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Art: KAHBANG ARTS OPENS OWN GALLERY CELEBRATES WITH OPEN MIXER AND ARTIST EXHIBIT


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05/07/14 - Saturday May 10th, 7 – 9 pm at 89 Central Street, Bangor.

May 7, 2014 – Bangor, ME: KAHBANG Arts, the non-profit organization that helps to produce the annual KAHBANG music | art | film Festival, has announced the construction of a new art gallery space on 89 Central Street in downtown Bangor. The KAHBANG Arts Central Gallery officially opens on May 10th with an Opening Party & Mixer from 7-9 pm that is open to the public. The event will feature music, a raffle to raise funds for the gallery, food from The Whoopie Pie Café, and libations provided by Geaghan Brothers Brewing. The opening exhibit, to be featured through May, is Maine artist Scott Minzy. His work, I Remember Tomorrow, features prints created from hand-made woodcarvings.

“I am incredibly excited to be opening a space that KAHBANG Arts can call their own. Opening this gallery is the first stepping stone in reaching our goal of drawing in artists from all over the state so we can help to develop, support, and educate them in new and exciting capacities, year round. This is something that my team has been working very hard on for the past year and seeing it come to fruition, along with the support of the community, is very exciting and encouraging to us that we’re providing the community with something they were missing. I really encourage people to come down to the mixer, have a great time and see what we’re all about.”

-Meg Shorette, KAHBANG Arts Executive Director

Gallery exhibits are planned to rotate 12 times per year, and will include programming as part of the KAHBANG Festival in August, with a new exhibit opening on the first Saturday of every month. In addition to exhibits, the Central Gallery will host artist talks, workshops, musicians and other creative events throughout the year. KAHBANG Arts stands strongly behind its belief that galleries should be uncensored spaces open to all ages that provide artists with the opportunity to connect with new audiences.

KAHBANG Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery, development and support of independent artists. Through its programs, KAHBANG Arts seeks to connect innovative and creative practitioners with resources for creation, exhibition and collaboration. The organization encourages freedom of expression, diversity and art as a means of communicating both individual and community values.

As part of its mission, they provide opportunities for independent artists to explore their work free from commercial pressures. By providing year-round creative and financial support for development in the vast spectrum of the arts, KAHBANG Arts remains committed to its mission to discover and support artists, as well as maintaining a community which encourages the free flow of creative expression, ideas and a creative economy. Any artists interested in becoming a part of KAHBANG Arts are encouraged to contact Executive Director, Meg Shorette at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Image: DaVinci Signs workers hanging up the KAHBANG Arts Central Gallery sign at 89 Central Street, Bangor in April. Photo: Sarah Eremita


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Music: The Trouble With Templeton Premiere Rookie


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05/05/14 - Buy The Trouble With Templeton's latest album.

Bella Union are pleased to announce the debut album from recent signing The Trouble With Templeton, whose Rookie LP will be released May 13th.

Already a huge success in Australia, The Trouble With Templeton is the creation of singer/songwriter Thomas Calder, the 23-year-old who formed the band in 2011. The following year saw TTWT expand to a 5-piece, the new members complimenting Calder’s emotive vocals and songwriting with a collaborative, self-assured sound.

Adventurous, eccentric and stunningly melodic, Rookie is an album that leaves a distinct musical impression. With their debut release The Trouble With Templeton have crafted a record full of warmth and heart, whilst displaying a willingness to make music that’s not afraid to affect or surprise. “The only prerequisite we had going in was that if we loved the song and we believe in it, then we were going to record it,” says Thomas. “The element of surprise is something we really enjoy in music, something we’re always shooting for. You don’t want to know where a song is going from the first two lines.”As a result, the album is a whirling dervish of moods and colours, of tempos and genres, melodies and layers, tackling concepts behind relationships and the way unique human narratives emerge from different viewpoints.

Musically, defining Rookie beyond a happily all-encapsulating idea like ‘intelligent melodic alt-pop’ isn’t worth the hassle. It’s an album that demands listening to in order to be understood. “It’s held together by something undefinable,” reckons Thomas. “For me it’s a whole kaleidoscope of sounds and genres, but there’s something holding it together, and that’s us as a band.”

Before signing to Bella Union, The Trouble With Templeton released the single 'Six Months In A Cast' on the Communion label, the video of which can be viewed HERE.

Rookie will be released May 13th on Bella Union.



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Music: David Lowery To Perform In Portland, Maine


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05/05/14 - Buy David Lowery's latest album. Ticket Link

CRACKER UNPLUGGED Featuring David Lowery and Johnny Hickman

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tickets On Sale Friday, May 9th at 10AM $25.50 Reserved VIP Seating – 18+ $15.50 General Admission - 18+ PLUS ANY APPLICABLE FEES DEPENDING ON PURCHASE OUTLET Tickets available via PortlandAsylum.com, TicketWeb.com and the Asylum Box Office

A brief rundown of Cracker’s history: Lowery, in the mid-80s, in Santa Cruz, California, formed Camper Van Beethoven, and their “Take the Skinheads Bowling” became an instant college radio staple. When CVB disbanded on tour in Sweden, following their second major label release, Lowery formed Cracker with his longtime friend Johnny Hickman. (The pair had met on the local music scene as teenagers in Redlands, CA.) Cracker’s emergent sound had less in common with Camper’s exotic excursions and was more in synch with the Kinks and Southern roots music. They released their self-titled debut on Virgin, and following the #1 Modern Rock hit “Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now),” the band became a minor commercial sensation (complete with then-significant MTV exposure). The platinum-selling Kerosene Hat contained the enormous, era-defining hit single “Low,” as well as “Get Off This,” and “Eurotrash Girl.” When the dust settled, Cracker found themselves with an ever-growing, devoted following both in the U.S. (where fans refer to themselves as Crumbs) and throughout Europe. Today the band stays well connected to yet another generation of fans via internet, many of whom were kids when these alt-rock godfathers were first ruling rock radio.

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Music: Katie Herzig To Perform In Portland, Maine


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05/05/14 - Buy Katie Herzig's latest album. Ticket Link

Katie Herzig with Elizabeth & the Catapult and Keelan Donovan on Friday, May 9th at the Port City Music Hall.

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Music: The Mavericks To Perform In Portland, Maine


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05/05/14 - Buy The Mavericks latest album. Ticket Link

The Mavericks on Friday, May 9th at the State Theatre.

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Life: Now Is All You Have
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05/06/14 - Yep.

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Music: Dierks Bentley To Perform In Portland, Maine


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05/05/14 - Buy Grand Dierks Bentley's latest album. Ticket Link

Dierks Bentley Riser 2014 Tour on Thursday, June 12th, 2014.

Maine State Pier - Portland, ME Individual Show Tickets On Sale Friday, May 9th at 10:00AM

Portland, ME - Waterfront Concerts and the City of Portland are happy to announce another calendar date for the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series at the Maine State Pier with the addition of the award winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley's 2014 Riser Tour which is set to take place on Thursday, June 12th!

"This tour is the culmination of everything I've been working on for the past two years, both out on the road and in the studio recording RISER," said Bentley. "I know what my fans want: a kick ass show, an affordable ticket and a good parking lot scene to get the pre-gaming going! The guys opening the show and getting the party started all know how to put on a great live show, and when it comes time for my set, I can promise that we are going big! I have never been more excited about a tour."

With ten years experience honing his stage skills, Bentley's live show continues to catch the attention of critics, who have called it "dynamic" and note his continued devotion to interacting with the fans and creating "a nearly nonstop, high energy affair heavy with hits" (Reading Eagle).

"... it's hard to imagine many country stars topping Bentley, who soon made use of every inch of his big two-tier stage. The Arizona native immediately incited the boisterous crowd with a trio of amped-up hits."

– The Oklahoman

"From the initial response from the crowd, he wasn't the only one who wanted to have a little fun. The Capitol recording artist continued to keep up the intensity throughout his performance, and with a long history at radio -- including ten number ones - he was able to keep the hits coming."

– Billboard

"His own energy level running flat out the whole time, Bentley used every square foot of the gigantic concert stage. Sometimes he'd start out singing at one end of it, and end up singing on a microphone at the other end, or up on risers at the back of the intricate stage set, or out at the end of the runway. He definitely gave the audience a show."

– Times Record News

Bentley lifted the tour name from his upcoming studio album RISER which was released on Feb. 25. Its title track is a song about resilience and determination and sets the tone of the album demonstrating a new artistic depth and an extra level of intensity for Bentley. Throughout his unpredictable career, Bentley has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His last album HOME debuted at No. one on the Billboard Country Album Charts and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career No. one songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies and earned 11 GRAMMY nominations, countless CMA, ACM and CMT nominations and membership at the Grand Ole Opry.

General Public Ticket Sale Begins FRIDAY, MAY 9th AT 10:00AM

Tickets prices range from $40.75 to $60.75 General Admission & Reserved Seating

- PLUS ANY APPLICABLE FEES DEPENDING ON PURCHASE OUTLET -

Tickets available via waterfrontconcerts.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000

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