Saying they plan to have more major national acts than they did last year, the organizers of Bangor’s KahBang Music, Art and Film Festival on Monday announced about a quarter of the festival’s concert lineup for this summer.

And there were indeed some big names.

Confirmed so far to play the festival in August are pop-rockers My Morning Jacket, Vermont blues-rockers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the electro-funk outfit Chromeo, hip-hop artists Atmosphere and indie rockers Surfer Blood.

The other acts confirmed so far include Atomic Tom, Dom, Blueprint, Evidence, Prof, The Gay Blades, and a local artist, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper.

More acts – including more headliner-caliber acts – will be announced in the next month or so, said Chris Michaud, communications director for the volunteer group that runs KahBang.

Michaud said he expects about 50 acts to play the festival this year, including many from Maine.

The third annual KahBang festival will run Aug. 5-13. Most of the music acts will play at the Bangor Waterfront Pavilion on Aug. 12 and 13. That riverfront venue holds a standing audience of about 15,000.

A limited number of tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday on the festival’s website, A music and film pass, which allows access to both days of concerts, costs $70. A pass to the films, music and all VIP events costs $80. Other prices for musical performances have not yet been announced.

Last year’s KahBang festival had hip-hop veteran Biz Markie, pop rockers O.K. Go, and rapper B.o.B. as the headliners.

“We were going for a diverse lineup, so if people like rock, or indie, or dance, or hip-hop, they can all have an awesome experience,” Michaud said.

Also Monday, a June 19 show by Michael Franti & Spearhead was announced as part of the State Theatre’s new Concerts on the Waterfront at Ocean Gateway series, in Portland. The first show in the Ocean Gateway series was announced this month: Guster on Aug. 6, with Ra Ra Riot.

Tickets for Michael Franti & Spearhead will cost $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the show. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

The organizers of KahBang also plan an outdoor series on the Portland waterfront this year. The group announced this month that it will organize six or seven shows this summer on the city-owned Maine State Pier, with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic leading off the series June 4. The City Council approved two more shows Monday night: Rodney Atkins on June 17 and Wiz Kahlifa on July 28.


Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at: [email protected]