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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rockland venue fun for all ages

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Rockland venue fun for all ages

By Emily Burnham
BDN Staff 
I will always have love for the small-town alternative kids. The 16-year-old with streaks of hot pink in his or her hair, discovering punk rock for the first time. The kids who spend the summer between their freshman and sophomore year watching weird movies, learning guitar and coming to the realization that they just aren’t like the other people in their class. They are the artists, poets and rock stars of the future, and whenever I see a group of them walking into an open mike or a punk show, I smile. I’ve been there.

Which is why it’s awfully nice to hear about R Space, the all-ages music and performance venue that’s part of the Lincoln Street Center for the Arts in Rockland. Since February, the space has held a number of shows from both local and regional bands from a wide variety of genres. This Saturday’s show features the Portland ska-punk band El Grande, Rockland funk-metal group Philosoraptor, Appleton rockers Lost Generation and soul rock group Gentlemen of Society from Belfast.

Tim Sullivan, now assistant director at Lincoln Street Center, has organized shows in the midcoast area for the past 10 years, starting with shows co-sponsored by the now-defunct Midcoast Music Alliance, at the Blue Goose in Northport and at Watts Hall in Thomaston. 

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