Summer Music Series
Sponsored by Bangor savings bank
Join us for this year's Summer Music Program - starting June 6th and running through August 29th.
Bring your lawn chair, or use one of ours, this concert is open to all ages and we hope it moves you to get up and dance!
As always, the concert will be moved inside to the Atrium in case of Rain.
We look forward to seeing you! Don't forget to stop by the library for your free bookmark with the entire summer schedule!
Wednesday, July 18th - Andy & Judy Daigle
Genre: folk singers/songwriters
New England natives Andy & Judy Daigle have been singing together since 2009. They began writing songs in 2011. Today, this talented folk duo performs regularly at coffeehouses, festivals, libraries, and stages where they have been featured artists, openers and headliners blending their growing list of original songs with popular folk covers. They tour through New England, the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Great Lakes Regions and have been featured on popular folk music radio programs. Their third album, Follow Your Dream, was chosen #1 Top pick for 2015 by Four Strong Winds, KVMR Nevada City, CA
Andy & Judy do a masterful job of involving the audience in their performances. Sing-a-longs and smiles are the norm at one of their concerts. Their close harmonies blend Judy’s evocative alto and Andy’s deep baritone. Beginning instrumentally with a classic folk guitar base, Andy & Judy have deepened their sound through the addition of mandolin, banjo, piano, harmonica, ukulele, and with support musicians, bass, violin and percussion. The instrumental complexity presented on their four CDs, Riverbend, Dragonfly, Follow Your Dream and This Old Town, support the increasing lyrical depth of their compositions.
Even though their songwriting style has its roots firmly planted in traditional and folk music, the influences of country, gospel and blues can be heard in their songs. Historical people, places and events are common themes. Their songs are carefully crafted and performed so that the listener experiences all of the emotions woven into their music.
Judy is from southeastern Massachusetts where she was introduced to folk music at an early age through her mom’s Peter, Paul and Mary records. She started guitar lessons at age 6 with the hope of joining her church folk group. A few years later she stopped playing guitar and joined the school choir. When she started performing with Andy she went back to the guitar and added piano, mandolin, and ukulele to the mix.
Andy was born in Maine and spent most of his youth in upstate New York, where he grew up listening to folk and church music while traveling with his family before eventually settling in the Boston area. He has taught himself to play guitar, banjo and the harmonica.
Wednesday, July 25th - Retro Rockerz
Genre: Old Time and classic Rock ' Roll
They're fun, they're fabulous, they're...sixty-somethings ! The RetroRockerz have played family-fare style rock n' roll in Eastern Maine since 2005. They play the great good-time music of the 50's, 60's, and 70's - the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival...It's a great time for everybody. Check out the song list, photos, and music.
Wednesday, August 8th - Panstorm
Genre: steel drums
Panstorm is a steel pan program in Hermon, ME. The bands include students from the elementary, middle & high schools as well as adult pan players.
Find them on Facebook.
Wednesday, August 15th - Six Basin Street
Genre: female dixieland
Six Basin Street is an all-women Dixieland Band formed in 1991 and playing in Maine since 1992. Our main goals are to have fun and share the joy of music, as well as share our skills and improve ensemble playing.
The band's name come from a tune in our original playlist, "Basin Street Blues," which has remained a favorite through the years.
You can follow Six Basin Street on Facebook.
Wednesday, August 22nd - Acousticks
Genre: Classical/Renaisance Recorders
Acousticks are performers of Medieval and Renaissance period music with a repertoire highlighting early musical traditions and later composers including Teleman, Pachelbel and others.
Find them on Facebook.
Wednesday, August 29th - Battle of the Bands Winner
Summer Reading Program Finale - Battle of the Bands! If you’ve got musical talent, we’re looking for you! The Bangor Public Library is holding its first-ever Battle of the Bands! Performers may be a solo artist or a band. The Library is looking for all varieties of music. Cover songs, original songs or both are welcome. This competition is open to Middle and High School students in the greater Bangor area. Winning band/artist must be able to perform a one-hour show for our Summer Music Series. If you are a solo artist, the only requirement is that you play an instrument to qualify for competition.
For more information contact our Teen Librarian, Shane at 947-8336 ext 115.
How to send in submissions (we need a good quality video or audio submission): Google Drive (recommended) Drop Box Selected applicants only will play in our Battle of the Bands. Winner takes home the Grand Prize: a one-hour performance in our BPL Summer Music Series. Judges scoring will remain anonymous and their word is final! Send in your submissions by May 25, 2018. Winners will be notified on the day of Summer Reading Program Kick-Off, June 25th!