1. The rain rain rain of the past three days will subside just in time for one heck of a weekend in Bangor. There’s something cool going on everywhere. Saturday night’s got heavy rockers OneSixtyOne at Paddy Murphy’s, the Bill Barnes Jazz Trio at Nocturnem Drafthaus, the allmighty 220s at Ipanema, and 80s masters Rock Revelation at Hollywood Casino. Both theaters in the Bangor area host shows as well: there’s some rock n’ roll for your face at the Bangor Opera House, with Mother Leopard and the Class Machine on Saturday night (pictured, photo by Bryan Bruchman), while at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer, bluegrass maven Anna Mae Mitchell plays with her band the same night. If dancing is more your thing, try out DJs Pandemic and Basebit McLyn at Zen, on Friday and Saturday night, respectively.
2. It’s spring (a.k.a. early summer), so what did you expect? Of course it’s starting to get packed in. The State Theatre in Portland hosts Santigold (pictured) on Friday and Flogging Molly on Saturday, while at Space Gallery, there’s electro-pop from The Blow and Mitten on Friday, as well as. Kane Grogan & the Accepted Eclectics, also on Friday, at the Big Easy. Bayside Bowl hosts two fun nights of music this weekend: Holland Holland on Friday and Nuclear Boots and the Outfits on Saturday. At the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford on Saturday there’s a quadruple bill with Plains, Zachary Cale, Trummors and Wes Hartley at Oak and Ax, while One Longfellow Square hosts a CD release party for Eric Bettencourt. The band Whitcomb also has a CD release on Saturday at the Asylum, and at Empire on Saturday, it’s the Mallett Brother Band and Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons. Finally, the Jerks of Grass are at Amigos. And that’s probably not even everything.
3. There’s three wildly different theatrical productions to enjoy this weekend. The first is Ten Bucks Theatre’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” which has shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Grand Theatre in Ellsworth. Down south, there’s an interesting evening of experimental socio-political theatre, with the new play “Below and Beyond” set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Space – it’s about natural gas exploration and the environment. And then, at Portland Stage, the play “Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh” continues, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
4. Along the coast, there’s a wild array of fun things to do. Starting eastward, the Aurora Jazz Project play at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Lompoc Cafe hosts rockers Captain Trips on both Friday and Saturday nights. At Aarhus Gallery in Belfast, there’s gypsy jazz trio Ameranouche on Friday. And Rockland plays host to the Eric Green Party at Myrtle Street Tavern on Saturday, and the funky Mehuman Trio (pictured), also on Saturday at Rock City Coffee.
5. The first produce of the year is starting to sprout up, so that means this is a big weekend for Farmer’s Markets opening for the season. The Orono’s Farmer’s Market moves to its warm weather home of the Steam Plant parking lot on the University of Maine campus, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, while the Camden’s Farmer’s Market starts up for the year from 9 to noon on Saturdays as well. The Belfast Farmer’s Market started last weekend already, and the Bar Harbor Farmer’s Market starts up on Sunday, from 9 to noon as well. After all that healthy, fresh produce from the markets, however, you’ll be forgiven if you want to indulge a bit. The Camden Cake Walk is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in and around downtown Camden, and for $20 you can eat as much cake as you want. Yum.