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Apr
29
Sat
Roast Pork Dinner @ First Congregational Church
Apr 29 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dinner includes roast pork, potatoes, vegetables, homemade rolls, beverage, and dessert! Adults $8.00. Children 10 and under $4.00. Take Outs Available. Note: Price is per plate.

Buck Curran of Arborea @ Unity College
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm

Buck Curran, of the art-folk duo Arborea, comes to the UCCPA for an intimate sharing of his debut solo album Immortal Light. To date, Arborea has released five albums, including 2013’s ESP-Disk’ release Fortress of the Sun, and produced two various- artist compilations (Leaves of Life: a benefit for the World Food Program and We Are All One, In the Sun: a tribute to Robbie Basho). Buck has also produced a second tribute to Robbie Basho, Basket Full of Dragons, that was released in 2016 on Obsolete Recordings. Buck’s music has developed through a decade of playing with Arborea, and the experience of playing Blues and Folk throughout the 1990s. He also draws inspiration from the deep well of American and British Folk and Folk Rock of the 1960s and early 70’s (Tim Buckley, Robbie Basho, Martin Simpson, Pentangle, and Davey Graham). ‘Immortal Light’, Curran’s first album under his own name invokes swarming natural forces, looking for the borderline between the real and the sublime and, maybe, the supernatural. – Jesse Jarnow/Relix Magazine “With Immortal Light Curran has successfully tapped into that natural beauty and created a slice of alt-folk that is as engrossing as anything you’re likely to hear.” – Folk Radio UK “Guitar tones linger and reverberate with a mystical translucence” – Dusted Mag

GREG BROWN @ One Longfellow Square
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm

One of American folk music’s most prolific and profound singer/songwriters of the past three decades, Greg Brown has earned respect from his peers and a far-flung, passionately-devoted fan-base via a burnished, intimate baritone, a seemingly effortless gift for swinging, organic melody and–perhaps most of all–a humble, unvarnished poetic grace that can imbue even the most mundane, everyday human endeavors and emotions with quiet dignity, startling insight and gently twisted humor. Freak Flag (the Iowa native’s 24th studio album and first on Yep Roc) was recorded–for the most part–in Memphis, Tennessee’s time-tested rock ‘n’ soul incubator Ardent Studios with the artist’s longtime sidekick/guitarist Bo Ramsey producing; it features nine Brown originals plus a gorgeous pair of cuts ‘borrowed’ from his mega-talented family–wife Iris Dement’s “Let the Mystery Be” and daughter Pieta Brown’s “Remember the Sun.”

Juston McKinney @ Waterville Opera House
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm

Juston McKinney April 29 at 8 pm Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street Comedian Juston McKinney, a Former Maine Deputy with multiple Tonight Show appearances and two Comedy Central Specials, returns to The Waterville Opera House with lots of new material! Tickets: $20

Apr
30
Sun
One in Five 5K @ Thomas College
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

On Sunday, April 30th at Thomas College in Waterville at 9:00 am, we anticipate over 600 people running or walking in solidarity against the harsh reality of the impact of sexual violence in our Maine communities. Inspired by the current Maine statistic of an estimated ONE in FIVE people in Maine have been affected by sexual violence (Muskie School of Public Policy, Maine Crime Victimizations Rates, 2011), the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center is hosting the 6th annual One in Five 5k race. This event is taking place in the month of April to honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

CHECK IN:

There will be an early check in day on Saturday, April 29th at Thomas College from 2 pm – 4 pm

Day of event, Check-in and Day of Registration is from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

OUR CAUSE:

100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center and their services for survivors of sexual abuse. A fully staffed and highly trained Sexual Assault Support line available 24hours a day, Support groups, justice system advocacy, school-based prevention education, and Children’s Advocacy Center are all provided free of charge to the members of the Kennebec and Somerset counties’ communities in need. Hundreds of people utilize these important services every year.

All Preregistrations include a FREE t-shirt

Preregister (online)

Individual:
$15 for Students
$25 for others

Teams*: Student Teams (5 person minimum):
$10 for Students
$20 for others

Registration Day of Event

Individual:
$20 for Students
$30 for others

Teams*: Student Teams (5 person minimum):
$15 for Students
$25 for others

T-shirt’s the day of are $10

We will also have prior-year T-shirts to sell at a discounted rate

May
2
Tue
Met Opera ENCORE: Tchaikovsky’s EUGENE ONEGIN @ The Strand
May 2 @ 1:00 pm

Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei as Tatiana and Onegin. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts. Sung in Russian with Met titles in English Estimated Run Time: 3 hours 38 min. NOTE: This is an Encore performance (rebroadcast). TICKETS: Tickets for all encore performances are sold at the door day-of-show only. There are NO ADVANCE TICKETS SOLD for Encores. The Strand Box office window opens 1 hour before showtime. Call for group rates: 594-0070(ex 3). If you are unable to attend a live opera screening for which you already have a ticket, please present that ticket at the box office window on the day of the Encore screening to receive a courtesy pass.

May
3
Wed
THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS W/ JOE K. WALSH & MATT FLINNER @ One Longfellow Square
May 3 @ 8:00 pm

The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans (2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients), have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan. On their new album, Coffee Creek (2015) The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast and devilishly intricate instrumentals with the sawdust-thick vocals of singer Frank Evans, who takes lead on songs ranging from rowdy old-time numbers like “Groundhog,” to a Dustbowl classic like Woody Guthrie’s “Pastures of Plenty.” “Toronto audiences don’t respond to a clean, polished Nashville sound,” tune composer and mandolinist Adrian Gross explains. “They dig a lot of energy in their music, a rowdy bar vibe. They’re hard to win over.” But The Slocan Ramblers have won them over, moving from a young ensemble of bluegrass pickers to one of the best known Canadian roots bands. They’ve done this by staying true to the roots of the music, not seeking to revive anything but rather tap the rough and rowdy heart of the music.

May
4
Thu
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.

May
5
Fri
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!