1. A rather low key weekend in the Queen City and surrounding areas; it is, however, supposed to be the nicest weather we’d had so far this year. Friday night, enjoy some tunes from the likes of the Pitch Black Ribbons (pictured) at Paddy Murphy’s, Tomorrow Morning at Ipanema, acoustic duo Him & Her at Nocturnem Drafthaus, Between Dead Stations at the Big Easy, the Skastitutes at Woodman’s in Orono, and both Friday and Saturday, there’s an 80s party with eightysomething at the Penobscot Pourhouse. On Saturday, you can hang with the Blast Addicts at Paddy’s, Magnetic North at Ipanema, the London Boys at Nocturnem or Dave Bender at the Big Easy, and at 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport on Sunday check out Chris Ross.
2. Well wouldn’t you know it? A low key weekend in Portland as well. Friday night enjoy the sounds of Sly-Chi at the Big Easy, the Howlin’ Brothers at One Longfellow Square, and Society Inc, Two Forty Gordy and THC at Geno’s. Saturday brings a belly dance show with Rosa Noreen at One Longfellow; the Never Nudes, Dead Man Ramsey, Mad Ginger, and the Freakin’ Bed Bugs at Geno’s; the Blues Prophets at Big Easy; the hip hop group Verbalized Medicine’s CD release Saturday night at Slainte, and at the Space Gallery there’s a night of excellent indie-electro featuring Generationals and Portland’s own Sunset Hearts (pictured above). On Sunday, there’s Max Garcia Conover at Slainte, and at the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford enjoy Josephine Foster and Plains.
3. Maybe it’s just that everyone’s clearing their schedules for the fourth annual Belfast Free Range Music Festival, set for all day and night on Saturday, with an opening night party on Friday; I wrote about it in much greater detail earlier this week, so get all your info from that story, lest I repeat myself. Aside from that, on the coast on Friday night you can hear “American Idol” winner Kris Allen at the Strand Theatre in Rockland; there’s also the Tricky Britches at Billy’s Tavern in Thomaston, at Rock City Coffee there’s songwriter Peter Alexander, and across the bay there’s Free Range co-headliners O’Death with MDI’s own Coke Weed at the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor, in a very special Friday night show. On Saturday night, the 220s take over the Myrtle Street Tavern in Rockland, and Galactic Tones are set for Rock City.
4. There’s ample opportunities to enjoy live theater and comedy this weekend. Ten Bucks Theatre Company opens its spring comedy, with Larry Shue’s “The Nerd” (pictured) debuting at the Eddington-Clifton Civic Center on Route 9; performances of this hoot of a show are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and tickets, of course, are $10. The Focus Group performs its first-ever show at Coespace on Columbia Street in Bangor on Friday night, set for 8 p.m.; there’s also the talented youngsters that star in Penobscot Theatre Company’s production of “The Little Prince,” with shows set for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bangor Opera House. Winterport Open Stage continues its production of “Nunsense,” and at the Collins Center for the Arts, the Broadway touring production of “Hair” is set for 7 p.m. Friday, and tickets are still available.
5. There’s tons of roller derby action statewide this weekend! Saturday in Portland there’s a double header, featuring the Calamity Janes versus the Yankee Brutals at 5 p.m., and then the Port Authorities versus the Connecticut Stepford Sabotage at 7 p.m., all at the Portland Expo; tickets are the door are $10 for kids, $18 for adults. In the Bangor area, also on Saturday, is Bangor Roller Derby’s Muddy Buddy Brawl, pitting Bangor Roller Derby against the Shipyard Sirens; the bout is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Skehan Recreation Center at the old Hampden Academy, and tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids.