There are multiple ways that area organizations – from Waterfront Concerts to Acadia Hospital – are doing their part this weekend to use music to raise awareness and help out some very worthy causes. Waterfront Concerts announced Tuesday morning that this Sunday’s Country Throwdown concert, featuring Gary Allan (pictured at left), Justin Moore, Josh Thompson, Corey Smith and Sunny Sweeney, will offer free tickets to all military members and first responders. All military branches and all police, fire and rescue personnel need only to show proper identification at the gate at the May 27 concert at the Bangor Waterfront Pavilion to redeem a free ticket. Regular tickets are $22-$52, and gates open at 2 p.m.
Also this weekend, the Acadia Hospital hosts a fundraiser pitting two area cover bands – the Retro Rockerz, who play classic rock, and the Stone Doctors, who play Rolling Stones songs – against each other in a battle of the bands style competition. The event, set for 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 26 at Husson University’s G. Pierce Webber Campus Center, is a gala event featuring appetizers from area restaurants and a cash bar; tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at acadiahospital.org. Attendees can vote on their favorite performance, and are encouraged to dance the night away to some classic tunes from the past.
Finally, there’s another musical event Saturday night in Orono that’s also charity-minded. The Roost on Mill Street in downtown Orono will host Canadian Fleetwood Mac tribute band Fleetwood Mix, for a fundraising concert to benefit Orono High School athletics and other local charities. Tickets are $20, and music starts at 8 p.m., May 26.