1. It’s a busy, busy Friday in the Queen City, and surrounding environs. To start, it’s opening night for “Always… Patsy Cline” (pictured) at the Penobscot Theatre, kicking off its 2012-2013 season. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, and it’s sure to be a honky-tonkin’ good time. Across the river, at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer it’s Pecha Kucha night, volume 6, starting at 6 p.m. Later on that evening, there’s rock ensemble Ripple Effect at Paddy Murphy’s, Magnetic North at the Sea Dog, Chris Ross at Ipanema, and First Friday Jazz at Nocturnem. Moving onto Saturday, there’s a night of rock at Nocturnem with When Particles Collide and Sea Level (a.k.a. Dan Capaldi), a night of even more rock with the 220s at Ipanema, and let’s not forget a two-night stand (Friday and Saturday) at the Penobscot Pourhouse with 80s cover band Eightysomething. Up in Orono, the school year weekend fun starts with the first Woodman’s Saturday Bluegrass Jam of the season, and at Kingman’s in Old Town there’s a night of dancing with Gorilla Finger Dub Band.
2. Let’s go by venue, when we talk about Portland, OK? An incomplete roundup starts with Empire Dine & Dance – Friday night, you can hear Boston roots rockers the Adam Ezra Group (Adam Ezra pictured at left), Andi Fawcett and Doubting Gravity, and then Saturday it’s the Other Bones, with DJ sets by Jonathan Wyman, Spose, Kyle Gervais and Robbie Kanner. At Geno’s on Friday, rock your face off with Jodi Explodi, Rolling With Nixon and the Murder Weapon. At Slainte – again, on Friday – there’s an evening with Karen McDine, Rural Ghosts, Emily Peal and our friends When Particles Collide. Moving onto Saturday, the Big Easy hosts Post Provost, Old Soul and Ghost of Paul Revere, One Longfellow Square has an intense night of songwriters including Samuel James, Sorcha, D. Gross, Audrey Ryan, Max Garcia Conover and Monique Barrett. At Space Gallery Saturday there’s Jaill, Fergus & Geronimo and Coke Weed, and at the State Theatre you can bliss out to The Machine, the Pink Floyd cover band.
3. Music returns to Rock City Coffee in Rockland, with the lovely piano and voice duo Tango on Friday evening. In Belfast, it’s First Friday Art Walk night, and it’s the wild and crazy first Friday contradance takes over the American Legion Hall, with the All Comers Band and Crowfoot. In Hancock County, you can hear the Blast Addicts Friday night at Chummies in Ellsworth, and in Bar Harbor specifically there’s the British Invasion covering duo the London Boys at the Finback Alehouse, and a double decker sandwich of indie rock deliciousness at the Lompoc Cafe, with Coke Weed (pictured above) and Wilder Maker on Friday and the Milkman’s Union on Saturday. There’s also the September edition of ImproVision at Reel Pizza Cinerama, at 11 p.m. Friday, in which Improv Acadia performers joke along with a B-movie – all while Maine International Film Festival By-The-Sea is going on, in which selections from MIFF screen at Reel Pizza, Friday through Monday. Check the website for a schedule.
4. Let’s squeeze just a tiny bit more out of summer, before it’s all dried up. The annual Eastport Pirate Festival is set for Friday through Sunday, and rumor has it it’s a pretty crazy time – thousands of pirates and wenches, taking over the town for three days. Look at this schedule of events to see what you’re getting into! There’s also the first-ever Aurora Music Festival, located in the eastern Hancock County town of Aurora, off of Route 179, which is just off Route 9. There are ten bands, starting at 11 a.m. and going until 10:30 p.m., including A Band Beyond Description, OdLaW, The Milkman’s Union, RootGrass, Jet Black Sunrise, Brett Avato, Smoked Salmon, Wally Hall Denver Powell, Anna Bryan, The Lonesome Willie Blues Band. There’s also brick oven pizza and camping, and all that is included in the $25 ticket price. Yum. Finally, in Waterville the sixth annual Hill in the Ville Festival – FREE! – is set for Friday and Saturday in downtown Waterville. Bands performing include the Joint Chiefs, the Brew, Rubblebucket, the 220s, Hot Day at the Zoo, Adam Ezra, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Band and Ryan Montbleau. It also features food and beer vendors and family activities, including a chalk mural activity, hula hoop making station, and bean bag toss. Check out the website for more!
5. Feelin’ stinky? In a good way? The best way possible, in fact? It’s the weekend for the 14th annual MDI Garlic Festival, set for Smuggler’s Way Campground in Southwest Harbor. All the garlic-y foods you can eat, from Nostrano Restaurant, Cleonice, Chippers, 86 This and the Flour Shop Bakery. Music from Willy Kelly and River Bottom Funk. Live entertainment provided by the lightning-fast, super-smart dogs of Coastal Crescent Kennel Club’s flyball competitors. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, admission $5, and proceeds benefit KidsPeace. BYOB – bring your own breathmints.