1. What fun! Kick your Bangor weekend off with the tenth annual AS4MS acoustic showcase, WHSN’s fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, set for 8 p.m. Friday at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre, and featuring the music of the Other Bones (pictured), the Box Tiger, Beach the Whale and Dustin Saucier; admission is $10. Also on Friday is Magnetic North at Paddy Murphy’s, First Friday Jazz at Nocturnem Drafthaus, acoustic duo Him & Her at Ipanema, and the Skastitues at the Roost in Orono. Moving onto Saturday, bluesman Eric Green is set for 5 to 8 p.m. at 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport, the psychedelic indie rock band Coke Weed will play at the Rock & Art Shop in Bangor at 8 p.m., the 220s are at Ipanema, Rotating Taps will rock Paddy’s, Steve Pockets performs at the Big Easy in Bangor, in Orono you can hear local bluegrass at the Keith Anderson Community Center, and up in Old Town, you can get your dance on with the Hornitz and Easy Company at Kingman’s.
2. Portland’s First Friday Art Walk, set for 5 to 9 p.m., is here again, and some of this month’s fun includes the interactive performance art piece “a canary torsi” at the Space Gallery (pictured), a heavy-metal themed local exhibit at Coast City Comics, “Portal To” at the Meg Perry Center, which will transform five local artists into different characters, and the International Edible Book Festival at the Portland Public Library. On Friday at the Big Easy you can hear the sweet sounds of Anna and the Diggs and Sorcha and the Clearing, while at Geno’s you can hear some down n’ dirty folk with the Dirty KBG, the Gut Truckers, and the Half Moon Jug Band (featuring BDN photog Troy Bennett). On Saturday, you can head back to Geno’s and hear Antiseptic, Gravel and Ill Born, or you can check out Pete Kilpatrick, Breaking Laces and Max Garcia Conover at the Big Easy. Port City Music Hall hosts Family of the Year with local band Forget, Forget on Sunday, and at St. Lawrence Arts, also on Sunday at 7 p.m., there’s Celtic roots band Long Time Courting with songwriter Kyle Carey.
3. In the midcoast, you can start Friday night with North of Nashville at Billy’s Tavern in Thomaston – or you can enjoy roots duo Mike and Ruthy (pictured) at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, or you can check out Improvox at Rock City Coffee, OR you can burn off some Easter calories and go to the First Friday Contradance at the American Legion Hall in Belfast. Moving onto Saturday, in the Land of Rock (Rockland) there’s Mid Life Crisis at Myrtle Street Tavern, and Silent Sam and the Evans at Rock City Coffee. Across the bay and Down east a bit, enjoy Suz and Gabe Wood at Mainely Meat in Ellsworth on Friday, Blue Sevilles on Saturday at Sips in Southwest Harbor, and Oversoul both nights of the weekend at Chummies in Ellsworth.
4. Those wintertime blues are melting away. I want to be a part of it – garden show, garden show (Note to self: don’t try to rewrite Frank Sinatra lyrics). The BDN Maine Garden Show and Spring Fling is set for Friday through Sunday at the Bangor Auditorium, and whether you’re a gardener or not, you can find something to enjoy. Check out vendors, see the beautiful displays from area landscaping and garden companies, and enjoy barbecue, beer and music from several Maine bands, including the Tricky Britches on Friday, and Travis Cyr, the Coloradas and the Mallett Brothers Band on Saturday. Admission is $5; for information, visit bdnmaineevents.com.
5. What else is there to do, on this jam-packed weekend? Well, you could check out Robinson Ballet Live at 7 p.n. on Friday and 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Bangor Opera House. There’s also the Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival all day and evening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in locations all over the L-A area. And on Sunday, there’s the Unsanctioned Art Show and Auction at 3 p.m. at Coespace in Bangor, in which 40 artists from all over the state designed a skateboard deck, all of which will be auctioned off to raise money for the Black Bear Skate Park at the University of Maine. I just don’t know what to do with myself. Spring has definitely sprung!