1. Friday night in Bangor brings the Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative Art Walk, set for 5 to 9 p.m. in locations all across downtown; be on the lookout for random acts of Argentine tango in a few spots throughout the walk. It’s also opening weekend for Penobscot Theatre’s “The Rocky Horror Show,” so get dolled up, bust out those fishnets and get to the Opera House, with shows at either 8 p.m. on Friday, 5 or 10 p.m. on Saturday or 5 p.m. Sunday. Later Friday night, enjoy either North Coast Jazz at Nocturnem Drafthaus, songwriter David Raitt and the Main Line at Paddy Murphy’s, rocker Samantha Lynn at the Big Easy, the entertaining Trendy Robots at Tantrum, and at 10 a.m., the KahBang Arts Central Gallery will show “Friday the 13th” because it just so happens to be Friday the 13th. On Saturday, the Yessah Collaborative and the FYLTD Collective co-host a night of local music and art set for 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Coespace on Columbia Street; check out some punk, hardcore and indie rock with the Royal Bones, Northern Lungs, Cariosa, and Buddusky, and a pop up found art exhibit. Elsewhere in town, there’s Stesha Cano and the Wicked Friggin’ Jerks at Paddy’s, there’s funk voyagers Juicebox at Ipanema, there’s country-rocker Joe Gallant and the Transit at Nocturnem, and out in Winterport, there’s bluegrass ensemble Nevah at 4Points BBQ & Blues. Sunday, country superstar Brad Paisley plays on the Watefront, and 4Points hosts the Juke Rockets Blues Band.
2. Never let it be said Portland doesn’t have a diversity of musical entertainment options available. Friday night, you could check out “American Idol” alum Kellie Pickler with Sam Grow at the State Theatre; you could enjoy soul/funk outfit Model Airplane at Port City Music Hall; you could check out some Maine indie rock with either the Lovers of Fiction, the Feather Lungs and Whit Walker at Empire or Leveret, Tall Horse and Tina Smith at Mayo Street Arts; you could listen to legendary songwriter Joe Ely at the Asylum; check out some metal with Holyfilth at Geno’s, or the supernatural web series Haunt ME premiere with music from Altered Gee, Video Nasties, General Vibe and DJ Kttn Mttnz (you’ll be smitten). It’s also kickoff night for Portland Pride, beginning with the Requiem for the Disco dance party at Grace Restaurant on Chestnut Street, featuring music and performance from the likes of A Severe Joy (pictured), Lady Zen, Cherry Lemonade, the Haus of Paradigm, 90 Minute Blonde, Stripwrecked Burlesque, and so much more; doors are at 8 p.m. and it’s $15 at the door. Pride fun continues Saturday with the parade at noon down Congress Street, the Pride Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. in Deering Oaks Park, and another dance party that night at Port City Music Hall. Saturday night there’s also the Penthouse Dance Party at Empire and there’s the quirky jazz of the Danny Fox Trio at One Longfellow Square. Sunday, Maine native Patty Griffin plays at the State Theatre with special guest Parker Milsap.
3. Bar Harbor heats up this weekend, starring Friday with blues rockers Anti Gravity at the Thirsty Whale, Sea for Miles at the Lompoc Cafe, and DJ Buffington starts off a two night residency at Carmen Verandah. Down the coast, this weekend in Rockland there’s the Barbour Clarke Jazz Duo at Rock City Coffee on Friday, Raised By Wolves, also on Friday at the Speakeasy. On Saturday, check out the experimental jazz sounds of Quantum and Algorithm at Aarhus Gallery in Belfast, or go to Rockland and enjoy the Blamehounds at the Speakeasy, or blues rockers the Eric Green Party at the Myrtle Street Tavern.
4. It’s Moose Lottery weekend! Get yourself to Presque Isle this Saturday and cross your fingers that you will be one of the lucky folks to be selected to track down one of them moosies. The Presque Isle Fish and Game Club will host the event, set for Gentile Hall at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and this year, 3.095 permits will be awarded to 48,459 applicants. Of those applicants, 35,132 are from Maine while 13,327 are non-residents. Doors open at 11 a.m., and as an added treat for this year’s Presque Isle show there’s a two-hour bluegrass music concert featuring the Fiddle Heads and Left Over Biscuits. A moose-calling contest will begin at 2 p.m., while the lottery itself will start at 3 p.m. For more information, check out my pal John Holyoke’s blog post.
5. The Emerge Film Festival kicks off this weekend in Lewiston, and showcases some great Maine-made independent films Friday and Saturday. They include things like the horror film “The Hanover House,” the opening night film made by Mainer Corey Norman, and movies like “The Hungry Heart,” “Down By The River’s Edge” and Mike Miclon’s daring epic “Richard3,” which closes out the night on Saturday. Screenings are at the Franco American Heritage Center, the Public Theatre, the Free Grace Presbyterian Church, the Lewiston Public Library and the Auburn Library. For more information, visit the Emerge Film Fest website. Watch the trailer for “The Hanover House” below.