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The Glenn Miller Orchestra Live at the Gracie Theatre (get “In The Mood”)

   In remembrance of days past, our nostalgic memories are forever stirred by times, moments, and places that send us reeling back to days of youth, happiness, and wonder. That day is once again upon us. On August 1st at the Gracie Theater in Bangor Maine at 7 P.M., you can hear the very sounds of one of the most legendary bands in the history of music perform their unique one of a kind jazz experience with you live onstage with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. These never forgotten tunes will remind you of how the nights were danced away in concert waiting for you to enjoy. Hear the great classics and vocal accompaniment on the unforgettable “Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug, A String of Pearls, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Pennsylvania 6-5000, In the Mood, At Last” and more. An evening that will send your spirit soaring as it did before.

Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets, or call 1-800-838-3006. Reserved seating starting at only $25.00. See you AUGUST 1ST, 7P.M.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

Glenn Miller Photo Courtesy of The Glenn Miller Orchestra Management


The Gracie Theatre Presents “Coig” (in a celtic Christmas celebration)

coig   Thursday, December 8th, at seven p.m., a five piece east coast band of musical instrument slingers will take the stage at the beloved Gracie Theatre. Coig which means “five” in Gaelic has already taken on tradition within the name they don themselves with. Their Celtic folkloristic minstrels in the gallery ancient style comes shining through as they travel through time in a musical venture that incorporates sounds of generations past and their more recent audience shaking ones as well. A vast musical calliope of varied instruments from the stringed to the woodwind encircles the atmosphere and creates the very sound that is Coig. From the delicate ballads to the foot stomping super audience participation numbers, the Celtic theme will reign supreme and bring us together to enjoy the sounds of their heartland. Come join us as this celebration invites us one and all from the haunting and heartwarming relics to the contemporary to open the the season for us all.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photo by Susan D’Alessandro

The Gracie Theater Presents Aztec Two Step Live (in their 45th year anniversary)

azrec-interviewLiving on the edge of nostalgia is a world untouched by mainstream flashes of fame and flash. Many of our memories remain just memories. However, in a place just for us and others who discover the majesty of such a genre, enters those such as Aztec Two Step, a group unhampered by theatrics and depending heavily on the spirit in which their music rests upon. Rex Fowler and Neil Shulman have intercepted a wondrous combination of lyrical sincerity and fret board dancing as one of their trademarks. Fine acoustic lead guitar encompasses and engages together with heartfelt songs reaching those sublime areas of our being together with an almost alchemic formula of two part harmonies into the outer atmosphere. The tour will consist of their original songs along with some Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel classics as well. We may even hear the return of “Velvet Elvis”, a whimsical little number about the great singer. So join us in an acoustical journey with Aztec Two Step at the great Gracie Theater on November nineteenth at seven thirty P.M.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photo by Susan D’Alessandro

The Penobscot Theatre Company Presents “Murder for Two” (a young readers guide to murder and fun)

rscn3049_1221 Can murder be fun? It can be if you went to the Penobscot Theatre Company’s gala presentation of “Murder for Two”. Last night’s performance was so stellar I believe several stars in the Orion  nebula were crying out of jealousy. In an old isolated mansion in New England  our story begins. For us anyway. A surprise party turns awry with calamity, lies, and of course…murder.

A shot rings out! There’s been a murder (there’s that word again. Pay attention it’ll come up again). As dialogue and song spills it guts (oh, sorry) throughout the evening, Marcus (a sometimes unsuspecting and yet always suspecting detective wannabee) played by the brilliant and most talented Jason Cohen, doles out scenario after scenario in high hopes of cracking the case wide open to impress his boss and make detective. Although there is a sense that he is inwardly doing it for himself as well and unwillingly looking for love again after a disheartening relationship leaves him saddened.

fscn3041_1219 On the other side of the piano (which both Jason and Danielle played beautifully) we have the ever present queen of the multiple split personality and voice characterizations, Danielle Erin Rhodes who without question made us question just how many people really were on the stage. Like a bird whose highly developed cerebral cortex allows them to make split second decisions in flight, Danielle’s second to second facial expressions and voice changes were a most superior triumph.

Jason gives us a variety of feelings to deal with. He’s a tough guy (with his cop attitude), a dismal failure when he believes he won’t solve the case, and yet, his heart floats about him ever so freely when encountered by a young lady. His masterful emotions are portrayed wonderfully and with a most convincing manner.

fscn3047_1227 As our story progresses, so does the incredulous comedic never ending banter interpolating the piano that danced and spoke as much as every character did with both simplicity and complexity in a marriage of extreme entertainment. Before I go I need to say the “Protocol Song” was hilarious and sprung up in a spray of sincerity in so many places. So, between dead husbands and stolen ice cream (you’ll see) this marvelous and endearing song and banter show is a fabulous must see. The wonderful story and music by Joe Kinosian and story and lyrics by Kellen Blair only go to show that a young readers guide to murder can be fun.

Written by John D’Alessandro

Photos by Susan D’Alessandro

A Heartwarming Afternoon with Danu at the Collins Center for the Arts

danu   An afternoon of splendor and music extravaganza filled the Collins Center on Sunday afternoon. It had been a time of peace, joy, and Irish tradition in the truest sense, not to mention a few comical anecdotes pertaining to the sometimes dreaded family gatherings and the expected shenanigans that go along with the challenging territory. Their talent is beyond evident, surrounded by honest words and personal stories interpolating towns from whence they came and the characters that dwell in them. It is within those circles that townsfolk radiate the inspiration for the long standing tales portrayed in the songs that have been told for centuries. Hand clapping and foot stomping followed many of Danu’s numbers as audience participation rambles its way about the arena. This action from the start had been an involuntary reflex keeping up with the speed and agility of their Irish tunes. The range of the songs stemmed from flamboyant lightening to the caressing of the heart and its many strings. A true contrast blended ever so divinely. The ancient pieces forever hold their richness and their originals are indeed astounding in their sound. All of the vocals flowed with precision and perused their way over the many melodic instruments. A profound moment in time overflowing with dancing from the most gifted of dancers and tales of folklore ever to be told.

The Nutcracker Live at the Collins Center for the Arts (it’s beginning to look a lot like Tchaikovsky)

nutcracker  Every year Christmas gives us a little bit more hustle and bustle, mostly created by ourselves. And in the midst of that tumultuous season’s rush there is a place of solace we can retreat to. The quiet magic that fills the atmosphere with a child’s delight, no matter how old that child may be. It is time for that timeless tale to be told yet again as composed by the ever great Tchaikovsky and performed for us as presented by The Collins center for the Arts. The grand little eccentric toymaker casts life into his childlike creation and battles the mouse king as good yet again battles evil. A marvelous display of dance and visual candy floats gingerly across the stage granting us entry into one of the most beloved stories known for the season. Come experience it for yourself at The Collins center for the Arts December 19th at 2p.m. and 7p.m. and December 20th at 3 p.m. watch the charming spellbinding saga come to life before your very eyes.

Danu: A Christmas Gathering Live at the Collins Center for the Arts

14Danu_web-700x250 In the interest of tradition Christmas has always been a time of a gathering of friends and family. On Sunday December 13th, at three p. m. that tradition will be fully recognized with a most creative ensemble of talent and abilities encompassing the very nature of the Celtic realm hailing directly from the land of verdant fields. An array of low whistles, fiddle, Irish percussion, accordion (also known as a squeezebox in some circles), and of course a host of string instruments donning the ancient sounds of a truly green spectacle filling our souls with the glory and energy we’ve all come to expect from the lively and touching Irish tones that will be delivered to us by Danu in a most enthralling Christmas event. Come one and all to a special Christmas gathering in a full and mighty tradition.