Twitter never ceases to both amuse and amaze me. Every time I log on, whether it’s on my phone or my computer, I feel like I’m taking a dip in the collective consciousness of the Internet. Sometimes, it’s something vitally important and exciting, like what’s happening in Libya and Egypt. Sometimes, it’s all about Charlie Sheen, and his tiger blood and fists of fire.
And sometimes, it’s about which potholes on which major thoroughfares in Greater Bangor are making people angry. By the way, there was a real humdinger on Main Street until very recently. Almost ate my tire.
Me, I try to balance it out between trending topics (the Oscars, Wisconsin) and relatively banal subjects (what I made for dinner or hilarious pictures of cats). People seem to respond to both.
Out of all the things I tweet about, music crops up at least several times a week, if not more. If you’ve read anything I’ve written in the six years since I started this column, you know that underneath the layers of snark, I’m just a music nerd who gets to write — and tweet — about the stuff I think is pretty neat. And on that note, here’s your bimonthly roundup of cool concerts statewide.
State Theatre, Portland (statetheatreportland.com)
If you didn’t get tickets to see Bright Eyes next Friday, March 11, at the State Theatre, you’re probably out of luck, since it’s sold out. Same goes for Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy on March 26, electro wizards Bassnectar and Eliot Lipp on April 21, and alternative heroes Cake on April 23. Maybe you can get tickets via the questionably ethical resale site stubhub.com, and if so, good luck to you. Regardless, it’s great that the State Theatre has regained its status as one of the best live music venues in the state. And there are still plenty of tickets for jazz-influenced jam bands Soulive and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe on March 19, pop singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles on April 1, and indie folk favorites Iron and Wine on April 18.
Port City Music Hall, Portland (portcitymusichall.com)
The intimate and lovely Port City Music Hall plays host to tons of Portland area bands every Tuesday with the Two series. It also hosts the popular Wednesday night Clash of the Titans series, which pairs two bands of local musicians, each taking on the personae of a different famous band, like Soundgarden vs. Pearl Jam, Lady Gaga vs. Madonna, or The Cure vs. Joy Division. Aside from that, there are some other great touring bands coming through, such as Assembly of Dust on April 25, Rubblebucket on April 14, EOTO on April 15, Club D’Elf featuring John Medeski on April 21 and the Reverend Horton Heat on May 3.
Space Gallery, Portland (space538.org)
Baltimore art punk Dan Deacon rocks the Space Gallery on March 11 with his band of merry pranksters, DJs and musicians in tow. Acclaimed indie rockers Titus Andronicus will perform on March 29, fresh off their latest album, the critic’s darling “The Monitor.” That’s all on top of the Space Gallery’s weekly programming of film, local bands, lectures, readings and dance parties.
The Cumberland County Civic Center has two big concerts coming up — country star Kenny Chesney is set for April 7 and Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace and Sevendust are due to rock out on May 1. Meanwhile, at Merrill Auditorium, folk-rock fans are in luck, as Gordon Lightfoot takes the stage on March 29, and the legendary John Prine plays on April 29.
Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield (stonemountainartscenter.com)
Way out in the woods, there are plenty of great concerts at Stone Mountain, near the Maine-New Hampshire border. Shawn Colvin and Loudon Wainwright III will play on March 8, followed by up-and-coming string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops on March 19 and 20. One of the don’t-miss shows of the spring is set for March 24, when beloved soul singer and recent Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award winner Mavis Staples shares the stage with the inspiring singer-songwriter Billy Bragg. Bluegrass kings and American Folk Festival alumnus the Del McCoury Band is set for April 1, Blues Traveler frontman and harpist John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours will play on April 26, and Roseanne Cash will perform on May 6.
Sugarloaf and Sunday River (sugarloaf.com)
The ski season starts to wind down sometime in April, but there’s still a few great things to see in the western mountains besides snow and the slopes. Maine favorites Rustic Overtones plays on March 12 at Sugarloaf, and who can forget the annual Bud Light Reggae Festival set for April 14-17, which unofficially closes out the season with some sweet island rhythms.