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…


…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


ARTober Kick-Off Party


The City of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development invites you to its kickoff party for ARTober: The City of Bangor’s Month of the Arts, set for 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at 58 Main, next door to Nocturnem Draft Haus. Join the commission, area artists and members of Bangor’s cultural non-profits for a casual reception which will unveil this year’s ARTober brochure, a colorful publication featuring nearly 50 different events taking place across the city. Grab a brochure, plan your month and meet and mingle with the people that make Bangor the cultural hub for eastern Maine!

DJ Thom Cosgrove will provide music via classic vinyl records, and light refreshments will be served. ARTober is made possible by generous help from the City of Bangor, Maine – City Hall, Beal College, the Maine Community Foundation and people like you.

Greendrinks Goes to the Movies


Our favorite film aficionados from Northeast Historic Film are coming to Bangor to host Greendrinks this September 13th from 5-8pm at 58 Main!

Come learn what this world class organization operating in The Alamo Theatre is doing to preserve our history and revitalize Bucksport, all while being an environmentally responsible community member.

Of course, there will be local beer and wine to enjoy, plus delicious snacks for you to munch on while you mingle amongst friends, new and old.

Check out the Facebook event here.

As always, Greendrinks is a free family-friendly event, so bring the kiddos! There is a suggested $5 donation, and we ask that you bring your own drinking vessel. If you forget, we’ll have compostable cups available for $1, and custom glassware for $5. Proceeds from the event go toward helping Bangor Greendrinks provide grants to fund worthy projects that help make Bangor greener. See you there!

The Bangor Greendrinks Familia

More about Northeast Historic Film:

Northeast Historic Film (NHF) is a moving image archive, founded 30 years ago with the mission to collect, preserve, and share the moving image history of northern New England. We are located in the Alamo Theatre, a 1916 cinema building, in Bucksport, Maine. Our collections contain ten million feet of film and more than 8,000 hours of video; most of these materials are unique and irreplaceable. NHF cares for film from hundreds of northern New England places in a three-story temperature and humidity controlled vault building, which also provides state-of-the-art storage for institutions from throughout the east coast. Collectively our holdings constitute a record of 20th century regional culture seen from countless angles: the factory floor and the farm, in the woods and at sea, at home with our families and on the streets of our hometowns.

NHF has several green initiatives in place. Most recently, we began experimenting with shutting off the HVAC systems in our film vaults over night in order to save electricity. This has been highly successful, saving us money and using much less energy in the process. NHF also accepts donations of cameras, projectors, and other equipment, keeping them out of the landfill and preserving them for future generations to see. Even more importantly, the 10 million+ feet of film in our collection and the thousands of hours of video tape that we’ve collected over the past three decades was kept out of landfills and resides safely in our vaults. In the past few years, NHF invested much time and money to spray foam insulate our 100 year old building, the Alamo Theatre. This work significantly cut our heating costs and in turn, we use less heating fuel. Finally, by purchasing and renovating the Alamo Theatre in 1999, NHF saved an important historic structure in downtown Bucksport from demolition.

Bangor Pride Art Show, June 24


June 24, 2016 at 6:00PM-8:00PM at 58 Main Street, Bangor, Maine

Join the Health Equity Alliance in celebrating Bangor Pride 2016 with a free community art show hosted by 58 Main! Take a look at some fantastic art presented by LGBTQ+ artists from across the state while enjoying snacks and beverages!

Are you an LGBTQ+ artist who is interested in displaying your work at the show? Email makayla@mainehealthequity.org for information about how to submit!

Art Sale to Benefit Hope Rising, July 28


July 28, 2016 at 6:30PM-8:30PM at 58 Main Street, Bangor, Maine

Contemporary Maine Artist, Peter Herley, has offered over 30 pieces of his collection “Action in Small Gems” for sale to raise money for Hope Rising, Maine’s first residential treatment program for survivors of human trafficking. All pieces will be priced from $25 to $100. FREE Admission

Hosted by St. Joseph Healthcare and Saint Andre Home

Northeast Historic Film Comes to… Bangor, May 25



Join Northeast Historic Film at 58 Main in downtown Bangor for some after work drinks and snacks and to learn more about the work we do at NHF collecting, preserving, and sharing the moving image history of northern New England.

We will screen some fascinating archival footage of the Bangor region and beyond, and demonstrate some vintage projectors.

No need to RSVP, admission is free and donations are gratefully accepted.

Everyone welcome. Bring some friends and join us!