1. Go back to your roots on Friday in Bangor. On the Waterfront there’s country stars Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, while at Paddy Murphy’s that same night there’s Maine favorite roots ensemble the Ghost of Paul Revere (pictured at left), guitarist Dave Mello at Nocturnem Drafthaus and Mark Miller at the Big Easy. There’s also Pecha Kucha night at 6 p.m. at the Union Street Brick Church, and River City Cinema’s outdoor screening of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” starts at 8:30 p.m. in Pickering Square. On Saturday night, enjoy funk band Big Time at Paddy Murphy’s, rockers Tomorrow Morning at Nocturnem, or acoustic warriors Blue Gene & Cambo at the Big Easy. You can dance your shoes off at either the annual Pride Night at Tantrum, or eightysomething at the Penobscot Pour House, and out at 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport, there’s bluesmen the Juke Joint Devils. 4Points closes out the Bangor area weekend with the Mallett Brothers Band.
2. Whatever, rain showers on Friday. Just, whatever, all right? You don’t own me. You can’t make me not enjoy myself. Portland is home to some fun shows this weekend, including the really big news of the grand relaunch party for the renovated Port City Music Hall on Friday; it’ll include performances from AWAAS, DJ Matty T, Foam Castles, Hutch Heelan, Billy Libby, Ian Hammond, Soule Monde and Sunset Hearts. Also that night are reggae lords Royal Hammer at the Big Easy or Felt Tip Prick, Doomstone, Jonny Cremains and Indre Strike at Geno’s. Saturday night, you have your pick of outlaw country star Jamey Johnson at the Asylum, the ToneKings at the Big Easy, Serena Ryder and Lee DeWyze at Port City, or the Kip Brown Khronikles, Soft Healer, Lisa/Liza and Colby Nathan at the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford, and 4-Player Co-Op and Euphemia at Geno’s. On Sunday, it’s pop punkers Jimmy Eat World and Royal Bangs at the State Theatre.
3. Lobster Fest weekend in Rockland always brings with it some choice entertainment options, aside from food and rides. On Friday night the Spin Doctors perform at 7:30 p.m. at the festival, while on Saturday night at the Myrtle Street Tavern there’s 90s cover band Hello Newman, there’s Silent Sam and the Evans at Rock City Coffee, and at the festival itself the Preservation Jazz Band at 5:30 p.m. and pop icon David Cassidy at 7:30 p.m. Up the coast, at the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor on Friday night Wesley Hartley and the Traveling Trees will perform, while at Chummies in Ellsworth there’s Chris Ross & Fiddle Doug on Friday and the 220s on Saturday.
4. Friday night is Art Walk night in Portland, so there’s lots of interesting visual arts and performance events all evening, such as a performance from Esduardo Mariscal Dance-Theater at the Portland Public Library, a marathon art creation event with the Hidden Ladder Collection at the Meg Perry Center on Congress Street, and new gallery pieces and installations at the Space Gallery. A full list of all art walk events can be found at the Live Work Portland website. There’s also art walks on Friday in Belfast, Bar Harbor and Gardiner, FYI.
5. How could I forget? It’s weekend two of the Bangor State Fair, that yearly bacchanal of fried food, carnival rides, five-foot-tall stuffed replicas of Stewie from “Family Guy” and questionable fashion choices. You know you want to. Embrace it. It’s only $12 to get in, and thank you, thank you, thank you, they have once again done away with tickets for rides. You just have to wait in line. For a while. There’s apparently a robot that rolls around the fairgrounds giving hi-fives. Oh, and BYOHS: Bring your own hand sanitizer.