House Concert – Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson, Dec 8

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“An acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics that evoked John Hiatt…”
Boston Globe

“Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever”.
Tori Amos

Porter-Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s seering finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades.

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A virtuoso guitarist, Porter shared the stage with musical luminaries such as Jeff Beck, Sting, Paul Simon, Tori Amos and Jethro Tull. Searching for the shaman that lives inside the guitar has led Willy on a musical and personal odyssey spanning over two decades, 10 albums, and multiple continents. His journey remains defined by an independent drive to evolve as a musician and human, affording him the freedom to create the next song on his own terms. Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven events–equal parts grit, soul, and muscle–that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that Porter’s voice blends and fuses with his virtuoso fret work.

Nickerson is an accomplished Jazz, R&B, and Rock vocalist and songwriter who has also contributed her talents to a volume of studio work in L.A.

The pair met in 2010 and finding their musical sensibilities a quick match, began collaborating soon after. The result has been a rich experience of performing and writing. In early 2016 the pair were featured music guests on A Prairie Home Companion, performing on one of Garrison Keillor’s last broadcasts. Their songs compile candid snapshots of the human journey, exposing ideas such as hope, regret, love, loss, and connection that remain immutable against time, history, or place.

Willy Porter: willyporter.com
Carmen Nickerson: carmennickerson.com

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm.

***Please Note that all events at 58 Main are supported by donation. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and is what allows us to continue bringing awesome musicians to Bangor.

For those that may have difficulty navigating stairs… 58 Main is a private home. This event will be held on our second floor and our bathroom is in the basement. We do not have a lift or elevator. We apologize.

House Concert – Anna & Elizabeth, Nov 14

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“If you’ve never thought your tastes would lean to mountain music, take a deep breath and soak it all in.” – NPR Music

Inspired by the richness and tradition of Appalachian music, Anna & Elizabeth gather songs and stories from archives and visits with elders. They bring these songs to life in performance with sparse, atmospheric arrangements behind the uncanny blend of their voices in close harmony. Fiddle and banjo lines intertwine in an age-old dance, and Elizabeth’s powerful vocals are matched by Anna’s softer timbre in their remarkably rich harmonizing.

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Anna & Elizabeth accompany their songs with stories—of the lyrics, of the singer, of the quest to learn the song—and they illustrate them in mesmerizing fashion. The two revive the old scrolling picture show, dubbed “crankies”—intricate picture-scrolls illustrating the old songs they sing, which they create in tandem with papercuts, shadow puppets, prints, and embroidered fabric.

Anna & Elizabeth met in 2011, and their work has brought them to stages across the world and have been featured on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series, Vice’s Noisey, the Huffington Post, and No Depression.

“Everything serves the voice and the story,” Anna explains. “We try to be direct storytellers—to express these songs in a way that people of today can feel connected to. We aren’t trying to transport people to the past—rather we are trying to bring the past back into the room, bring history into our understanding of the present.”

As Elizabeth says, “The song will always travel far from the source. But we remember.”

ELIZABETH LAPRELLE is a student of elder singers and is considered the foremost young Appalachian ballad singer today, and she’s heir to the kind of singing that made Ralph Stanley such an iconic figure. The old technique of Appalachian vocalizing was designed, in an age before amplification, to cut through crowds, to cut across a crowded dance floor, to nearly cut through bone.

ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT has a beautifully burnished voice that softens the hard edge of Laprelle’s singing.. A master fiddler, guitarist, and banjo player, Roberts-Gevalt is an innovative folklorist and dedicated song collector.

**Doors open at 7:00pm, Show starts at 8:00pm**

***Please Note that all events at 58 Main are supported by donation. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and is what allows us to continue bringing awesome musicians to Bangor.

***For those that may have difficulty navigating stairs… this event will be held on our second floor and our bathroom is in the basement. We do not have a lift or elevator. We apologize for any inconvenience.

ARTober Kick-Off Party

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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.

House Concert – Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Sept 21

Hunter & SeamonsThe history of American roots music in the early 20th century could never fit into an encyclopedia. it’s too ramshackle, too rambunctious, too radical. Fiddlers, guitarists, banjo players, and all kinds of folks rambled those early roads, learning from each other, inspiring each other, and pushing the music in new directions. Music constantly switched back and forth across the racial divide, beholden only to the beat and the dance. It’s this fevered period of musical exchange that inspires Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons.

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Rather than thinking of their music as blues, it’s best to situate Ben and Joe as American songsters. A songster traditionally refers to an artist whose repertoire is much broader than the old blues, and spans many of the genres that Ben and Joe Inhabit. Uncle Dave Macon and Robert Johnson are classic examples of songsters. Ben & Joe’s music taps into everything from Jug Band blues to the work songs of Southern prisons to early jazz compositions to Appalachain fiddle tunes. All of these traditions are tied together in the swirling musical whirlpool of pre-war American music. Whatever you want to call it, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons make American music. They make music that hews to the rough-and-tumble collisions of musical inspirations from the early 20th century; music that paved the way for everything we enjoy today.

Ben and Joe have been playing together for 5 years. Last year, they launched an ongoing documentary film project to explore modern day music along the Mississippi River. In January Ben and Joe attended the 26th annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. There, they were awarded 1st place out of nearly 100 acts representing 16 countries for their unique blend of pre-blues a cappella field hollers, fiddle & banjo breakdowns, and duet distillations of early jazz.

BEN HUNTER was born in Lesotho, a tiny nation in South Africa, but was largely raised in Phoenix. Ben also spent a portion of his youth in Zimbabwe. There, at the age of seven, his love of rhythm began to blossom as he learned to play the marimbaand perform traditional Shona music, while also continuing to pursue better grasp on the violin. Ben had begun studying classical violin at age 5 and eventually majored in violin performance. Ben moved to Seattle, WA soon after college and founded Community Arts Create to break down social barriers through community arts activities. At the Pt. Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, living legends of traditional blues and ragtime showed Ben a new musical direction. After founding a duo act with Joe to pursue this direction, Ben suggested that they expand their work as educators by developing a new music project. The Rhapsody Project was thus established, with the goal to strengthen communities through song and spread the gospel of folk and blues music. Rhapsody is the integration of performance and teaching through public events and school workshops designed to facilitate cross-generational, cross-cultural interactions through the medium of music. In 2013, Ben co-founded The Hillman City Collaboratory, the mission of which is to be an instrument of transformation that provides a built environment and programming specifically designed to create community and equip change-makers.

JOE SEAMONS was raised in the backwoods of Northwestern Oregon in a house built by his parents. There, he was exposed to local folk music of sawmill workers, loggers and fishermen whose music reflected the character of the region. As he heard these songs in living rooms, around campfires, and at cider presses, Joe also attended public school in the small nearby town of Rainier, Oregon. Consequently, he was exposed to both the artistry and fierce environmentalist passion of his parent’s and their friends as well as the quiet conservatism of a small town of mill workers and longshoremen. Joe also studied music in college, during which time he spent four months in London pursuing a study of British folk song and its influence on American balladry. Joe later received a Woody Guthrie Fellowship from the BMI Foundation, studying lyrics and letters written by Guthrie during his time in Portland in 1941. This intensive study of Guthrie’s Columbia River songs greatly enhanced his appreciation of the power and value of the more obscure music he had heard growing up. To properly perform and interpret this music, Joe soon took up the banjo, taking instruction from the brilliant Northwest folklorist Hobe Kytr. Joe’s passion for Northwest folk culture soon took shape in a new musical endeavor called Timberbound, an acoustic quartet that performs Northwest ballads. Joe deepened his commitment to American folk and blues traditions in 2012, when he began performing as an duo with his Ben Hunter.

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 730pm.

***Please Note that all events at 58 Main are supported by donation. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and is what allows us to continue bringing awesome musicians to Bangor.

For those that may have difficulty navigating stairs… this event will be held on our second floor and our bathroom is in the basement. We do not have a lift or elevator. We apologize for any inconvenience.

House Concert – Rushad, July 22

rushadRushad Eggleston (“Rushadicus”) is a revolutionary cellist, composer, poet-philosopher, and entertainer whose unforgettable performances captivate and inspire all generations and types. With an intimate knowledge of classical music, jazz, and bluegrass under his fingers, coupled with an infamously infectious sense of rhythm, Rushad is a whole futuristic wonder-band expressed through just one person. Using his cello (and occasionally a guitar) as the steering wheel, Rushadicus will take you on a rocket-fueled melodic journey through space and time, and from the ridiculous to the sublime.

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Hopping nimbly around the stage with his cello strapped to his body while passionately singing songs that range from stuck-in-your-head-for-weeks to elaborate yet compelling miniature operas in his own language of Sneth, Eggleston is an incomparable soulful jester of modern times. A fearless improviser, Eggleston spontaneously navigates through his seemingly endless repertoire of instrumentals and vocals, only pausing briefly to set the stage for a battle between him and Bach, or rattling off with incredible speed a 3 page poem of self-fashioned words*.

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If this sounds a bit far-fetched or incoherent, make no mistake: Rushad Eggleston is a world-class entertainer, with credentials. He won a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston and was nominated for a Grammy award while still studying there, a feat which no other member of its laundry list of legendary alumni have pulled off. Eggleston singlehandedly invented bluegrass cello and spawned a huge revival of cello in roots music. Now it seems every other band you see has some transformed cellist jamming along. In addition to acting in television commercials for the likes of Mazda, appearing on movie soundtracks and hundreds of studio recordings, Rushad was also a founding member of the popular alt-bluegrass outfit Crooked Still, legendary stringband Fiddlers 4, and explosive rock trio Tornado Rider. He has performed at renowned venues (including Carnegie Hall) in 45 states and 13 countries, and taught hundreds of youngsters worldwide how to let loosen their musical imaginations and rock on the cello.

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm.

***Please Note that all events at 58 Main are supported by donation. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and is what allows us to continue bringing awesome musicians to Bangor.

For those that may have difficulty navigating stairs…this event will be held on our second floor and our bathroom is in the basement. We do not have a lift or elevator. We apologize for any inconvenience.

House Concert-The Lowest Pair, June 26

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“One of the best under-the-radar Americana duos today.”
-PASTE

Back by popular demand AND supporting TWO new albums! The Lowest Pair features the dual banjo (and at times, guitar) playing of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee, who turn traditional playing styles into piercing, modern songs.

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If you think two banjos equals bluegrass, think again, friend, because Bluegrass this ain’t. The Lowest Pair delivers modern melodies and stirring lyrics atop spare acoustic instrumentation to create a truly unique sound. Ask anyone who caught them in October – This show is not to be missed.

“Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee write about living and dying the way you’d write about waiting for a cake to bake.”
-Daytrotter

Artist Bio:
The Lowest Pair features the dual banjo picking of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Draped in Kendl’s high lonesome harmonies and Palmer’s Midwest croon, their music has been hailed by many outlets and American Songwriter praised their ”earnest, earthy songcraft.”

Arkansas-born and now homesteading in Olympia, Washington, Kendl Winter sprouts alfalfa beans in mason jars in the back of the tour van and spreads her songs across the country Johnny Appleseed style. Kendl brings to The Lowest Pair her wonderfully weaving poetry of song, old and new, and a voice somewhere between Gillian Welch and Iris DeMent with a little Olympia twist.

Palmer T. Lee who hails from Minneapolis was nineteen years old when he inherited a couple of banjos and discovered he could reassemble them into his dream instrument. Palmer’s songs are distilled into the warm sweet sounds of his percussive wordplay and the melodic interludes of his own unique style played on a pieced together banjo.

Be it Kendl’s punk roots, her admiration for the traditional American songbook or the gravitational pull she sensed drawing her to Olympia, it’s her combining these talents and creative impulses with Palmer’s Midwestern charm, the long winters spent listening to a steady diet of Townes Van Zandt and John Hartford and the strange moment of fate that left him with two inherited banjos as a young man; this combination has resulted in a uniquely original sound that is The Lowest Pair.

Doors open at 6pm, Show starts at 7pm.

Please Note that all events at 58 Main are supported by donation. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and is what allows us to continue bringing awesome musicians to Bangor.

For those that may have difficulty navigating stairs…this event will be held on our second floor and our bathroom is in the basement. We do not have a lift or elevator. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Maine Career Dance party with The Rotating Taps

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June 4, 2016 at 7PM-10PM in 58 Main Street, Bangor, Maine

Join us Saturday, June 4th for a fundraiser to benefit and support Maine Career Connect. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided, and live music will be performed by The Rotating Taps! Donations are greatly appreciated, but not required to attend, and this event is open to the public, so feel welcome bring your friends along!

Maine Career Connect is a consortium of professional and executive hiring employers in Maine who have committed to the recruitment and retention of professionals. They help newly relocated professionals and their families integrate into Maine communities by assisting them with; focused dual career support, community transition assistance, and cultural transition resources.

Want to support an organization that’s helping welcome new folks to our area and show them just how wonderful Maine is? Come on June 4 and dance your heart out!

 

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.