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Liberty Enlightening Congress Street

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July 28, 2008

Let’s just say, it’s been a busy week at and around SPACE!

Crank Sturgeon began the night on Thursday, July 24th by leading the crowd outside and blowing up a gigantic plastic rendition of the Statue Of Liberty. This was, of course, because he intended to honor (and “give something back to”) Vialka, the French band playing on the bill. Friends and a backing band assisted in the gesture, which was interrupted by a (quite late) motorcycle gang of fashion photographers. There was a scuffle, a wardrobe malfunction, and lots of antics with tighty whiteys. Yup, you read that right.

Once he took the show inside, Crank Sturgeon’s musical performance was a frantic but focused assault of skronk and jazz and all-around explosive fun, though a bit “stripped-down.”

Always the gentleman, our good friend Crank introduced his pals Vialka, whose blistering drum/guitar/howl made for a compelling followup, certainly worthy of all the buildup. It was the last show in about 6 months of touring, and the band seemed happy to be heading home after so long on the road.

Vialka @ SPACE Gallery - photo by Bryan Bruchman

Following Vialka’s set was Bad Bus, which is an impossible to describe loose collective of varying and rotating membership and participation. I would have taken photos, but I was preoccupied with screaming my head off (in a highly inspired and musical fashion, of course) into a microphone that I’d taped to a kazoo. Anyone out there take some?

Check out a few more photos here.


SPACE’s 2020 Kindling Fund grant application process has just opened, applications for our project grants of up to $5000 for Maine artists are due on Sunday, October 20th at 11:59pm.