KATAHDIN VALLEY BOYS

 

The five-member local bluegrass band, Katahdin Valley Boys, received the Bluegrass Band of the Year award last year from the Maine Academy of Country Music. The band takes part in Bristol’s Concerts at the Beach tonight. Go to www.bristolparks.org for the concert schedule.

 

WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Pemaquid Beach Park, off Snowball Hill Road, Bristol

HOW MUCH: Free

YOUNG ARTISTS

 PORTopera’s Young Artist Program presents two one-act comedic operas this summer at a number of venues throughout the state: Mozart’s “The Impresario” and Donizetti’s “The Night Bell.” Go to www.portopera.org for the tour schedule. Go to www.porttix.com for tickets.

 WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Abromson Community Education Center, University of Southern Maine, Bedford Street, Portland

HOW MUCH: $28

 

RIVER FEST

 

Skowhegan’s River Fest and Upper Kennebec Valley Outdoor Expo running Friday through Sunday offers family-friendly fun in the form of rafting trips, a youth fishing tournament, a Glow Stick paddle and concerts by Aztec Two-Step, Emilia Dahlin and Rustic Overtones. Go to www.skowsavings.com/riverfest for information.

 

WHEN: Expo opens at 1 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Downtown Skowhegan

HOW MUCH: Most events are free. Concerts have ticket prices.

CAROUSEL RIDES

 

There are many reasons to visit the 19th Century Willowbrook Village Museum in Newfield but being able to ride the 1894 carousel must top the list. The village is open through Oct. 11. Go to www.willowbrookmuseum.org for information.

 

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays

WHERE: 19th Century Willowbrook Village, Elm Street, Newfield

HOW MUCH: $9; $7.50 for age 65 and older; $4 for ages 6 to 18; free for children under age 6Flood Relief

CONCERT

 

Local singer/songwriters Carolyn Currie and Jay Biddy (of rock band This Way) perform Sunday to benefit the Musicares Nashville Flood Relief Fund. Go to www.portcityblue.com for information.

 

WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: donation

 

INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL

Portland Conservatory of Music’s annual International Piano Festival is under way. On Sunday, pianist George Lopez performs. For a festival schedule go to www.portlandconservatory.net.

 

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Portland Conservatory of Music, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $15, $12 for seniors and students

“LONDON ASSURANCE”

 

The Strand Theatre in Rockland is one of the theaters worldwide offering live broadcasts in high-definition of presentations of the National Theater of London. On Monday, the theater company performs the 1841 comedy “London Assurance,” a look at fashionable London society in search of love. Go to www.rocklandstrand.com for information.

 

WHEN: 2 p.m. (live broadcast), 7 p.m. (re-broadcast)

WHERE: The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland

HOW MUCH: $23, $10 for students

“THE PRODUCERS”

 

Mel Brooks’ hit musical “The Producers” never ceases to bring on the laughs with its story of double-crossing producers launching the worst Broadway show ever: “Springtime for Hitler.” Arundel Barn Playhouse’s production runs Tuesday through July 17. Call 985-5552 for tickets.

 

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and July 11; 2 p.m. matinees on Wednesdays and on July 9.

WHERE: Arundel Barn Playhouse, 53 Old Post Road

HOW MUCH: $28 to $39

UPBEAT!

 

The Bowdoin International Music Festival opens for the season Wednesday with the first of its Upbeat! concerts featuring award-winning pianist Boris Slutsky and the Ying Quartet. Go to www.bowdoinfestival.org for a festival schedule and information.

 

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick

HOW MUCH: $25

 

ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION

 

“When you walked into the room, there was voodoo in the vibes,” begins the Atlanta Rhythm Section’s big hit, “I’m So Into You,” from 1976. Only one of the original members performs with the southern rock band now, but the fans are still happy to hear the band perform favorites like “Imaginary Lover” and “Spooky.” The band opens Venue Music Bar and Grille’s Portland location. Go to venuemusicbar.com for tickets.

 

WHEN: 9 p.m.

WHERE: Venue Music Bar and Grille, 865 Forest Ave., Portland

HOW MUCH: $30

BAY CHAMBER OPENER

 

Bay Chamber Concerts opens its 50th anniversary season with a performance by violinist Shmuel and pianist Peter Serkin. The opening concert program includes works by Beethoven, Dallapiccola and Busoni. A champagne reception follows the concert. Go to www.baychamberconcerts.org for tickets.

 

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.

HOW MUCH: $50, $8 for youths age 18 and younger

NATEVA

 

There has been lots of buzz about the Nateva Music and Camping Festival taking place July 4th weekend in Oxford because it boasts acts of international stature, including Jakob Dylan and Three Legs, Toubab Krewe, Furthur, and the Flaming Lips, among others. Some ticketing options are sold out. natevafestival.com

 

WHEN: 6:45 p.m. July 1; 11:30 a.m. July 2; 11:25 a.m. July 3; 11 a.m. July 4

WHERE: Oxford Fairgrounds, off Route 26

HOW MUCH: $89 day tickets; $229 weekend pass (without camping)

“RAINBOWLOGICAL”

Seven artists were issued a challenge to create three to six pieces based on a color of the rainbow. Check out what they came up with in the exhibit “rainbowlogical,” beginning July 2 and running through the end of the month. The pieces are hung following the rainbow color spectrum order. Go to www.corduroyboutique.com.

 

WHEN: 6 p.m. reception

WHERE: Corduroy Boutique and Gallery, 59 Market St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Free

HERITAGE DAYS

 

Bath’s annual Heritage Days always take place to include the Fourth of July holiday. Beginning on July 2, the event includes parades, live performances, loads of food, a book sale, kids’ activities, a whoopie pie eating contest, an arts and crafts show, an antique car show, fireworks and more. Go to bathheritagedays.com for details.

 

WHEN: Varies by day, July 2 to July 5

WHERE: Various locations, Bath

HOW MUCH: Free

Compiled by Stephanie Bouchard, Staff Writer