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BELFAST – Maine’s many musical roads are once again converging on the midcoast.

The All Roads Music Festival is returning to Belfast on May 17 and 18, bringing one of the state’s largest collections of Maine-based musical talent into one place for two jam-packed days of sonic celebration. Spread across five different venues, All Roads is playing host to over 30 acts and something like 150 individual musicians. It’s a scene unlike any other in the state – one fully and utterly devoted to putting forward a cross-section of what Maine’s music scene has to offer.

There will be music from across all genres – whatever you like, you’re almost certainly going to be able to find it on one festival stage or another. In addition, All Roads is playing host to the always-wildly-successful Maine Songwriters Circle, where a group of talented songwriters get together and share a little of their collected collective wisdom.

For tickets, a full schedule or more information about the festival, visit the All Roads website at www.allroadsmusicfest.org.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:31

All Roads lead to Belfast once again

The All Roads Music Festival returns for third year

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SEARSPORT Fling Into Fall, Searsport's annual fall celebration on Oct. 11 and 12, offers more activities this year than it ever has before. From children bringing their restored Tonka trucks for display and prizes as part of the Antique Car Show to a Chili Cook-Off, a Coin Show, a pie eating contest, a historic cemetery tour and a Comedy Show, this year's Fling Into Fall will be the best yet. 

Searsport firemen, high school students, churches, Searsport policemen, ambulance crew, businesses and citizens all work together to make Fling Into Fall a wonderful event. The festivities begin on Friday, Oct. 11 with scarecrows being assembled on the Penobscot Marine Museum lawn. Friday evening the Methodist Church serves a Turkey Supper, luminaries will be lit downtown and children can have their faces painted and play games before the bonfire and concert by the band Black Ledge. Saturday morning the Masons host a breakfast at the Masonic Hall. The parade starts at 11 a.m., and throughout the day there will be a craft show, a concert, a coin show and auction at DownEast Auctions, scarecrow and Jack O Lantern displays, Antique Car Show and Restored Tonka Truck Show, a Florida vacation raffle, historic cemetery tours, a wool-felting demonstration at Works, an art auction, chili cook-off, pie eating contest and hayrides at Bangor Savings Bank. On Saturday afternoon, prizes will be awarded to Tonka Truck Restoration Project participants, and two raffle winners will be drawn this year for the Florida beach house vacation. On Saturday evening the activities continue with a Public Italian Supper at the Congregational Church and a Comedy Show at Union Hall.

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UNITY - On Friday, Oct. 4, Arborea and Christopher Paul Stelling will perform at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts.  Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Arborea is husband and wife duo Buck and Shanti Curran.  Since forming in 2005, the avant folk duo has released five albums and performed throughout the US, UK, and Europe.  Their performances include live sessions on the BBC, NPR, WNYC and WXPN.

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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 17:00

Jacob McCurdy Traveling Rock Star

The name was familiar to me, but I wasn't aware that he had recorded an album. While scanning Facebook on a recent Sunday, I saw an Amazon.com link for a new album by Jacob McCurdy and decided to preview the songs. 'Wow. This is really good,' I thought while checking out the 30-second song snippets. Full of breezy, melodic, mostly acoustic pop, it's an impressive debut record. 'This kid Jacob McCurdy has got it going on,' I thought as I clicked 'Buy MP3 Album.'

McCurdy's new record is called 'Sleepless,' and it's a collection of original songs compiled from the last several years of life experiences that have taken him from Maine to New York, Colorado, Hawaii, England and other locales that weave their way in and out of the music.

A self-taught musician, Jacob picked up the guitar five years ago as a camp counselor for kids at Tanglewood Summer Camp in Lincolnville. 'I learned how to play 'Hey There Delilah' (Plain White Ts), which was a popular song at the time, and I would play kids to sleep,' McCurdy told me last week. 'When I started, I really wasn't very good, and I'm sure my co-counselor didn't like the fact that I played all the time (laughing).'

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'This is one smoking band,' I thought to myself while taking in one of the final performances of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' at Penobscot Theatre in downtown Bangor in early May 2010. I didn't realize then that I was watching the genesis of a new band; one that would soon become one of the most active groups in the area.

Guitarist and vocalist Sasha Alcott and drummer Chris Viner are When Particles Collide, a dynamic rock duo based in Bangor and actively garnering new fans and friends around the country. Since January 2011, they have maintained a very active gig schedule at home and on the road including shows in NYC, North Carolina, Boston, Pittsburgh and Kentucky.

When Particles Collide creates high-energy, melodic, unpretentious and well crafted punk-pop with influences that are felt but not obvious. For Sasha: The Pixies, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, MiniBoone, Foo Fighters, The Clash, The Jam and David Bowie are among her faves. For Chris: Green Day is his all-time favorite but he also loves the Dave Matthews Band, especially drummer Carter Beauford. In Viner's formative years, Dream Theatre, Rage Against the Machine and Presidents of the United States loomed large.

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When Jason Howe of Houlton heard the news that he was going to be a father of twins, he took care of the necessary preparations and formed a band with a childhood friend at the same time. This 'rock dad' likes to keep busy.

Howe, of popular acoustic jam-rock band Mellow Endeavor, spoke with me last week after putting his boys down for a nap. In addition to the babies, age 11 months, Howe and his girlfriend Danielle also have a 5-year old. Jason told me that he loves being a stay-at-home dad while continuing to work on Mellow Endeavor business. 'It's a full time job with twins and a five year old,' he said 'But I still manage to put about 30 hours a week into the band making contacts, answering email and booking shows.'

Since forming in 2010, Mellow Endeavor has become one of the hardest working bands in Maine. 'Originally, we were thinking we would be doing one show a month. We had no idea how quickly things were going to take off,' Howe said. In finest jam-band tradition, word of mouth has been their best advertising.

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