.

'The River,' a short film included in the selections, stars Lauren Ambrose from HBO's 'Six Feet Under.' The short, directed by Ambrose's husband, Sam Handel, had its premiere earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

An exciting inclusion in this year's selections is 'Black Rock,' a feature film co-written and directed by Maine native Katie Aselton, who also stars in the popular FX comedy series, 'The League.' A darker departure from her comedic work, 'Black Rock' (also starring Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell) is a crafty thriller which plays out like an updated homage to 'Deliverance,' following three friends on a weekend camping trip to a remote coastal island.

For more information and to view the full KahBang Film lineup, visit Any questions regarding the Film Fest may be directed to the executive director of KahBang Arts, Meg Shorette at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Bangor Brew Fest

In collaboration with Central Street Farmhouse and Nocturnem Draft Haus, KahBang is bringing back the Bangor Brew Fest.

On Aug. 10 at the Bangor Waterfront, over 15 showcasing breweries, including Sierra Nevada, Unibroue and Sam Adams, will be highlighted along with live music performances, exhibitors and special guest speakers. The Bangor Brew Fest is about discovering new micro-brews, flavors and breweries.

'Nocturnem has always been on a mission to support the breweries that offer better beer choices in Maine and have spent many years cultivating relationships with them in hopes of promoting a Festival in our area,' said Gene Beck, owner of Nocturnem. 'This year that becomes a reality. We are proud of our business, our home town, our constituents and our guests. We get asked the question, Well, why would you pick Bangor?' Our answer is, Why not Bangor!''

The Bangor Brew Fest will consist of three separate sessions; an afternoon session from 12 noon to 3 p.m., a special VIP session from 4 to 5 p.m., and an evening session from 5 to 8 p.m. The VIP session will feature samples of exclusive labels by select participating breweries.

Brew Fest ticket holders are invited to attend lectures throughout the day from brewing experts including special guest speaker John Palmer, author and self-publisher of 'How to Brew,' Aug. 10. Home brewing and equipment demos will also be held on site throughout each Brew Fest session, and will be open to the public.

Also at the Brew Fest, Central Street Farmhouse will be announcing the third annual Maine Homebrewers Competition finalists. Winners get a chance to brew with local brewmasters, and one grand prize winner will have their recipe brewed professionally. All attendees will have access to The Brew Fest Stage and a variety of select musical performances, film screenings and art exhibits being hosted as part of the KahBang 2013 Festival.

KahBang Hearts the Troops

The KahBang Festival is honored to announce the return of the KahBang Hearts the Troops program. Sponsored by UNO Chicago Grill, all active U.S. Military personnel will receive one free pass to the KahBang Festival. In addition to the free pass, sponsor UNO Chicago Grill is offering 10 percent off meals at the UNO Bangor location with a U.S. Military ID from now through the KahBang Festival.

'This is our fourth year in making Hearts the Troops a possibility. It's something we feel passionate about and it's amazingly satisfying to be able to give even a small thank you to the women and men in service,' said Lo. 'Seeing them at the front gate every year and having them thank us for this gesture is so heartwarming, as I truly believe that we should be thanking them for their service every day. We want to show our appreciation and let them experience a weekend of music, art and film. Hearts the Troops is just a small gesture in what they deserve.'

To receive a Festival pass, active U.S. Military personnel must provide a U.S. Military ID and Orders papers to the KahBang Box Office on Aug. 9 or 10. The Festival pass grants access to the Main Stage, Dance Stage, and Campsite Stage as well as the free film screenings, art galleries and other select stages.

'UNOs appreciates all of our service men and women. As a company we donate thousands of pizzas oversees from our Pizza for Patriots' program. Since the Bangor area has rich military ties, UNO Bangor wanted to give back locally,' said Ron Cross, general manager of the UNO in Bangor. 'KahBang Hearts the Troops was the perfect way for us to give back to military personnel and say thanks. Donating the tickets and giving 10 percent off at UNO Bangor discount is a small token of appreciation for those serving our country.'

KahBang Arts Announces 'Electric Dash: a 0.965605K Run & Dance Party' for charity

KahBang Arts, the nonprofit arm of the KahBang Festival, is excited to introduce the inaugural 'Electric Dash' charity run. The Dash will take place on Aug. 8 as part of the KahBang Festival's annual Kick-Off events in downtown Bangor.

Electric Dash is a glow-in-the-dark run from Bangor's historic West Market Square to the KahBang Dance Stage on Waterfront Festival Grounds directly following the fifth annual KahBang Festival Kick-Off Concert. Registration is $5 and people can sign up at To celebrate your successful run (or walk) of fun, the Dash ends in a dance party at the Dance Stage with a DJ and glow sticks. Following the Dash and Dance Party, participants are allowed access to the KahBang Campsite's Late Late Stage, located directly behind the Sports Arena in Hermon.

Each year, KahBang Arts raises funds to continue expanding the Art Festival's year-round programming which, in Jan. 2013, grew to include the KahBang Film Festival ( KBA has selected the Children's Tumor Foundation as this year's co-benefactor of the inaugural Electric Dash and is proud to sport blue and green glow sticks in support of their amazing mission and dedication to ending Neurofibromatosis (NF) through research.

'We are so thrilled to be a part of the fifth annual KahBang Festival and Electric Dash,' said Kristine Poirier, volunteer relations coordinator at the children's tumor foundation. 'KahBang and Children's Tumor Foundation share a commitment to providing support in our communities, and this event is a terrific way to support two very worthy causes and have fun while doing it.'

The Children's Tumor Foundation is the leading non-government funding source of NF research, which is shedding new light on cancer, brain tumors, learning disabilities and bone abnormalities, ultimately benefiting the broader community, in addition to those with NF. NF can lead to deafness, blindness, learning disabilities, bone abnormalities, disfigurement and cancer and affects one in every 3,000 children born.

TOMS' Style your Sole'

TOMS' 'Style Your Sole' at the 2013 KahBang Festival. TOMS, a California based shoe company that focuses on corporate responsibility, will be on site at the Festival with plain canvas shoes for people to purchase and design their own pair.

From 2 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 and10 people may purchase plain TOMS for $50, and an on-site artist will custom paint your shoes.

'We're so excited to have TOMS at the festival this year. For every pair we sell at KAHBANG, they will donate a pair to a child in need, so it's a great cause,' said Sarah Harrington, associate marketing director for KahBang. 'Style Your Sole at KahBang will be one of the only places you can buy TOMS in the area, and our artists will custom-design a pair for you.'

TOMS focuses on giving one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair sold. Their movement, One for One, focuses on helping people in need around the world. They currently donate their shoes in more than 60 countries and have donated over 1 million pairs. To learn more about One for One, please visit

KahBang introduces Food Fight: non-profits compete for $2,000 donation

KahBang is proud to introduce Food Fight, a unique bake-off fundraiser for non-profits selling tasty treats to win a cash donation. On Aug. 9 and 10 at the Bangor Waterfront during the KahBang music | art | film Festival, dozens of non-profit groups will sell delicious desserts to the general public and compete for a $2,000 donation.

'Every year KahBang hosts an event to give back to the community. With the creation of Food Fight, KahBang is aiming to offer support and generate awareness about local non-profits,' said Sarah Harrington, associate marketing director for KahBang. 'This is a fun spin on a traditional fundraiser and we really hope people come and learn about all the great groups that are participating and try all their desserts.'

This event is open to the public and people may purchase 'Bake-Sale Tickets' at the door. Each ticket is worth $1 and tickets may be exchanged for baked goods. Each non-profit will get to keep 100-percent of the proceeds from ticket sales and the group with the most tickets at the end of the Festival will win the $2,000 cash donation. The first runner up will receive a $1,000 donation and the second runner up, a $500 donation. 

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