State Theatre Portland
State of the State, Katalyst

Katalyst & Baxter Brewing Present

State of the State


Rustic Overtones Viva Nueva Re-Release, The Mallett Brothers Band, Spose, The Wrecking, The Other Bones

Fri, July 12, 2013

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

State Theatre

Portland, ME

$15 advance / $20 day of show

This event is all ages

Buy tickets in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at The State Theatre Box Office will be open one hour before doors on night of show

State of the State
State of the State
In 2013 a new lifestyle brand Katalyst launched and unveiled the inaugural State of the State concert last July. The show was a huge success and highlighted the very best Maine had to offer with local music and business while presenting the audience with the eclectic mix of sounds and talents.
This year the show is showcasing the present and future of Maine music with all acts having a few arrangements with The Maine Youth Rock Orchestra. The Mallett Brothers Band, Spose w/Sly Chi, Model Airplane, The Other Bones, The Wrecking, and the Kenya Hall Band will all fill the impressive line up for this year’s show. Comedian Nick Lavallee will perform a short stand up set in between acts as well.
Hosted by Katalyst Founder Kyle Poissonnier
Guest Hosts will include Local promoter Ken Bell and Baxter Brewing’s Luke Livingston
This is a unique opportunity to see all of these great Maine acts in one night, while seeing them play selected songs with a ten-piece orchestra, and the future of our Maine music scene.
Sponsored by Down East Magazine, Baxter Brewing and Bangor Daily News the show is recognized as the premier presentation of Maine’s best music and live entertainment.

The pre show BBQ is a unique VIP ticket that will be available for 40 people for the price of $30.

The ticket includes you entry into the event and a BBQ starting at 3pm-430 while bands sound check and the bands will come hang while people eat. A great opportunity to meet the the acts an have some great BBQ and Baxter beer before the show.

The food will be provided by Bingas stadium.
Katalyst Brand and Baxter Brewing come together to give Maine the first State of the State show at the State Theatre. Maine’s past, present and future will be on display for this all ages show.
Katalyst is a new lifestyle brand and Baxter Brewing Co is Maine’s fastest up and coming Brewery, and they chose The Other Bones, The Wrecking, Spose with Sly Chi, The Mallett Brothers Band and returning to the State for the first time in ten years Portland’s own Rustic Overtones! An incredible once in a lifetime line up that blends many genres! Maine is an amazing place with many talented people and this concert is a display of our great state!

*The show also serves as a tribute to/ in the memory of the late Raina Davis Jensen the Raina Davis Jensen foundation, who’s favorite band was Rustic Overtones growing up.
Rustic Overtones Viva Nueva Re-Release
Rustic Overtones Viva Nueva Re-Release
Rustic Overtones will perform the 2001 album ‘Viva Nueva’ in its entirety at Port City Music Hall on October 10, 2014 to celebrate the album’s digital (itunes,spotify, etc) re-release. To the chagrin of many Rustic Overtones fans, Viva Nueva has been unavailable and out of print for close to a decade. Written under the production talent of Tony Visconti, Viva Nueva combines sounds and flavors of Gil Evans, Marvin Gaye, Dave Matthews, Dicky Barrett, and David Bowie, the last of whom actually appears on the album twice, on the track Sector Z as well as on the track Man Without a Mouth (which has been featured on the television series 24). Recorded while signed to Arista Records, this album was eventually shopped to Tommy Boy when Rustic Overtones decided to part ways with Arista after a disagreement over stylistic preference. The band found a happy home with Tommy Boy Records, until, like so many other independents of that time, the label eventually collapsed thanks to the advent and subsequent popularity of the illegal download around the turn of the millennium.

The rest is a sort of history, and what remains is one of the greatest albums ever to come out of Maine, Viva Nueva, which is now available for download on iTunes. This show at Port City Music Hall will be the only Viva Nueva show, as the band will not be touring this event.
The Mallett Brothers Band
The Mallett Brothers Band
The Mallett Brothers Band is a nationally touring alt-country/rock band from Maine. Slightly more rock than country, theirs is a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by folk and singer/songwriter influences as by harder rock, punk and psychedelic sounds. Led by brothers Luke and Will Mallett, the band is rounded out by Brian Higgins on drums, Nick Leen on bass, and Wally on dobro and electric guitar. It's song-driven music that holds up under the lens of solitary listening, but that's equally apt to crank a room full of rockers into whiskey-fueled high gear.
Since forming in 2009, the band has released three full length albums and toured the country extensively, providing support for acts ranging from The Josh Abbot Band, Blackberry Smoke, Charlie Robison, and the Turnpike Troubadours, to .38 Special, Toby Keith, Chris Caigle, and Travis Tritt. Their touring circuit stretches from the Appalachian to the Rocky Mountains, from Maine to Mississippi, and they've appeared at some of the finest music venues in the country, including the Continental Club in Austin, the Birchmere in Alexandria, the Bluebird in Nashville, and more.
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27-year-old producer and emcee Spose, hailing from Wells, Maine USA, has been making music since age 9 and rhyming since 1999 when he was 14. Since the release of his debut album "Preposterously Dank" in 2008 on his own imprint, Spose has seen his musical endeavors reach a new plateau. He was named Maine's "Best HipHop Act" for both 2008 and 2009 at the WePushButtons Awards and also named "Best Hiphop Act" in the Portland Phoenix's 2010 Best Music Poll. In 2009, he released a mixtape with fellow emcee Cam Groves entitled "We Smoked It All." A track off that mixtape, produced by Spose himself, "I'm Awesome" received regional radio play in New England which garnered Spose his first major label recording contract with Universal Republic Records. The single was released in March 2009 nationally and would eventually go gold after selling over 500,000 digital copies in just a few months. Spose used the opportunity to build his own company, the Preposterously Dank Entertainment label based out of Wells, Maine. Artists signed to his imprint include himself, Spose, as well as the aforementioned emcee Cam Groves, hip-hop trio Educated Advocates, and the space-funk-sex-r'n'b of Doctor Astronaut. In 2010, Spose released both "In Sessions," the debut album from Educated Advocates, as well as his own indie album "Happy Medium."

Spose has since left Universal and released his independent album "The Audacity!" - which peaked at #6 on the iTunes hiphop albums chart.

Spose has performed with international acts such as Drake, J. Cole, B.o.B., Wiz Khalifa, Ke$ha, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, Cage the Elephant, Mike Posner, and Kardinal Offishal. He has also performed with the cream of the underground hip-hop crop: 7L & Esoteric, Brother Ali, Sean Price, Ill Bill, Kool Keith, Mac Lethal & more.

Spose recently launched his website label's web site at as well as an online store through Maine-based indie record chain Bull Moose Music called Spose*Mart at
The Wrecking
The Wrecking
The members of The Wrecking, a Portland Maine based pop/rock band, are quietly re-defining what a purposeful, hard-working team can accomplish on their own. Three years into their impressive run they have racked up over 500 live appearances, several charting singles, a rabid and growing on-line presence and critical acclaim from both mainstream and Christian music critics. On their second full-length release, So Much for Love (releasing August, 2012) the band has found their sweet spot; crafting songs that celebrate the purpose of struggle, the beauty of brokenness and the importance of justice. "Struggle has a purpose," insists drummer Darren Elder. "We often have to be broken before we can be built." The Wrecking contemplate the power of this simple truth through pop/rock songs honed to perfection by relentless touring, writing and studio work.

Whether intentional or not, this young band has already demolished several contemporary rock clichés. In an era of declining music sales and indie rock cacophony they have emerged as polished, purposeful, touring band that waits for no one. Their 2008 debut, A New Abolition and follow-up EP The Catalyst (2010) managed critical and commercial feats that would be the envy of any major label artist development team. Five charting singles, over fifty features and reviews in national press outlets, numerous four star reviews and hundreds of performances later The Wrecking are building an engaged following from coast to coast.

The set-up for So Much For Love, has been equally as impressive. The album's lead single, "View from the Top," is impacting at radio and through a contagious video that is racking up hundreds of views per week. "It's a simple idea," lead vocalist and guitarist Douglas Elder explains, "but people still need to hear it. It's about getting above all of the things that hold us back or bring us down. It's about the empowerment that comes from having a proper perspective on the struggles and brokenness of life." That optimistic spirit led to a top-level synch placement and on-screen performance for the song in the acclaimed Showtime series The Big C. As a result the band's online profile has exploded. Several additional Film and TV placements have already come in for that song and a second single and video ("About To Fall") is generating significant buzz as well. All indications are that The Wrecking have a certified hit on their hands.

The Elder brothers, though excited about all of the recent hype, are focused on the task at hand. "We feel that our first record presented the sound of a band exploring who they may be," Darren ponders. "That process is necessary and fun, but after three years of full time touring, writing and recording we know exactly who we are now, and where we want to go." If recent activity is any indication, the answer to that last question may in fact be "everywhere." The band has shown no regard for the supposed wall between faith-formed music and mainstream pop, generating fans on all sides of the spiritual fence. "We are absolutely unashamed of our Christian faith and we love playing at churches, leading worship and inspiring people to dig deeper into their spirituality," Douglas adds, "but we are just as comfortable playing in a club or on a TV show. Maybe it's because we have done this on our own, but it is really exciting to see that we now organically exist in both the mainstream and Christian markets."

With musical references as diverse as Radiohead, Jimmy Eat World, The Daylights and Onerepublic, the band has crafted a brand of instantly accessible, irresistibly melodic and relentlessly truthful modern pop that dares to matter. The persistently relevant spirituality and artistically inventive legacy of U2 serves as a touchstone for this young band. In addition to dialing in their own brand of uplifting, challenging music that is 100% authentic to their own lives and creative urges, they have devoted themselves to the growing abolitionist movement that strives to release people from the bondage of modern-day slavery and human trafficking. "It's appalling that there are more slaves in captivity right now – something in the order of thirty million worldwide – than at any point in history," Douglas Elder insists. This urge to bring people freedom has led them to engage fully in the work of the International Justice Mission, Love 146, Childvoice International and Not For Sale, a new anti-slavery organization that The Wrecking has represented on the road over the last two years. "The team at Not For Sale are our heroes," Douglas insists. "They are the very definition of smart activists. They are at the forefront of attacking modern day slavery on every level and are creating lasting change by successful striking this evil at its root." The band's passion for the work of Not For Sale and other social justice organizations has tangibly influenced their live shows, their off-stage conversations with fans, their personal free time and more noticeably than ever, their songwriting. "This may very well be the defining issue of our generation," Douglas adds. "With whatever platform we have we must be a voice for the voiceless. Our faith demands that we do what we can to speak truth to power."

The Elders and the other band members, Karl Anderson (keyboards/bass/vocals) and Chris James (guitar,) realize that while their spiritual and social justice passions are strong, none of it matters if their music doesn't speak loudly. The band played over 150 shows in the last year and spent hundreds of hours writing, re-writing, tweaking and perfecting a massive amount of music that was eventually distilled down to the fourteen that comprise So Much for Love. "We probably sketched over seventy songs before landing on the ones that became this album," Darren Elder explains. "When we were not on the road we were in my studio dreaming this all up." With the production assistance of Dustin Burnett (Newsboys, Augustana, Throwing Gravity, Jimmy Needham) and mastering by Adam Ayan (Nirvana, Madonna, Foo Fighters, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones) their enormous effort has truly paid off. The band can't wait to unveil So Much For Love.

In the meantime The Wrecking will be back out on the road doing what they do best. Although they are certainly willing to consider partnering with any music industry elements that share their vision, passion and commitment to excellence, they now realize that they lack absolutely nothing as indies. "If a record label or publisher caught the vision for what we do and were committed to helping us accomplish our goals we would certainly entertain that opportunity," Elder explains. "But we're not really focused on that right now. We know what we need to do and it seems we've become pretty successful at getting it done." Grammy nominated musician and producer Mark Nash, himself a veteran of a decade long major label career, recognizes the unique passion, skill and work ethic of The Wrecking and has invested himself in their work as a trusted advisor and confidant. "I'm sure industry elements will come calling," he insists, "but it's great to see that these guys are perfectly capable of taking matters into their own hands. I feel like I'm watching a little bit of the future of the music industry as I see them go from strength to strength on their own. It's really inspiring."
The Other Bones
The Other Bones
Bands sound different in Maine.

Portland, specifically, has been collecting New England's slightly off-centered musicians. A mini-metropolis surrounded by wilderness, the city incubates a music scene informed by the proximity of the (modest) urban to the (extreme) rural.

The Other Bones is a female-fronted electronic pop/R&B trio formed in 2011. Blending powerful vocals with cutting guitars and smooth electronic elements, they create a sound described by one reviewer as "their particular stamp of retro-futurist complexity.”

The band began in a Somerville, Massachusetts apartment where vocalist Loretta Allen and producer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Mead spent weekends recording demos. "It was all over the place," says Allen, who met Mead on a camping trip before their freshman year at Tufts University. "We recorded a full country version of a Killers song one night and spent the next night making tape loops... Unfocused, yeah, but formative." Following graduation, Mead moved to his home state of Maine and rented a practice space behind a local train station. Allen followed a year later.

As Mead notes, "We started from scratch. I had an MPC 1000 with two dead pads and a Moog Soft Synth on my iPad. Loretta had a microphone and a guitar loop pedal we 'inherited' from a friend. We were playing into a 50-watt PA my high school band had used. It was unpolished and invigorating."

After several weeks of writing and playing, the pair connected with Eric Bruce, who had grown up playing guitar and touring nationally with bands in New Jersey's rock 'n' roll scene. "We were playing the track that would become 'Feels Like Home' and Eric immediately started playing his chorus hook. It shouldn't have worked, but something clicked. We knew we'd have to start dealing with not knowing what to say when people asked what kind of music we play," says Allen.

In 2012, the band released their debut EP, "Hinges": a collection of electro-inspired pop tracks that told the story of the year Allen spent in Boston before joining Mead in Maine. The record peaked at #8 on the iTunes Top 10 Electronic Chart and led to a series of shows along the east coast.

"After 'Hinges,' we learned how to be a live band," says Bruce. "That record captured our creative momentum, and the next year was about slowing down and figuring out how to put on a seamless show and communicate effectively as musicians and as individuals."

Having won the Portland Phoenix Music Awards of "Best New Artist" and "Best Pop/Rock Act", and recently nominated "Best in Maine" for the New England Music Awards, the band is now deep into writing and recording their first full length record. As Mead comments, "The music is in some ways simplified and in others more fully-realized. It's our profession of love to R&B from the electronic world."
Venue Information:
State Theatre
609 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101