Weekend Picks Sept. 18-21: Open mic, Common Ground fair, derby bouts, elephant concert and more

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:45am

    Cold nights; warm days. That’s what we’ve got now, love it or leave it. Wait, we can’t leave it; you’ve got NO CHOICE but to love it. That shift is being felt in the music, scenes and events in the Midcoast this weekend. So grab your lobster mac ‘n’ cheese tasting ticket, watch the rock ‘em sock ‘em roller derby gals, or pull up a chair and listen to some good funk, blues and old timey stuff at various locales. Welcome to another easy breezy beautiful September weekend in Maine.

    Every year people have this total love-love relationship with the Common Ground Fair. You’ll have all weekend to appreciate it. Starting on Friday and going through Sunday, the Common Ground Country Fair is the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s annual celebration of rural living, with 1,400-plus exhibitors and speakers emphasizing vibrant communities, sustainable living and local economies, while highlighting organic agriculture. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day. Click for advance and regular ticket information.

    Thursday, Sept. 18
    Time to sing/play/recite your heart out or just sit back and watch! Go check out the Open Mic at The Highlands Coffee House, 6:30-9:30 p.m., with the great talent in the Midcoast and beyond! Drink and food specials. Sign up is at 6 p.m.

    Friday, Sept. 19

    If you like blues, Blind Albert plays the The Speakeasy in Rockland from 8-11 p.m.

    Rock City Coffee presents Old Town Road, the father-daughter duo of Bob and Megan Stuart. Bob Stuart is a singer songwriter who has been performing originals, traditional and folk mash-ups for over 40 years. His daughter, Megan Rogers, joined him onstage when she was young and continues to sing with him. Their music style blends old folk, with revival folk, as well as folk rock, and pop. the show goes from 7-9 p.m. and there is no cover, but donations are appreciated.

    Saturday, Sept. 20
    Do you have your tickets for the Lobsterpalooza tastings this Saturday? For the first time, lucky ticket holders will have the chance to taste some of the fabulous Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese after the judging. The event starts at 2 p.m. at the Rockland Elks Club, 210 Rankin St. in Rockland. Tickets are just $10 and are limited so get them soon. To find out where to get tickets, click here.

    Trackside Station is having their End of The Summer Party with DJ VJ, starting around 9 p.m.

    Rosie and Opal may be happily ensconced in Oklahoma, but they are not far from our minds. Vermont-based singer/songwriter Chad Hollister and his nine-piece band will perform a concert to benefit Hope Elephants and the Jim Laurita Fund Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre in Rockland.

    If you like R&B, dance and funk, Sea Train plays The Speakeasy in Rockland from 8-11 p.m.

    The girls are gonna be busting out the skates with their Breakwater Blackhearts Bout, at Point Lookout in Northport. The Rock Coast Rollers' B Team takes on the Pioneer Valley Roller Derby's Quabbin Missile Crisis team. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. and benefits Midcoast Hospitality House. Tickets, $10/under 13 free, online only: BreakwaterBlackheartsFall.bpt.me.

    Have you ever wanted to spend a day on the ultra-fab Hurricane Island (former base for Outward Bound?) Well, they’re offering Volunteer Day through the Hurricane Island Foundation, Center for Science and Leadership. In exchange for putting in some hours of meaningful work to help spruce up the place, they’ll provide transportation from Rockland and the Fox Islands: Email emily@HurricaneIsland.net or call 867-6050.

    Sunday, Sept. 21

    Rosey & The Wayfaring Strangers will be playing at Lincolnville's Whale's Tooth Pub this coming Sunday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Their style of music ranges from Hank Williams, Patsy Cline,  Alan Jackson to Merle Haggard and a little bluegrass gospel thrown in.

    FOG Bar & Cafe hosts Drink & Draw. They supply the art materials and you provide the raw artistic talent! Drink and food specials all night.