1. It’s solstice weekend, meaning Sunday is the longest day of the year and the official start to summer — though in most Mainers’ minds, summer started after Memorial Day. Friday night in Bangor, take your pick of either the inaugural Wine on the Waterfront event set for Friday evening on the Bangor Waterfront, the monthly contradance at the UU Church on Park Street at 8 p.m, rockers the Junkyard Cats at Paddy Murphy’s, jazz group Indigo at Nocturnem Drafthaus, and out in Winterport, punk rockers Bangtown Timebomb are at 4Points BBQ & Blues. Saturday starts off with a bang with the third annual Tap Into Summer Beer Festival, set for the Bangor Waterfront and featuring lots and lots of delicious beers from all over Maine; it’s set for noon to 4 p.m. and tickets are still available at the gate. That evening, none other than rockers Fall Out Boy are playing on the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion with guest rapper Hoodie Allen; later that night, enjoy rockers the Ian Black Band at the Downunder Lounge at Seasons, Koostix at Paddy’s, Dave Mello at Nocturnem, or in Brewer, The Skyliners Big Band at the Next Generation Theatre. On Sunday, New York indie rockers Wilder Maker and join Bangor indie rockers Greasy Grass at the Central Gallery at 7 p.m., while blues man Popa Chubby takes the stage at 4Points in Winterport.
2. A busy weekend in Portland town, starting Friday, when indie rockers Spoon hit the State Theatre with guests Viva Viva; there’s a Spoon after party at Empire with Jeff Beam’s Loudspeaker Wallpaper. Also in town that night is The Fogcutters Big Band at Port City Music Hall with guest Jason Spooner, and the Improvised Puppet Project’s Choose Your Own Adventure show at Mayo Street Arts at 8 p.m. On Saturday, one of the first local shows at the brand-new Portland venue H.O.M.E. features Jacob Augustine, Tall Horse and Leveret (pictured). There’s also some punk rock at the Asylum with Propaghandi, RVIVR and War on Women; there’s blues man Keb’ Mo’ at the State Theatre; Port City Music Hall hosts an epic dance party titled Dance For Life that’s a fundraiser for the Frannie Peabody Center, an HIV/AIDS center; Noonday Crawlers and Los Federales are set for Empire; there’s another Pride-related dance party at Flask Lounge; and gypsy swing band Caravan of Thieves is at One Longfellow Square. On Sunday, songwriter Katie Schorr is at One Longfellow Square, while Port City Music Hall hosts some heavy duty punk rock with Anti-Flag, the Homeless Gospel Choir, After the Fall and Battery Steele.
3. This weekend looks like a great time to be on the coast. Friday night, folk rock duo Jonesville plays at Rock City Coffee in Rockland, while rockabilly band Ragged Jack is set for the Speakeasy and, across the bay and inland just a dite, rockers Rotating Taps are set for Chummies in Ellsworth. On Saturday, the Boatyard Grill in Blue Hill hosts Rock the Boat, a big day of local music and good food and drink, featuring music from the Junkyard Cats, the Trisha Mason Band, Chris Ross and the North and the Mallett Brothers Band between 1 and 9 p.m.; tickets are $25. Later that day, Waterfall Arts in Belfast hosts the first night of its summer music series, with punk rockers Jim Dandy (pictured) and Wyld Lyfe set for the Fallout Shelter at 7 p.m. In Bar Harbor, Wilder Maker (mentioned above) play at the Lompoc Cafe. And in Rockland, it’s the annual Summer Solstice Street Fair Celebration, set for 4 to 8 p.m. and featuring food, music, kid’s activities and a whoopie pie eating contest. That night, check out either the Shizzle at the Myrtle Street Tavern, the 220s at Rock Harbor Brewing Company or Three Button Deluxe at the Speakeasy.
4. More good things this weekend. In Orono, the annual Stillwater Artsapalooza is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday and features a dizzying array of Orono and Old Town artists and performers at venues all over town, from jazz to ballet to play readings to bluegrass; a guide to this free event can be found online at stillwatercommunityarts.org. Also this weekend is the annual All American Auto Meet at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, highlighting the style and power of American automobiles beginning with early 20th Century designs and extending through iconic mid-century auto design and beyond, set for June 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Museum, located at 117 Museum St. in Owls Head; visit owlshead.org for more info. Finally, the Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth hosts the annual Woodlawn Invitational Croquet Tournament, Thursday through Saturday, an event sanctioned by the US Croquet Association. Spectators are welcome!
5. Did anyone else see “Jurassic World 3D” as being the mega ultra humungo blockbuster that it was? I did not see that one coming. Anyway, apparently the biggest movie ever is in theaters for its second weekend, along with the brand new Pixar movie “Inside Out,” opening this weekend. There’s also some charming indie movies out this weekend, including the Brian Wilson biopic “Love and Mercy” and romantic comedy “I’ll See You In My Dreams” at both Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville and the Nickelodeon in Portland; fashion biopic “Saint Laurent” at Railroad Square, and journalism drama “True Story” and period piece “Far From the Madding Crowd” at Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor. The Grand Theatre in Ellsworth also hosts a screening of the craft beer documentary “Crafting a Nation” at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a craft beer tasting. Cheers!