All Roads Music Fest returns along with some unique Midcoast performances

Weekend Spotlight: Music to everyone’s ears

Thu, 05/19/2022 - 12:45pm

    Let’s call this weekend “The Day The Music Revived.” It’s another stellar weather weekend to catch performances all over Belfast, Camden, Rockland, and Union.

    All Roads Music Fest Is Back On

    Friday, May 20 & Saturday, May 21—Belfast


    After two years on hiatus due to COVID-19, the All Roads Music Festival is back! The two-day festival featured performances in a variety of genres including indie rock, folk, pop, bluegrass, and indie-folk. More than 30 performing artists will be playing along with discussion panels, curated showcases, and the annual Maine Songwriter’s Circle. Tickets and FMI:

    Aidan Kaczynski plays live at Ada’s Kitchen

    Friday, May 20—Rockland


    Longtime readers of the Pilot might remember this young man when I interviewed him in high school. He was just 17 and starting out his music career then. Check out the embedded video of a duet he did at Camden Hills Regional High School. Aidan has kept at his craft and has come a long way. He will be “putting his unique and personal spin on a catalog of classics and deep cuts from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s.” The show is free at starts at 7:30 p.m.

    Pokey LaFarge at the Camden Opera House

    Friday, May 20—Camden


    Veteran singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge, known for his old-time swing and jazz with a 21st-century spin, is performing at the Camden Opera House with special guest Peter Gallway. This is a limited capacity show! Choose-your-own reserved and spaced tickets $20 advance/$25 day-of-show via or 236-3154. The show goes from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Masks are encouraged.

    Thompson Center Art Fair

    Saturday, May 21—Union

    Poster courtesy Thompson Art Fair

    The Thompson Center Art Fair (51 S Union Rd, Union), will be offering an open house, cornhole, food, and live music throughout the day, starting at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn. Midcoast artists are also encouraged to reserve a table.

    Killer Road Trip: Find a treasure at The Vault

    Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22—Winthrop

    Photo courtesy Nicki Stanford

    The Vault has to be seen in person to understand how vast an old textile mill is and how many cool, handmade, or found treasures lurk inside. Read my recent story on the Stanford family, why the place is called ‘Freckle,’ and why Stefon from Saturday Night Life would call it “Winthrop’s hottest club.”

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