Brrr It’s Almost Frrrriday: Beach Parties, Mardi Gras, and Lots of Live Music

Ok, gang, you’re over hump day, so sit back and let thirsty Thursday guide you into Friday and then it’s smooth sailing.  We have SO much happening this weekend. I hope you’re ready for this. Get out your summer clothes and get ready to party like it’s July.

Thursday – February 27, 2014

Thursday Feb 27th is Anosmia Awareness Day. Please wear red!

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1. In Good Company invite you to take a Food Journey with them every Thursdays. You get a chance to sample cuisine from all over the world! This week it’s a Mardi Gras menu so you can taste a bit of New Orleans! Reservations recommended.

Mardi Gras Menu

Chicken & Andouille Gumbo
Mini Oyster Po Boys
Cajun Corn Maque Choux
Creole Style Stewed Okra
Mirliton & Tasso Hush Puppies
Shrimp Etouffee With Asiago Grits

and of course
King Cake

Some signature New OleansCocktails will be offered
Sazerac
Classic Hurricane

2. Open Mic at Highlands Coffee House in Thomaston 6-9pm Lots of talented folks there. Popular open mic. Come early for drink specials (hot and cold drinks) 5-6pm!

3. Jud Caswell is playing live music at King Eider’s Pub

4. Cuzzy’s has Karaoke upstairs. They say Thursdays are their busiest night. So get ready to sing along!

5. It’s Locals Day at Smokestack, which means: $1 PBR’s $2 Off Burgers and Sandwiches.

6. Family night at Trackside. Kids meals halfprice when you buy an adult meal. No, you can’t pass for under 12. Kid friendly movie. Fun!

7. Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards, so if you’re feeling stressed head on over to 3Crow tonight and treat yourself.

3Crow’s doughnuts for dessert tonight!

8.  The Speakeasy has The Post Man Cometh playing live music tonight for their Thursday Night Speakeasy Supper Club where you can order from the Chowderhouse menu and enjoy yummy dinner accompanied by live music. Music starts at 5:30.

Heads up! It’s Fisherman’s Forum at The Samo this weekend. So lookout for more people about town.

Friday – February 26, 2014

This is Hockey Weekend Across America. Wear your hockey jersey on Friday and rinks allover have Try Hockey Events this weekend. Look at Saturday events below to see how MRC is celebrating Hockey Weekend.

1. Enter the Haggis at Strand this Friday $15 advance tix. They may wear kilts when they play (No promises). But don’t let that scare you. It’s not punk music, but it’s not your typical folk music either – the world infusion sets them apart.

2. Paddy Mills is playing at Rock Harbor! Music will start around 8:30. Folk music from a local musician. This will be  good one! His music reminds me of Ellis Paul a bit.

3. Salt Water Farm  has Sam’s Supper Club from 6pm-8pm. $35 a person .  Great for all those vegetarians  out there! Call us at (207) 236-0554 to reserve a space. 

4. You’ve been waiting patiently and the day is finally here! The Midcoast Roundup at The Speakeasy 8pm! O’Chang of Temp Tales will show unveil the newest Temp Tales video: Stahmaggedon! If you have no idea what Temp Tales are, they are animated videos making fun, well, anything, from the perspective of Mainahs from the islands.  They are not for the faint of heart. And it’s not the cleanest language. But right wicked accents, Guy. Here’s one of them:

At the premier of the newest video, the live music will be Leroy and $2 Pistol. No cover, donations accepted at the door (take full advantage of the fact that The Speakeasy hasn’t started charging a cover for their events. Starts at 8, come early!!

5. Myrtle St. Tavern has Karaoke. 9pm – close.

6. Time Out Pub has Open Mic Night downstairs 9-close. Great group of musicians playing each week. Laid back place to hang out. 2 pool tables, darts, food served late. Upstairs at Time Out Pub, they’re trying to get us all sick. No, not with too much booze, but by getting us to dress like it’s summertime when it is most definitely still winter. But, hey, give me $100 and I’m in!  That’s right – CRAZY BEACH ATTIRE PARTY this Saturday. Lots of drink specials and giveaways and a contest with a $100 prize! Starts at 9pm- close.

Saturday – March 1 2014 (Whoa, Where did February go!?)

1. Nukulele @ Rock City Coffee Cafe 5-7pm

2. Owl’s Head General Store has the right idea. Spring is aaaalmost here. May as well celebrate. Have you ever tried their Seven Napkin Burger? In 2009 Food Network Magazine named this baby Maine’s Best Burger. If you haven’t had one, it’s time to find out how they earned the title!

3. Beat The Winter Blues Bash featuring The Juke Rockets will be at Point Lookout in Northport. If anyone wants to go to this, I have TWO FREE TICKETS available ($25 value). Just comment on this post or send me a message on facebook, and  I will have the tickets waiting at the event with your name on them.

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4. Maine Restaurant Week March 1-10th During Restaurant Week, restaurants have three course prix fixe menus and you get pampered. It’s a good system. Make your reservations early.

Maine Restaurant Week Local Participants: 3 Crow (Rockland), 40 paper (Camden), Nautilus Seafood & Grill (Belfast), Hartstone Inn (Camden), Natalie’s at Camden Harbor Inn (Camden), Waterfront Restaurant (Camden). See full list here.

5. It’s farewell to Billy’s this weekend. The annual Single Malt Whiskey Tasting event will be their last and they will close there doors this weekend to reopen soon as The Water Dog operated by the owner of The Waterworks. Last chance to go in and have dinner or a drink to say your goodbyes.

6. The 220’s will be rocking at Myrtle St. Tavern Saturday night. 9pm – close. $3 cover.

7. The FOG Bar & Cafe has Lovewhip  playing some Electro/Rock/Dance $10 cover 21+ starts at 9pm. This will be interesting!

8. Karaoke downstairs TOP, DJ upstairs. No cover.

9. Saturday night Trackside wants you to join them for a Mardi Gras Party! Music by DJ VJ starts at 9 p.m. Ages 21+. No cover.

10. The Dancing Elephant, the new yoga studio in downtown Rockland (School St), is having an Opening Day Celebration. They invite you to come see the studio and celebrate wellness with a community pot luck, concert, and free yoga classes all day long.

SATURDAY, MARCH 1
6:30-8 a.m. Free class: Kundalini Yoga with Lily Goodale
8:30-10 a.m. Free class: Vinyasa Flow with Stephanie Shershow
10:30-11:30 a.m. Free class: Kids Yoga with Jessica Shepard
11:30-12:30 p.m. Free class: 5Rhythms with Kari Luehman
12:30-2 p.m. Free class: Gentle Yoga with Rachel Nixon
2:30-3:30 p.m. Free class: Qi Gong with Tim English
4-5:30 p.m. Yoga Teachers’ Gathering
6-7 p.m. Community Potluck… bring your friends and family!
7-9 p.m. Celebration & Concert with Ajeet Kaur (suggested $10-20)

11. Eric Green playing solo live music at The Speakeasy 8-11pm! Doors open at 6, food served till 9. Remember to ask what the drink special is. Saturdays there is a $5 cocktail. They have really yummy cocktails. Awesome bonus — Eric’s going to have New Orleans style to help celebrate Mardi Gras tonight–  classics on piano and some swampy delta blues on the steel! Get ready to groove! This is the venue to watch. I hope they keep bringing the awesome acts they’ve been bringing and packing the house like they did last night! And, I’m loving that there is still no cover here.  

Photo: In ROCKLAND this Saturday night at the The Speakeasy under the Tradewinds.  Lotsa awesome music goin' down in Rockland town this Saturday night.  I'll be playin' some Mardi Gras classics on piano and some swampy delta blues on the steel.  C'mon down. 8-11pm

12. It’s Hockey Weekend Across America! MRC has and I believe it’s play offs on Sunday for the Men’s adult league, 7pm. 6:50 – 7:50 am. Try Hockey Day Equipment provided. FREEEE! Wicked!

13. Mardi Gras Party in Hallowell! March 1st, Doors open @ 7 pm. Get tickets soon, and start planning your outfit. There will be prizes, and special guests and lots of dancing to the music of the Boneheads Band. Tickets are $10 and available at Boynton’s Market or call 622-2352.

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13. Sad day for Rockland Coffee Drinkers. Mr. David Butler will be retiring from his 6 year run at Rock City Coffee Cafe. His last shift is Saturday, so it’s your last chance to send a singing Valentine telegram. Or you could just go in, grab a coffee and wish him well. I think I heard he will be focusing his career path towards his true passion, namely Banana Mascot.

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Sunday March 2, 2014

1. Watch the Oscars Live at The Strand. Free. Lots of fun to see the presenters on the big screen. Feels like you’re there! Fun to dress up for this as well. Balcony is open for the 21plusers who want to pay the bar a visit. Doors open at 7.  Awards begin at 8pm. Last year they had a red carpet and they gave out prizes on the commercial breaks. Also, if you haven’t yet, remember their are Oscar ballots currently available in the Strand lobby. Everyone can go in and submit winner predictions at any time before the start of the awards show at 8pm on March 2; correct predictions go in a drawing for a 10-Movie Pass Card ($75 value).

2. Drink Specials at Trackside:

Photo: It's Sunday Fun Day at Trackside.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Our chef will have some awesome lunch and dinner specials for you. We will have the Olympic games and the Daytona 500 Qualifying on our TVs</p><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>As always we will have $4 Bloody Mary's & Mimosas All Day!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
For more info or reservations call: 594-7500

3. Drink Specials at Smokestack: Bottomless Mimosas$6, Bloody Marys $5

4. Myrtle has Pool Tournament at 2pm. Cost is $5 to play, cash prizes for winners.

5. Drink & Draw at The FOG bar & Cafe. 7pm

6. Cribbage Night at 3Crow. 15% off your bill if you play. Cards & cribbage sets provided.

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