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December is here, and hence the holiday season is in full force. The snow has started falling, the lights have started shining and the shopping has started in earnest. Hopefully, you’re out there shopping local whenever you can – a thriving community depends on consumers buying from their neighbors.

But shopping local doesn’t end with retail. You should shop local when it comes to your Yuletide entertainment as well. And here’s the thing – you can do that, because there is an embarrassment of riches out there for locally-offered holiday performance.

Sure, you could sit at home and watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the umpteenth time or run through your Christmas Spotify playlist. But where’s the fun in that?

Especially when you take into account that our region is absolutely jammed with possibilities. There are stage shows and concerts galore. There is comedy and drama and so much music. There are holiday classics and brand-new creations. All of it right here in your backyard.

Look, if you want to stay home and drink hot toddies in front of a roaring fireplace, that’s perfectly OK. No judgment – sounds like you’ve figured out what it is you want from the holiday season and life in general. But if you’re looking to be entertained, well … you’re in luck.

In recent years, it seems as though every December has had a wealth of options. But this year more than ever, it feels like there really is something for everyone out there.

Please note that this isn’t even close to everything out there. I’ve just chosen a handful of options that might pique your interest. Keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground, because there is just so much out there, with so many people celebrating with their own joyful noises.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 12:25

The sounds of 90s nostalgia

On experiencing the 'I Love the 90s' tour

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 12:21

Where it all comes full circle

For Joan Osborne, her career has returned to its roots

Published in Buzz

BANGOR -Another big concert hit the Bangor Waterfront as Rob Thomas and Counting Crows rocked the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion.

Our Kevin Bennett was there, providing some dynamite images of all the rock and roll action on August 3.

(All photos by Kevin Bennett)

View the embedded image gallery online at:
https://www.themaineedge.com/tags/concerts#sigProId4aa73d64c9

Published in Music

BANGOR The City of Bangor and Spectra Venue Management, operators of Cross Insurance Center, are excited to announce the ultimate throwback concert tour is coming to Bangor. Hip-Hop legends, Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice will headline SirusXM presents 'I Love the 90's Tour' coming to the Cross Insurance Center on October 28, 2016 at 8 p.m. They will be joined by special guests All-4-One, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Rob Base and Young MC (artist lineup is subject to change).

Published in Press Releases

BANGOR The American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront has released the names of the first several artists scheduled to appear at the three-day event in August. Announced cultures include Western Swing, Bluegrass, Portuguese, Salsa, Prince Edward Island, Sri Lanka dance, and Jazz. All seven performers being announced today will be first-time performers at the American Folk Festival.

Published in Happenings

NEW YORK Bruce Springsteen's generous gesture to snowbound followers this winter was the first time many music fans became aware of Nugs.net, a website that offers concert experiences to those who can't make it to the arena.

Published in Buzz

KINGFIELD - Early bird tickets for the 14th annual Kingfield POPS featuring the Bangor Symphony Orchestra are available now at select locations in Franklin County. The POPS is a delightful mixture of music and magic that brings together family and friends, young and old, for a wonderful night of entertainment.

Published in Happenings

BANGORWaterfront Concerts is excited to announce one of the most honored female country performers of all time,Dolly Parton,live at theDarling's Waterfront PaviliononSaturday, June 18thas part of theMachias Savings Bank Concert Series.

Published in Happenings
Friday, 28 June 2013 08:15

Catching Phish in Maine: A look back

As Phish prepares for the first show of their summer 2013 tour, at Darlings Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on July 3, a look back at some of the legendary band's Maine visits is in order.   

Although details surrounding many of Phish's early shows remain sketchy, most authoritative accounts agree that the band's first three Maine appearances took place in January 1989 with an initial stop in Bar Harbor at College of the Atlantic's Gates Center Auditorium on January 20th.  

On the following evening, Phish headed up route 1A for a show in Orono at the now defunct Oronoka restaurant and motel, famous for their "Food You'll Remember" and meals that were seemingly never-ending.  It is believed that the group spent the night upstairs at this venue where they returned for another show almost exactly one year later.

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