1. Two Friday the 13ths in two months? That’s crazy. That must mean something (or nothing). I’d just keep your eye out for anyone following you out and about that night. Don’t walk into an abandoned woodshed alone. Don’t monologue. Don’t be a teenage girl. Ch ch ch, ah ah ah. In Bangor on said Friday ze 13th, you can, of course, watch the movie “Friday the 13th” at 8 p.m. at the Central Gallery screening, while later on you can check out music from either the Crown Vics at Paddy Murphy’s or the monthly songwriter’s showcase with host Sam Chase at Nocturnem Drafthaus, or the duo Him & Her at 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport; there’s also improv troupe the Focus Group at 8 p.m. at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer. On Saturday, take your pick of either Tomorrow Morning at Ipanema, Stesha Cano at Paddy’s, jazz duo Shades of Blue at Nocturnem, rockers Fools Rule at the Downunder Club at Seasons, riff-tastic rock band the Blast Addicts at the Boomhouse up in Old Town, or banjo man Hal Meyers at 4Points in Winterport.
2. The sold out Lady Lamb (pictured) album album release show is Friday night at Port City Music Hall in Portland, with guests Cuddle Magic and Henry Jamison, while over at Empire, there’s Phish cover band Pardon Me Doug. It’s also Foundation Friday at Flask with DJs Mr. Dereloid and G-Force, at Brian Boru there’s the always-entertaining Lovewhip, and at One Longfellow Square, there’s songwriters Will Dailey and Chris Ross. On Saturday night, the Squid Jiggers — featuring the BDN’s own photographer par excellence Troy Bennett — will play a CD release part for their new album at Mayo Street Arts, while Empire hosts rockers Jargon Party with the exceptionally wonderful Boston rockers Aloud and Portland hip hop duo Caro Khan. Asylum hosts a Billy Joel and Elton John tribute night, Port City Music Hall offers up touring band Current Swell with guests Great Western Plain, One Longfellow has an early show with Freedy Johnston at 6:30 and local rockers Worried Well and Dustin Saucier and the Sad Bastards at 10 p.m., and Brian Boru hosts Captain Ray and the Castaways.
3. Friday night in Rockland brings a very cool songwriter’s showcase at the Strand Theatre — two Mainers, Ellis Paul and Howie Day, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Also on Friday in Rockland, there’s jazzman Bill Barnes at the Speakeasy, and the Ale House String Band at Rock City Coffee. On Saturday, check out either the Juke Rockets at the Speakeasy, an Irish Session at Rock City, or rockers the Nikki Hunt Band at the Myrtle Street Tavern. Across the bay, the Lucie Hotband is set for Friday at the Dockside in Southwest Harbor, while the Tyler Healey Band will heat up the stage at Chummies in Ellsworth; on Saturday, there’s a Goodbye to Winter Party at the Lompoc Cafe on Saturday — ironically, it might snow that day — and the Trendy Robots (pictured above) are set for Chummies.
4. There’s some excellent theater going up this weekend, across the state. In Bangor, the Penobscot Theatre Company premieres “End Days,” a contemporary comedy-drama, with performances set for 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bangor Opera House. In Portland there are three great shows to see right now — Good Theater’s psychological thriller “The Other Place” is at St. Lawrence Arts, Mad Horse Theatre Company presents the sly comedy “Alligator Road” at its theater in South Portland, and Portland Stage presents the gripping historical drama “The Whipping Man,” at it’s theater facility on Forest Avenue in downtown Portland. Check each theater company’s website or Facebook for more information, showtimes and ticket info.
5. Let’s look a few days ahead into the future — all the way to March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. In Bangor, your two Irish-themed establishments, Paddy Murphy’s and Geaghan’s, each of course have fun things planned. Paddy’s will open at 5 a.m. and will feature music from the likes of the Galley Rats, Maximum Blue and the once-a-year reunion of beloved Bangor band the Bar Stuards; Geaghan’s has traditional Irish music all day long and, of course, delicious house-brewed beer. In Portland, Bull Feeney’s has tons of music all day, from trad artists like Dave Rowe and Rum Riot to rockers Jake McCurdy and Hello Newman. Brian Boru also has lots of great stuff, like Irish punk band the Pubcrawlers, Jake Spooner and Vinyl Tap. There are Irish step dancers, fife and drum bands and pipers all morning at both Brian Boru and and Bull Feeney’s — and at Geaghan’s. It’s a great day to (pretend) to be Irish.