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Fishbone – The Nephrok Allstars, Port City Music Hall, Portland, Maine, August 15th, 2016

The first time I heard Fishbone was the fall of 1989. My younger brother used to mention their name here and there but it wasn’t until a trip to Colorado to visit my little bro that I actually heard them. There, stuck in a car as we drove from Boulder to Durango, I heard the band’s full library to date. I loved it and wondered how could... Read more →
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The Struts – Port City Music Hall, Portland, Maine, August 1st, 2016

In 1975, a world where the majority of you were not even a twinkle in your Daddy’s eye, I asked my Mom if I could go to a KISS concert. The answer was a resounding NO because I was too young. Granted I was only 13, but her house, her rules and all that. I would go on to miss UFO, Cheap Trick, and a slew of others until finally, 2 years... Read more →
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Steel Panther – Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, July 31, 2016

I remember back in the 80s when I was a “Metal Kid” - I Ate, Slept, Breathed Heavy Metal - and to me everything else sucked. If you made fun of Metal, I was gonna fight you. Ha ha. My brother, a year younger and with a bit larger spectrum in music genres, told me about a movie he had seen. He said that I HAD to see it. The movie was... Read more →
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The Australian Pink Floyd Show – State Theatre, Portland, Maine, August 8, 2016

When you have arguably the most famous progressive rock band in the world, you are going to have tribute bands and Pink Floyd has a few. This was my first time seeing The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and I have mixed emotions about it. It’s hard not to compare bands when you’ve seen another similar project. Last year, I saw Brit Floyd,... Read more →
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Rise Above Fest – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, Maine, August 6th, 2016

We will get to the music in a minute, but on the chance that someone doesn’t make it very far into this write up let’s just get to the important piece of the Rise Above Fest immediately: raising awareness about suicide and mental illness.  We can talk about it and throw around the startling statistics such as suicide is the tenth leading... Read more →
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Rob Thomas & Counting Crows – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, Maine, August 3rd, 2016

Anyone complaining that the 2016 Waterfront summer concert series lacked variety is just looking for something to complain about.  Bangor’s Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion has been ripe with performances spanning from country to classic rock to metal this year, and smack in the middle was Rob Thomas and Counting Crows, in some ways a stand... Read more →
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George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, August 4th, 2016

You never forget your first George Thorogood show, or your second, or even your third. Or your twenty-second, I suppose, if you make a career out of it.  Thorogood’s just that kind of performer, one of a kind.  For the folks gathered at Hampton Beach’s Casino Ballroom for the hot and steamy Thursday night show, they won’t forget that... Read more →
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Foreigner – Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, July 27th, 2016

Back in 1977, when Foreigner released their first album, I think it was on my turntable more than it wasn’t. Over the years I’ve seen and photographed the band many times and they never disappoint. Today,  you might say the band is at best, a great cover band as there is only one original member who only tours with them for a handful... Read more →
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Darius Rucker’s “Good for a Good Time” Tour, with Dan & Shay and Michael Ray – Bangor, Maine’s Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, July 29th, 2016

Bro Country – The End. C’est tout fini. All Done. I started this self-imposed challenge to figure out why people love Bro Country because I’m genuinely curious and hate missing out on fun, traits that explain a few “incidents” I can laugh about now and where the phrase “what Mum doesn’t know can’t hurt me” came from. In... Read more →
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The Quebe Sisters & The Hello Strangers – Port City Music Hall, Portland, Maine, July 23rd, 2016

I hear a lot of people complaining about Facebook, saying people are wasting their time on it, and although much of that statement is true, there are still some great things about Facebook. Sure it’s a great place to reconnect with old school chums and maybe meet your future ex-wife, but it is also a great place to keep abreast of the... Read more →