Bela Fleck Photo Recap [8.27.11]

While we were hanging out at Picnic (photos from that in a minute) and the ensuing afterparty (and perhaps an after afterparty or two…) world renowned banjo player Béla Fleck was at the State Theatre with the reunited original lineup of his band, the Flecktones, for a night of virtuosic music in support of the recent album, Rocket Science. Photos by Conall O’Brien. Continue reading Bela Fleck Photo Recap [8.27.11]

Tedeschi Trucks Band Photo Recap [8.19.11]

Guitar duo Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks returned to Portland last month for this show on at the Ocean Gateway on Portland’s waterfront, which Trombone Shorty opened. The new album by Tedeschi Trucks Band, Revelator, was mastered here in Portland by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. Photos by Conall O’Brien. Continue reading Tedeschi Trucks Band Photo Recap [8.19.11]

KahBang Photo Recap

For no reason in particular (OK, some moving, our own events to produce, hurricanes, etc. may have played into it a bit) we waited a whole month to get these photos out to share with you. In August, HillyTown photographer Conall O’Brien headed out to the weekend waterfront concert portion of KahBang Festival 2011 in Bangor, Maine. He caught sets from Atmosphere, Atomic Tom, Billy Libby, Brenda, Chromeo, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Grand Hotel, Jamal HD, Jeff Beam, Kenya Hall, Kingsley Flood, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Lazer Disk Party Sex, Lupe Fiaso, My Morning Jacket, Pete With and the Kosmik Zombies, Sea Level, Sly Chi (w/ Spose), Surfer Blood, the Brew, the Lucid, the Milkman’s Union, This Way, When Particles Collide, and Will Gattis. Read on for the full photo gallery! Continue reading KahBang Photo Recap

Photo Recap: Runnymede Project Benefit [8.20.11]

Last weekend, a show with a spectacular lineup popped up in Kittery, having been moved from a venue in NH. Looks like the story is repeating itself, as this Friday, the Daytrotter Barnstormers 5 show (with Deer Tick, We Are Augustines, and more) has also been moved from NH to the venue pictured in this post.

Words and photos by Matt Dodge.

Originally planned for a farm in New Hampshire, the Runnymede Project Benefit Show crossed the border into Maine when compliance issues with the town forced organizers to find a new site for the event. Continue reading Photo Recap: Runnymede Project Benefit [8.20.11]

Splendora Cölt Played Their First Gig + Show Announcement! [8.16.11]

In the time since the demise of local chaos-fueled folk rockers Dead End Armory, Wesley Hartley and the Traveling Trees saw Wesley’s Texas roots coming to the forefront in a more subdued setting. Now that project has dropped a member and turned up the volume as Splendora Cölt, a trio that rides the line between country, folk, and a bit of garage rock, fitting in nicely with the current indie landscape in Maine alongside bands like Great Western Plain and if and it. This week the band played their debut show at Biddeford’s The Oak + The Ax. They have a slew of Maine shows coming up, including a show that I’m very excited to announce – Sunday, September 18 at SPACE Gallery, HillyTown Presents o’death with Butcher Boy and Splendora Cölt! This will be the last HillyTown show for a while, and o’death (frontman Greg Jamie also happens to run The Oak + The Ax and has played HillyTown shows previously with his other band, Blood Warrior as well as a solo set at CMJ ’10) at SPACE is something I’ve been wanting to see happen since I first set foot in the venue a few years back. Tickets available now.

Read on for photos from Splendora Cölt’s first show, which also included a lovely set by Billy Libby and Adam Faucett (who I neglected to get photos of, due to distraction by veggie sausage sliders, but he was excellent – hailing from Little Rock, where “bad things happen to good people”). Continue reading Splendora Cölt Played Their First Gig + Show Announcement! [8.16.11]

Mild August Night, Underground On A Boat, aka Party Barge! [8.7.11]

Maybe it didn’t turn out to be such a Hot August Night (the slightly wet weather and wind kept the live music inside on the lower deck of the boat) but we still had a great party on the Casablanca Sunday Night. Thank you so much to Peapod Recordings, SPACE Gallery, if and it, Foam Castles, Huak, Mango Floss, Metal Feathers, DJ pEACFANg, DJ Cutlass, VJ Dave J, and everybody who came out to party with us for making it an amazing night on Casco Bay! Read on for a full (massive) photo gallery. Continue reading Mild August Night, Underground On A Boat, aka Party Barge! [8.7.11]

An Evening With Played Empire [8.4.11]

This fairly low key evening started out with a beautiful performance by Micah Blue Smaldone, accompanied by Colleen Kinsella. Guitarist (and filmmaker) David Camlin followed with some solo fingerpicking action, before An Evening With took the stage. Jeremy Alexander’s project has had a rotating cast of characters over the years, in an effort to give the heavily Bruce Springsteen/Leonard Cohen-inspired songs life. The combo sounded great at this show, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the group continues to develop. Read on for more photos! Continue reading An Evening With Played Empire [8.4.11]

The Baltic Sea Released “Period Piece” [8.02.11]

For a while I wasn’t sure if The Baltic Sea were still active, but it turned out they were just hard at work on their new album, Period Piece (which was the featured album here recently). At last week’s TWO show at Port City Music Hall, the band made some of the best use of the room’s HUGE sound system, come through even louder and more epic than times I’ve seen them at other venues. It was also great to see the band spread out on that large stage, lending itself to more movement than audiences are usually treated to from the proggy post-rock band. Read on for a full gallery of photos from their set and to stream the album! Continue reading The Baltic Sea Released “Period Piece” [8.02.11]

Wiz Khalifa Played the Waterfront [7.28.11]

This show, promoted by KahBang, was originally scheduled to take place at the Maine State Pier, but eventually moved next door to the Ocean Gateway Waterfront to accommodate the high demand for tickets. Wiz Khalifa was the big draw, but openers Big Sean and Chevy Woods seemed to be getting plenty of attention from the crowd as well. The overwhelmingly young crowd made for some awkward management of the space – it was initially split down the middle, but when it became apparent that the 21+ side wouldn’t be filling up much, the barrier was moved with a lot of confusion from those clutching beers and being herded back, further from the stage. Once that was sorted out, the flood of general admission ticket buys rushed in and filled the whole area, eagerly anticipation the huge show. We had limited access and the crowd was so packed in towards the front, but David got some great shots regardless. Read on for photos from all three acts. Continue reading Wiz Khalifa Played the Waterfront [7.28.11]

HillyTown Presented: Mayo Street (+ BBQ) [7.29.11]

Two things I love are music and food, so this event was a chance to pair the two. Despite some threatening clouds and occasional drizzle (oh, and that sold out Beirut show across town), the pre-show backyard BBQ we set up at Mayo Street Arts on Friday went off without a hitch, and music fans showed up early to enjoy the provided treats. As expected, the music was great, from an impressive opening set by experimental folk duo The Farthest Forests, to a bare bones and humor-tinged solo set from Beat Radio frontman Brian Sendrowitz, and closing with a rocking set from if and it. Thanks so much to Mayo Street Arts, Deux Cochon, the bands, and everybody who came out to the show!

Read on for a full gallery, including a delicious pulled pork sandwich with homemade slaw, courtesy of Deux Cochon and other treats. Yum. Continue reading HillyTown Presented: Mayo Street (+ BBQ) [7.29.11]

Jucifer Played Geno’s [7.22.11]

According to our photographer David Zwickerhill, the show was crazy. We believe it. The Athens, GA-based metal duo Jucifer are infamous for their massive wall of amps and obscene volume levels, and it looks like they held nothing back at this show on July 22 at Geno’s. Read on for photos of Jucifer and local opener Hessian after the jump. Continue reading Jucifer Played Geno’s [7.22.11]

The Return of Hiss & Chambers Photo Recap [7.22.11]

It’s hard to believe that it had been two years since local sensations Hiss & Chambers played live. We knew they were working on something (keep an eye out for a possible release…) but were excited to hear that they’d be making a return to the Empire stage this summer with one of our favorite bands from NY. Project Jenny, Project Jan were up here a few months ago, and they wasted little time getting back up north to win over more fans with their fun dance jams. Both bands put on excellent performances, and the Atomik crew kept it going between and after the bands for the crowd of heatwave-avoiding (thanks, AC!) dancers. Read on for photos. Continue reading The Return of Hiss & Chambers Photo Recap [7.22.11]

A Robot Presented: Female-fronted at Flask [7.14.11]

Last week, local promoter extraordinaire A Robot put on another excellent free show at Flask (careful with those Moxie Bombs!). If you haven’t been making it out to these, you’ve been missing something real special. For this occasion, the bands were all female-fronted, and I especially appreciated the increasing number of band members onstage through the night (1, 2, 3!). There were a lot of HillyTown-loved acts involved, starting with Sugar Hiccup (who had been scheduled to play a show we did back in December but had to cancel), When Particles Collide (who have played a show for us and recently did a field report on Arootsakoostic), and of course the theoretical HillyTown house band, Mango Floss (who played our Free Range Fest party and will join us on the boat and at PICNIC). Such a fun night of music! Read on for the photos! Continue reading A Robot Presented: Female-fronted at Flask [7.14.11]

Arootsakoostic Field Report

Our friends in the band When Particles Collide (they played a recent HillyTown Presents show in Biddeford) checked out the Arootsakoostic Music Festival this weekend and were kind enough to share their thoughts and images from the experience with us on the site. Check it out below: words by Sasha Alcott and photos by Chris Viner.

We arrived just before 2pm at Thomas Park in New Sweden, Maine to a lovely rolling green hill with kids playing games and running around the field while the sounds of a well amplified acoustic guitar emanated from the Field stage.

Variety was the name of the game for this festival. Variety in the style of musical groups, in the food, and among audience members. Singer-songwriters, overdriven bass and guitar rockers, traditional Americana acoustic acts clustered around one condenser mic, electrified anthemic rock ‘n roll troubadours, experimental ambient sound-scape builders, and combinations thereof came together to keep the rain at bay and everyone happy and entertained. Tabouli salad with organic yogurt dressing, grilled red hot dogs and burgers or locally grown potatoes baked to perfection with bacon crumbles, chives and cheese were all available. Whether dancing, nodding their heads or stomping their feet, the audience of both young and old locals, southern Maine hipsters and crunchy families of Maine homesteaders all came together to celebrate. Aside from the music, the food and the beautiful location, it was obvious that the one thing that was the true glue of this festival, bringing everyone together and making the vibe so awesome was event organizer Travis Cyr. Continue reading Arootsakoostic Field Report

Jolie Holland and Sallie Ford Were Here [7.7.11]

With SPACE Gallery becoming a regular tour destination for Jolie Holland, on Thursday she brought her tour in support of the just-released album Pint of Blood through Portland. In a move that it seems we’re seeing more and more, members of the excellent opening band, Portland, OR-based Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, are backing Holland for dates on this tour. Read on for photos by Erika Johnson. Continue reading Jolie Holland and Sallie Ford Were Here [7.7.11]