1. In Bangor this weekend, there are many ways to get your kicks. Let’s start with Friday night, shall we? At 6 p.m. there’s another edition of Bangor Pecha Kucha, featuring a multitude of interesting presenters at the Union Street Brick Church. Later that night, 80s cover band Rock Revelation is at the Downunder Lounge at Seasons, Stone Free is at Paddy Murphy’s, blues powerhouse the Juke Rockets are at the Big Easy, Celtic rockers the Galley Rats (pictured) are at Nocturnem Drafthaus, and the Adam Babcock Duo is out at 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport. On Saturday, there’s the first-ever Orono’s Music and Beer Festival, set for the area outside The Family Dog in downtown Orono and featuring music from Fools Rule, local breweries and the premiere of the Grammy’s Grilled Cheese and Stray Dog food trucks. Later that night, enjoy either local rockers Chamberlain at Paddy Murphy’s, Tomorrow Morning at Ipanema, Live Wire at the Downunder Lounge, the Blake Pattengale Trio is at Nocturnem, and Riff Johnson out at 4Points in Winterport.
2. On Friday night in lovely Portland there’s a night of rootsy rock at Geno’s, featuring Dark Hollow Bottling Company (pictured), Ghost of Johnson City and Big Jim Betts. It’s also the kickoff party for Portland Pride, set for Port City Music Hall, which promises to be an epic dance party. There’s the Marshall Crenshaw Trio at One Longfellow Square, there’s cult favorites World Party with Gabriel Kelly at Empire, Raging Brass Reggae is at Bayside Bowl, and at the Space Gallery, there’s an album release party for alt-folk duo Blood Warrior, with guests Death Vessel and Ryley Walker. On Saturday, take your pick of either Gorilla Finger Dub Squad, Heirloom Seeds and Zeme Libre at Empire, Phish cover band Pardon Me Doug at Port City Music Hall, songwriter Heather Maloney’s album release show at One Longfellow Square, or Bates Motel and Tiger Bomb at Bayside Bowl. There’s also circus arts and dance from local performance troupe Dark Follies at Mayo Street Arts.
3. If you didn’t know about this already, then I have done a bad job. And I don’t think I have, since I’ve promoted the crap out of the All Roads Music Festival over the past few weeks. 20 Maine bands from big names like Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Spose and the Mallett Brothers Band (O’Chang’s Comics version pictured) to up and comers like Greasy Grass, Jim Dandy and Goldenoak. All day Saturday. $25. Do yourself a favor and go. If you’re in the Midcoast already, there’s other musical options that weekend too, including powerful roots group Muddy Ruckus at Rock City Coffee and the 220s at the Speakeasy, both in Rockland, and Sorcha Cribben Merrill at Rock City and the Wayne Delano Jazz Quartet at the Speakeasy on Saturday.
4. Sunday in Bangor brings two exceedingly fun outdoors events, and one could conceivably participate in both. If one is in very good shape and has good time management. On Sunday morning, the American Folk Festival holds its second annual Color Run, with start times at 9 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. on the Bangor Waterfront, with registration fees raising money for the AFF. Get pelted with color for the community! Then, at 11 a.m., the Bangor Alleycat again takes off from West Market Square (pictured at left is from two years ago), in which bike riders of all skill levels must navigate between 8 and 12 checkpoints throughout the city, hitting each one and then returning to the square; the first to hit all of them and get back wins! It’s free to register, and the race starts at 11:10 sharp. If you want something a little more sedate — but awfully pretty — the Bug Light Kite Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bug Light Park in South Portland. Let’s go fly a kite, people!
5. Finally, there are a number of wonderful theatrical happenings across the state right now. In Bangor, it’s the final weekend of “August: Osage County,” with performances set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bangor Opera House. In Belfast, Midcoast Actor’s Studio presents David Hare’s contemporary play “Skylight,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Court Street Theater. And finally, the New Surry Theatre in Blue Hill presents the hilarious classic “I Hate Hamlet,” with performances set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Blue Hill Town Hall.