1. You know what makes me sad? I missed out on an opportunity to buy Girl Scout Cookies. Anyone got some Tagalongs and Thin Mints they want to sell me? But enough about me: what about you? What are your plans for the weekend? Friday night in Bangor the Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative hosts their quarterly art walk from 5 to 9 p.m.; later that Friday night, there’s some excellent indie rock with Dustin Saucier and the Sad Bastards and Yes We Kin at Paddy Murphy’s, there’s some upbeat rock with Rotating Taps and Trendy Robots at Tantrum, there’s guitarist Cory Deshane at Nocturnem Drafthaus, there’s jazz man Jon Nowak at the Big Easy, and there’s banjo bluegrass whiz Hal Myers at 4Points BBQ & Blues in Winterport. On Saturday, the Rock & Art Shop in Bangor hosts the colorful Portland electro duo Contrapposto (pictured above); at Paddy’s there’s Tomorrow Morning, there’s rockers the 220s at Ipanema, there’s the charming folk duo Him & Her at Nocturnem, there’s the high energy blues band the Juke Rockets at the Big Easy, and in Winterport, there’s Mojo Hand at 4Points.
2. Friday night in Portland longtime local favorites Dominic (pictured) and the Lucid play their first show in forever at Empire, and it’s sure to be a packed one so get there early. Also on Friday in Portland are jam heroes Richard James and the Name Changers at Port City Music Hall, a record release for local legendary metal band Ogre at Geno’s with guests Sunrunner and Eldemur Krimm, the Matthew Stubbs Band at One Longfellow Square, vocal group the Manhattan Transfer at Asylum, and out at the Oak and the Ax in Biddeford, there’s indie folk with Nat Baldwin, Liza Victoria and the Orchards. On Saturday, enjoy an epic night of all surf music at Slainte with Thee Icepicks, the Aquanauts, the Watchers and Dust Clouds of Mars; there’s also Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection at One Longfellow, and some delightful local burlesque featuring Vivid Motion at Geno’s.
3. Well it’s fun to be in Ellsworth Friday, since there’s a really fun night of a huge array of local talent playing the music of the Beatles at the Grand Theater, followed by rockers Octavia at Chummies. Good times, and a good way to warm up after the big (hopefully last of the winter) storm. On Saturday on MDI, you can enjoy either a special night featuring Nat Baldwin (pictured) and indie folk band Lisa/Liza the Lompoc Cafe in Bar Harbor, or Fred Benson and his Gaelic Band at Sips in Southwest Harbor. Across the bay, there’s rock duo Johnson and Clancey on Friday at the Speakeasy in Rockland, while Saturday night the Speakeasy hosts the Usual Suspects, there’s the Peacetime Generals at Rock City Coffee, and rockabilly punks the Murder Weapon at Myrtle Street Tavern.
4. Allright, skiiers and snowboarders, after this most recent snowstorm you’ve got a solid week of great skiing ahead of you, so get on it! At Sugarloaf all this weekend there’s a banked slalom snowboard race, Friday night, you can enjoy Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense, and Saturday night there’s blues man Popa Chubby, both at the Widowmaker, and also on Saturday night, there’s The Band Apollo at The Rack. Sunday River hosts a minipipe snowboard event on Saturday, and that night features funk band Turkuaz at the Foggy Goggle. On Sunday at Saddleback, there’s Maine Conservation Day, where you can meet the game wardens of “Northwoods Law,” learn about Maine’s forests and the people who protect them, and ski your little heart out.
5. Bonus post that’s not a weekend, but might just be an extension of the weekend for you hardy Irish-loving party people. Monday is St. Patrick’s Day, so of course there’s plenty to do statewide. Paddy Murphy’s in Bangor once again opens their doors at 6 a.m. with another full day of music and cheer, featuring two performances from a one day only reunion of Bangor Celtic rockers the BaRsTuArds (pictured)at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., as well as music from Maximum Blue, the Galley Rats and others throughout the day. Geaghan’s in Bangor of course has wonderful traditional Irish music all day, as well as a pipe and drum band and of course delicious housemade brews, while in Orono, Celtic rockers St. Huckleberry take over the Bear Brew. In Portland, take your pick of either Celtic-themed specials and music at the city’s three Irish bars — Bull Feeney’s, RiRa and Brian Boru — or check out some Irish music with Joe Gallant and Will Mallett at Slainte, or, a day earlier, the city’s fantastic St. Patrick’s Day parade along Commercial Street, set for noon on Sunday. Got more things planned? Post them in comments. Cheers!