Smaldone to open for McMurtry



Maine musician Micah Blue Smaldone will open for James McMurtry on Saturday, Feb. 27. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Maine musician Micah Blue Smaldone will open for James McMurtry on Saturday, Feb. 27. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

BAR HARBOR — Maine musician Micah Blue Smaldone will open for James McMurtry at the Criterion Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 27.

“I really enjoy playing in Bar Harbor in the winter,” Smaldone says. “I’m looking forward to coming back to the Criterion and am excited to have the opportunity to share the stage with James McMurtry.”

Smaldone was a founding member of the Pinkerton Thugs, a punk band formed in Kennebunk that was well known in Boston during the mid 1990s. He was a member of several bands between the Pinkerton Thugs and his solo work, including Out Cold, The Racketeers and The Shods.

Smaldone’s solo work is more reminiscent of blues musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt than punk acts like the Clash. He released his first solo album, “Some Sweet Day,” in 2003. It was the first of four studio albums, the most recent being “The Ring of the Rise,” released in 2013. He tours regularly across the United States and Europe.

Smaldone has played in Bar Harbor before, including several performances at the Lompoc and participation in last October’s “All of Us II: A Tribute to Brown Bird” fundraiser for the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center at the Criterion.

Doors open at 8 p.m. with music starting at 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $30 for balcony, $25 for orchestra and $20 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the theater or at www.criteriontheatre.org.

 

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