Organizers of the KahBang Festival, set for Aug. 7-10 on the Bangor Waterfront and in downtown Bangor, announced Wednesday night the first of two headliners for the annual music, art and film event. St. Vincent, the acclaimed, groundbreaking indie rock artist, will lead the pack for the Friday night lineup of the yearly event.
St. Vincent, also known as Annie Clark, is a versatile singer, songwriter and guitarist, who this year released her fourth, self-titled album, joining her previous albums “Marry Me,” “Actor” and “Strange Mercy.” Clark, 31, creates challenging but engaging soundscapes, blending traditional rock songwriting with inventive orchestration and elements of new wave, electronic music and funk. She has been compared to David Bowie, Prince and the Talking Heads — appropriately, she released an album in 2012 with David Byrne, titled “Love This Giant.” This year, she helped induct Nirvana into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and performed on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live.”
St. Vincent joins the already announced lineup for the KahBang Film Festival, set to run in conjunction with the music and arts events, and the KahBrew Fest, a two-day event bringing in a number of acclaimed craft breweries from around the state and the nation. More artists set to perform at this year festival will be announced in the coming weeks.
In other news, a few staffing changes were announced for the festival, now in its sixth year. Timothy Lo has stepped down as executive director, replaced by longtime KahBang staffer Joshua Gass, who took over as director earlier this year. Lo will continue to work with KahBang in an advisory role. Derek Bowen has been named marketing and outreach director, and Meg Shorette, executive director of KahBang Arts, the non-profit wing of the organization, will run the film and arts festival parts of the event.