1. This is that weird weekend that’s in between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, where there’s nothing much to do besides whatever you want. I like it. This Friday in Bangor, there’s a couple of fun things to do, starting with two performances from Bangor sketch comedy group Her Majesty’s Cabaret, of which yours truly may or may not be a part; performances are at 7:30 and 9:30 at Coespace on Columbia Street, and tickets are $10. There’s also a contradance at 8 p.m. with Perpetual E-Motion at the UU Church on Park Street; for music that night, enjoy either the Blast Addicts at the Downunder Club at Seasons, the Blood Orange Martinis at the Big Easy, rockers Fool’s Rule at Paddy Murphy’s, the Aurora Jazz Project at Nocturnem Drafthaus, the monthly country throwdown night at Tantrum, and out at 4Points in Winterport, there’s guitarist Adam Babcock. Saturday is Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day, with events including a Pecha Kucha, historic film screenings and museum tours. At 5 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center there’s a roller derby bout between Central Maine Roller Derby and the Rock Coast Rollers followed by a dance party at Tantrum. Later that night, enjoy music from either North of Nashville at Paddy’s, songwriter Samantha Lynn at the Big Easy, the 220s at Ipanema, or at 4Points in Winterport, Danny and the Bluetones.
2. There is absolutely way more than one way to rock. In Portland, you can enjoy either Phish cover band Pardon Me Doug at Port City Music Hall, electronic r&b voyagers Sleepy Wonder and the Geometric Echos (pictured) with Royal Hammer are at Empire, country band Parmalee with Jillian Cardarelli are both at the Asylum, and surf rockers the Sleepwalkers are at Geno’s. At St. Lawrence Arts, Vivid Motion dance company performs their latest dance piece, “The Seven Voyages of Sinbad,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. On Saturday, the 80s cover band The Awesome takes over Port City, while there’s a night of bluegrass and folk with Brittany Haas, Owen Marshall, Joe Walsh, Lauren Rioux and Lincoln Myers at One Longfellow Square. There’s some fun local rock with I Suppose You Know Karate and Zombie Beach at Bayside Bowl, and at the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford, there’s Ohioan, Many Trails and SS Cretins Oak. Wrap it up Sunday again at the Oak and the Ax with legendary folksinger Michael Hurley and Waldo County’s own Village of Spaces.
3. Knox County is a nifty place to be this weekend. Why? Well, to start, Friday you can get your jazz on at the Speakeasy in Rocklang with the Wayne Delano Quartet, and on Saturday, take your pick from the following: comedian and BDN blogger Erin Donovan at the Camden Opera House, the Alehouse String Band at Highlands Coffeehouse on Thomaston, songwriters Vicky Andres and Max McFarland at Rock City Coffee in Rockland, and at the Speakeasy, there’s the long-awaited return of the exceptionally talented electronic duo Vistas, with guest artist Jason Dean. Across the bay in Hancock County, Friday brings the Crown Vics at the Bangkok Restaurant and River Bottom Funk at Chummies, both in Ellsworth, and the Junkyard Cats at the Black Anchor Pub in Blue Hill. On Saturday, enjoy Michael Anderson and the Ya Ya’s at Mainely Meat on Main in Ellsworth, or Portland indie rockers Butcher Boy (pictured above) at the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor.
4. OH NO! THEY SAY HE’S GOT TO GO! GO GO GODZILLA! Heed the words of the mighty cult of the blue oyster, and get thee to the theaters this weekend, as “GODZILLA” opens, starring such badasses as Bryan “I am the danger” Cranston, Ken “I played Ra’s Al Ghul” Watanabe and Elizabeth “Scarlet Witch” Olsen. Also opening this weekend is the Disney baseball flick featuring Jon Hamm, “Million Dollar Arm.” At both Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville and the Nickelodeon in Portland, there are some anticipated indie films opening, including “Locke,” starring Tom Hardy, and the intriguing documentary “Finding Vivian Maier.” Railroad also screens “God’s Pocket,” the last Philip Seymour Hoffman movie, and “Fading Gigolo,” starring John Turturro and not-sure-how-we-feel-about-him Woody Allen. You can still see movies like “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in theaters statewide.
5. Don’t forget, dear readers of this blog: the Here Comes The Night karaoke contest keeps chugging along, with some semi-final winners already in the bag and more to come. For those who don’t know, we (the BDN and my blog) are sponsoring with Waterfront Concerts and Baxter Brewing a statewide karaoke contest that ends with someone winning a gigantic, crazy awesome Arcade Fire prize package, which includes four VIP tickets to the show in Bangor on Aug. 20, a hotel room, dinner, prizes and much more. It’s seriously great. The next semi-final karaoke contest rounds are coming up this weekend, and they include Thursday night (May 15) at Flask Lounge in Portland and the End Zone in Waterville, Friday night (May 16) at the Galley Pub in Naples, and next week, at Pedro O’Hara’s in Lewiston on Monday, May 19 and at Sub’s Pub in Bethel on Thursday, May 22. Everything starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit the full explanation page on my blog. Cheers!