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My Home By The Sea 2017 @ Camden Opera House
May 4 @ 7:00 pm

The play was written by Scott Dyer, CRES general music specialist, with support from Camden historian, Ms. Barbara Dyer and is performed annually as part of the 3rd-grade social studies curriculum. Theatre My Home By The Sea 2017 | 7:00 PM “My Home by The Sea”, an original musical by Camden-Rockport music teacher, Scott Dyer will be performed at Camden Opera House May 12 at 7:00 pm by the 3rd-grade students. This local history piece, written in collaboration with historian, Ms. Barbara Dyer shares local folklore. An early settler riding down Mt Battie on a bear, the invention of “donut hole” and many other stories connected with our community. There is no cost for admission.

Kris Kristofferson @ State Theatre Portland
May 4 @ 8:00 pm

Kris Kristofferson has been making things happen his entire life. Born in Texas and raised in a military family, he was a Golden Gloves boxer who studied creative writing at Pomona College in California. The Phi Beta Kappa graduate earned a Rhodes scholarship to study literature at Oxford, where he boxed, played rugby and continued to write songs. After graduating from Oxford, Kristofferson served in the army as an Airborne Ranger helicopter pilot and achieved the rank of Captain. In 1965, Kristofferson turned down an assignment to teach at West Point and, inspired by songwriters like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, moved to Nashville to pursue his music.
“When I was in the army, I was one of the few people outside of his personal friends who knew about Willie Nelson,” Kristofferson recalls. “I listened to a disc jockey who happened to be a Willie fan. He would play Willie’s songs and talk about him all the time. By the time I got to Nashville, he was a superhero to me. For guys like me, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson were two gods we worshiped. Then Willie and I got to be best friends. I came from a position of idolizing him to finding out he’s the funniest son of a bitch you could be around.”
After struggling in Music City for several years, Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. His songs “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” and “For the Good Times,” all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting. By 1987, it was estimated that more than 450 artists had recorded Kristofferson’s compositions.
His renown as a songwriter triggered Kristofferson’s successful career as a performer and that, in turn, brought him to the attention of Hollywood, leading to his flourishing career as a film actor. Kristofferson has acted in more than 70 films. In 1977 He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in “A Star Is Born.” He’s appeared in cult favorites including the “Blade” trilogy, “Lone Star,” “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Blume In Love,” “Cisco Pike,” and “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.” Recent films include “Fast Food Nation,” “Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story,” “The Jacket,” “Silver City,” “He’s Just Not That InTo You,” and “Dolphin Tale.”
Heralded as an artist’s artist, the three-time GRAMMY winner has recorded 27 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen. Kristofferson has spent three decades performing concerts all over the world, in most recent years in a solo acoustic setting, which puts the focus on the songs. “There’s an honesty in the sparseness. It feels like direct communication to the listener,” he says. “I still have more fun when I’m with the band, but being alone is freer, somehow. It’s like being an old blues guy, just completely stripped away.”
Kristofferson has reached living legend status, but that hasn’t changed or hindered his creativity. His current CD, Closer To The Bone contains eleven gems that explore love, gratitude, aging, war, and his ever-present theme of freedom. “If you took freedom out of the songs, you’d have very few Kristofferson songs,” he laughs. Kris will release his new album, produced by Don Was, in 2012.
In addition to many other awards, Kristofferson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, winner of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter Hall of Fame, and was honored with the American Veteran’s Association’s “Veteran of the Year Award” in 2002. For Kristofferson’s 70th birthday in 2006, his friends and admirers gifted him with a tribute CD, The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson. Stars including Willie Nelson, Russell Crowe, Emmylou Harris, Gretchen Wilson, Rosanne Cash, and Brian McKnight recorded 17 of Kristofferson’s compositions for the tribute. In 2007, Kristofferson was honored with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award from Country Music Television and in 2009 BMI lauded Kristofferson with the Icon Award. He will receive the Frances Preston Music Industry Award from the T.J. Martell Foundation in March 2012.
Thu, May 4, 2017 Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm State Theatre Portland, ME $70, $55, $35 – Reserved Seating TICKETS This event is all ages Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. State Theatre box office will open one hour before doors night of the show.

Del McCoury Band @ Stone Mountain Arts Center
May 5 @ 8:00 pm

DATE: Friday, May 5, 2017, PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept credit cards on site for Food or Beverage… so when you come to the show bring cash or checks! SHOWTIME: 8:00 p.m. — Lobby and bar open at 5 p.m. and dinner seating begin at 6 p.m. DINNER: Available by reservation before the show. (not included in ticket price). Click here for a sample menu. ADMISSION: $65.00 pp ($4 handling fee for concert ) CONCERT GETAWAY PACKAGES: line Need a place to stay? Stay at one of these selected nearby inns and get perks like show tickets with priority seating, a roundtrip shuttle to the show, a cozy dinner, a country breakfast and more. All these properties are great and have something special to offer. Check them out and make a night of it!

The Dustbowl Revival @ Port City Music Hall
May 5 @ 8:00 pm

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Port City Music Hall
Portland, ME
$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show / $30 Preferred Seating

An Evening with Slaid Cleaves @ Johnson Hall
May 6 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets $28 Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes Records. Travels around. Tries to be good. Granted, there’s a whole lot of history and detail that could be shoehorned into that most minimal of bios to flesh out Cleaves’ story. But all that’s really called for, from time to time, is a footnote or two to bring folks up to speed on his latest batch of literate, sepia-toned Americana songcraft. Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a woodworker.”

May 6 @ 7:30 pm

Founded in 2008 in the bohemian enclave of Venice Beach, The Dustbowl Revival has become known for their free-flowing and joyous live shows, combining their funk rhythm and brass section with a fast-picking string band section. They’ve opened for bands as diverse as Lake Street Dive, Trombone Shorty, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and last year toured China as a guest of the state department in addition to headlining festivals like Delfest, Floydfest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and recently Bergenfest (Norway) and Tonderfest (Denmark). While bluegrass, gospel, New Orleans swing, and blues were what brought the gang together, (a fateful Craigslist ad got it all started), after touring over two hundred dates a year for the last four years, the band realized as it began to collaborate more on the road, that it was never content to be a throwback band recreating lost eras. When they recorded their soul-dipped new single “Busted” it was like a door opening. As they charge into 2017 with their new studio album, helmed by Grammy-winner Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Dropkick Murphy’s), Dustbowl is ready to bring their newest sound – the place where funk and folk meet – to a bigger audience. Lobby and Balcony Bars will be open for 21+

Twiddle @ State Theatre Portland
May 6 @ 8:00 pm

Twiddle, a Vermont-based quartet dismantles most preconceived notions of jam band culture. Their fresh multi-genre approach conjures up rock, jazz, and bluegrass, but above all, masterfully blends reggae and funk.
After whimsically jamming in the fall of 2004, the founding members of Twiddle immediately recognized creative chemistry. By their second semester at Castleton State University, Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey were carefully intertwining harmony and fantasy, birthing band staples like “Frankenfoote” and “ Gatsby the Great”.
Twiddle took Castleton by storm, toured the northeast, and composed a catalog of original music before becoming upperclassmen. 2007 manifested Twiddle’s debut release, The Natural Evolution of Consciousness. This breakout album showcased the band’s eclectic inspirations, imaginative lyrical abilities, and superb instrumentation. Twiddle’s sophomore production, 2011’s Somewhere on the Mountain, delves into the human spirit, speaking to our ambition, grief, and love. Their latest production, Live at Nectar’s, is a double-disc live album recorded in August of 2013 at Burlington, Vermont’s Nectars. A clear hallmark of their career, Live at Nectar’s truly captures Twiddle in their element, the live experience.
Currently, Twiddle is shooting up the rows of festival lineups, packing prominent theaters, and inspiring each other. With sage songwriting and unmatched variety, Twiddle continues to exceed all expectations.
Sat, May 6, 2017 Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm State Theatre Portland, ME $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show TICKETS This event is all ages Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. State Theatre box office will open one hour before doors night of the show.

Masanobu Ikemiya, Classical Violinist @ Jewett Hall Auditorium
May 7 @ 2:00 pm

In 1972, classically trained pianist Masanobu Ikemiya came to Maine to join the Zen Buddhist Monastery in Surry, where he was a practicing monk for 10 years. Mas developed an interest in American ragtime music while volunteering at a homeless shelter started by Mother Teresa in Harlem. He is founder and leader of the New York Ragtime Orchestra with which he toured frequently in the U.S. and Japan. He has appeared in solo recitals at New York’s Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Since 1995 he has toured yearly as a guest artist with members of the New York Philharmonic in Japan and appeared with them at the 50th Anniversary Gala celebration at the United Nations. He received an award from the UN for promoting world peace through music. Also, founder of Maine’s Arcadia Music Festival (1980), he was its artistic director for twenty-four years.

May 7 @ 8:00 pm

If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a baby, the resulting product would resemble something very close to Portland, OR singer-songwriter John Craigie. Musically comparable to Prine, with the humor and wit of Hedberg, the humble, gracious, and hilarious Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. It’s no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage. The vagabond troubadour has charmed audiences in all 50 states and throughout much of Europe, with a DIY spirit seldom seen these days. While touring solo and with the likes of Todd Snider, the Shook Twins, Nicki Bluhm, and ALO, Craigie has taken the stage at festivals, sold out venues, intimate house concerts, center camp at Burning Man and even Gregory Alan Isakov’s farm. Although based in Portland, Craigie’s true home is on the road, and just like that he’s on to the next town, playing and singing and telling stories to everyone who wants to listen.

Mastodon, Eagles Of Death Metal, Russian Circles @ State Theatre Portland
May 9 @ 7:30 pm

Tue, May 9, 2017 Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm State Theatre Portland, ME $37.50 Advance / $42.50 Day of Show TICKETS This event is all ages Every pair of tickets purchased online for Mastodon includes your choice of a physical or digital copy of their new, soon-to-be-released album. You will receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album once it is released (date yet to be confirmed). Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. State Theatre box office will open one hour before doors night of the show.