1. How are we over halfway through July? Wait, no — I don’t want to talk about it. Let’s focus on all the good stuff happening right now! In Bangor Friday night, start your evening off with a free screening of “The Muppet Movie” at 8:30 p.m. Later, enjoy either Stesha Cano and the Jerks at Nocturnem Drafthaus, rockers Tomorrow Morning at Paddy Murphy’s, a night of epic Maine metal starting at 10 p.m. with Bangor’s own Holy Filth (pictured), Stone Tools, Manic Abraxis and Bruised Brain at Mezzenine at Zen, acoustic trio Koostix at the Sea Dog, and a drag show at the Big Easy at the Charles Inn. Up in Orono, Eric Green and Lawton Mann play at Black Bear Brewery at 7 p.m. On Saturday, songwriter Samantha Lynn is at the Sea Dog, rockabilly band 3 Button Deluxe is at Nocturnem, the Brad Hutchinson Project is at Paddy’s, 80s cover band Rock Revelation is at the Downunder Club at Seasons, and the Jim Brown Band is at 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport, along with a motorcycle ride in to benefit the Bangor Humane Society. On Sunday, blues band the Sean Chambers Band is at 4Points.
2. I’ll be the first to add my voice to the chorus of people sad to see Videoport go — perusing the Incredibly Strange section was an enlightening part of my college years. In lovely old Portland town Friday night, there’s some electro-rock with Square One, Miss Geo and Entricut at Empire; there’s some indie rock and folk with Dirty Dishes, Amanda Glasser, Lisa/Liza and Soft Fangs at Bayside Bowl; Dominic Lavoie’s other band Keanu Keanu is at Slab Sicilian Pizza; rockabilly with the Skeleton Beats, the Murder Weapon, the Vista Cruisers and Cryptid Slaughter is at Geno’s’ Celtic duo Makem & Spain is at One Longfellow Square; and Paranoid Social Club is at Portland HOME. On Saturday, it’s Shipyard Music Fest on the Maine State Pier along with the tall ships sailing into Portland Harbor. Later that night, there’s EDM with Lazerdisk (pictured above), ABSRDST and J.E.R.C. at Port City Music Hall; Phish cover band Pardon Me Doug is at Empire, local rockers Cool Tara are at Bayside Bowl; it’s standup comedy night Local Laughs at Asylum featuring comics including Jordan Handren-Seavey, Justin P. Drew, Bryce Hanson, Phoebe Angle and Shawn Carter; and at Portland HOME it’s Tears In My Beer emo night. On Sunday, check out either the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Asylum, or songwriter David Wilcox at One Longfellow.
3. Friday night in Ellsworth, rock it out on the riverfront with a free concert from 80s cover band Destroy Them My Robots; it’s also night one of two nights of Massachusetts indie rock dance band And The Kids at the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor. On the other side of the bay, in Rockland Friday night enjoy either the Wayne Delano Quartet Friday at the Speakeasy, the By the Bay Jazz Trio at Rock City Coffee, and in Rockport, Bay Chamber Concerts presents the Brooklyn Rider string quartet at Union Hall, playing an night of contemporary music. On Saturday, songwriter David Raitt is set for Three Tides in Belfast, comedian Bob Marley does two shows at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, dance band People of Earth are at the Speakeasy, and in Rockport, the Rock Coast Rollers roller derby team hosts the Maine Event at the Midcoast Recreation Center, featuring five Maine roller derby teams going head to head.
4. Festivals! Festivals. Who’s got a festival? This weekend it’s the Yarmouth Clam Festival, a yearly Maine tradition celebration those tasty bivalves, as well as rides and fireworks and hometown charm. Also this weekend is the Maine Celtic Celebration in Belfast — three days of music, food, heritage and more fireworks on the Belfast Waterfront. In Pittsfield, it’s the Central Maine Egg Festival, with rides, food, music and the much-vaunted “Egglympics.”
5. There’s a chance it might be a bit rainy on Saturday night into Sunday, so this might not be a bad weekend to think about movies. It’s the final weekend of the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville, with some wonderful movies being shown this weekend including Maine-made experimental film “The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes,” a screening of Robert Altman’s “MASH,” the always-engaging Maine Shorts program, and closing night film, the classic “The Third Man.” Also this weekend is the Bluestocking Film Festival at the Space Gallery in Portland, featuring short films by women filmmakers from all over the world, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday night. Opening this weekend are Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” Amy Schumer’s comedy “Trainwreck” (pictured), the Sherlock-as-an-old-man film “Mr. Holmes,” and the rock documentary “Amy,” about doomed genius Amy Winehouse.