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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 26, 2011
PORTLAND, OR — Sunday, August 28th marks the date rock fans in Portland will unite for a day long celebration to “Save the Rock” after recently losing their only Active Rock station in Portland.  PDX Rock Fest “Save The Rock” will take place at Washington County Fairplex and feature performances by KORN, Five Finger Death Punch, Queensryche, Chevelle, Hinder, All That Remains, Duff McKagan, Like A Storm, among others.
Ever dream of having your band play a rock festival?  PDX Rock Fest is giving local bands the opportunity to do just that by announcing the Native Noize Battle of the Bands.  If chosen, the winning bands will take the stage at the PDX Rock Fest pre-show on 8/27.  Capping off the night Saturday is PDX Guns N Roses tribute band Appetite for Deception leading up to a performance by Duff McKagan himself the next day.  The contest is free to enter.  Bands must complete a submission form and upload one photo and one MP3.  Prizing includes:
Grand Prize – perform on PDX Rock Fest Main Stage at the pre-show on 8/27
Top 10 Bands – 10 Tickets to PDX Rock Fest ($500 value)
All Bands – 30 person guest list to pre-show on 8/27
Not in a band and still want to participate? Fans are also able to sign up here to become an official judge of the battle of the bands! Your votes will determine which artists make the top 10.  As an added bonus, each vote you cast will serve as your entry to win a 4-Pack of tickets to PDX Rock Fest.  Voting begins 7/25.
The final 10 bands will be heard and narrowed down to the chosen 4 bands by an advisory panel of music experts including Geoff Tate of Queensryche, Clint Lowery of Sevendust, Sam Loeffler of Chevelle, Dave Downey of Azoff Management, Tony Couch of In De Goot Entertainment, and Lea Pisacane of Atlantic Records.  Winners will be announced 8/2.
Special ticketing is now available including Heineken 4-pack tickets and ticket and t-shirt packages.
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The Kahbang Festival Announces Full Event Schedule

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 26, 2011
The KahBang Festival 2011 is proud to announce its full event lineup.  The third annual festival will be held August 5th – 13th, and will feature over 50 bands and performers, 20 films, and numerous art exhibits across venues in downtown Bangor, and on the city’s historic waterfront.  Music headliners will include My Morning Jacket, Lupe Fiasco, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Chromeo.  In addition to KahBang’s strong music focus, the festival will continue its commitment to the best in art and film, fully transforming Bangor into an entertainment and cultural destination during the festival’s span.  Festival and camping passes are on sale now at!


KahBang’s closing weekend (August 12th & 13th) will culminate the festival’s music portion, featuring 3 stages along the Bangor Waterfront.  In addition to KahBang’s main stage performers, KahBang is proud to present its partnership with Dispatch Magazine and the new “ME Stage” featuring some of Maine’s best upcoming musicians.    
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12TH:  Lupe Fiasco / Grace Potter & the Nocturnals / Atmosphere / Evidence / Atomic Tom / DOM / Blueprint / JamalHD / Prof / Stephaniesid / Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes / Marion Grace / Kingsley Flood / When Particles Collide / Most of Us Can Stand / CJ the Kid / Dance Atlantic / Running Gags / Sea Level / Jeff Beam / Dean Ford / Headstart / The Modest Proposal / Grand Hotel / Huak
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13TH: My Morning Jacket / Chromeo / Surfer Blood / Lady Lamb the Beekeeper / Lazerdisk Party Sex / The Brew / Filligar / This Way / The Infinities / Brenda / Billy Libby / Writtenhouse / Endangered Speeches / John Nels / Pete Miller / Pete Witham & the Cozmik Zombies / Kenya Hall / Sly Chi / Will Gattis / The Milkman’s Union / The Lucid / Whitcomb / The Vanityites
For more Information on these acts, visit
On August 6th, KahBang’s music offerings will begin with a day of music and art in Bangor’s West Market Square.  Headlining the show will be KahBang alums and fan favorites The Gay Blades, with supporting performances from The Vanityites, Dean Ford, The Class Machine, The Okay Win, and The 220’s.  This event is free and open to the public, with KahBang VIP passholders enjoying a special viewing area and beer garden.  Live music will last from 2-10pm, with late night events happening in downtown clubs and bars.  
KahBang has partnered with downtown Bangor restaurants and bars to provide non-stop musical entertainment during the festival’s nine day span.  Each night will showcase intimate performances by musical acts in venues across the city.  For a complete listing of KahBang @ Night performers, visit  
The film portion of The KahBang Festival 2011 will focus on music documentaries, emerging filmmakers, and comedy.  Films will be presented at the historic Bangor Opera House.
Featured Films
·         Bob and the Monster, Opening Night Film, August 5th @ 9:30pm

·         Dying to do Letterman, Closing Night Film, August 9th @ 7:00pm presented by “Champion the Cure Challenge”
·         Trollhunter, August 7th @ 7pm

Additional Films in Competition
·         Gen-Next – Up and Coming Filmmakers: Boy Wonder, The Deposition
·         LMFAO – Indie Comedy: S.O.L, Turkey Bowl
·         Music Docs: Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, Live at Preservation Hall (featuring KahBang Music Festival Saturday headliner, My Morning Jacket)
·         Maine Stream – Maine Based Film: Ragged Isle Season One (Maine-based online episodic series out of Portland)
Out of Competition Films
This year’s KahBang Film Festival brings a new selection of out of competition films in unique categories.  
·         Murray vs. Murray: We’re placing Actor/Comedian/Philanthropist and overall good guy Bill Murray into a cage match with himself. 3 films enter, one film leaves. There can only be one… Bill Murray.  Featuring Rushmore, Groundhog Day, and Quick Change.

·         So Bad It’s Good: Once you start watching them, for some reason you can’t stop.  These are the worst films ever made.  Featuring Roadhouse(starring Patrick Swayze), Over the Top (starring Sylvester Stallone), and Starship Troopers.  

Additional information and showtimes can be found at
Formed in January of 2011, KahBang Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery, development and support of independent artists. Through its programs, KahBang Arts seeks to inspire artists from the United States and around the world, and to promote their work to audiences worldwide.
Kaleidoscope Gallery is an 18,000 square foot space taken over by KahBang Arts and located in the center of Bangor, Maine’s historic Downtown district. Selected artists will display works of fine art, sculpture, screen-printing, painting, installations, and mixed media, metal and recycled material sculpture, photography, an interactive Polaroid exhibition, graphic design and experimental video art. In addition to its gallery, KahBang will curate a Sculpture Park on the Bangor Waterfront the weekend of August 12 for festivalgoer’s to view and enjoy.
Information about the Kaleidoscope Gallery and the artists presenting can be found at
The KahBang Festival 2011 is proud to announce the addition of a campsite to its diverse festival offerings.  Implemented due to customer demand, festival attendees will be able to camp Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night (August 11th-13th) during KahBang’s music weekend.  The campsite itself will feature its own stage, and will provide around-the-clock entertainment for campers.
Amenities include:
·         Capacity for 1900 campers
·         Shuttle Service from site to festival grounds and area nightlife
·         Local facilities with bars, bowling, arcade, and mini-golf
·         On-site music & bonfire

Established in 2009, the all volunteer-run KahBang started as a one-day concert event on the Bangor Waterfront and expanded in 2010 to 9 days with the inclusion of film and art festivals, as well as the KahBang @ Night, fully integrating the City of Bangor’s concert and nightlife infrastructure into a non-stop showcase of music, art, and film for thousands of attendees.  

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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 26, 2011

On the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking Concert for Bangladesh, the first major music benefit for a humanitarian cause, the music community is coming together yet again for UNICEF, this time to help provide emergency relief for children in famine and drought-affected regions in the Horn of Africa. UNICEF is calling the situation in the Horn of Africa the “worst humanitarian emergency in the world,” with Somalia being the epicenter of the crisis. To pay tribute to the Concert for Bangladesh and its organizers George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, this August has been designated as the “Month of Giving.” During the Month of Giving all donations to the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF will benefit UNICEF’s life-saving programs for children in the Horn of Africa. To jump start this fundraising initiative, the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, which was founded by Olivia Harrison, wife of the late George Harrison, is immediately releasing $1 million to UNICEF for emergency efforts there. As part of the Month of Giving, musicians and performing artists across the world will engage with fans at their concerts, and by tweeting and posting content to their websites and Facebook pages. These artists include the original Concert for Bangladesh performers Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and Leon Russell, as well as Arcade Fire, Monty Python, Elvis Costello, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Doors, Selena Gomez, The Go-Go’s, Brian Wilson, My Morning Jacket, Nas, Jackson Browne, and more. To see a full list of participating artists, visit “It’s deeply heartening to see how the compassion of musicians is handed down from generation to generation,” said Olivia Harrison, founder of the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. “In 1971 the crisis was in Bangladesh, today it’s the Horn of Africa. My thanks go out to all the musicians who have pledged their support.” The Concert for Bangladesh album makes its digital debut today exclusively on the iTunes Store ( In honor of the altruistic sprit that gave birth to the Concert for Bangladesh, each download will benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. iTunes, Apple Records Inc., and all artists, songwriters and publishers associated with the concert will keep no income from the digital sales of the album and have waived all fees. In a worldwide 72-hour online event, The Concert for Bangladesh feature film will be available for free streaming in its entirety from Saturday, July 30 through Monday, August 1 on iTunes, and In 1971 George Harrison and Ravi Shankar staged two concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden that brought together a star-studded cast of musicians to alert the world to the plight of the Bangladeshi people, victims of simultaneous floods, famine and civil war. The Concert for Bangladesh, which supported UNICEF’s programs in the country, pioneered the all-star concert benefit model, which continues to move hearts and raise money today. In the tradition established by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF continues to support UNICEF programs in Bangladesh and has expanded its reach to other countries where children are at risk. Today the Horn of Africa is facing what is being called the worst drought in 60 years, and famine has been declared by the United Nations in two regions of southern Somalia. More than 2 million children are acutely malnourished, including half a million children who are at imminent risk of death if they do not receive immediate lifesaving assistance. “Forty years ago this August, the friendship between George Harrison and Ravi Shankar forever changed music and the lives of countless Bangladeshi children. Today millions of children in the Horn of Africa desperately need our help. We are humbled by the outpouring of support from the music community led by Olivia Harrison, Apple Records and our friends at iTunes,” said President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern. A brief video message with information about how to help is available for streaming on and on iTunes. In the U.S., supporters can text FRIEND to UNICEF (864233) to give $10 to the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF (messaging and data rates apply), or visit to donate and learn more. ABOUT THE GEORGE HARRISON FUND FOR UNICEF The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF is a joint undertaking between the Harrison family and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support UNICEF programs that provide lifesaving assistance to children, including health, education, nutrition and emergency relief. In the tradition established by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF continues to support UNICEF programs in Bangladesh while expanding its influence to include other countries where children are in need. AbouT UNICEF UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in more than 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. There has been substantial progress: the annual number of under-five deaths dropped from 13 million in 1990 to 8.1 million in 2009. But still, 22,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit or call 1-800-4UNICEF (1-800-486-4233).