Mexicali Loves Music: Midcoast Maine Music Festival This Week!



One of our very favorite annual local events, theMidcoast Music Festival, is this week–Thursday July 14th and Saturday the 16th–and if you’re in (or can get to) the area, it is a truly magical summer concert event not to be missed!

The lineup this year features Primo Cubano, the Jason Spooner Band, the Oyster Creek Fiddlers, and more! Enjoy Maine’s best music, food, beer, and oysters in the Darrows Barn at DRA’s Round Top Farm, one of the region’s most memorable performance spaces.

No ordinary hay barn, performers and audiences from around the world seek out Round Top Farm – Darrows Barn for its exceptional acoustics and warm ambiance. This place is beyond GORGEOUS! Excellent and affordable food, wine, and local beer will be available at both evening performances, offered by two of Damariscotta’s favorite restaurants, along with fresh-shucked oysters straight from the Damariscotta River.

The Jason Spooner Band, performing on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 PM, brings together the talents of Jason Spooner on lead vocals and guitar, Adam Frederick on bass and vocals, Reed Chambers on drums and Warren McPherson on keyboards and vocals. The band’s unique blend of roots, blues, funk and folk has earned them accolades across the country and skyrocketing popularity. Opening the show is Portland artist Katherine Matzell Frederick. Doors open at 6 PM.

The Saturday, July 16 show, also at 6:30 PM, will feature Primo Cubano playing traditional Cuban dance music dating back to the turn of the 20th Century. Son is the most popular style to come out of Cuba and is the primary contributor to the blend of Latin styles today known as Salsa. It was first a music of the country people and eventually migrated to Havana, where it was urbanized and began to draw a wider audience. Primo Cubano features guitarist Paul D’Allesio, Marc Chilled on trumpet, Lenny Hatch on congas, Eric Winter singing and playing maracas, and Duane Edwards on bass fiddle. Opening for Primo Cubano is ZEME LIBRE, a New England based band quickly gaining a reputation for its unique, high-energy blend of Afrobeat, reggae, ska and funk. Doors open at 6 PM.

On Saturday, July 16 at 2:00 PM, bring the whole family to hear the delightful Oyster Creek Fiddlers. This daytime show is a FREE family dance featuring traditional fiddle music.

Tickets for the two evening concerts are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for students with a valid 2015-2016 ID. The family concert on Saturday is free, but tickets are still required.

Tickets are available here: This fest sells out pretty much every year, so be sure to get yours ASAP!

The Midcoast Music Fest supports the conservation and education work of the Damariscotta River Association–a non-profit, membership supported, and nationally accredited land trust and conservation organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the natural, cultural, and historical heritage of the Damariscotta region, centered on the Damariscotta River. DRA has active programs in the areas of land conservation, stewardship, community education, water quality monitoring, marine conservation and cultural preservation.

We at Mexicali Blues love this event (and the whole mission of the DRA) SO much, we join forces with other local businesses to sponsor the event each year. We’ll be there rocking out, and hope to see you on the dance floor!

Your Oasis on Route One: The Mexicali Blues Yurt Sets Up at the Newcastle Store this Saturday!


A traditional yurt is built to travel with nomadic tribes, and Caleb Erskine of Living Intent Yurt Company built the Mexicali Blues yurt to follow ours. We’re creating another oasis for the Mexicali Tribe this Saturday at our Newcastle Store right on Route One! Leave stressful, high-traffic travel behind and step inside a peaceful place filled with FREE relaxing, mindful and wonderful activities: yoga, henna tattoos, guided meditation, and singing bowl sound healing.

Our Route One Oasis opens at 10:00 am rain or shine, and you won’t want to miss:


10:00 am (Meditation) and 11:00 am (Yoga Class)

FREE Meditation and Yoga with Adele Gale of Midcoast Yoga Shala

Adele Gale is a long-time friend of Pete and Kim Erskine and a gifted yogi with more than 30 years experience. She spent several years as Sheryl Crow’s personal yoga instructor and has delved deeply into sound yoga and meditation. She encourages all of her students to explore different yoga styles and to practice with different yoga teachers, and she will be bringing her own ashtanga-inspired, vigorous postural practice to our yurt. “My thing as an aging yogi is to find the place of greatest freedom in the body or the breath,” Adele explains. “My classes are always accessible to all skill levels. I want to create a moving meditation, to help you find that comfortable, completely embodied place.” This is a can’t-miss opportunity to meditate and practice with an incredible yogi.  Limited mats are available, so bring your own if you can.


Noon to 5:00 pm

FREE Henna Body Art with Ella

Get a FREE, all-natural, temporary henna tattoo from Ella, our amazing henna artist.

In traditional Indian culture, mehndi designs awaken the “inner light,” and the intricate beauty of the patterns will illuminate and inspire you all through a rainy summer weekend.


1:00 pm

FREE Singing Bowls Sound Therapy with Meghan

Enhance your energy with sound healing! Let Mexicali Blues marketing maven Meghan Costello introduce you to the relaxing, uplifting powers of our handmade Nepalese singing bowls. Meghan will show you how the bowls’ frequencies can raise the vibrations of our physical bodies and subtle energy fields through entrainment—the universal physical pull toward harmony.  “Good vibrations” doesn’t begin to describe it, so don’t miss an experience that will let you take on the rest of your day in a refreshed and positive way.


1:00 pm to 3:30pm in the Newcastle Store

LIVE Grateful Dead Tunes from Chuck and Gary

Before or after you explore the yurt oasis, step inside the store to groove to the music of guitar masters Chuck Jewitt and Gary McCue. They’ll be playing their favorite Grateful Dead music for us while you browse the marvelous mix of clothing, jewelry, home décor, accessories and gear you always find at Mexicali Blues.


You can relax and rejuvenate on Route One! We can’t wait to see you at our flagship store in Newcastle tomorrow!

Mexicali Loves Music: Happy Winners & Rock n’ Rollers


We’re sharing the love of live music this summer with the Mexicali Loves Music Concert Ticket Giveaway, and we just ADORE when happy winners and other rock n’ rollers tell share pics and stories about the great time they’ve had!

We love this note from Sarah K., whose concert pics are featured on the bottom half of this collage: “So I went to the Dave Mathews band concert last night with the tickets I won from you guys, and I just wanted to let you know that my spouse and I had an amazing time–seriously one of the best concerts that we have been to in a long time! Thank you so much for selecting me as a winner for these tickets, and just to prove how great it was I am attaching some pictures of the show and just how close we were! Thank you Mexicali Blues; you guys are amazing! We had a memorable experience!”

If you’ve attended or will attend a Waterfront concert this summer, we’d love to hear about it! Share your story with us at the Mexicali Blues Facebook or email, and we’ll feature you on our blog!

AND, don’t forget: ALL concert-goers (not just contest winners) attending any show at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion or Maine State Pier get a 20% discount on everything in any Mexicali Blues store the day of and day after the show, when you show us your ticket stub!



Summer Festival Essentials: Boho Chic Concert Style Guide


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Get ready to rock summer concert season in a rainbow of boho good vibes–with clothing, accessories, and other essential festival gear from Mexicali Blues! SHOP THE LOOKS HERE: Melody Maxi Skirt Hendrix Crop Top Color Vision Aviators Tribal Flash Tattoo … Continue reading

Mexicali Loves Music: Summer Concert Ticket Giveaways


Mexicali Blues loves music, and we’re pairing up with Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion to share the love with YOU!  All summer long, we’ll be giving away over 200 tickets to the hottest concerts at the coolest outdoor venues in Maine, and this week we’re rocking TWO giveaways, offering 5 pairs of tickets each to see:

Journey & The Doobie Brothers at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on 06/22/16


Barenaked Ladies at the Maine State Pier in Portland on 06/24/16 !

Enter either or both giveaways today by clicking on the links above, and stay tuned in the coming weeks for more chances to win!


Check out all the concerts we’ll be rocking ticket giveaways for:

06/08/16 Dave Matthews Band (Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor)–WINNERS SELECTED!

06/12/16 Rebelution (Maine State Pier, Portland)–WINNERS SELECTED!

06/22/16 Journey & The Doobie Brothers (Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor)

06/24/16 Barenaked Ladies (Maine State Pier, Portland)

7/14/16 Hall & Oates (Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor)

07/15/16 Tedeschi Trucks Band (Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor)

07/17/16 311 (Maine State Pier, Portland)

07/21/16 Slightly Stoopid (Maine State Pier, Portland)

08/14/16 Dark Star Orchestra (Maine State Pier, Portland)

08/17/16 Goo Goo Dolls (Maine State Pier, Portland)

08/11/16 Gov’t Mule (Maine State Pier, Portland)

A Final Fare Thee Well: Celebrate 50 Years of Grateful Dead with Mexicali Blues in Maine!


Come celebrate 50 years of the Grateful Dead at the historic Lincoln Theater! We will be live-streaming the final show of the Fare Thee Well concert run featuring the “Core Four” members of the Grateful Dead: Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and influential friends such as Trey Anastasio of Phish for a night full of face-melting jams, collaboration, Deadication, and last but not least… dancing with friends and family!

Tickets are $10 at the door, first come first serve. Doors open at 7pm and the stream starts at 8pm. Mexicali Blues will be selling Grateful Dead merchandise, including exclusive branded Fare Thee Well t-shirts, as well as giving away some goodies to Grateful Deadheads!

King Eider’s Pub will be providing refreshments and libations throughout the night, and will be serving the notoriously groovy “Grateful Dead” drink that you’ll have to try for yourself (if you are 21+)!

“Fare you well, fare you well
I love you more than words can tell
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul…”

This will surely be a night to remember, so mark your calendars and spread the word! More details can be found right here:

“Fare you well, fare you well
I love you more than words can tell
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul…”

This will surely be a night to remember, so mark your calendars and spread the word!

Peace, Love, Monkey Business: Famous Couples in Rock History

Leading the rockstar lifestyle seems fraught with drama and the temptation and opportunity to burn through relationships at warp speed.  Some of these couples are no longer together, but when they were, they seemed like an unstoppable force of love and awesomeness!

rolling_stones-gal-keithKeith Richards & Anita Pallenberg

Although Pallenberg wasn’t a musician herself, she was pretty much the archetypal rocker chick, heavily influencing the style of the Rolling Stones.  She and Richards were together through constant press and sometimes law-enforcement attention, non-stop partying and massive quantities of drugs, and some of the Rolling Stones most prolific albums (Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street).

tumblr_mf96qsTaBq1r5cmgfo1_1280John Lennon & Yoko Ono

After meeting at an art gallery in 1966, John divorced his then-wife Cynthia to be with Yoko as much as possible.  Claims that she broke up the Beatles have been hurled at her for years, though some believe the band really started falling apart after the 1967 death of Beatles manager Brian Epstein and the split was inevitable.  Yoko & John separated between 1973 and 1975, and after they got back together she gave birth to their son Sean.  John took the next 5 years off from making music to spend time with his family, before releasing Double Fantasy as his come-back in 1980, just weeks before he was killed.

tumblr_lcz4cfKCIc1qecpfvo1_500Bob Dylan & Joan Baez

Already a celebrated singer herself, Baez helped Dylan kickstart his career by sharing her spotlight with him.  He famously treated her callously and then dumped her on a shared 1965 European tour, during which he refused to invite her to join him onstage.

sonic-youth-kim-gordon-thurston-moore-split-1Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon

This creative power couple shifted the boundaries of alternative rock with their band Sonic Youth.  They were in love and making music for 23 years before they split.

tumblr_l7qpjmxe2k1qcf4dzo1_1280Paul & Linda McCartney

It’s been said that in their 29 years of marriage, Paul and Linda spent only 10 days apart. They were together until her death in 1998.

tumblr_lyn89y5pz71qg2p6zo4_400Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham

They used their imploding love affair well as creative fuel, as they chronicled their breakup in painful detail on Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 LP Rumours.

tumblr_m6y2nmZXYM1r7uuheo1_1280June Carter & Johnny Cash

One of the greatest musical love stories, June & Johnny met while on tour together in 1956, though he was married at the time.  She married someone else shortly thereafter, but they reconnected in 1968 and their love lasted four decades.  They died months apart from each other in 2003.

Ah, love! It’s often messy business, but sometimes it’s so beautiful!  Who is your favorite rock n’ roll couple?