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Tween Girl Says She Likes That Song From Glee. No, Not That One. The Other One

ellsworth middle schoolELLSWORTH — Audiences at Ellsworth High School were royally entertained for eight solid hours last Friday by high school and middle school show choirs at the District VI Vocal Jazz Festival. Through song and dance, these talented kids took us on a fabulous itinerary of fanciful and actual places such as the African Savannah, Detroit, a Gaelic Emerald City, the pleasure domes of Xanadu and New York, New York. They also treated us to some of the best music ever written for the stage with selections from Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Harold Arlen and Berry Gordy’s Motown as well as some more contemporary contenders from the pop and rock genres. They did so well, in fact, that all 11 District VI school contenders received one or two ratings and will be advancing to the states, which will be held Friday-Saturday, March 27-28, in Millinocket. Both Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth High schools revealed once again they are going to be hard to beat in their categories with two stunning performances. MDIHS, which had a bar-shattering win last year with its performance of “The Armed Man,” is following it up with an equally riveting compilation of rock songs titled “The Machine.” With evocative songs from Pink Floyd, Styx and Metallica, the performers were transformed into a single piece of working machinery, which we watched, in horror and fascination, as it absorbed a loose “cog” into its perfectly calibrated gut. As per usual, this was only a taste of the full performance to be unleashed at the state competitions, but already it had us at the edge of our seats. (read more at the Ellsworth American)

Singer Briefly Leans on Guitar Player

LadyAntebellum.jpgLady Antebellum, multi-platinum country trio, will play its third concert at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion this summer, when they return to Bangor on Thursday, June 4, with guest opener Hunter Hayes. Tickets for the concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6 and are priced $26.75 to $70.75 via Ticketmaster. Lady Antebellum has taken the stage in Bangor twice before — in 2011 they performed to a sell-out crowd on the Waterfront, and last summer they played over Labor Day weekend. The trio shot to the top of the charts with the song “Need You Now” off their second album “American Honey,” which hit No. 1 in 2009. Dave Haywood, Hilary Scott and Charles Kelley have sold more than ten million albums, including their two most recent, “Golden,” which came out in May 2013, and “747,” which came out last September. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

There’s a Feeling Jed Gets, When He Looks to the West, and His Spirit Is Crying for Leaving

Jedediah WasilewskiRICHMOND — Police arrested a local man Tuesday night after he allegedly assaulted his band mate with a BB gun, took a sport utility vehicle and crashed it on Route 24, damaged a police cruiser and assaulted an officer as he was taken into custody. Jedediah Wasilewski, 36, of Richmond, was charged with armed robbery, operating after suspension, assault, assault on an officer, criminal mischief and violation of probation. He could be charged with operating under the influence, pending the results of a blood test, according to Richmond Chief Scott MacMaster. It all started at band practice, MacMaster said. Wasilewski was at a friend’s house in a mobile home park on Hatch Street to practice with other musicians who are in a band together. MacMaster said Wasilewski asked a friend for a ride to a residence where he was staying on Beedle Road so he could get his guitar amplifier, but the friend refused. Wasilewski then grabbed a BB gun, struck a Richmond man with it and pinned the man against a vehicle. Wasilewski then took an SUV belonging to someone else at the residence around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Soon thereafter he crashed the 2005 Ford Escape on Route 24, which is also known as River Road, near Knickerbocker Road. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. (read more at the Kennebec Journal)

Live Stiffs Remember Funny Dead Guys

snl 40Top actors, pop stars, sports heroes and veteran comics turned out in force on Sunday for a special broadcast celebrating the 40th anniversary of the seminal late night comedy program, “Saturday Night Live” during a marathon live show. The 3½-hour show on NBC, which has aired the Saturday night staple since 1975 and launched the careers of comedy stars ranging from Eddie Murphy to Martin Short, featured a series of rapid-fire clips of classic SNL bits, with the show’s veterans reprising or reinventing their most-loved sketches. Ostensibly hosted by Steve Martin, the anniversary show included appearances by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro and Tom Hanks. Dozens of cast members from the checkered history of “Saturday Night Live” were on hand, notably first-season regulars Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris.  (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Pastor Tells Organist To Stop Messiaen Around And Play Silent Night

west auburn maine organ player2AUBURN — As the West Auburn Congregational Church prepared for it’s annual Christmas Pageant, Charlie Marshall prepared his “corner” of the church for another performance in his 70 years of service as the church organist. One parishioner called him the “owner of the place.” Marshall was quick to point skyward and make clear “He” is the owner. Still, manning the same bench for 70 years should at least make Marshall a branch manager. “You have to get the motor running,” Marshall said as he fired up the organ in front of the church. It’s the second instrument he has used in his tenure as Minister of Music. As the church filled up with performers and parishioners, the Rev. John Williams joked with a small boy dressed as a cow for the living nativity. “My first service here was in June of 1945,” Marshall said. The 86-year-old Marshall said he was only 17 years old when he started. He made attempts to retire but the church said otherwise. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

UMaine Grad Offers Post-Apocalyptic Vision Of Bangor, Also Known As Tuesday

post apocalyptic bangor maineArtist Jadrien Cousens likes to take a real place — be it a mountainous landscape out west, a serene neighborhood park, or the streets of downtown Bangor — and transform it into something completely different. Cousens, a 2009 Hampden Academy graduate and 2013 studio art graduate of the University of Maine, was recently featured on sci-fi, fantasy and pop culture site io9, showcasing an image of the Bangor Waterfront that he altered in an incredibly imaginative way. Apparently, in the future, we still get just as much snow as always, and Brewer is a glimmering bastion of streamlined future-buildings. According to his website, Cousens specializes in creating photorealistic digital environments. Some of these he uses simply as individual works of art, but many he creates in his professional life, as a digital matte painter in the film and TV industry. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Grateful Dead Manager Asks Interviewer What Was The Question Again, Again

grateful dead managerIt was the summer of 1966 – at the height of the Cold War and Vietnam, with the Civil Rights Movement in full bloom – when 23-year-old Richard Loren embarked on a pop cultural journey with some of the most influential rock icons of the day. That transformative time was reflected in the revolutionary spirit of the music being made. “Bob Dylan turned the Beatles on to some dope and we went from ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ to ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,'” recalled Loren in an interview from his home in Nobleboro. “Rock was a movement then. It was the catalyst for change, the driving force behind the counter-culture.” Over the next decade and a half, Loren went from booking hot new rock acts like the Doors and Jefferson Airplane in New York City to organizing the Grateful Dead’s legendary concerts at the pyramids of Giza in 1978.

Death Metal Bands Want To Remind You To Only Fantasize About Killing Yourself And Everyone You Ever Met

bangor rise above festThe third annual Rise Above Fest — a day long music festival featuring metal and hard rock bands, benefiting suicide prevention organization Suicide Awareness Voices of Education — is set for Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. Tickets for the spring concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, via Ticketmaster, in person at Mark’s Music in Brewer, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. The festival, a collaboration between Waterfront Concerts and the band Seether, will feature Seether as headliner for the second year in a row, along with New England hard rock band Godsmack, which is making its third appearance on the Bangor Waterfront. Also headlining the concert will be legendary guitarist Slash featuring Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and rockers Papa Roach. The lineup is rounded out by All That Remains and the Butcher Babies. The festival’s name is taken from the song, “Rise Above This,” which Seether front man Shaun Morgan wrote as a message to his brother. His brother took his own life seven years ago before he ever got a chance to hear it and it was that experience that brought about the creation of Rise Above Fest. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Elderly Man Recalls Turning The Machines On

glyns johns biographyFifty-five years into a career that he admits he stumbled upon almost by accident, legendary producer and engineer Glyn Johns has finally done something he swore he would never do – write the story of his life recording the greatest artists in rock.  “For many years, people have brought it up and I always said, ‘No way,’” Johns says with a laugh during a recent phone interview. Fortunately for classic rock fans, Johns changed his mind.  Johns’s just-released memoir “Sound Man” (Blue Rider Press/Penguin Random House) is a fast moving chronicle of a life immersed in music. Self-effacingly, he says he only happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right people.  Those people include Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, The Kinks, The Eagles, The Steve Miller Band, The Small Faces, Procol Harum, Traffic, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, Neil Young and dozens more recorded by Johns in his first decade in the studio. Among the behind-the-board tales in “Sound Man” are the first Rolling Stones session; The Kinks’ epochal singles “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night;” The Who’s “My Generation” and later albums including “Who’s Next,” where Johns served as producer. He remembers being asked by Bob Dylan to oversee what could have been the greatest rock super-friend alliance of all time – a joint album by Dylan, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Johns describes visiting each Beatle and Rolling Stone to gauge their reaction to Dylan’s idea. All but Jagger and McCartney were on board, he says, with George Harrison and Keith Richards being the most vocal supporters.  (read more at the Maine Edge)

Crummy Father Starts Wondering What Grilled Penguin Tastes Like After Only Ten Minutes Of Daughter’s Favorite Movie

penguins of madagascarThe current tendency for the makers of animated movies is to find ways to make them accessible to multiple generations on multiple levels – call it the Pixar model, though the folks at Disney proper have been following suit with their more recent offerings. The DreamWorks team, on the other hand, has trended toward the sillier side of things. While the studio’s films haven’t lacked for heart – the “How to Train Your Dragon” movies spring immediately to mind – their offerings seem to skew toward the broad joke/goofy pun side of things. And sometimes, that’s precisely what you want. “Penguins of Madagascar” is a spin-off from the wildly successful “Madagascar” franchise, starring the aforementioned penguins. These relatively minor characters have been given a vehicle of their own – and they take the wheel with complete abandon. The four penguins – Skipper (Tom McGrath, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”) the leader; Kowalski (Chris Miller, “Turbo”), the brains; Rico (Conrad Vernon, “Puss in Boots”), the demolition expert; and Private (Christopher Knights, “Megamind”), the cute one – have gone out on their own, seeking out new adventures. (read more at the Maine Edge)

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