R Space, the Midcoast’s new all-ages music venue, will hold its first chem-free show Saturday, Feb. 13 with bands The Murder Weapon, The Motor Creeps, The Outsiders, Tastes Like Chicken and Sons of Knox. The show will run from 6 to 10 p.m. in the lower level of Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St.

Admission at the door will be $5. Anyone younger than 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

R Space at Lincoln Street Center is a new venue created to present music and performing and visual art for and by the youth of the Midcoast community in a safe environment, free from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Along with providing good music, future plans include instruction in a number of aspects of music to encourage area youth participation and provide them with opportunities in the musical arts.

The Murder Weapon is a local pyschobilly band that formed in the summer of 2004 and is gaining a fan base throughout in New England. Members are Jon Nothing, D Murder and Cory Marz. Hailing from Maine comes five blood-thirsty cretins known as The Motor Creeps, preaching the gospel of white-knuckle muscle-car fury and B-movie sleaze. Driven by a love for rock ‘n’ roll and a constant discontent for authority, The Outsiders have been knocking unexpecting audiences senseless up and down the New England states since 2002.

Tastes Like Chicken started in 2007 as an after- school program in Rockland. They have played at Rockland’s Summer Solstice Celebration and the pub crawl of the North Atlantic Blues Festival and won last year’s Trekkapalooza. The Sons of Knox are a new band made up of St. George kids who came together to rock ‘n’ roll.

Coming up at R Space on Saturday, March 20 will be Maine prog/hardcore metal bands Last Chance to Reason, A Constant Battle and Below Creation. For more information or tickets, call 542-6705 or send e-mail to r_spaceatlsc@yahoo.com.

To help R Space financially, tax-deductible donations can be made out to “Lincoln Street Center,” with “R Space” in the memo, and sent to Lincoln Street Center, P.O. Box 1631, Rockland, ME 04841.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.