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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:31

Friday night fights

MMA on the Bangor Waterfront

BANGOR Mixed martial arts is one of the fasting growing sports in the world today. Its spread is wide, and while many of us tend to think of big promotions such as UFC and Bellator when we hear MMA, that is far from the whole story. There's far more to MMA than just the televised shows and pay-per-views.

There are a number of regional promotions scattered all over this country, promotions built through the passion of their leadership and the talent of their fighters. One such regional promotion brought their act to Bangor recently, as New England Fights landed on the waterfront with their 'Nations Collide' event. The card featured 14 fights 9 amateur, 5 professional and a fired-up crowd relished the opportunity to see MMA fighters up close. Many of the fighters hailed from nearby towns and trained at nearby gyms local outfits such as Team Irish and Young's MMA were well represented.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:55

Tap into summer

First annual beer festival comes to Waterfront

BANGOR The Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau is bringing brewers galore to the Bangor Waterfront on June 22.

Bangor's Beer Festival Tap Into Summer will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Waterfront. There will also be a special VIP session running from noon to 1, featuring food, music by singer/songwriter Chris Ross, a special tasting session and a keynote address from Chris and Merideth Nelson, creators of the beer travel website TheBeerGeek.com.

Published in Cover Story
Bangor Waterfront will play host to inaugural Bangor Beer Festival in June

BANGOR The Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau will present a first-time festival focused on Maine beers this summer. Bangor's Beer Festival Tap Into Summer - is a one-day event scheduled for June 22, 2013, that will feature a general session, a VIP tasting session, food, entertainment, beer aficionados and a focus on Maine breweries.

Published in Happenings

BANGOR The 2012 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront is set to take place Aug. 24-26 with another diverse set of music, crafts, food and demonstrations.

"The first 10 years of this festival have exceeded the expectations of just about everyone," said American Folk Festival Executive Director Heather McCarthy. "We are looking forward to seeing what the next ten years will bring for performers, craftspeople, visitors and memories."

This year's performer lineup includes more than 16 groups, performing the traditional arts of their region, their culture and their heritage. Western swing, blues, bluegrass, Franco, Cajun, Irish, Scottish Pipe and Drum, Lakota Hoop Dance, Gospel, Doo Wop and Tamburitza are a few of the styles of music that will be present at the 2012 American Folk Festival.

Published in Music
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:27

No failure to entertain for Zac Brown Band

Threat of rain fails to dampen crowds

BANGOR - It seems Mother Nature likes it 'Chicken Fried' and held off the rain for the 12,000-plus attendees of the Zac Brown Band's (ZBB) June 2 performance at the Bangor Waterfront Pavilion. Braving the cold and predictions of rain, fans flocked to see this special blend of Southern music hospitality.

The show opened with two young artists from Atlanta, Ga., signed to the ZBB label, Southern Ground. Nic Cowan was energetically fresh, mixing funk, rock, and reggae. His songwriting is a smart twist of smirk and style evident in his single 'Hardheaded' and the humorous 'Double Wide.' Sonia Leigh, reminiscent of a young Melissa Etheridge, had a sound somewhere between garage band and honky-tonk. She was all rock n' roll on 'My Name is Money,' but true country with her single 'Bar.' Ending with a cover of 'Born to Run,' she was dead on with her gutsy rendition of this classic.

Published in Music

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