With five of the eight days of the KahBang festival now in the books the town of Bangor is readying itself for an onslaught of more music, movies, and art. The festival schedule slowed down this week with the conclusion of the “Red Riding Trilogy” playing at the Bangor Opera House and a few acts playing the KahBang @ Night events hosted at venues around town. Tonight’s schedule features the documentary “Blood into Wine,” which is the story of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and his foray into the wine business (which will be followed by a wine tasting), as well as a six-band “KahBang Pregame” being held at the Sea Dog Brewing Company. All of this is just a small taste of the two-day event that starts Friday at the Bangor Waterfront and features such national acts as B.O.B., Biz Markie, The Gay Blades, and OK Go.
Tonight’s action at the Sea Dog features a mix of local and national talent, with performances by Bangor’s own Queen City, Maine-based Americana act Dark Hollow Bottling Company, Louisville rockers Cabin, and a headlining set from local favorites Stiff Whisker & The Driftwood Kids. According to KahBang @ Night staffer Emilie Bronson, bands will be playing both on the larger outdoor stage as well as inside the venue itself. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and admission is free, but limited to those 21 and over.
On Friday the two-day festival starts at 3 pm on three stages and a dance tent featuring electronic music sets from various DJ’s. Highlights during the day include sets from Boston’s catchy-pop quintet The Hush Now, LA hip-hop artist Zeek, and self-described “trash pop” from New York City’s The Gay Blades.
Headlining the first night is hip-hop icon Biz Markie. Best known for taking the intro from soul singer Freddy Scott’s “You Got What I Need” and turning it into the 1989 hit “Just A Friend,” Biz Markie showcased a unique rhyme style and comedic side that would become his trademark.
But “The Biz” has also had success working with other artists, such as the Beastie Boys, and even a reoccurring segment called “Biz’s Beat of the Day” on the kids television show “Yo Gabba Gabba!”
As the lights go down on day one of the music festival more groups will be performing around Bangor in bars and clubs. But the real treat will happen on the festival grounds starting at 11 p.m. at the all-ages Silent Disco.
Dancers and party-goers can listen to the DJ’s perform through special wireless headphones that will be provided by KahBang. It should be a mesmerizing experience for those listening (or even those just watching) as a tent full of dancers get down in unison to what looks like total silence. The “Silent Disco” is free for festival attendees and $5 for non-festival patrons, although there will be limited capacity.
And Friday’s full day is just the start. I’ll be back tomorrow with more as well as a preview of what’s in store for Saturday.