1. Rock for a good cause Friday night in Bangor, when the annual Music Saved Me event starts at 9 at Tantrum, featuring rapper Spose, rockers Sparks the Rescue and local boys One Shot Nothing, raising money for the EMMC Pediatric Oncology Center; admission is $10 and it’s 18+. Also on Friday, there’s Bangor Pecha Kucha set for 6 p.m. at the Union Street Brick Church, there’s the Aurora Jazz Project at Nocturnem Drafthaus, there’s songwriter Samantha Lynn at the Big Easy, Rebel Riot at Paddy Murphy’s and in Orono, there’s the twice-yearly Oronoka Party at the Bear Brew, featuring international dance hits from around the world. On Saturday, there’s the UMaine Drag Show at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union featuring Ivy Winters (pictured above) from season five of RuPaul’s Drag Race; there’s also a roller derby match between Bangor Roller Derby and Pair O’ Dice City at the Hampden Recreation Center, starting at 6 p.m. There’s music from Temperature of the Sun at Nocturnem, the 220s at Ipanema and the Calypso Soldiers at Paddy’s, there’s the Mojo Hand Blues Band at 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport, and performing arts lovers can enjoy either the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Crimes of the Heart” at 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sunday at Hauck Auditorium on the UMaine campus, Ten Bucks Theatre’s “Blithe Spirit” at 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sunday at Comins Hall in Eddington, or the Robinson Ballet’s spring showcase at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Brewer Performing Arts Center.
2. I know we’re all thrilled to be greeting the weekend this week, aren’t we? Your entertainment options for Friday night include such deliciously fun things as funky jam good times with Gorilla Finger Dub Band and the Stop Tito Collective at Empire; emotive indie rock with the Box Tiger (pictured) and Worried Well at Bayside Bowl; folky rock with Max Creek and Roots of Creation at Port City Music Hall; songwriters Rod Picott and Amy Black at One Longfellow Square; local rock with longtime local heroes Sidecar, 6Gig and Headstart at the Asylum; and the Foundation Friday dance party at Flask Lounge. On Saturday, your choices include the intricate rock sounds of Awaas, Metal Feathers and Purse at Empire; Sam Anderson with Tiger Bomb and Johnny Cremains at Bayside Bowl; folksinger Lucy Kaplansky at One Longfellow Square; a record release party for the Spanish-Arabic-folk band Olas with the Reverie Machine at Mayo Street Arts; more local indie rock with Nuclear Bootz, Video Nasties, the Fervents, Wild Cat and Bedbugs at Geno’s; and Mouth Washington, Buddusky and Older Men at Slainte, the local bar that’s long been a home for Portland-area original music, which will be closing at the end of this month. Wrap it up Sunday with Alejandro Escovedo at Port City Music Hall, or treat yourself to an afternoon of lovely local art, with the “Mansion as Muse” exhibit at the Victoria Mansion, featuring installations by five artists, inspired by the mansion itself; open 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
3. The Midcoast has its own Pecha Kucha this weekend, set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Watts Hall in Thomaston. There’s the Wayne Delano Quartet at the Speakeasy in Rockland Friday night, and up in Belfast, Waterfall Arts hosts its annual Poets & Fools Celebration, featuring a costume party, poets, storytellers, music from reggae band Merther and a cash bar and food; set for 7 p.m.; admission is $8. On Saturday, Rock City Coffee in Rockland hosts musicians Scotty Saints from 5 to 7 p.m., the ethereal folk duo Arborea (pictured above) is at Asymmetrick Arts in Rockland at 8 p.m., and the Grammy-winning string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops are set for the Strand Theatre in Rockland at 7:30 p.m.
4. It’s a true sign of spring — and, sad to say, of the coming end of the ski season — when Reggae Fest weekend hits the ‘Loaf. Bud Light Reggae Fest at Sugarloaf this year actually started Thursday, and goes through Sunday, and features music from the likes of nationally known reggae band Iration, Royal Hammer, Catchavibe, Kiwi, Green Lion, the Alchemystics and many more, along with half pipe contests, ski demos, good food and lots of good vibes. Of course, if the skiing and snowboarding isn’t your really thing you could just enjoy the music and have a beer or two. Maybe take a dip in the hot tub. That’s fun too.
5. Canoe race season is in high gear, and there’s two of them this weekend in the Bangor area. First up: The Souadabscook Stream Canoe Race, set for Saturday. The registration desk will open at 9 a.m. at Vafiades Landing on the Bog Road in Hampden and the race will begin at 11 a.m. On Sunday, paddlers will head to the Marsh Stream Canoe Race. Registration opens at 10 a.m. at the Winterport Riverside Riders Snowmobile Club on Pine View Drive — that’s located at the intersection of Stream Road and Route 139. The race begins at noon at the bridge on Loggin Road. BYOC and BYOK.