1. Whatever you think, believe or feel about this week, I imagine that we can all agree on one thing: thank God this terrible election is over. I’d say we all need a breather, don’t we? This weekend, blow off some steam with some of these fun things. In Bangor on Friday night, there’s a fundraiser hosted by the Central Gallery but held at the Union Street Brick Church for Kathy Bernier, who runs The Kave in Bucksport and who is battling leukemia, featuring local hardcore and metal bands including Chaos Machine, Seize the Vatican, the Waking Life, the Crackhead Mikes and Shiver. Elsewhere, rockabilly band the Crown Vics are at Hollywood Casino, Little Rodeo is at Paddy Murphy’s, it’s vinyl night at Nocturnem Drafthaus, and the Tyler Healy Band are at the Sea Dog, while up in Orono, Juicebox is at Woodman’s, Adam Babcock is at Black Bear Brewing, and in Old Town, the Cards are at the Boomhouse. On Saturday, Los Federales are at Paddy’s, bluesman Dave Mello is at Nocturnem, and there’s a dance party benefiting Spruce Run and Rape Response Services at the Central Gallery.
2. In Portland this weekend, Friday night brings the sold out show from Highly Suspect and Slothrust at Port City Music Hall; there’s also Orquesta Primo Cubano at Portland House of Music, and a seriously great lineup of local and regional indie rock from Idiot Genes, Cadaverette, An Anderson, the Hopeless Losers and The Asthmatic (pictured above) at the Space Gallery. On Saturday, Sublime with Rome is at the State Theatre, Carbon Leaf is at Port City Music Hall, there’s the Battle of the Brewery Bands at Portland House of Music, there’s local heavy rock from Scissorfight, Eldemur Krimm and Pigboat at Empire, there’s Americana from Girls Guns and Glory at One Longfellow Square, and there’s the Soul Clap Dance-Off at the Space Gallery (I recommend this if you are feeling sad and vulnerable this week). There’s also two great punk shows, with Port City Saints, Marianne Toilet and the Runs, Zukie Fury and Sonic Libido at Geno’s, and Sato and Jonny, the Flipsides and the Gamma Goochies at Bayside Bowl. On Sunday, Asking Alexandria and a ton of other bands are at the State Theatre, and Stick Figure, the Movement and Spiritual Rez are at Port City.
3. Midcoastally speaking, Friday night brings the fall edition of Pecha Kucha at the Camden Opera House, while Rock City Coffee in Rockland offers up Blue Gene and Cambo for your evening entertainment. On Saturday, Waterfall Arts in Belfast offers up the annual GLOW SHOW — an all ages dance party, arts event with a full-scale all black light wonderland set up in the basement Fallout Gallery. In Rockland, Miner’s Creek is at Rock City Coffee, Americana artists Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are at the Strand Theatre, and Nukulele is at the Myrtle Street Tavern.
4. This weekend is a banner weekend to check out craft fairs around the state; I wrote a story earlier this week about just that, highlighting the countless fairs of every size and variety happening all over the place. You will absolutely find something you like at at least one of them. I promise. Plus, it’s a great way to get out and meet people in your community. Smile at your neighbor! Buy something from them!
5. Finally, Friday is Veteran’s Day. A day to remember the people in this country that put their lives on the line to fight in wars, to help people, to serve. I think we all need to be more grateful to the people that sacrifice their own safety and comfort — and sometimes their lives — to make our lives better. If you see a veteran, hug them. Shake their hand. Buy them a beer.