What’s That Sound?

So, What Happened?

Over the two years that we opened up our home to local non-profits and the 58 Main Music Series, we (rightly) faced scrutiny from local and state code enforcement. At various points, these authorities had concerns with how we were using our home. We tried to remain compliant, operating the events within the guidelines we were given. However, the Maine State Fire Marshal ultimately decided what we were doing exceeded the use permitted. We were asked to stop, and if we wanted to continue, to make necessary changes to the space to be compliant with code for a place of assembly.

We Looked At Our Options

We really love the events and music and didn’t want to give them up. We spent a lot of time looking at and thinking about our options. The options, however, were pretty limiting.  To be compliant in our space gets messy and expensive. To utilize the second floor as anything other than a living space requires installation of a lift or elevator…prohibitively expensive while also chewing up a significant amount of space inside the building.

That left the first floor as the possible venue going forward. We’d need to install an ADA compliant bathroom and isolate the first floor from the second to be fire code compliant. This option seemed somewhat reasonable, but…

…meanwhile…

…other changes were afoot in Bangor. Specifically, the Bangor Arts Exchange (BAE) opened as an alternative venue for live music in downtown. A large part of the reason we were doing 58 Main was to provide exactly the type of space the BAE now provides. We want to see them be successful and we don’t think competing with them helps their success.

That Sound

So, we’ve decided to change how our space is used. As mentioned above, the only real option for our second floor is as living space. So, that sound is the sound of demolition as we start converting the 58 Main concert space to a sweet loft apartment. We hope to have it available for rent this summer. We’ll post plans and pictures as we progress. We’re excited to create more living space in downtown.

We will also be putting the first floor up for rent as commercial or retail space. If you or someone you know is looking for around 1,300 square feet of prime downtown space, get in touch.

The Music Continues

We’re not completely out of the fun of bringing great music to Bangor! Our friend Sean, who booked the acts here at 58 Main, is continuing with a new name but the same caliber of musicians. He’s calling the series New Nashville North and his series will be based at BAE on Exchange Street. He’s actively building a great roster of shows for the summer and beyond as you’re reading this.

Sean’s just getting started, but you can follow the series at Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter or email him at NewNashvilleNorthConcerts@gmail.com.

Finally, Thank You!

Thank you to anyone and everyone who organized a non-profit event, a dance, or a concert. Thank you if you attended and supported any of these events…you help make Bangor a great place to live!

Special thanks to the 58 Main Music Series crew…

  • Sean Gambrel for the idea and booking the acts
  • Abby Roseberry Rice, Abbie Strout, Greg Edwards, & Shane McCarthy for door watching, beer pouring, and donation gathering
  • Alex Knowles & Lucas Kinney for sound
  • Aymie Walshe for stage curtains
  • Jennifer & Michael Murphy for photographic documentation
  • Abe & Heather Furth of Orono Brewing  and Mia & Al Strong for great beer
  • Harland Hasey for a working toilet 🙂
  • Many other people who helped when we called…you know who you are

See you around Downtown Bangor!

Lance & Amy Blackstone

 

A Wicked Good Party! May 20

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Throw on a flannel and your Bean boots and join us on May 20th for a Maine themed evening to support HEAL’s work in the community! Learn about our efforts in LGBTQ Health, Harm Reduction, and HIV education, prevention, and care!

Fun will feature:

  • Red Hotdog Buffet
  • Cash bar
  • Raffle and Door Prizes
  • Dancing
  • Live music by Orono’s Tough End String Band!

Tickets are $20 online or at the door.
To purchase tickets online, visit mainehealthequity.org

For more info email maggie@mainehealthequity.org or call 990-3626.

All proceeds go to benefit the Health Equity Alliance.

House Concert – The Suitcase Junket, May 14

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Not everyone can pull off the one-man-band gambit without lapsing into schtick, but Matt Lorenz has it all down to an art[…]The songs are what you remember.
-THE BOSTON GLOBE

Lorenz’s singing voice comes from somewhere at the fringe of guttural and hummingbird nectar-sweet. There’s a tinge of Waits and a hint of Dylan, in both vocal styling and social consciousness — the way his songs are crafted and honed, not strewn about.
– No Depression


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Artist, tinkerer, tunesmith, swamp Yankee, Matt Lorenz is a one man salvage specialist singing into the hollow of a Dumpster guitar, slipping a broken bottleneck onto the slide finger, railing on a box of twisted forks and bones, rocking till every sound is ragged at its edges, till the house is singing back. Then, unplugging all the amps and letting one mountain ballad soar over the raw strings on that guitar.

Every night is a hard driving, blues grinding, throat singing search and rescue junket. Sooner or later everything rusts, busts, and gets tossed into the junk heap: iron, bones, leather, hot rods, muskrats, the night, the heart. The goal is to recover it. To waste nothing. To create new ways from old. This is The Suitcase Junket.

 

“The band” is built around a resurrected dumpster-diamond guitar, an old oversized suitcase, a hi-hat, a gas-can baby-shoe foot-drum, a cookpot-soupcan-tambourine foot-drum, a circular-saw-blade bell and a box of bones and silverware that operate much like a hi-hat. He pounds out rhythms with his feet and his twang-and-buzz guitar growls through a couple of old tube amps. On top of all this is the ethereal edge of his overtone throat-singing. This act is unique and not to be missed.

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Matt Lorenz was raised in Vermont, and graduated from Hampshire Co
llege in 2004. On moving day, he pulled his guitar, filled with mold and worse for wear, from a dorm Dumpster. He fixed it up and started pulling songs out of it. That was the beginning. The Suitcase Junket is filling rooms and drawing festival crowds all over his native New England and beyond. He caught the attention of National Public Radio who chose his video session for Earth Apple from his 2015 album Make Time as one of the year’s favorite sessions.

House Concert – Gill Landry, May 10

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” …the four-way intersection between Dylan-inspired folk-rock, atmospheric Americana, dusty cowboy songs and street busker ballads.” – Rolling Stone

If you’d like to reserve a seat ahead of time, you can do so by paying the full donation in advance via PayPal below!


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For a meat and potatoes opening to his bio, Gill Landry is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Louisiana. But he’s also a photographer, a traveler, a painter, a storyteller, a mechanic, etc… It would take a novel to tell his tale. From hustling the streets of Paris to hitchhiking America on day labor and daydreams, he’s slept beneath bridges with his brothers and in the beds of lordy estates. He began his music career busking on the streets of New Orleans, cutting his teeth through the ranks, interpreting life from the curb up. He released his first solo album “The Ballad of Lawless Soirez” in 2007 on the Nettwerk label and has been performing as a member of the band Old Crow Medicine Show since 2005. He’s opened legitimately and as a stowaway for a number of tours for such act’s as Mumford and Sons, Brandi Carlile, Ben Howard, The Felice Brothers, and many more.

His latest body of work, the self-titled album “Gill Landry”, features a brilliantly diverse, yet cohesive, body of songs and a diverse cast of characters as well. From the haunting duet with Laura Marling in “Take This Body” to the Tex-Mex country guitar sounds of “Fennario”, the songs are timeless, yet modern. His keen sense for lyricism is highlighted beautifully by the tonality and melody of the compositions.

Doors at 700pm, show starts at 730pm. Please note that this show is on the second floor and there is no elevator. We apologise for any inconvenience this.may cause.