R Space, the Midcoast’s new all-ages music venue, will hold a chem-free progressive and hardcore metal show with bands Last Chance to Reason and A Constant Battle Saturday March 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. R Space is the lower level of Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St.

Below Creation and Above Our Rivals will open the evening. Admission at the door will be $5; anyone younger than 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

After four years in the challenging search for its niche, Last Chance to Reason is ready to unleash itself upon an unsuspecting world. Often compared to Dillinger Escape Plan and Between the Buried and Me, the Augusta band has tightened its sound to the point where it hums. These five musicians collaborate and feed off each other with intense precision and astonishing creativity in their effort to appeal to the technically minded musician as well as the average metalhead.

A Constant Battle is a Midcoast metal band from the Midcoast that creates its own “chowdah core” style that contains elements of hardcore and thrash with a touch of progressiveness. TJ Daigle does the vocals, Jorma Spaziano and Adam Thomas star on guitar, Jason Moody plays bass and Joe Ronco hits the drums.

When Union-based Below Creation first started playing music, they were heavily influenced by metal, metal core, progressive metal – basically, everything metal. The band consists of Trevor Winchenbaugh on lead guitar, David Pierro on rhythm guitar, Joe Murphy on drums and Sam Moreau on bass. They want to shout out their sound across the state and, maybe one day, across the world!

Two of the Below Creation members, Winchenbaugh and Murphy, decided to start a band playing alternative rock and, with Zach Wallace on bass, Above Our Rivals is the result.

Coming up at R Space is a punk show with The Jonee Earthquake Band and The New 45 Saturday, April 3; a prog/hardcore metal show Saturday, May 8 with The Divine Ruin and a Constant Battle; a hardcore punk show Saturday, May 22; and more — see facebook.com/rspaceatlsc for updates.

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, encouraging local youth participation and providing opportunities in the musical arts.

For more information, 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 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.